By: Kelsey Wehsels, CBS Sports 1140

Sacramento – The Oakland Athletics started off this season in typical fashion: with a loss. But hey, it seems like tradition since they have lost their last nine consecutive season openers. In fact, the last time the A’s won a season opener was in 2004 against Texas.

But after one week of baseball, this season is already turning out better. At this time last year, the team was 3-4, losing 3 out of 4 in the opening series to Seattle.

While the A’s lost their first two games to Seattle this year, they were their only losses, making them 5-2.

One player who has improved since last year is Coco Crisp. Last year at this time he was batting a .192. After the A’s sweep in Houston yesterday, he is at a .333 with 10 hits, 3 home runs and 5 RBI’s.

Jed Lowrie, whom the A’s acquired from the Astros, shined in the series. He had an average of .538 for the series alone, getting 3 RBIs.

During the fifth inning yesterday, Josh Reddick injured his right hand going for a foul ball. He has been deemed day to day, but the Athletics believe he “likely won’t play in Tuesday’s series opener in Anaheim.” With an abundant outfield, Reddick’s absence might be filled with Chris Young or Seth Smith, both batting with a .308 average.

It is still early in the season and the A’s next match ups include the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the reigning American League Champs, the Detroit Tigers.

For full coverage of each game, listen to your new home for A’s baseball, CBS Sports 1140.


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