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Elephant Rumblings: A’s newcomers shine in series win against Rays

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Tampa Bay Rays
Apr 14, 2022; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dany Jimenez (56) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
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Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!

The A’s have been surprisingly delightful through the first seven games of the season, standing at 4-3 after a near-sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays this week. With so many star players having departed during the offseason, winning necessitates contributions from newcomers like Dany Jiménez and Cristian Pache, both of whom delivered in the clutch in St. Petersburg. Jimenez got his first MLB save yesterday, while Pache ... well, if you don’t know, you’re definitely not paying attention.

Heralded primarily for his defense in center field, Pache made big contributions on the offensive end in St. Petersburg, thanks in no small part to his blazing speed on the basepaths. He capitalized on a Randy Arozarena error to turn a would-be single into a Little League homer in yesterday’s win, and beat out a throw to first later in the game for an infield single.

Pache has lived up to expectations on the defensive end as well. Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle described his play in center field this week as displaying “a strong arm and good range.”

Top all of that off with the endearing, almost Confucianist words of wisdom that seem to come out of Pache every time he speaks with a reporter or tweets, and it’s easy to understand why the 23-year-old prospect is fast becoming a fan favorite. I look forward to his coffee table book of eloquently simple truisms someday.

Another newcomer who came through big for the A’s yesterday was reliever Dany Jiménez, a minor-league offseason acquisition who came in to close for the A’s on Thursday and got his first save in the process, holding the Rays scoreless in the ninth to seal Oakland’s 6-3 victory. Jiménez told Kawahara afterward how surprised he was to get the call and that it was “just a very emotional moment” for him to get the save in his fifth major-league appearance. He’s off to a promising start this year, having pitched three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit.

Fingers crossed that the A’s keep the magic alive in Toronto this weekend against Matt Chapman and the Blue Jays! Wow; that felt weird to type. A’s starter Daulton Jefferies will seek his second win of the season against Ross Stripling for the Jays in today’s series opener, starting at 4:07pm PT.

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First butts, and now big ol’ donkeys. Murph is getting quite the colorful treatment lately!

Gotta love a fast lens.

And I am ... not!

Allen called ‘em for Dany’s first save.

May your Cinderella story have many pages left to be written, Dany!

A fitting end for an historic memento. Shame about those unis (sorry, it had to be said).

No, all.

Yes, yes, HELL YES!

Good luck today in Stockton, Kap! Fun fact: I was born there.

“Cakes.” LOL.

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