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A’s Beat Angels, Stay Alive in Wild Card Race



Oakland, CA – Call it a hoax but the Angels have not been successful in winning at this season. The rally possum wasn’t needed tonight as the A’s dominated in the first by scoring six runs to seal their victory over the Halos 8-1. Jeff Samardzija was a gem on the mound once again and this time he had the runs to back him.

“It was good to see us take the walks, not try to be too aggressive, which maybe we’ve been too much recently, but made him work, throw a lot of pitches,” said Oakland’s manager Bob Melvin. “Next thing you know we put up a six-spot.”

The A’s got off to a rough start when Jonny Gomes misplayed leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun’s line drive to left field. Gomez error allowed Calhoun to advance to third. Mike Trout’s sacrifice fly scored in the Angels first run making it a 1-0 game. Oakland responded bottom of the inning after C.J. Wilson loaded the bases with one out.

Coco Crisp leadoff the frame with a single and Wilson walked both Josh Donaldson and Jonny Gomes. He then walked Derek Norris and tied the game 1-1. Bases still loaded, Wilson walked in another run. Oakland made it a 2-1 game. Geovany Soto grounded a single up the middle and drove in two runs to extend The A’s lead 4-1.

“You really can’t call a timeout in the middle of the game and go review the tapes,” Wilson said. “There’s no headset to the offense coordinator where you can call in a different viewpoint. Seeing it in slow motion, I was able to confirm what I was doing wrong.

He tossed 2/3 innings, allowed two hits, six runs (four earned) and walked four but was charged for six walks. Wilson pitched his second shortest start of his career and allowed a season-high six tying runs. The Halos couldn’t catch a break after that, David Freese threw Nick Punto’s ground ball down the right field line for a three-base error scoring in two more runs.

Mike Morin forced Crisp to ground out to first base to end the inning. After two scoreless innings pitched from the Angels bullpen, they loaded the bases again. Crisp hit a single and both Sam Fuld and Donaldson were issued a free pass. But Dunn flew out to center field to end the threat.

“We’ve been through a lot during this last month and a half, two months, so it’s good to see everything starting to come together, everything clicking, playing great defense, taking great at-bats and pitchers pitching,” said Samardzija. “That’s what you want and I think we’re doing it at the right time.”

The A’s got another opportunity in the seventh. After back-to-back walks to pinch-hitters Brandon Moss and Dunn, Jed Lowrie hit a single and Stephen Vogt followed with a two-run single extending the A’s lead 8-1. Soto has hit safely in each of his four games against the Angels this year.

“He’s a shark,” Soto said. “He’s coming at you. He’s coming for some blood.”

Samardzija’s night ended after seven frames. He allowed five hits, one run and struck out three. Evan Scribner came in and gave up a three-run homer to Albert Pujols trimming the lead in half. Samardzija is Oakland’s first starter with 7+ innings pitched and no error allowed in three straight starts since Trevor Cahill in 2010.

This is the second time this month Oakland has won back-to-back games. They haven’t won three straight since Aug 7-9. The A’s have a one game lead over the Royals for the top American League Wild Card spot. Winning three of their last four, Oakland can put themselves in a good position if they can take the series but it’s one day at a time.

“There’s not many options we have right now,” said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

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How to Use Credit Wisely

(NewsUSA) – As the holiday season approaches, more people are out shopping, searching crowded stores and online promotions for the best discounts, and using their credit cards to pay for it all. But beware the financial dangers of credit use — how you pay for these deals could safeguard your budget or lead to debt. […]
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A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional can help you guard against costly credit mistakes, paving the way for a financially sound festive season and beyond. Learn more about how to use credit in a way that works for you with the insights below.

Choose Your Credit Card Wisely

Whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts or purchasing necessities like groceries, the credit card you use can make a big difference. There are several factors to consider:

  • Interest Rates. Rates generally run from 21-33%. The standard bank card charges at the low end of the range, and retailer credit cards (those typically with the store’s name on them) charge as much as 33%.
  • Cash Back. Among the best deals are bank cards that offer cash back ranging from 1-4% of your purchase.
  • Rewards Points. Some cards have rewards programs where you earn points that you can redeem for products or services. They may seem attractive but are worthwhile only if you’re actually interested in the rewards offered.
  • Cash Discounts. While retailer credit cards have the highest rates, some offer big cash discounts at the point of purchase. That may be the only time they’re worth using.

Improving Your Credit Score

Boosting your credit score can help you qualify for the lowest available interest rates on auto loans, personal loans and mortgages. If you can, pay the full balance when your credit card bill arrives. But most importantly, never miss a payment. Paying on time not only avoids late fees, but also is a key factor in improving your credit score. The easy way to ensure timely payment is to set up automatic online payments.

A CFP® professional can help you develop other strategies to save money while improving your credit profile, including the following:

Establishing Credit

Lenders offer credit to people with a long and reliable credit history. Most young adults don’t have one. There are various ways to obtain credit, but steer clear of debit cards that claim they can help you build a credit history. When you consider the costs and requirements, they’re usually no bargain. You have better and cheaper options for establishing credit. Here are three of them:

  • Get a secured credit card.
  • If you have a student loan, make sure you’re up-to-date with payments.
  • If you pay rent, ask your landlord to report your on-time payments to the credit bureaus.

The choices we make in managing credit can have a lasting impact on our financial journey. As you navigate the complex credit landscape, remember that CFP® professionals can offer tailored guidance for your unique circumstances. Whether it’s identifying strategic debt payments, exploring balance transfer options or establishing credit responsibly, a CFP® professional can provide a roadmap for achieving your financial goals. Find a CFP® professional today.

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Oakland Post: Week of November 22 – 28, 2023

The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of November 22 – 28, 2023



The printed Weekly Edition of the Oakland Post: Week of November 22 - 28, 2023

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Acura ZDX Type S features

LA Auto Show was the venus for the Acura ZDX Type S details.
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LA Auto Show was the venus for the Acura ZDX Type S details.

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