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Shane Victorino

A's top Angels as wall falls down

OAKLAND, Calif. The grounds crew had less than 24 hours to put the Coliseum back in baseball shape between Sunday night's Oakland Raiders game and the A's homestand opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, a game that saw the A's pin an 11-5 loss on Anaheim. The grounds crew did as good a job as time would permit in making the playing surface passable. It's something that doesn't happen elsewhere, Oakland being the only Major League team that still shares its venue with an NFL team. The worst of the chewed-up outfield was smoothed down and liberal use of some green paint had the place showing, as manager Bob Melvin called it, "ambience." How was...