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Otero had bigger things in mind for first homer allowed

Dan Otero had never allowed a big league homer before Sunday.

Dan Otero had never allowed a big league homer before Sunday.

One thing Dan Otero knew for sure was that he hadn’t ever allowed a home run in a major-league game.

Now he knows a second thing for sure.

“I never should have thrown the pitch,’’ Otero said of his first throw to Jose Altuve in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Astros.

Altuve, all 5-foot-5 of him, took a big hack and launch the ball 346 feet, about one foot farther than need to record his first home run of the season.

It ended Otero’s major-league best streak of 63.2 innings to start his career without having allowed a long ball.

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Reddick leaves field after sliding into outfield wall

The A’s are finishing up their first week of play in the American League West, and everything was going good until the fifth inning Sunday.

Oakland had won four of its first six games and held an 8-0 lead on Houston when right fielder Josh Reddick went diving for a foul ball off the bat of Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

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