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A's reinstate Josh Phegley, designate Dustin Garneau for assignment

A's reinstate Josh Phegley, designate Dustin Garneau for assignment

OAKLAND -- The A's have reinstated catcher Josh Phegley from the 10-day injured list and designated Dustin Garneau for assignment.

Phegley, 31, missed 14 games with a left thumb contusion. He completed a rehab assignment at Triple-A Las Vegas and High-A Stockton, going 3-for-11 in three games.

For the season, Phegley is slashing .243/.283/.427 with a career-high 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 82 games. He will continue to platoon with left-hander Chris Herrmann behind the plate.

Garneau played seven games for the A's, going 5-for-17 with a home run, two doubles, and seven RBI. The 32-year-old is expected to be claimed off waivers by another team.

Meanwhile, former A's catcher Beau Taylor was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays after being designated for assignment Wednesday. Taylor, 29, played nine games with Oakland this year, going 4-for-22 with two home runs.

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That leaves the A's with just two catchers currently on the 40-man roster, though they likely will add either Sean Murphy or Jonah Heim from Triple-A in September.

Both young catching prospects will need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft.

Watch 'Workaholics' star Blake Anderson shotgun beer at A's tailgate

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Watch 'Workaholics' star Blake Anderson shotgun beer at A's tailgate

Tailgating in Oakland is a unique experience, no matter the sport. And yet, you never can be quite prepared for what you're going to see or who you'll run into. 

At a recent tailgate during the Royals-A's series, "Workaholics" star Blake Anderson stopped by to hang out with some A's fans and enjoy some libations.

Well, to be frank, he straight up shotgunned a beer:

Those at the tailgate recorded the chugfest while shouting "Go Oakland!" in the process. Anderson responded perfectly.

The actor is a Concord native and is a huge A's and Golden State Warriors fan. You can spot him at plenty of local sporting events, so if you happened to miss him recently at the Coliseum, don't worry -- he'll be back soon.

Cheers, Blake!

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A's vs. Royals lineups: Matt Olson only left-hander facing Danny Duffy

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A's vs. Royals lineups: Matt Olson only left-hander facing Danny Duffy

One day after hitting his 35th home run, A's first baseman Matt Olson is the lone left-handed hitter in the lineup Wednesday. 

A's manager Bob Melvin is bringing out his right-handers to face Royals lefty Danny Duffy for a matinee game in Oakland. Olson, however, has fared much better against righties than lefties this year. 

The power-hitting 25-year-old is batting just .230 with 10 homers against left-handers this season compared to .290 with 25 long balls vs. lefties. He still will hit third in the order, though. 

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Royals game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at noon PT, with first pitch at 12:37.

Kansas City Royals (56-96)
2B Whit Merrifield
SS Adalberto Mondesí
DH Jorge Soler
3B Hunter Dozier
LF Alex Gordon
1B Ryan O'Hearn
RF Bubba Starling
C Meibrys Viloria
CF Brett Phillips

LHP Danny Duffy (6-6, 4.55 ERA)

Oakland A's (91-61)
SS Marcus Semien
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha 
RF Ramon Laureano
DH Khris Davis
C Sean Murphy
LF Chad Pinder
2B Sheldon Neuse

RHP Homer Bailey (13-8, 4.76 ERA)