A's ‘explosive' bats tee off Giants in final Opening Day tune-up

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The Athletics appear ready for the 2023 MLB season to get going, as they beat the San Francisco Giants 12-6 on Monday at Oracle Park in the final tune-up before Opening Day. 

Veteran Jesús Aguilar, who signed a one-year contract this past offseason, set the tone early with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning as Oakland put up four runs in the first two innings. 

Aguilar hit one of four home runs launched by Oakland batters. Despite the contest counting as an exhibition game, the run support was appreciated by starting pitcher James Kaprielian. 

"Explosive," Kaprielian told reporters postgame. "Guys are hammering the ball. It was loud. When you're sitting on the bench trying to stay warm in the cold weather and you just hear a crack of the bat, I mean, it's exciting. 

"And then you want to pop up your bunny ears up there and see what's going on. But, I mean, it's just anytime you have an explosive offense, it does take a little bit of pressure off the staff and the bullpen." 

Ramón Laureano was the other power bat against the Giants as the outfielder hit a monster 392-foot three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning -- the 28-year-old eyes a bounce-back season after a subpar 2022. 

Esteury Ruiz followed up the news that he will be part of the A's Opening Day roster with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning. The 24-year-old hopes to reward Oakland for their decision.

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Seth Brown, who the A's hope can help carry their offense this season, launched a two-run homer that fell short of falling into McCovey Cove, though it's a confidence builder for the outfielder, who will look for his third straight season of 20 or more home runs.  

The A's hope that the 12 runs scored against the Giants is a prelude to what the offense will generate against starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani to start a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels beginning Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum. 

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