March 25: Yomiuri Giants vs. Oakland Athletics

To complete the day, the A’s played an exhibition baseball game at the Tokyo Dome vs. the Yomiuri Giants. Take a stroll through the game below.

 

The dugout is prepped. The team is in the clubhouse, soon to make their way to the Tokyo Dome field.

 

The team is ready and wait for their turn to practice.

 

The A’s take batting practice inside the Tokyo Dome.

 

Manager Bob Melvin hits baseballs to the infielders behind short.

 

A’s fans are out in force. Here…

 

…there…

 

…and everywhere inside the Tokyo Dome.

 

A local personality speaks with Yoenis Cespedes and admits Cespedes is much stronger than he.

 

Jordan Norberto autographs for many fans down the left field line.

 

Stomper is here! And he’s with a new friend from the Yomiuri Giants.

 

Stomper offers his new friend a piggyback ride and off they go.

 

Stomper wishes everyone well from the Tokyo Dome.

 

Josh Donaldson helps Stomper stretch for the game.

 

During pregame, the visiting A’s are announced first. Tye Waller and Chili Davis are all smiles greeting Travis Schlichting with high fives.

The home Giants are announced next as Bob Melvin looks on.

 

Managers of both clubs are presented with flowers during the pregame ceremony.

 

The national anthems of both countries are sang.

 

Brandon Allen and Josh Reddick bow their heads during The Star Spangled Banner.

 

Bob Melvin goes over the Tokyo Dome ground rules with the umpires.

 

The Tokyo Dome scoreboard says it all just before the first pitch.

 

Coco Crisp picks up the A’s first hit of the night, a ringing double down the left field line.

 

As the A’s head out to the take their defensive positions, they toss baseballs into the crowd, including this one by Josh Reddick.

 

Tommy Milone was sharp, limiting the Giants’ offense.

 

With Josh Reddick on second…

 

…Jemile Weeks plates the A’s first run with this base hit.

 

With the A’s taking a lead, let’s check out the scene inside the Tokyo Dome’s concourse. Here’s one of the many team shops.

 

And in the stands, this is just one of the many colorfully dressed drink vendors.

 

With the A’s up 5-0 in the 9th, backed by a home run from Kurt Suzuki, Grant Balfour takes the hill for a 1-2-3 inning.

 

Yes, “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang was played as soon as the A’s recorded the final out.

 

The top performers of the game, Tommy Milone and Kurt Suzuki, are brought on-field for postgame Q&A.

 

This Kurt Suzuki fan is pleased.

 

Comcast SportsNet is on the scene with Kurt Suzuki…

 

…and Tommy Milone.

 

A’s fans in Tokyo head home happy.

Please note: This exhibition game and the next vs. the Hanshin Tigers will not be broadcast on TV or radio. On March 28 and 29, the Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland A’s games will be broadcast live on 95.7 FM The Game and tape delayed for television on MLB Network (6am & 7pm PT each day).

 

1 Comment

Great coverage of the A’s in Japan! I find myself checking it several times a day. Good job! Thanks a lot.

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