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A's Lineup: How the Brandons revitalized the A's

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A's Lineup: How the Brandons revitalized the A's

Oakland A's (34-36) lineupCrisp CF
Weeks 2B
Reddick RF
Cespedes DH
Smith LF
Inge 3B
Moss 1B
Suzuki C
Pennington SS
Instant AnalysisThis is the best possible incarnation of the A's lineup. Speed at the top, power in the middle, and another pseudo leadoff hitter batting ninth. An A's lineup without Cespedes, Inge, Crisp and Moss was able to defeat Friday's starter Tim Lincecum on May 20. That day, the A's scored four runs on him, and knocked him out after four innings. Cespedes is still the DH. On Wednesday he said his strained left hamstring is 80-percent and will only return to the outfield when he deems it 100-percent ready. He seems to have taken kindly to the DH role though. He is 3 for 8, with two doubles, one homer, and four RBIs since returning to the A's lineup two games ago.Also notable, is that Kurt Suzuki is back in the lineup after catching prospect Derek Norris made his Major League debut on Thursday. A's manager Bob Melvin insists they are in a time share, and that Norris is here to play. The pressure is on the veteran catcher to force Melvin to keep him in the lineup now. Suzuki is a workhorse who hates not being in the lineup, but being the class act that he is, he is helping Norris learn the A's ways. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp has been performing as the team's table-setter. He has gotten on base in his last eight games. He has scored a run in five of those games, and stolen four bases over that span. He is batting .423 (11 for 26) in his last eight games as well. He was still on the DL the last time the A's played the Giants. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick has started to level out. He is hitless in his last 19 at-bats, and is one at-bat away from potentially tying a career-worst mark of 20 at-bats without a hit. The three-hitter who got a day off Thursday is batting .211 (16 for 76) with one home run and 29 strikeouts over his last 20 games. In his previous 21 contests, he hit .291with 10 homers, and 19 strikeouts.Bottom of the OrderThe Brandons -- Inge and Moss -- make a nice power-hitting tandem in the six and seven spots of the order. Moss is out slugging all of the Giants first basemen combined with seven homers in just 14 games. Inge is proving his value to the team both offensively and defensively. The play he made in the ninth inning on Thursday to get Matt Traenor at second on Dee Gordon's bunt swung the momentum in the game firmly in the A's favor. The A's may finally have a viable solution to their power starved corner infield spots.

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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