The A’s are homeward bound a .500 team. A clean 5-1 win closed out their season-opening series with the Boston Red Sox in Tokyo.
Highlights: They showed some timely hitting, and got contributions from many new faces. Emil Brown had a three-run homer in the victory, Jeff Fiorentino (who may not be on the roster come the domestic opener Monday), had an insurance-adding single, and Mike Sweeney had two hits. Jack Hannahan, not a new face but the first third baseman not named Eric Chavez to open the season at the position in the past decade, played great in both games, both offensively and defensively. And, as I blogged earlier, Rich Harden whet the imagination with a dominant effort.
Lowlights: Pretty much only Huston Street, who was awful in the opener. Only one game though.
As for all-night ball? It was fun, but let’s hope it’s only a once-in-a-lifetime experience.