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A's lineup: Cespedes in, Gomes back

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A's lineup: Cespedes in, Gomes back

OAKLAND -- Here is the A's lineup for Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.The Lineup CardWeeks 2B
Cowgill LF
Reddick RF
Cespedes CF
Inge 3B
Gomes DH
Ka'aihue 1B
Suzuki C
Rosales SS
Instant AnalysisJonny Gomes returns to the lineup as the DH. He hasn't started a game since May 30. He came in as a defensive replacement last night after Yoenis Cespedes felt some knee pain. It is also interesting to note that yet again, Coco Crisp is riding the pine with Cespedes in center field. Yesterday A's manager Bob Melvin said that he was playing the hot hand with Cowgill. He insisted that Crisp is still a big part of this team. Top of the OrderJemile Weeks appears to be recovered from the injury scare on Saturday. Collin Cowgill now has a seven-game hitting streak. Cowgill is being given a chance to succeed with the A's, and he is rewarding them for their loyalty thus far. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes are in their familiar three and four spots in the lineup. It is a good sign to see Cespedes back in the lineup, because around these parts injuries tend to result in the worst-case scenario. Both Melvin and Cespedes said after Monday's game that he should be OK, after experiencing left-knee pain. Bottom of the OrderAdam Rosales is starting at shortstop over Cliff Pennington. It is a mild surprise because Pennington broke out of a 0 for 29 slump on Monday. He was 2 for 4 with a single and an RBI double.

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.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

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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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