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A's philosophy: 'Why the hell not?'

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A's philosophy: 'Why the hell not?'

The difference between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics today is this:

The Giants had their souls crushed. The As merely had their hearts broken. And having broken so many, the As enter Tuesdays first fly-or-cry game in this American League Division Series with Detroit with their usual world view.

Why the hell not?

I guess whoever made the season 162 games was a fan of the Oakland As, team veteranphilosopher Jonny Gomes said Monday. Whoever made the playoff format is a fan of the Oakland As. And we dont want to be down 0-2, but whoever put us here with these fans is a fan of the As.

And then he brought out the slogan for the rest of their stay in the postseason:

Were definitely pressure tested.

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So there you have it. The As are a set of tires, and theyre going to have to drive like there are no more pit stops.

The As do have the memories of their last difficult road trip of the regular season, and the sweeps of Seattle and Texas that allowed them to be here now, processing the agonies of Games 1 and 2 in Detroit and turning them into one more festival of reaper-cheating in season full of them.

Even the mini-controversy of Al Alburquerque has run its course. The Detroit reliever who kissed the baseball when he fielded Yoenis Cespedes game-ending comebacker is already one more story for the offseason.

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I wouldnt do it myself, reliever Grant Balfour said Monday, but I dont know. Maybe he just has a baseball. Who knows?

Indeed, who knows. Even Brett Anderson, the Game 3 starter who is coming off the in-the-shop list to do so, may be part of the scheduled kismet.

You almost wonder if it isnt set up to go this way, Balfour said of Andersons first start since September 19, when he lost . . . wait for it . . . at Detroit. Maybe hes supposed to be the one to save us. Ive thought some crazy things, and were here now, so it wouldnt surprise me in any way.

Andersons six starts this year after missing the first 121 games have shown both his great promise and the worrisome side of his career. Having missed so much time, and having thrown no more than 108 pitches in any start this year, he is likely to be on a bit of a governor from manager Bob Melvin, and the likeliest guess would be anywhere between 85 pitches and We just need this one more out.

Thats the beauty of being one game away from golf it blows up the best-laid plans of mice and men. See Cueto, Johnny, for further evidence.

Hey, Gomes said with a smile of purest Wittgenstein, at least we dont have to go on the road down 0-2.

Now take a wild guess as to whom he might be referring to there. Even if he didnt mean to, he was talking about the team with the freshly crushed souls. The team that isn't like a set of tires. Pick your reference point.

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.