A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles


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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One game out: A's right on Astros heels after beating Mariners again

One game out: A's right on Astros heels after beating Mariners again


OAKLAND — Jed Lowrie hit his 100th career home run, a two-run shot, to lead the Athletics to their fourth straight win, a 3-2 decision over the Mariners. The homer was Lowrie's 19th of the season, and his 76 RBI are a new career-high. Marcus Semien also homered for the third time in his last four games.

With the win, the A's improved to 72-48, just one game behind the Astros in the AL West. Oakland moved to 3 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Here's what else you need to know from Tuesday's victory...

--- Matt Chapman continued his remarkable play, both with his bat and with his glove. Chapman went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk to extend his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. He has now reached base safely in 28 straight games, the longest active streak in the American League. Chapman also made another highlight reel play on defense, diving onto the tarp to catch a foul ball.

--- Mike Fiers earned his first win as an Athletic, pitching six strong innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks. Fiers attacked the strike zone all night, throwing 57 strikes compared to just 21 balls. He lowered his ERA to 3.38 for the season and improved to 8-6. Fiers has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 32nd save of the season, tied for third in MLB. He lowered his MLB-best ERA to 0.89.

--- Seattle starting pitcher James Paxton left the game after just 1/3 of an inning after getting hit in his pitching arm by a Jed Lowrie line drive. X-rays were negative and Paxton is listed as day-to-day with a left forearm contusion. He was replaced by Felix Hernandez, who made his first career relief appearance after 398 starts. He allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

--- Mariners infielder Robinson Cano returned from his 80-game suspension for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy. Cano played first base and went 1-for-4 with a single. He was booed loudly before each of his at-bats.

The inaugural class of the A's Hall of Fame


The inaugural class of the A's Hall of Fame

The A's announced on Tuesday the team will honor seven members as the first class of the Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 5. 

Baseball Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, and Reggie Jackson will be joined by Dave Stewart and former A's owner Charlie Finley in the first class of the team Hall of Fame.

The seven members will be honored during a pregame ceremony at the Coliseum when the A's host the Yankees. 

“Our franchise is built on the history of legends. The Athletics Hall of Fame allows us to recognize the individuals who have shaped our identity and brought us success,” A's president Dave Kaval said in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate Eck, Rollie, Rickey, Catfish, Reggie, Stew, and Finley as our inaugural class.”

Each year, the A's will induct a new class into the Athletics Hall of Fame as voted by a committee. In the future, Hall of Fame members will be honored with a display at the Coliseum.