As usual, the opening game for the Oakland A's was unsuccessful, falling to the Seattle Mariners 3-1. They escaped Japan with an even record, however, surprising Seattle with three late home runs, two in the seventh inning and and another in the eighth to come out with a 4-1 win.
In the Japan Opening Series the A's learned a lot about themselves, some positive, others not so much. Several lessons learned will remain a relevant theme all season long, while others will sort themselves out in the first few months.
In the month of April the A's find themselves faced with very beatable teams, so it's actually conceivable they could enter May towards the top of the division. Though it's still early, the A's must sort out these question marks quickly if they are going to contend with the Angels and Rangers.
The two games in Tokyo were a good starting point for the A's and brought to light several issues that can still be addressed before they continue the Mariners series on Friday, April 6.
Here are 10 things A's fans should take away from the Japan series.