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A’s Stay Hot, Beat Red Sox For Win



Oakland, CA – The Boston Red Sox came into tonight’s game knowing the A’s have been playing exceptional baseball. That’s a pretty good compliment from a team that still holds the crown as the world champs. Red Sox manager John Farrell praised Oakland’s pitching staff for bringing in such young talent.


“We know we’re up against a team that’s leading the American League,” said Farrell before the game. “This is a good test for us, they play with a lot of confidence and have a great pitching staff.”

Scott Kazmir is a product of the A’s superb pitching and led the way for Oakland’s 4-2 win over Boston to start the four-game series. He retired the first nine batters he faced, allowing two hits before Brock Holt knocked a single to left field in the sixth.

Kazmir struck out the next batter before Dustin Pedroia blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall. Yoenis Cespedes almost stole that home run from Pedroia as he leaped over the wall coming within inches of catching the ball but it grazed his glove before falling back into left field.

The Red Sox trimmed the lead making it a 3-2 game but the A’s offense added on another run to seal their victory in the seventh. John Jaso’s RBI single added some breathing room while the bullpen came in and pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to back another outstanding performance from Kazmir.

“No new answers… same game,” said Oakland’s manager Bob Melvin. “Really one changeup that was up, got a little too close to Pedroia. Other than that, the mix of pitches, the plus and minus on the fastball, in and out, it’s been terrific. It’s a broken record talking about him because we’re seeing basically the same game out of him.”

“Kazmir’s got a heck of a year started halfway through,” Farrell said. “You see what he’s put up, not just against us tonight but throughout the course of the season so far, and once again we’re scrambling to try to create some opportunities.”

Josh Donaldson leadoff the second with a single and Derek Norris followed hitting into a fielder’s choice scoring Donaldson in on third baseman’s Xander Bogaerts throwing error to first baseman Mike Napoli making it a 1-0 game.

Cespedes went yard with solo blast to center field extending Oakland’s lead 2-0, and Stephen Vogt added another RBI in the forth with a soft single over shortstop Stephen Drew’s head landing in center field. The A’s remain the best in the Majors thanks to great pitching and good defense.

“We faced a good pitcher,” said Pedroia. “To be host with you, I think our at-bats weren’t that bad. We had some guys hit some balls at people. We just didn’t score more than them. We’ve got to try to find a way to have a big inning and get some momentum.”

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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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