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A's lineup: Carter, Moss can coexist

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A's lineup: Carter, Moss can coexist

PROGRAMMING NOTE: A's Pregame Live begins at 6:30 on CSN California, followed by A's-Rangers, and A's Postgame Live immediately after the final out.

OAKLAND -- At 9-1 in July the A's are one of the hottest teams in baseball. With the American League West-leading Texas Rangers in town, Oakland is beginning a season- defining stretch of games. The A's are starting to look the part of a contender, but they'll have to prove they can hang with the big boys in the A.L. as they play two games against the Rangers, and four against the Yankees on this homestand.A's (46-43)
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Seth Smith, LF
Josh Reddick, CF
Yoenis Cespedes, DH
Brandon Moss, RF
Chris Carter, 1B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Brandon Inge, 3B
Cliff Pennington, SS
Instant AnalysisThe first thing that jumps out about Bob Melvin's lineup card is that Seth Smith is batting second again. With Coco Crisp bothered by a sore shoulder, the A's have been able to get Smith and Jonny Gomes time in the two-spot. Smith is a perfect two-hitter. He has a .361 on-base percentage, and walks in 13.1 percent of his plate appearances. I also like that Chris Carter and Brandon Moss are both in the lineup. I've been of the opinion that Carter shouldn't be platooned, and Moss deserves to be in there daily as well. They both provide serious pop. Last time they were both in the starting lineup they each went yard. The only A's batters that have faced Roy Oswalt are Seth Smith and Brandon Moss. Smith is 2 for 9 with two strikeouts against the veteran righty, and Moss is 1 for 8 with three strikeouts. Top of the OrderJemile Weeks is leading off again. He seems to be comfortable in that spot. He is also heating up a little bit, going 10 for 31 with five runs scored over his last seven games. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes seems to have taken nicely to the designated hitter role. In his 13 games as the DH he is batting .346 (18 for 52) with four homers and 13 RBI. The Cuban-slugger is batting .571 (8 for 14), with two homers and a 1.643 OPS since the All-Star break. He is also batting .500 (14-28) with four doubles, a homer, and seven RBI against the Rangers this season. He could be primed to have a big series.
Bottom of the OrderThe A's will need some production out of the bottom of the order. Kurt Suzuki is starting to heat up, he is batting .400 (4 for 10) in his last three games. Brandon Inge has been struggling offensively with 21 strikeouts in his last 15 games. Cliff Pennington is batting .120 (6 for 50) over his last 17 games.

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.