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A's option Nick Martini, DFA Beau Taylor to make room for Corban Joseph


A's option Nick Martini, DFA Beau Taylor to make room for Corban Joseph

SAN FRANCISCO -- The A's officially selected the contract of infielder Corban Joseph from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday and optioned outfielder Nick Martini. Oakland also designated catcher Beau Taylor for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Joseph, 30, has put together a phenomenal season in Triple-A, slashing .371/.421/.585 with 13 home runs, 35 doubles, and 73 RBI in 97 games. He has previously spent a little time in the majors, most recently last year with the Orioles, and he is thrilled for this latest opportunity.

"It's big, especially being 30 years old," Joseph said. "I've gone up and down throughout my career -- some time with the Yankees and some time with Baltimore -- I just keep grinding through these situations. I'm just trying to put my best foot forward. Getting an opportunity as a 30-year-old is huge for me."

The A's originally picked up Joseph from the Orioles in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Needless to say, not many people expected him to ever reach the big leagues in Oakland.

"Myself included," A's manager Bob Melvin admitted. "You look at the pecking order with the (Franklin) Barretos and the (Jorge) Mateos and guys like that, he was more of a guy that you looked to maybe help your Triple-A team out. ... But he's put himself in this position. Our organization is not afraid to promote guys who are doing well and give them an opportunity, and that's the case with him."

Joseph figures to split time with Jurickson Profar at second base. Profar has struggled for most of the season, both offensively and defensively, and Joseph gives the A's another left-handed bat in the lineup.

"We're just trying to do the best we can with the position and with a guy who's been swinging a hot bat and has been all year," Melvin said. "When you have that kind of year, and we're maybe not getting as much production as we want out of that position, you look somewhere else."

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Joseph admits it hasn't always been easy to stay positive throughout his many years in the minors, but he refused to give up on his dream.

"I think anyone who's played the game longer than six or seven years, it gets frustrating at times," Joseph said. "But I've got good family support that has continued to encourage me and push me, and a lot of family friends that continue to believe in me. I think that goes a long way."

Yankees' Camden Yards home-run record shows Giants' lack of power at home

Yankees' Camden Yards home-run record shows Giants' lack of power at home

Anyone hoping the Giants move in the Oracle Park fences got some fuel for their rhetorical fire Wednesday. 

On the same day San Francisco's home-run drought at home extended to four games, the New York Yankees set an MLB record by hitting their 49th home run of the season against the Baltimore Orioles -- the most in baseball history against a single opponent. 

Forty-three of those came in 10 games at Camden Yards, giving the Yankees three more dingers than the Giants have ... in 53 games at Oracle Park. The Yankees surpassed the Giants' total Wednesday in a 14-2 rout of the Orioles. 

Yes, there are some circumstances to consider.

For one, the Orioles are on pace to lose over 100 games and the Yankees are really, really good at clubbing dingers. New York sits second in homers (198) despite sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, among others, missing time due to injury. For another, Camden Yards is hitter-friendly. Its outfield is closer to home plate than Oracle Park's, save for down the right-field line. 

A really good power-hitting team dominating a bad team in their division -- or, a team they know as well as any other opponent -- reads like a recipe for some gaudy home-run totals. This might be less of a "Move The Fences In" argument as it is one for the Giants to bring in more power.

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It's not like Giants' opponents have had too much trouble hitting homers at Oracle this season. San Francisco has allowed 67 home runs in its home ballpark, or nearly 30 more than hitters wearing orange and black have hit. 

Still, the Giants have only averaged more than a home-run per home four times in the history of Oracle Park, and each season -- 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 -- occurred when Barry Bonds was patrolling left field.

The Giants' front office probably didn't need to see the Yankees' record to consider the merits of moving in the fences, but it's yet another example of San Francisco's struggles hitting homers at home. 

Giants claim Joey Rickard, add former Orioles outfielder to Triple-A

Giants claim Joey Rickard, add former Orioles outfielder to Triple-A

LOS ANGELES -- As they have done so often over the past six months, the Giants added an outfielder who was let go elsewhere. 

This time it's Joey Rickard, a 28-year-old who was designated for assignment by the Orioles earlier in the week. Rickard hit .203 in Baltimore with two homers, two triples and seven doubles, seeing time in 42 games. He has four seasons of big-league experience and hit eight homers last year while posting a .713 OPS. 

Rickard was placed on the 40-man roster and immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Like others the Giants have taken a flyer on, Rickard, a right-handed hitter, can play all three outfield spots. He has primarily seen time in center field and right field this season. 

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The Giants have continually looked to add depth at the upper levels of the minors and recently took a similar chance on former Padre Alex Dickerson, who is 3-for-17 since joining the River Cats. 

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Giants moved right-hander Nick Vincent (pectoral strain) to the 60-day DL.