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Snakebytes 4/20: (Insert reference to Afroman here)

It's that day where smoke fills the air, but this year it's from the fire between the A's and Royals.

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"When he started out, it was a little rough. The ball was up, [he] wasn't throwing a lot of strikes, and as the game went on, he started getting down in the zone, getting ahead and getting some early-count outs, which is what we're looking for." - Chip Hale on Hellickson's start

"He's on a certain program that we think is going to help him in his progression to being an everyday player. People are having a hard time believing it because he's not getting at-bats every day, which is hard. But he's doing [work] offensively with our hitting coaches and then the strength coach; they're really working hard to get him to where we think he needs to be to be an everyday player." - Chip Hale on Yasmany Tomas

"It wasn't intentional. I think anyone who has a feel for the game, they would know that it's not intentional. I don't think anyone tries to throw at someone's toe or whatever. I tried to throw a fastball in, tried to throw it hard and got a little more on it because he's quick inside, and I just pulled it. That's all it was." - Scott Kazmir

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Combined with a slow healing injury to Chris Owings' shoulder and a hot streak during spring, Chip Hale anointed Nick Ahmed his starting short stop when the season began. Knowing that he needed to keep Owings in the lineup somehow, Hale named Owings the starter at second base and unleashed a domino effect on the lineup. Hill became a utility man, Lamb suddenly went down to a part time player, and Yasmany Tomas was expendable and was quickly sent down to AAA to work on "conditioning".

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