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    November 18, 2018ByTyler Griffith@tgriffith1992Nov 18, 2018, 12:12pm
    PITCHING THIS WINTER?!Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsHappy Sunday, everyone!Tribe
    newsPaul Hoynes wrote another “Indians have starting pitching to trade” piece
    but I don’t care to link it since we’ve already gone through about 87 of
    them.Around the leagueAstros have acquired Aledmys Diaz from the Blue
    Jays.Kenley Jansen will have heart surgey on November 26. Best of
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    , Kenley!A new documentary on MLB doping called “Screwball”
    will get a spring release.Former Anteater and current member of the Milwaukee
    Brewers farm system Keston Hiura has won the MVP in the Arizona Fall League:
    TOKYO (AP) — Amid all the hoopla surrounding Ichiro Suzuki’s return to Japan
    with the Seattle Mariners, it’s been easy to overlook something else: the
    Oakland Athletics are here, too.The A’s are used to being seen as the also-rans,
    and even relish it. They were a playoff team last season — not the Mariners. And
    when “Ichiromania” subsides after the season-opening games in the Tokyo Dome on
    Wednesday and Thursday, the A’s will again be under-the-radar favorites.“The A’s
    have always been an underdog organization no matter how you put it,” A’s pitcher
    Liam Hendriks said. “We enjoy proving people wrong.”Teammate Stephen Piscotty,
    who is playing for his childhood team, put it a different way.“I don’t think we
    care too much about how that’s
    viewed ,”
    he said. “Last year’s expectations weren’t all that high, and we showed why that
    was wrong. We’re out this year to take down the division and just play our brand
    of baseball.”Hendriks might be the quintessential Oakland A’s player.He grew up
    in Perth, Australia, where he forsook Aussie Rules Football for baseball. He was
    cut twice from state baseball teams in Australia, but eventually the Minnesota
    Twins signed him in 2007.“I told myself I’d give it a few years, and if I’m not
    as good as I think I am, I’ll go back to Australia and pick up again with Aussie
    Rules.”He’s been traveling, but he’s still around after stints with the Twins —
    he called himself a “failed starting pitcher” there — to the Kansas City
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    , Toronto Blue Jays — and now starting his fourth season
    with the A’s.“I’ve been around,” he said. “There were a lot of teams that didn’t
    want me, but there were obviously teams that wanted me. Somebody saw something
    there.”Hendricks has become a multi-functional pitcher. He’s was the opening
    pitcher in the A’s 7-2 wild-card playoff loss to the New York Yankees, giving up
    a two-run homer in the first inning to Aaron Judge. That was his only
    inning.He’s basically a relief pitcher, but tries not to get hung up on terms;
    opener, starter, set-up man — you name it.“My biggest goal as a starter or
    opener or whatever you want to call it is to go out there and get us a clean
    inning and get the next guy in,” he said. “It helps to be versatile.”Hendriks
    started an exhibition game Sunday in a 5-1 victory over Japan’s Ham Fighters at
    the Tokyo Dome. He’ll be available in relief in the A’s two games with the
    Mariners.“I need to go out there and be ready for
    anything ,
    and expect any role,” he said.That could include facing Ichiro in what could be
    his final at-bat — or not. The 45-year-old Ichiro has left everyone guessing
    about his plans after the two games in Japan.“If you’re going to be
    overshadowed, it might as well be by the all-time hits leader in baseball,”
    Hendriks said. “We’re just happy to be along for the ride. I can’t wait for the
    opening series when they announce Ichiro and hear that crowd. I’m pretty excited
    for it.”