A's DFA two-time All-Star, team leader Vogt

A's DFA two-time All-Star, team leader Vogt

OAKLAND -- The A's designated two-time All-Star catcher and team leader Stephen Vogt for assignment on Thursday morning.

The 32-year-old Vogt has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 54 games for the A's.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rally falls short after Hahn roughed up in start

Rally falls short after Hahn roughed up in start

OAKLAND -- The Astros won their 50th game of the season on Thursday afternoon, holding off an A's rally for a 12-9 victory to complete a four-game sweep at Oakland Coliseum.

It marked the Astros' 10th straight win at the Coliseum and makes them the fourth-fastest team to 50 wins this century.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Astros on Thursday.

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Youth movement taking shape in Oakland

Youth movement taking shape in Oakland

OAKLAND -- The youth movement seems to have begun in Oakland, and catcher Bruce Maxwell feels like the rookies are ready to do it together.

"This is a solid group. We've said [that] over a couple years now," Maxwell said. "It's a core group of guys that have come up together, and the majority of us have been playing together for about four years now."

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's fans toast Vogt with ref jerseys and masks

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A's fans toast Vogt with ref jerseys and masks

Before the A's matinee with the Astros at the Coliseum on Thursday afternoon, the team designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. This was obviously a big deal for many fans, considering Vogt was a fan favorite, a team leader and was an AL All-Star in 2015 and 2016. 

A group of A's season ticket holders from San Jose, sitting in the Diamond Level seats behind home plate for Thursday's game, a 12-9 loss to the Astros, apparently saw fit to pay homage to Vogt with some inspired wardrobe selections and were caught on camera in the seventh inning.

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Cotton eyes 2nd straight win as A's face Sox

Cotton eyes 2nd straight win as A's face Sox

After playing 15 of their past 19 games on the road, the Chicago White Sox return home for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday against Oakland. Veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey will face A's righty Jharel Cotton in the series opener at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) will try to win his second consecutive start. He beat the Blue Jays on the road the last time he took the mound for Chicago. Pelfrey's six-inning start matched his longest outing of the season, and he allowed just one run. Pelfrey is 3-1 over his past six starts.

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Tyler Mason is a contributor based in Minneapolis who covered the White Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chapman (left knee) placed on disabled list

Chapman (left knee) placed on disabled list

OAKLAND -- The A's placed rookie third baseman Matt Chapman on the disabled list on Thursday morning with left knee cellulitis (retroactive to Monday).

It was done in conjunction with the A's designating catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. Oakland recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman/outfielder Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manaea delivers another quality start, but falls

Left-hander tosses six innings vs. Astros on Wednesday

Manaea delivers another quality start, but falls

OAKLAND -- One rough inning was enough to snap A's lefty Sean Manaea's winning streak Wednesday night.

The Astros used five singles to score three runs off Manaea in the sixth in the A's 5-1 loss at the Coliseum. It was the left-hander's first loss in more than a month, with his last coming in his first start off the disabled list on May 15.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's offense struggles in loss to Fiers, Astros

A's offense struggles in loss to Fiers, Astros

OAKLAND -- The Astros won their ninth straight game played at the Coliseum on Wednesday night, using a sixth-inning rally and a strong start from right-hander Mike Fiers to beat the A's, 5-1.

Fiers pitched six scoreless innings, before allowing a run without recording an out in the seventh. He allowed three hits and three walks, struck out five and induced three double plays. The righty won for the fourth time in five starts, and has only allowed two earned runs in his last 20 1/3 innings.

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the A's on Wednesday.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Astros on Wednesday.

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A's install bird kite to keep seagulls away

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A's install bird kite to keep seagulls away

Anybody who goes to any baseball games in the Bay Area -- whether the Oakland Coliseum or AT&T Park in San Francisco -- knows about the seagulls.

