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Elephant Rumblings: Winning is fun

Saturday’s news and notes for the A’s and the rest of Major League Baseball

Los Angeles Angels v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

A second straight 100-loss season is inevitable for the Oakland Athletics, but if you look hard enough, you can see improvements with the on-field product. The A’s have promoted several of their top prospects, who have added some passion along with some much-needed talent to the roster. Oakland clinched a series win with a 2-1 victory over the Angels Saturday and have lost just one series over their last four. That is going to get put to the test over the next 10 days when they face Toronto, Texas and Houston in succession.

The A’s were just 9-18 in August, but are 7-5 over their last 12 games and have yet to lose in September. After returning from Houston, they will complete their final homestand of the season against the Padres, Mariners and Tigers. They will then hit the road to face the Twins and Angels.

It will be an important stretch for a roster that is looking to show that they can be a part of the next good A’s team. We have already seen a lot of growth from several of the young players. There is opportunity for more over the final weeks.

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