Stephen Piscotty impresses with glove in strong return to A's lineup

Stephen Piscotty impresses with glove in strong return to A's lineup

Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 at the plate in the A's 8-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night at the Coliseum. But his most impressive contribution after a monthlong absence came in the field. 

In the top of the fifth inning, Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters crushed Mike Fiers' pitch to the right-center field wall. Piscotty got a good break on the ball, and leapt up to catch it. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers clearly was grateful.

As the ball left Wieters' bat, Piscotty said he got some much-needed help from center fielder Mark Canha. 

"I feel like I got a good jump on it and it was approaching the wall, and I could hear Canha saying, 'Go for it! Go for it!'" Piscotty told NBC Sports California's Kara Tsuboi after the win. "And I was like, 'Alright, here we go.' Just jumped and secured it."

The A's went 15-9 in Piscotty's absence in July, but they are getting the right fielder back at the proper time. Ramón Laureano's on the 10-day injured list with a stress reaction in his right shin, and Piscotty's presence can help the A's withstand that injury. 

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The 28-year-old's catch came against his former team. Piscotty spent his first three MLB seasons with the Cardinals, before joining the A's ahead of the 2018 season. 

If Piscotty doesn't have more in store in Sunday's finale, at least something in his likeness will. Sunday's giveaway item is a "Hometown Hero" shirt featuring the Pleasanton native. 

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

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The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo


MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

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Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.