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Updated: 2017-06-22T08:43:46-07:00

 



Oakland A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment, place Matt Chapman on disabled list

2017-06-22T08:43:46-07:00

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Team leader Stephen Vogt’s time with the Oakland Athletics appears to be drawing to a close as the youth movement advances.

Popular Oakland Athletics team leader Stephen Vogt has been designated for assignment. The two-time All-Star catcher first joined the A’s organization in the 2013 season, helping the team advance to the postseason in 2013 and 2014. Vogt has struggled at the plate this year, however, batting .217/.287/.357 in 174 plate appearances.

In other transaction news, Matt Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 as he recovers from a knee infection, officially termed “left knee cellulitis,” that has kept him out against the Houston Astros. The A’s have recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell and 1B/OF Matt Olson.

Vogt is out of options, and the A’s will have 10 days in which to either trade Vogt, have him clear waivers and send him to the minor leagues, or release him. If he does clear waivers, Vogt has the right to elect free agency as a player with at least three years of service time, though he would forego the remainder of his $2,965,000 salary he is receiving in his first arbitration-eligible year.




Game #72: Astros Quiet A's Bats, 5-1

2017-06-21T22:28:00-07:00

Houston strings together 5 hits in the top of the 6th inning to plate 3 runs off A's starter, Sean Manaea. Astros starter Mike Fiers and 4 relievers would hold the lead from there, as the Astros took their 3rd consecutive game of the 4 game series in Oakland. The A's dropped their 9th consecutive game to the visiting Astros tonight (0-5 at home against the 'Stros in 2017) and fell to a season worst 17 1/2 games behind the front running club from Houston. ***Read Tonight's Gamethread and Comments Here*** Both of tonight's starting pitchers, the A's, Sean Manaea (5 wins in last 6 starts) and the Astros Mike Fiers (3 wins in last 4 starts) came into tonight's game pitching well and true to form, the game was a scoreless pitchers duel until top of the 6th inning.In that fateful inning, Jose Altuve would start things off (who else would you expect?) with a line drive single and would advance to 3rd with agressive baserunning on a single from Carlos Correa (who advanced on an ill-advised throw from A's Centerfielder, Jaycob Brugman, trying to get the speedy Altuve at 3rd base).  Both runners would be plated home on an 0-2 single from A's killer, Evan Gattis.  In fact 4 of the 5 hits Manaea would give up in the inning came with 2 strikes as he struggled to find the right location and pitch in the inning to put away the Astros pesky line-up.  Overall Manaea pitched well (6 innings, 99 pitches, 7 hits allowed, 3 runs, 2 walks and 8 strikeouts) and continues to be the A's most consistent and best starter in 2017. He deserved better in this start. Sadly, the A's offense once again couldn't get anything going against the Astros pitching.  In the first 3 games of the this 4 game series, the green and gold offense has mustered a meager 6 runs on 16 hits and racked up 29 strikeouts. Not pretty.  After 72 games the A's have the lowest team batting average in the American League (.241 entering tonight's contest) and the worst team batting average in baseball with runners and scoring postion (.226 entering tonight).  Tonight's game only confirmed those numbers as the team went 0-5 with runners in scoring position and grounded into 3 rally killing double plays.The good news tonight for the A's?  I had to really dig, but here is what I came up with... 5 good things about tonight's game:#1 - Sean Manaea is Legit- Facing a Astros line-up that makes a pitcher work for every out, Manaea was dominant through 5 innings and would finish with 8 strikeouts.  Manaea is proving to be worth the Zobrist trade of 2015, it is fun to see him growing in confidence with every outing. #2 - Ryan Madson is Quiely Having a Solid Season -  He hasn't allowed a run in 10 of his last 12 appearances and had another clean inning tonight.  It seems like a lock that Madson will be traded before the July 31st trade deadline and his impressive season so far is raising the price on the prospects that A's will get for him. #3 - I Believe in Stephen Vogt in the Outfield? Vogt played the Outfield in the 8th and 9th innings - He looked better than half the Outfielders the A's have run out there this season! When you got 4/4 on balls hit to you in only 4th LF game of your career. #WeBelieveInStephenVogt pic.twitter.com/04UJXUdEq9 — A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) June 22, 2017 This wasn’t the only action that began the game. The first Astro at-bat led to the first appeal of the game as the Astros challenged a diving catch by Khris Davis, contending he did not have possession, the opposite of the called fly out. Indeed the call was reversed to put Springer on first. This led to little, though the ‘Stros worked hard to move Springer to third but left him stranded. The action began in the fifth when Evan Gaddis led off the inning with a doubled on a line drive to Khris Davis. With two outs, Jake Marisnick hit a two run homer to put the Astros on the board first. Athletics 0, Astros 2. The A’s ramped up their own offense in the 6th inning and challenged the arms of[...]



Game #70: Athletics Versus Astros (2)

2017-06-19T21:18:05-07:00

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The A's enter the bottom of the 7th trailing 2-1.  Daniel Gossett has a fine outing.