The uninvited (and very hungry) birds tend to flock to the two ballparks each afternoon or evening, aiming to snatch up any leftover snacks and unwanted items they can. And they do it in terrifying bunches, as we've seen time and time again.

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Brady relaxed after making big league debut

Reliever pitched one inning vs. Astros on Tuesday

Brady relaxed after making big league debut

OAKLAND -- For A's rookie reliever Michael Brady, getting to pitch in a Major League game was a "surreal" experience.

"It was strange. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be," said Brady, who tossed an inning in Tuesday's loss to the Astros. "I was just focused on what I was going to do, and throw some decent pitches up there. Obviously, I think I was a little more nervous than I realized, and I was a little more wild than usual."

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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Munoz hits sixth homer for Midland

Munoz hits sixth homer for Midland

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Study details benefits of new A's ballpark

Study details benefits of new A's ballpark

OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday released an economic impact study revealing detailed financial influences a new ballpark would potentially have on Oakland.

According to the study, conducted by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a privately financed ballpark would generate $3.05 billion for the city's businesses and residents over the first 10 years.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's can't recover after Astros' five-run first

A's can't recover after Astros' five-run first

OAKLAND -- The Astros tagged A's right-hander Sonny Gray for five runs in the first inning Tuesday evening, holding on for an 8-4 victory at the Coliseum to take the first two games of a four-game series.

George Springer jump-started the early rally with his eighth leadoff homer of the season and 21st overall. Houston sent 10 men to the plate in the 38-pitch inning, which featured RBI doubles from Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel and a two-run single off the bat of Alex Bregman.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Astros on Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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Alonso drops to second in All-Star voting

Alonso drops to second in All-Star voting

OAKLAND -- Fellow Miami resident Eric Hosmer has surged ahead of the A's Yonder Alonso in Esurance All-Star Game Ballot voting among American League first basemen.

Per the latest update released Tuesday, Alonso has received 887,645 votes, while the Royals' Hosmer, who ranked third among first basemen last week, has brought in 936,734 votes. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, an 11-time All-Star, ranks third with 831,289 votes, while Toronto's Justin Smoak (787,787) and Cleveland's Carlos Santana (722,315) remain close behind.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First-rounder Beck agrees to club-record deal

A's drafted high school outfielder No. 6 overall

First-rounder Beck agrees to club-record deal

OAKLAND -- The A's came to terms with their first-round Draft pick Tuesday, making a franchise-record $5,303,000 bonus agreement with prep center fielder Austin Beck, the No. 6 overall pick, official.

Beck, one of 31 selections Oakland has already signed following last week's Draft, met several A's players and coaches at the Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon, joining them in the clubhouse before partaking in batting practice.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Barreto, Olson among top performers

Barreto, Olson among top performers

The ball was flying out of the yard for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, as Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all hit home runs to power the Cubs past Omaha, 6-4.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 84 on the Top 100, was the last of the trio to join the home-run party, though it was his two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning which ultimately proved the difference in the victory. It was the second homer in three games and ninth of the season for Candelario, who's slashed .268/.357/.521 with 33 extra-base hits (21 doubles) and 40 RBIs in 60 games.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's fall to Astros' might, defense

A's fall to Astros' might, defense

OAKLAND -- The Astros rode the long ball to their seventh consecutive victory at the Coliseum, getting homers from Jake Marisnick, George Springer and Derek Fisher in a 4-1 series-opening win behind an impressive Brad Peacock on Monday evening.

Marisnick's fifth-inning, two-run blast on a 2-2 fastball spoiled an otherwise strong effort from A's rookie Daniel Gossett. Making just his second big league start, Gossett was denied his first win despite holding baseball's best team to six hits, including a pair of doubles by catcher Evan Gattis, across 6 2/3 innings.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Astros on Monday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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More focused Gossett strong in loss to Astros

More focused Gossett strong in loss to Astros

OAKLAND -- A's rookie Daniel Gossett remains on the waitlist for a big league win.

