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Oakland A's to open gates early for batting practice on Tuesdays

The Oakland A's return home for a six-game, seven-day homestand against the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins beginning Thursday, May 18. In an on-going effort to enhance the fan experience at the Oakland Coliseum, starting Tuesday, May 23, the team will open gates one hour earlier for all remaining Tuesday home games this season. Ballpark gates will open at 4:30 p.m. to allow fans the opportunity to watch the A's take batting practice. Tuesdays also feature free parking at the ballpark as part of Chevy Free Parking Tuesday.
 
The homestand also features the first postgame fireworks show of the season and the Oakland A's Community Fund Golf Classic. The complete homestand schedule is below.
 
Thursday, May 18 | Boston Red Sox | 7:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network
Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
*Parking: 4 p.m.
 
A's/SHARKS BP JERSEYS: A's players will wear special co-branded Sharks/A's batting practice jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting Oakland Promise.
 
A's/SHARKS BEANIE: 10,000 fans will receive a Sharks/A's Beanie, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort.
 
HENDRIKS PITCHING FOR STRIKING OUT POVERTY: This season, Liam Hendriks is pitching to raise money for Striking Out Poverty and Big League Impact to support their mission to save lives, restore dignity and instill hope in our local communities and around the globe. Hendriks has pledged to personally donate $100 for each of his strikeouts and $200 for every walk. For more information, visit pledgeit.org/liam-hendriks.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
National Anthem: Pacific Boyschoir Academy  
Ceremonial First Pitches: San Jose Sharks Owen Nolan; Cache Creek Casino Resort representative
 
Friday, May 19 | Boston Red Sox | 6:35 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
*Parking: 2 p.m.
 
BAY AREA HIP HOP FIREWORKS: Following the game, the team will host Bay Area Hip Hop Fireworks, presented by Lagunitas. The fireworks will be set to music for Bay Area and local Oakland-based artists. Fans can enjoy the show from the outfield grass (space permitting).
 
MATHLETICS SCHOOL VISIT: The A's will celebrate the success of the Mathletics program at Lorenzo Manor Elementary School in Hayward at 10:50 a.m. Andrew Triggs will visit with students and discuss how math plays a part in baseball. Mathletics is presented by Ross Dress for Less.
 
YOUTH SPORTS NATION'S "PLAY BALL" TOUR SCHOOL VISIT: The A's will visit with students at Cleveland Elementary School in Oakland from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. as part of the Youth Sports Nation's "Play Ball" Tour. Members of the A's will be joined Terry T. Butler, aka Mr. Community, for a presentation that combines music, sports and community to celebrate the game of baseball. The program will also include Youth Sports Nation's three pledges: get my education, love my parents and respect my elders.
 
TABITHA SOREN BOOK SIGNING: In 2002, photojournalist Tabitha Soren started following the Oakland A's draft picks and has captured their incredible journeys ever since. Her new book, Fantasy Life, tells these stories through a richly textured series of photographs taken on the field and behind the scenes at games, along with commentaries by each of the players and memorabilia from their lives. Soren will host a book signing before the game from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Shibe Park Tavern.
 
NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA AUTHENTIC FAN FRIDAY: Every Friday home game, fans in sections 316 - 318, will receive a giveaway, a personalized photo booth card, $6 food or merchandise value, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit athletics.com/authenticfan.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
National Anthem: Teana Boston
Ceremonial First Pitches: Phesto from Souls of Mischiefs, part of the Oakland-based hip hop collective Hieroglyphics; Lagunitas representative
  
Saturday, May 20 | Boston Red Sox | 1:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 11:05 a.m.
*Parking: 9 a.m.
 
DOOLITTLE FUNDRAISER FOR MICHAEL'S WAY: Sean Doolittle is a proud supporter of Michael's Way, a nonprofit that helps the families of children with cancer to cope with the extraordinary expenses that come about as a direct result of their child's illness. To help raise money for the cause, Doolittle designed a T-shirt that will be sold during the game behind section 121. Doolittle will visit the table at 11:30 a.m. to sign autographs for the first 50 fans who purchase the shirt.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND SILENT AUCTION: Every Saturday and Sunday home game (and other select games), the Oakland A's Community Fund hosts a silent auction featuring signed and unsigned A's memorabilia as well as game-used items. The silent auctions are located in the A's fan center behind section 120 and end with the last out in the bottom of the fifth inning.
 
