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A’s finalize 10-year deal to remain at Coliseum

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POSTED July 4, 2014 12:56 a.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have finalized an agreement on a 10-year extension to play at the Coliseum through the 2024 season.

The deal was approved Thursday by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. The deal still needs to be formally approved by the Oakland City Council and Alameda County Board of Supervisors later this month.

The deal settles all outstanding issues between the two sides, including a dispute of past rent owed by the A’s. The A’s will spend more than $10 million on a new scoreboard and the Coliseum Authority will pay for any structural improvements that will be in place by opening day 2015.

The rundown Coliseum has had multiple sewage problems in the past year and an outage affecting the outfield lights on June 14.

Texas pushes Darvish back a day because of rain

BALTIMORE (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish had his start pushed back one day after rain delayed the start of Thursday night’s game against the Orioles.

With the threat of more rain after a nearly one-hour delay, Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to use reliever Scott Baker against Baltimore and save Darvish until Friday night when Texas takes on the Mets in New York.

Baker started against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. In two previous starts this season, Baker went 0-1 with 6.00 ERA — allowing eight runs in 12 innings. In 177 games over nine years, Baker has made 164 starts.



Darvish (8-4) now might be eligible to pitch in the All-Star game, if selected, because he isn’t expected to pitch on the Sunday before the break.

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