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Matt Chapman, Matt Olson win first career Gold Glove awards

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Matt Chapman, Matt Olson win first career Gold Glove awards

For the first time since 2012, the Oakland A's have a Gold Glove Award winner. They actually have two.

Third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson each snagged their first career Gold Glove Sunday night.

Chapman beat out Houston's Alex Bregman and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez at third base. The 25-year-old led all of baseball with 29 defensive runs saved and a 19.5 SABR Defensive Index rating.

“It’s an honor to win this prestigious award," Chapman said in a statement released by the A's on Sunday evening. "We all work to be the best at what we do and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to combine my ability with hard work. I want to thank Bob Melvin and all of the coaches who have helped me get to where I am today, especially Matt Williams who has helped me reach the next level. Lastly, I want to thank the Oakland A’s for giving me this opportunity. I am forever grateful.”

Chapman led all third basemen with a 10.9 ultimate zone rating and .853 zone rating. He becomes the first A's third baseman to win a Gold Glove since Eric Chavez in 2006.

Olson defeated Boston's Mitch Moreland and Toronto's Justin Smoak at first base. The 24-year-old led AL first basemen with a 5.8 SABR Defensive Index rating, 14 defensive runs saved, a .913 zone rating, and 11.6 ultimate zone rating.

"It's definitely nice," Olson told reporters on a conference call. "First base doesn't necessarily get the glory that some other positions do, and that's more than fine, but to be able to go out and have a good year defensively like I did, it's nice to get that recognition. ... I've always been pretty confident in my defensive ability. It's something that I've kind of naturally had growing up. So I knew I could definitely have the potential to be a Gold Glove first baseman, not necessarily in my first full year."

Olson was the only first baseman in the majors to play in all 162 regular season games. He is the first A's first baseman to win a Gold Glove since Mark McGwire in 1990.

A's shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie were Gold Glove Award finalists but came up short of making it an Oakland sweep. The Angels' Andrelton Simmons got the nod at shortstop, while Boston's Ian Kinsler won at second base.

Chapman and Olson will now have a chance to win the Platinum Glove Award, given to the top defender in each league regardless of position. Fans can vote for one of the nine Gold Glove Award winners to determine the Platinum Glove winner. No A's player has won a Platinum Glove since it was established in 2011.

How A's first-round pick Logan Davidson evokes Dodgers' Corey Seager

How A's first-round pick Logan Davidson evokes Dodgers' Corey Seager

The A's signed 2019 first-round pick Logan Davidson on Monday, and introduced him to the media prior to their game against the Orioles.

The Clemson shortstop was joined by his parents, sister, girlfriend and agent Scott Boras at the Coliseum.

"I know that the Oakland area likes Clemson people," Davidson quipped. "I thought that was pretty cool for sure with the Raiders and everything."

In case you missed it, three of the Oakland Raiders' nine 2019 draft picks -- Clelin Ferrell, Trayvon Moreau and Hunter Renfrow -- hail from Clemson University.

Davidson, who grew up in Charlotte, N.C., was asked to describe himself as a player.

"I'm a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate," Davidson told the media in Oakland. "I play the game with a little spark. Pretty good shortstop, I'd say. I like to play defense. I just get after it."

For A's director of scouting Eric Kubota, that description sounds like another kid from the Queen City who ended up being a first-round pick.

"I'm on record as saying he reminds me a bit of Corey Seager," Kubota said. "It's the same offensive profile, shortstop who can impact the game with his bat and the glove, so that's who I thought of."

Seager isn't a switch-hitter like Davidson, but the Dodgers shortstop went on to win NL Rookie of the Year in 2016 and has been named to two All-Star Games. So if Davidson can replicate Seager's talent, the A's have themselves a good player.

While the A's see a bit of Seager in Davidson, the 21-year-old patterned his game after a future Hall of Fame catcher.

"As a young kid, my dad and I liked Joe Mauer, so the left-handed swing is modeled after him with the balance and the smooth left-handed swing," Davidson said.

Now that Davidson has put pen to paper and been introduced to the media, he will begin his professional career Tuesday.

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A's general manager David Forst announced that Davidson will fly out to Burlington, Vt. and start playing for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters.

"How quickly he moves is up to him," Forst said.

Orioles vs. A's lineups: Stephen Piscotty starting after melanoma scare

Orioles vs. A's lineups: Stephen Piscotty starting after melanoma scare

On Friday, A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty had surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear. Three days later, he's back in the starting lineup as Oakland opens a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at the Coliseum Monday night.

The A's lost two of the three games Piscotty missed, so his return will be a welcome sight for the club.

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With Piscotty back in the lineup, Mark Canha is on the bench.

Mike Fiers will get the start for the A's. In his last start against Tampa Bay, the veteran right-hander allowed three hits and two earned runs over six innings.

Baltimore Orioles (21-50):
1. Jonathan Villar (S) SS
2. Anthony Santander (S) LF
3. Trey Mancini (R) RF
4. Chance Sisco (L) C
5. Pedro Severino (R) DH
6. Rio Ruiz (L) 3B
7. Hanser Alberto (R) 2B
8. Chris Davis (L) 1B
9. Stevie Wilkerson (S) CF

RHP -- Andrew Cashner (6-2, 4.73 ERA)

Oakland A's (36-36):
1. Marcus Semien (R) SS
2. Matt Chapman (R) 3B
3. Matt Olson (L) 1B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Ramon Laureano (R) CF
6. Robbie Grossman (S) LF
7. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
8. Jurickson Profar (S) 2B
9. Josh Phegley (R) C

RHP -- Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.63 ERA)