National Anthem: Rabbit Quinn
Ceremonial First Pitch: Kelly-Moore Paints representative
     
Sunday, May 21 | Boston Red Sox | 1:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 11:05 a.m.
*Parking: 8:30 a.m.
 
SUNDAY FUNDAY TICKET PACK: Fans can buy four tickets to any Sunday home game for just $50. Visit, athletics.com/sunday.
 
SCOUT DAY: All fans who purchase a special ticket for this event will be able to attend the pregame festival and participate in an on-field parade. The event is open to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of all ages.
 
TAKE THE FIELD WITH THE A's: The Take the Field with the A's program gives youth baseball and softball teams the chance to live out their Major League dreams. As part of this program, youth players from a local baseball or softball team join Oakland A's players on the field during the National Anthem.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND SILENT AUCTION: Every Saturday and Sunday home game (and other select games), the Oakland A's Community Fund hosts a silent auction featuring signed and unsigned A's memorabilia as well as game-used items. The silent auctions are located in the A's fan center behind section 120 and end with the last out in the bottom of the fifth inning.
 
RACE AROUND THE BASES: Race Around the Bases, presented by Sutter Health, invites children 14 years old and younger onto the field after most Sunday day games to run the bases. Each participant will receive an A's Fitness Sluggers cheer card as they leave the field.
 
Color Guard: Crossroads Service Unit
National Anthem: Napa High School Choir
Ceremonial First Pitch: MLB Honorary Bat Girl Jessica Reid  
 
Monday, May 22
 
OAKLAND A'S COMMUNITY FUND GOLF CLASSIC: The Oakland A's Community Fund will host the 35th annual Golf Classic, presented by Chevron and Kelly-Moore Paints, at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville. A's players, front office staff, corporate partners and fans will participate in the event, which benefits the Oakland A's charitable arm.
 
Tuesday, May 23 | Miami Marlins | 7:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network
  
Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
*Parking: 3 p.m.
 
CHEVY FREE PARKING TUESDAY: To continually provide value to A's fans, Free Parking Tuesdays is back for most Tuesday home games during the 2017 season. All fans park for free on these days.
 
GREEN STAMPEDE HOMEWORK CLUB: On select games throughout the season, elementary school students will visit the Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aides. An A's player will visit and sign autographs for the students as a way to congratulate them for their hard work. After the students have finished their homework, they are able to sit in the stands and watch the game.
 
National Anthem: Kairos Music Academy
Ceremonial First Pitch: Oakland Raider Donald Penn
 
Wednesday, May 24 | Miami Marlins | 12:35 p.m.
 
TV: MLB Network
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 11:05 a.m.
*Parking: 9 a.m.
 
HOME RUN READERS: More than 8,000 students from local schools will receive tickets to the game as a reward for achieving their reading goals set by their teachers. The tickets are courtesy of the Oakland A's Community Fund.
 
FOOD BANK WEDNESDAYS: On select Wednesdays throughout the season, volunteers will be on-site to help collect cans of food and monetary donations before the game to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank. With every five cans donated or $20 contribution, fans will receive two vouchers that are redeemable for a Plaza Level ticket at 50% off for a 2017 A's game. Food Bank Wednesdays is presented by Lagunitas.
 
Color Guard: US Coast Guard
National Anthem: Columbia Kingsmen
Ceremonial First Pitch: Home Run Readers
God Bless America: Anthony Smith

The Oakland A's return home for a six-game, seven-day homestand against the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins beginning Thursday, May 18. In an on-going effort to enhance the fan experience at the Oakland Coliseum, starting Tuesday, May 23, the team will open gates one hour earlier for all remaining Tuesday home games this season. Ballpark gates will open at 4:30 p.m. to allow fans the opportunity to watch the A's take batting practice. Tuesdays also feature free parking at the ballpark as part of Chevy Free Parking Tuesday.
 
