Play ball!

Finally, it's baseball season. And here's hoping it will be a good one!

The Oakland A's open up at home Monday, looking to defend their American League West title. The San Francisco Giants kick things off the same night in Arizona, hoping to get back on a winning track.

In honor of the occasion, we decided to queue up some tunes by The Baseball Project. This fine indie-pop act, featuring R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills as well as other talented players, focuses on songs about baseball. And the band has certainly hit its share of home runs.

Check out these two Baseball Project songs about our Bay Area Major League Baseball teams:

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Oakland A's

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San Francisco Giants

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