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Olson, Pinder take over elementary school recess

MLB.com @_dadler

Students at Oakland's Lincoln Elementary School were greeted with a surprise on Tuesday: Matt Olson and Chad Pinder had taken over their recess.

Just two days before Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum -- which, coincidentally, is both Olson's and Pinder's birthday, making them the only two active Major Leaguers with an Opening Day birthday this year -- the A's players participated in recess alongside the students, playing baseball and more.

Students at Oakland's Lincoln Elementary School were greeted with a surprise on Tuesday: Matt Olson and Chad Pinder had taken over their recess.

Just two days before Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum -- which, coincidentally, is both Olson's and Pinder's birthday, making them the only two active Major Leaguers with an Opening Day birthday this year -- the A's players participated in recess alongside the students, playing baseball and more.

Olson and Pinder, donning their A's jerseys, pitched to the elementary schoolers outside on the blacktop and shot some hoops with them, too. A's mascot Stomper, of course, was also on hand to join in the fun.

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Lincoln Elementary is one of two schools the A's have adopted as part of the Oakland Public Ed Fund's Adopt-A-School program.

Olson, Pinder and the rest of the A's will take the field for real when they open the regular season Thursday against the Angels at 1:05 p.m. PT.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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