The homestand also features the first postgame fireworks show of the season and the Oakland A's Community Fund Golf Classic. The complete homestand schedule is below.
 
Thursday, May 18 | Boston Red Sox | 7:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network
Gates open at 5:35 p.m.
*Parking: 4 p.m.
 
A's/SHARKS BP JERSEYS: A's players will wear special co-branded Sharks/A's batting practice jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting Oakland Promise.
 
A's/SHARKS BEANIE: 10,000 fans will receive a Sharks/A's Beanie, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort.
 
HENDRIKS PITCHING FOR STRIKING OUT POVERTY: This season, Liam Hendriks is pitching to raise money for Striking Out Poverty and Big League Impact to support their mission to save lives, restore dignity and instill hope in our local communities and around the globe. Hendriks has pledged to personally donate $100 for each of his strikeouts and $200 for every walk. For more information, visit pledgeit.org/liam-hendriks.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
National Anthem: Pacific Boyschoir Academy  
Ceremonial First Pitches: San Jose Sharks Owen Nolan; Cache Creek Casino Resort representative
 
Friday, May 19 | Boston Red Sox | 6:35 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 4:35 p.m.
*Parking: 2 p.m.
 
BAY AREA HIP HOP FIREWORKS: Following the game, the team will host Bay Area Hip Hop Fireworks, presented by Lagunitas. The fireworks will be set to music for Bay Area and local Oakland-based artists. Fans can enjoy the show from the outfield grass (space permitting).
 
MATHLETICS SCHOOL VISIT: The A's will celebrate the success of the Mathletics program at Lorenzo Manor Elementary School in Hayward at 10:50 a.m. Andrew Triggs will visit with students and discuss how math plays a part in baseball. Mathletics is presented by Ross Dress for Less.
 
YOUTH SPORTS NATION'S "PLAY BALL" TOUR SCHOOL VISIT: The A's will visit with students at Cleveland Elementary School in Oakland from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. as part of the Youth Sports Nation's "Play Ball" Tour. Members of the A's will be joined Terry T. Butler, aka Mr. Community, for a presentation that combines music, sports and community to celebrate the game of baseball. The program will also include Youth Sports Nation's three pledges: get my education, love my parents and respect my elders.
 
TABITHA SOREN BOOK SIGNING: In 2002, photojournalist Tabitha Soren started following the Oakland A's draft picks and has captured their incredible journeys ever since. Her new book, Fantasy Life, tells these stories through a richly textured series of photographs taken on the field and behind the scenes at games, along with commentaries by each of the players and memorabilia from their lives. Soren will host a book signing before the game from 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the Shibe Park Tavern.
 
NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA AUTHENTIC FAN FRIDAY: Every Friday home game, fans in sections 316 - 318, will receive a giveaway, a personalized photo booth card, $6 food or merchandise value, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit athletics.com/authenticfan.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
National Anthem: Teana Boston
Ceremonial First Pitches: Phesto from Souls of Mischiefs, part of the Oakland-based hip hop collective Hieroglyphics; Lagunitas representative
  
Saturday, May 20 | Boston Red Sox | 1:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 11:05 a.m.
*Parking: 9 a.m.
 
DOOLITTLE FUNDRAISER FOR MICHAEL'S WAY: Sean Doolittle is a proud supporter of Michael's Way, a nonprofit that helps the families of children with cancer to cope with the extraordinary expenses that come about as a direct result of their child's illness. To help raise money for the cause, Doolittle designed a T-shirt that will be sold during the game behind section 121. Doolittle will visit the table at 11:30 a.m. to sign autographs for the first 50 fans who purchase the shirt.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND SILENT AUCTION: Every Saturday and Sunday home game (and other select games), the Oakland A's Community Fund hosts a silent auction featuring signed and unsigned A's memorabilia as well as game-used items. The silent auctions are located in the A's fan center behind section 120 and end with the last out in the bottom of the fifth inning.
 
