Posted: Sunday January 27, 2013 4:36 PM

A's gear up for new season with added expectations

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Center fielder Coco Crisp strutted back into the Bay Area with puffed-up hair and a retro-style beard. Red-headed right fielder Josh Reddick slicked back his locks and added even more inches to his bushy beard. General manager Billy Beane still had his hair combed clean but picked "a terrible time'' for a sun spot to be removed from his nose.

The Oakland Athletics are back, and with plenty of new looks.

In front of a sellout crowd of more than 10,000 fans at neighboring Oracle Arena, players and coaches returned to Oakland on Sunday to drum-up support before heading to spring training in a few weeks.

After an improbable run to the AL West title last season, attention on the low-budget club could be quite different this season.

 
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