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A's excited to face the Giants

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A's excited to face the Giants

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OAKLAND -- Boasting the best record in baseball, the NL West-leading Dodgers sweep at the hands of the Oakland A's had every baseball fan in Northern California cheering. That harmony will be short lived however. On Friday, the Giants enter Oakland, instantly reminding Bay Area baseball fans of the Bay Bridge-sized rift dividing them.As the Battle of the Bay rivalry starts anew. The A's couldn't be more excited about it. "There's going to be a lot of A's and Giants fans here going at it," A's manager Bob Melvin said before Thursday's game. "I think that's good for baseball in the area. All eyes are certainly on that series when we're playing them."Melvin has reason to be excited. He is a Bay Area baseball fan himself. He attended Cal, and wears former A's captain Sal Bando's number 6 as a tribute. The sentimental manager admits to sometimes having to remind himself he is there to manage and not get lost in watching the games unfold. "Certainly for me, I am excited about it," he said. The A's hold a 46-43 edge all-time in the Bay Bridge series. In Oakland, the A's have won 26 of the last 17 contests. They have also won the last six home games against their Nor-Cal rivals, dating back to June 24, 2009. "It'll be fun," third baseman Brandon Inge said after Thursday's game. "I was on the DL before when we were playing them there. So I am excited to be able to play these guys here at our ballpark." ""We're going to have fun with it." With the Giants, come big crowds to the often sparsely attended Coliseum. It is a more festive atmosphere as Bay Area fans are firmly rooted in their rooting interests. "It's always exciting to play in front of more people," closer Ryan Cook said on Thursday. "Get the extra fans out there and try to put on a good show for them and play well." While the players try and insist the Battle of the Bay games don't mean any more, or less to them, they do want to send their representation of fans home happy. "I hope we come out on top," Cook said.

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.