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A's Lineup: Reddick moved down in order

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A's Lineup: Reddick moved down in order

The A's and Rays will play a rare Saturday series finale in Tampa Bay. They have Sunday off because the Republican National Convention takes place at Tropicana Field tomorrow. Oakland Athletics (68-57) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Stephen Drew, SS
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Seth Smith, DH
Chris Carter, 1B
Josh Reddick, RF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
George Kottaras, C
Cliff Pennington, 2B
Instant AnalysisJosh Reddick returns to the lineup but is batting in the sixth position. Moving down Reddick is a wise move at the moment because he's been struggling offensively as of late. He is batting .149 with five walks and 31 strikeouts in his last 23 games. He does have 14 RBIs over that span, but is only batting .190 with runners in scoring position this season. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp has been one of the A's best players after struggling in April and May. He has 19 RBIs in 32 games since the All-Star Break after driving in 18 runs in his first 60 games. Heart of the OrderYoenis Cespedes is batting .350 since the All-Star Break. He has been successful with runners in scoring position batting .380. Bottom of the OrderCliff Pennington is batting ninth. He has good numbers against Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. Pennington is 3 for 6 with a homer and two walks against him.Starting PitchersBrandon McCarthy (6-5, 3.16 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale against the Rays. McCarthy is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in three starts since being reinstated from the disabled list. He is 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA in nine games against the Tampa Bay Rays in his career. Hellickson (8-8, 3.28 ERA) is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts.

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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