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A’s fizzle in front of largest crowd in 12 years

The highly touted prospect returned to the A’s lineup Monday night in time for their series-opening 7-2 loss to the White Sox that drew 40,019, the largest Coliseum baseball crowd since a 2005 Yankees game. The A’s covered the upper deck with tarps in 2006 and chose to remove most of them all except those atop Mt. Extra folks showed up Monday for a fireworks show that followed the final pitch. The A’s collected five hits and struck out 13 times as White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon had his way through his 6 1/3 innings. Oakland’s runs came on Adam Rosales’ two-out single in the second, after which Rodon set down 12 straight batters. Strikeouts are an issue for the A’s, who are on target to set a franchise record, though they’re not alone in this newly accepted swing-and-miss society. “When we play well, we hit home runs, but we also strike out a lot,” Melvin said. No biggie in the A’s minds because he hit 36 home runs, third most in all the minor leagues. Aside from his power, he’s a splendid defender with a powerful arm, and manager Melvin said Chapman “certainly makes our defense better right away.” After a nine-day layoff due to a finger blister, Jharel Cotton started for the A’s and surrendered four runs on seven hits and two walks.

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