National Anthem: Rabbit Quinn
Ceremonial First Pitch: Kelly-Moore Paints representative
     
Sunday, May 21 | Boston Red Sox | 1:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 11:05 a.m.
*Parking: 8:30 a.m.
 
SUNDAY FUNDAY TICKET PACK: Fans can buy four tickets to any Sunday home game for just $50. Visit, athletics.com/sunday.
 
SCOUT DAY: All fans who purchase a special ticket for this event will be able to attend the pregame festival and participate in an on-field parade. The event is open to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of all ages.
 
TAKE THE FIELD WITH THE A's: The Take the Field with the A's program gives youth baseball and softball teams the chance to live out their Major League dreams. As part of this program, youth players from a local baseball or softball team join Oakland A's players on the field during the National Anthem.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND 50/50 RAFFLE: At select home games throughout the 2017 season, fans can participate in the A's Community Fund 50/50 Raffle, presented by Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health Foundation. One lucky fan has the opportunity to win half of the gross proceeds raised at each game, with the remaining proceeds benefitting the Oakland A's Community Fund's mission to support charitable organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people throughout the Bay Area. Visit the concourse behind Section 217 or look for designated Raffle Team Members around the ballpark.
 
A's COMMUNITY FUND SILENT AUCTION: Every Saturday and Sunday home game (and other select games), the Oakland A's Community Fund hosts a silent auction featuring signed and unsigned A's memorabilia as well as game-used items. The silent auctions are located in the A's fan center behind section 120 and end with the last out in the bottom of the fifth inning.
 
RACE AROUND THE BASES: Race Around the Bases, presented by Sutter Health, invites children 14 years old and younger onto the field after most Sunday day games to run the bases. Each participant will receive an A's Fitness Sluggers cheer card as they leave the field.
 
Color Guard: Crossroads Service Unit
National Anthem: Napa High School Choir
Ceremonial First Pitch: MLB Honorary Bat Girl Jessica Reid  
 
Monday, May 22
 
OAKLAND A'S COMMUNITY FUND GOLF CLASSIC: The Oakland A's Community Fund will host the 35th annual Golf Classic, presented by Chevron and Kelly-Moore Paints, at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville. A's players, front office staff, corporate partners and fans will participate in the event, which benefits the Oakland A's charitable arm.
 
Tuesday, May 23 | Miami Marlins | 7:05 p.m.
 
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network
  
Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
*Parking: 3 p.m.
 
CHEVY FREE PARKING TUESDAY: To continually provide value to A's fans, Free Parking Tuesdays is back for most Tuesday home games during the 2017 season. All fans park for free on these days.
 
GREEN STAMPEDE HOMEWORK CLUB: On select games throughout the season, elementary school students will visit the Coliseum to receive help with their homework from tutors and aides. An A's player will visit and sign autographs for the students as a way to congratulate them for their hard work. After the students have finished their homework, they are able to sit in the stands and watch the game.
 
National Anthem: Kairos Music Academy
Ceremonial First Pitch: Oakland Raider Donald Penn
 
Wednesday, May 24 | Miami Marlins | 12:35 p.m.
 
TV: MLB Network
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game and the A's Radio Network

Gates open at 11:05 a.m.
*Parking: 9 a.m.
 
HOME RUN READERS: More than 8,000 students from local schools will receive tickets to the game as a reward for achieving their reading goals set by their teachers. The tickets are courtesy of the Oakland A's Community Fund.
 
FOOD BANK WEDNESDAYS: On select Wednesdays throughout the season, volunteers will be on-site to help collect cans of food and monetary donations before the game to benefit the Alameda County Food Bank. With every five cans donated or $20 contribution, fans will receive two vouchers that are redeemable for a Plaza Level ticket at 50% off for a 2017 A's game. Food Bank Wednesdays is presented by Lagunitas.
 
Color Guard: US Coast Guard
National Anthem: Columbia Kingsmen
Ceremonial First Pitch: Home Run Readers
God Bless America: Anthony Smith

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