A's lineup -- Cespedes swinging fifth


A's lineup -- Cespedes swinging fifth

The Oakland Athletics begin meaningful baseball at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Friday with a third consecutive regular season game against the Seattle Mariners, the first two having been split in Japan.

Here is the lineup manager Bob Melvin has decided to go with for their home opener:

1. Weeks -- 2B
2. Crisp -- LF
3. Reddick -- RF
4. Gomes -- DH
5. Cespedes -- CF
6. Suzuki -- C
7. Donaldson -- 3B
8. Ka'aihue -- 1B
9. Pennington -- SS
McCarthy -- P

Climbing the ladder: While the A's expect Yoenis Cespedes to be a three- or four-hitter, Melvin has made it clear they intend on moving Cespedes around to keep off the pressure of producing from the heart of the lineup, especially while he adjusts to living in a new country.

From the looks of it, though, the A's are quickly elevating him to the heart of the order. After batting seventh in his first MLB game in Japan, the A's slid him up to sixth for Game 2.

Friday, he'll hit fifth after DH Jonny Gomes, protected by catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Healthy again: Cliff Pennington re-joins the starting lineup after missing the A's past two games. He was held out for precautionary reasons after leaving Oakland's Monday contest at AT&T with a tight groin.

Who's on first: The A's have a super-platoon at first base. While they wait for Daric Barton and his strained shoulder to come off the DL, they will rotate between Brandon Allen and Kila Ka'aihue, each left-handed bats.

Melvin noted during the Bay Bridge Series he thought Ka'aihue was handling left-handed pitchers better than Allen, and sure enough, it's Ka'aihue who gets the nod against Seattle's left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas.

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles


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


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.