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01/19/11 7:34 PM EST

Single-game A's tickets go on sale Jan. 29

OAKLAND -- Single-game ticket sales for an A's home schedule filled with novelties will begin Saturday, Jan. 29.

Tickets can be purchased online at oaklandathletics.com.

The 81-game slate at Oakland Coliseum begins with an April 1 home and season opener against the Seattle Mariners. It marks the first time that the A's have begun a season on a Friday at home since April 6, 1979, against Minnesota.

Oakland's myriad of promotional giveaways features bobbleheads of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson (April 30), MC Hammer (July 17) and broadcaster and ex-catcher Ray Fosse (Aug. 13). Henderson and Hammer, an A's batboy before embarking upon his music career, are scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitches on their respective giveaway days.

Other promotions include Kid's Bat Day (May 14) and five fireworks nights (scheduled for May 28, July 2, July 29, Aug. 20 and Sept. 16).

Another highlight is a traditional doubleheader on July 16 against the Los Angeles Angels. It will be Oakland's first scheduled twinbill since Aug. 10, 1997, against Milwaukee.

High-profile series on the schedule include visits from the Boston Red Sox (April 19-20), New York Yankees (May 30-June 1) and cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants (June 17-19).

The A's will launch a new promotion called "Free Hot Dog Thursdays." At each Thursday game, 10,000 fans will receive a voucher upon entry, redeemable for a free hot dog from concession stands for that day's game. Free Hot Dog Thursdays will replace the $1 hot dog promotion that previously ran on Wednesdays.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.