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Royals-A's: What to watch for

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Royals-A's: What to watch for

SAN FRANCICSO -- After four games against the Seattle Mariners spanning two continents to open the season, the Oakland A's get a crack at a different major league opponent in the Kansas City Royals.The 1-3 A's host the 2-1 Royals for three games at the Oakland Coliseum, starting Monday night with Tommy Milone starting opposite Luis Mendoza. Tuesday's game will match up Graham Godfrey against Danny Duffy, while Brandon McCarthy and Bruce Chen will start in Wednesday's finale.But the pitching matchups will take a back seat to A's rookie sensation Yoenis Cespedes, who has introduced himself to the big leagues with prodigous power.Cespedes, a Cuban defector who signed a four-year deal worth 36 million to come to Oakland, has hit three home runs in his first four games, including towering shots in both A's losses to the Mariners on Friday and Saturday.The bomb he hit Friday traveled an estimated 462 feet, the longest home run at the Coliseum since 2006, when hittrackeronline.com began measuring distances.Cespedes is just the third player in major league history since 1920 to hit a home run in three of his first four career games. With a home run Monday, Cespedes would join Jimmie Foxx (1932) as the only player in A's franchise history to hit four home runs in the season's first five games.Another A's hitter to keep an eye on is leadoff man Jemile Weeks, who is hitting just .222 so far, but killed the Royals last season. Weeks, who hit his first home run of the season Saturday, had four doubles, a triple and six RBIS in six games against Kansas City in his rookie year. He hit safely in all six contests for a .462 average.Weeks led American League rookies with his .303 average last season, just ahead of Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who hit .293. Hosmer is off to a fast start to 2012, with two home runs in three games, and is a fan of facing the A's. In eight games against Oakland last season, the third overall pick in 2008 hit .355 with a home run, three doubles, five RBIs, four walks and two steals. Hosmer's major league debut came against the A's on May 6, 2011.While Hosmer's bat is hot out of the gate, his teammate Alex Gordon is a major-league leader in the wrong type of category. Gordon has the most at-bats (13) without a hit so far this season. He is not in manager Ned Yost's lineup for Monday, replaced in the leadoff spot and in left field by Jason Bourgeois.A new name in the A's lineup is first baseman Daric Barton, reinstated from the disabled list on Monday. Barton was activated a day after hitting a grand slam for the A's Triple-A affiliate. Barton hit just .212 with no home runs and 21 RBIs in 67 games last season, but figures to be Bob Melvin's regular first baseman moving forward, especially now that the club has designated Brandon Allen for assignment.
Rael Enteen is a web producer with CSNBayArea.com. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN.

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.