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A's set record for offensive futility

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Oakland is doing one thing well that was somewhat expected: The team is stealing bases.

The other thing the club is doing well offensively is much more of a surprise: The A's are hitting the ball out of the park.

Josh Reddick's solo shot in Friday's 4-3 loss to Cleveland gave the A's 13 in 15 games. Last year, it took Oakland 27 games to get to 13 homers.

The team is among the league leaders in steals with 11, and neither Coco Crisp nor Jemile Weeks have started to really run. Crisp missed his third consecutive game Friday after a severe case of the flu; he has two, and Weeks has one.

Despite picking up a lot of steals and numerous homers, the A's aren't seeing those elements translate into runs: Entering Friday, they had scored just 43 runs, matching the fewest in Oakland history over the first 14 games of the season, previously set by the 1968 team.

On Friday, the A's set an Oakland record for fewest runs over the first 15 games with 46. The 1968 team had 49 after 15 games.

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