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A's place Matt Chapman on DL; call up top prospect

A's place Matt Chapman on DL; call up top prospect

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to yesterday with a right thumb contusion, the club announced Saturday.  The A’s also recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas and infielder Franklin Barreto from Triple-A Nashville and optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Ramirez to Nashville.

Chapman was batting .250 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI and had played in all 69 of the A’s games prior to yesterday.  This is his second career stint on the DL as he missed time last year from June 19 to July 2 with left knee cellulitis.  Chapman played in 149 consecutive games in between the two DL stints.  He is batting .368 in June after hitting .186 in May and leads all Major League third basemen in total chances (247), putouts (54) and assists (182).

Barreto joins the A’s for the third time this year and is 0-for-6 with a walk in five games over his previous two stints.  He was recalled for the first time April 7 and played in one game without an at bat before he was optioned back to Nashville April 16.  Barreto went 0-for-6 in four games, including three starts, during his second stay with Oakland from May 23 to 31.  The 22-year-old right-handed hitter batted .238 with a home run and four RBI in 11 games with the Sounds following his most recent option and is hitting .236 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 43 games overall at Triple-A. Barreto has appeared in 31 games at second base and nine at shortstop.

Lucas is 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA and .250 opponents batting average in four games, including one start, with Oakland and begins his fourth stint with the club today.  He was recalled most recently on May 30, pitched 0.2 scoreless innings the next day against Tampa Bay, and was optioned to Nashville June 5.  The 27-year-old right-hander pitched four times for the Sounds following his most recent option and did not allow a run in 5.1 innings.  Overall, he has three saves, a 1.50 ERA and .167 opponents batting average in 14 games at Triple-A.

Ramirez was recalled from Nashville Thursday and appeared in each of the A’s two games since then (4.0 ip, 1 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 2 so).  He has a 3.00 ERA in three games over two stints with Oakland and a 3.24 ERA in five games overall in the majors.

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A's agree to terms with first-round pick Kyler Murray

A's agree to terms with first-round pick Kyler Murray

OAKLAND, – The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms with seven players from the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, including their first round selection outfielder Kyler Murray from the University of Oklahoma.

Murray, 20 (21 on Aug. 7), hit .296 (56-for-189) with 46 runs, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 47 RBI, a .398 on-base percentage, and a .556 slugging mark in 51 games with the University of Oklahoma during the 2018 season.  In two seasons with the Sooners, the redshirt sophomore hit .261 (62-for-238) with 62 runs, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 53 RBI and a .466 slugging mark despite getting just 49 at-bats during the 2017 season.

The ninth overall selection in the draft, Murray appeared in seven games for the Sooners football team in 2017 after sitting out the 2016 season following his transfer from Texas A&M.  Before transferring to the University of Oklahoma prior to the spring 2016 semester, the 5-foot-11 outfielder was a quarterback at Texas A&M where he appeared in nine games during the 2015 season.

Also agreeing to terms were shortstop Jeremy Eierman (competitive balance round B, Missouri State), right-handed pitcher Gus Varland (14th round, Concordia), right-handed pitcher Calvin Coker (15th, Auburn), outfielder Devin Foyle (17th, Kansas), third baseman Jonah Bride (23rd, South Carolina) and outfielder Alonzo Jones (25th, Vanderbilt).

Eierman hit .287 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 56 games with Missouri State and earned All-MVC honors for a second straight year.  Varland was 7-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 60.1 innings in 10 games for Concordia.  Coker was 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 29 relief appearance and one start for Auburn and pitched in 61 games over two seasons with the Tigers.  Bride hit .307 with South Carolina, Foyle hit .324 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 50 games with Kansas and Jones batted .236 with 16 stolen bases for Vanderbilt.

The A’s have now signed or agreed to terms with 33 players from the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, including each of their first eight picks and 22 of the first 24.

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49ers unveil 1994 throwback uniforms to be worn for one game

49ers unveil 1994 throwback uniforms to be worn for one game

SANTA CLARA – The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday unveiled new alternate uniforms at the second annual State of the Franchise event at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose. Inspired by fan feedback, the 49ers will wear their much-heralded throwback uniforms from the 1994 Super Bowl season for one home game, yet to be determined, during the 2018 season. 

The 49ers revealed their sleek, “old” look by welcoming five current players onto the stage—Joe Staley, Richard Sherman, DeForest Buckner, Robbie Gould, and Kyle Juszczyk—along with a Hall of Famer who helped make the style so popular – Jerry Rice.

The uniform features white jerseys and pants, the iconic drop shadow number, three stripe sleeve, black and red pant stripes, and a throwback oval decal on the side of helmet and throwback wordmark on front bumper of helmet. 

The San Francisco 49ers Nike Vapor Untouchable uniform features the latest Nike Football uniform framework with minimal seams and fewer panels than traditional builds. The modern design helps improve stretch, mobility, range of motion and durability—insights Nike took directly from its athletes—creating a shrink-wrap fit, resulting in fewer grab points for the opposing team. 

The 1994 throwbacks will be the team’s alternate uniform for the 2018 season, replacing the team’s black-on-black uniforms worn since the 2015 season. Those uniforms will remain available for the team to wear in the future.

“We loved the opportunity to marry the history and heritage of the 49ers franchise with the modern innovation of our latest football chassis, the Nike Vapor Untouchable uniform,” said Nike Art Director of NFL Uniforms Tom Andrich. “It was a way to honor the past while representing the future.”

The San Francisco 49ers media services provided this report.