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Pratt's Instant Replay: Rangers 7, A's 2

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Rangers 7, A's 2

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For the third straight night the A's got off to a promising start before falling apart. This time it was two fifth-inning errors that did them in against the division-leading Rangers. Texas defeated the A's 7-2, it is the first game the A's have lost by more than one run in their last eight losses. Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone pitched much better than the score indicates. He lasted five innings allowing six runs, only one of them earned. He struck out a career-high six hitters. The young lefty fell victim to shoddy defense in a big fifth inning for the Rangers. Texas plated five runs, three coming on a Josh Hamilton homer after the A's committed two errors. Giving the top-hitting team in baseball extra outs is a recipe for disaster, and it burned the A's on Saturday. The Rangers' other two runs in the fifth came on a two-run single by Ian Kinsler. He struck out looking in his first two at-bats.At the PlateChris Carter stayed hot since being called up to the A's on Friday. The right-handed slugger is 3-for-7 with two homers, three runs and two RBIs in his last two games. Carter was a factor in the A's only two runs. He homered in the second inning, then hit a two-out double in the fourth inning, and came around to score on a single by Brandon Inge. Inge now has 34 RBIs in 40 games with the A's. Yoenis Cespedes lead off with a double to right field in the sixth inning, but the A's failed to score. Cespedes is 6-for-12 in the series with three RBIs and one walk. Bullpen ReportBrian Fuentes made his first appearance since June 23. He pitched a scoreless sixth inning, but was charged with a run in the seventh after he remained in the game and gave up two hits before departing. The run scored when Jordan Norberto gave up an RBI single to Hamilton. Norberto finished the night with 1.2 innings pitched, allowing two hits and striking out one batter. In the FieldIn the fourth inning, Elvis Andrus lead off with a double. He attempted to steal third but Kurt Suzuki gunned him down with a perfect strike to Inge at third. Inge committed his second error in as many nights, allowing Nelson Cruz to reach base to start the bottom of the fifth. Cruz was caught in a rundown when Yorvit Torrealba grounded into a fielder's choice. The next batter Craig Gentry hit a line drive that Brandon Hicks made a leaping catch on. He had to use every last inch of his 6'2" frame to catch the ball. Hicks later made an error bobbling a ball that would have ended the inning. That preceded the Hamilton home run. Up NextOn Sunday Travis Blackley (1-2, 3.05 ERA) takes on Yu Darvish (10-4, 3.57 ERA). Darvish is tied for the A.L. lead with 10 wins, but struggled in his last start against the A's. He is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in three starts against Oakland. Blackley has pitched well over his last three starts, but left his previous start in Seattle after seven innings with back tightness.

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.