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Ramon Laureano illustrates value of an extra 90 feet in A’s first win of 2021

The 2021 Oakland A’s finally won a game on Wednesday, and Ramon Laureano was a big reason why.

In big-picture terms, the center fielder accounted for one of the A’s four runs all by himself, and then contributed to the 10th-inning rally that won the game on a walk-off. But really what he did was put on a clinic in the value of taking an extra base whenever you can.

In the 4th inning, Oakland trailed 1-0 against reigning Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer, and Laureano led off by getting hit by a pitch to reach base.