A's lineup: Carter getting extended look?


A's lineup: Carter getting extended look?

Oakland Athletics (37-41) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, DH
Jonny Gomes, LF
Chris Carter, 1B
Brandon Inge, 3B
Brandon Hicks, SS
Kurt Suzuki, C
Instant AnalysisChris Carter remains in the lineup, playing first base. I had a chance to catch up with his former River Cats coaches who were thrilled to hear that he hit a home run in his first game back in the major leagues. They stressed that the power-hitting first baseman is a different player than he was when he got called up last year. "He's staying on the baseball a lot better, particularly to left field. "River Cats hitting coach Greg Sparks said. "Mostly his power has been to right center, but his power is all over the place. He cut down on strikeouts. I'm really happy for him."Sparks added that Carter has worked very hard to improve his defense and that he believes he has upgraded from a below average fielder to an above average one. "He wants to be there and he wants to stay there," River Cats manager Darren Bush said. "Nothing is given to you. You have to go up there and take it." Carter being in the lineup and playing first base in back-to-back games is a sign that the A's might finally be ready to give the one-time top prospect a chance to prove what he can do in the big leagues.After misreading a ball in left field that ended up being Craig Gentry's game-winning hit, Cespedes returns to being the designated hitter. The A's lineup is stacked with power. It looks like A's manager Bob Melvin is attempting to fight fire with fire against Texas' slugging lineup. The three-through-seven spots in the lineup are all filled by home run hitters. Top of the orderWeeks might be getting healthier after being nagged by a hip injury that slowed him down. He hit his American League-leading fifth triple on Friday. Heart of the orderCespedes had a career-high tying three hits on Thursday, and has been a force for the A's when healthy. He has missed 31 games due to injury, but is still ranked second amongst AL rookies in homers (9) and RBIs (35). He is 5-for-8 with three RBIs and a walk in this series. Manny never made it to the A's lineup, but they have Jonny. Gomes has been effective in left field for the A's, he is also batting .324 (11-for-34) with three homers, three doubles and seven RBIs in 16 games in June. Bottom of the orderBrandon Hicks starts at shortstop instead of Cliff Pennington. Hicks could provide an offensive boost for the A's over Pennington, who is hitting .094 over his last 10 games. Two of Hicks' three hits with the A's are doubles. He hit 13 homers in Triple-A before being recalled one week ago today. Texas Rangers (49-29) lineupIan Kinsler, 2B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Josh Hamilton, LF
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Michael Young, DH
Nelson Cruz, RF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Yorvit Torrealba, C
Craig Gentry, CF

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


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.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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