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The A’s played some horrific defense in the eighth inning last night

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The final score of the Athletics-Astros game last night suggests it was a laugher, but it was only a one-run game entering the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s when Houston put up a six-spot thanks to three-run homers from Alex Bregman and Tyler White.

Before that, however, things kicked off in pretty hilarious fashion when Josh Reddick led off and lifted a fly ball to left field that, most of the time, would be caught. In this case things got weird.

For starters, Nick Martini took a bad route to the ball, requiring him to attempt a reaching grab. Secondly, he missed the grab, with the ball doinking off his glove and to the ground. Then he picked it up and air-mailed it — and, babies, it wasn’t on just any plane, it was scraping the mesosphere in a tricked-out SR-71 Blackbird — over second base and on towards first. Matt Olson couldn’t handle the throw, so it went to the wall in foul territory.

Reddick, meanwhile, was standing at second, brushing the dirt off as his base coaches implored him to go to third. Which he eventually did given how out of the frame the ball was.

Watch it all unfold in its errorriffic glory:

An out and a walk later Bregman launched his three-run jack and the game was basically over. Houston went on to win 11-4.

The Astros may be wearing “Dream Crushers” t-shirts, but last night it was more like a “Dream Self-Inflicted Wound” for the A’s.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.