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There's no figuring out these A's

Frank Thomas has been a bright spot in a season that has been a successful, yet odd one for the A's.

Originally Published: August 25, 2006
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Two of the brightest general managers in baseball, Oakland's Billy Beane and Cleveland's Mark Shapiro, were speaking to each other recently.

"Billy told me we were giving the sabermetricians fits,'' Shapiro said with a smile.

Indeed. The Indians were on a pace to become the first team in history to finish 10 games under .500 despite outscoring their opponents by 50-plus runs. And the A's, well, their numbers don't make much sense, either.

Through Thursday, the A's lead the American ...

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