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Elephant Rumblings: Young A’s have eyes on the future

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Los Angeles Angels v Oakland Athletics Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Oakland Athletics got their homestand off to a good start Friday night with a 9-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Oakland banged out 14 hits in the game including eight doubles. With a roster that now features several of the team’s top prospects, the focus is on finishing September with some momentum that they can carry into next season.

Zack Gelof struggled on the most recent road trip, but broke out Friday night with two doubles. Esteury Ruiz had three hits, including his third home run of the season and also picked up his 54th stolen base of the season.

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