A's Partner With Japanese Team

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have entered into a
formal partnership with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan.

Under the agreement announced Thursday, the A's and the Rakuten Eagles will share information pertaining to player development and data analysis. The teams also will exchange baseball operations staff including coaches, strength and conditioning specialists and medical personnel.

A's general manager Billy Beane says the agreement will benefit
both organizations and he looks forward to the relationship growing
in the future.

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