The right-hander was more than deserving of one Monday evening, performing admirably against the team with the best record in baseball, but a lone mistake led to a 4-1 loss to Houston.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's shuffle coaches with Kotsay on leave

Alston named bullpen coach after Emerson's promotion

A's shuffle coaches with Kotsay on leave

OAKLAND -- The A's coaching staff was restructured yet again Monday, with the announcement that bench coach Mark Kotsay will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to tend to a family matter.

In addition, the A's hired Garvin Alston as their new bullpen coach -- a role previously assumed by Scott Emerson, who was named pitching coach after longtime A's employee Curt Young was relieved of his duties Thursday.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Warriors' McGee throws first pitch at A's game

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Warriors' McGee throws first pitch at A's game

Whenever a team wins a championship, the inter-sport mingling is inevitable. It's why members of the Pittsburgh Penguins were just seen at PNC Park for some post-Stanely Cup celebrations on the diamond, after all. 

Last week, the Golden State Warriors won their second NBA title in three years, taking down the Cavaliers in five games to set off a raucous celebration in Oakland -- and that run of good times continued before Monday night's Astros-A's game at the Coliseum when JaVale McGee took the mound for a ceremonial first pitch.

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Fountain of youth revitalizes improving A's

Chapman, Cotton, Healy and Pinder play key roles in sweep of Yanks

Fountain of youth revitalizes improving A's

OAKLAND -- The A's are getting younger, and potentially better.

New life was injected into the clubhouse last week, when they pulled the trigger on third-base prospect Matt Chapman's promotion to signal the continuation of the changing of the guards. The A's are 4-0 in the Chapman era, after completing a four-game sweep of the American League East-leading Yankees by way of a 4-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Khris homers as A's sweep 4 from Yanks

Khris homers as A's sweep 4 from Yanks

OAKLAND -- Khris Davis' team-leading 18th home run helped the A's nail down a 4-3 victory to complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Right-hander Jharel Cotton did his part with 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball for the A's, who have swept the Yankees in four games three times in 28 tries since moving to Oakland in 1968, the last coming July 19-22, 2012, at the Coliseum.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healy has 3rd multihomer game this month

Two solo shots in win vs. Yanks put slugger at 17 on season

Healy has 3rd multihomer game this month

OAKLAND -- No one can contain Ryon Healy these days.

The A's slugger belted a pair of solo shots in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Yankees and right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who served up a trio of dingers before he was chased from the mound.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's 3 homers hand Yanks 5th straight loss

A's 3 homers hand Yanks 5th straight loss

OAKLAND -- Matt Joyce homered on the first pitch Masahiro Tanaka threw, and the A's didn't let up on the Yankees' starter, going deep three times and handing the American League East leaders their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Ryon Healy added the other two homers off Tanaka, who lasted only four innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits, though he struck out 10.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the A's on Saturday.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Yankees on Saturday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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A's don special unis for Father's Day weekend

A's don special unis for Father's Day weekend

OAKLAND -- The A's traded in their green and gold threads for some baby blues on Saturday against the Yankees, as MLB promotes prostate cancer awareness on Father's Day weekend. In a growing initiative, teams around the league donned blue jerseys, caps and gear that will eventually be sold or auctioned to benefit Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

"It's great," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Baseball's been really good, probably the last four or five years, of not only giving it a day but giving it a weekend for the awareness. It sinks in a little bit more, I think. I applaud it."

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's unveil Catfish Hunter Gate at Coliseum

A's unveil Catfish Hunter Gate at Coliseum

OAKLAND -- A host of Oakland A's greats gathered at the Coliseum on Saturday morning, as the club held a ceremony to rename Gate C to the Catfish Hunter Gate, a nod to the late, great former A's pitcher.

Former A's catcher and current broadcaster Ray Fosse served as emcee for the event, which also featured Oakland greats like Vida Blue, John "Blue Moon" Odom, Joe Rudi, Gene Tenace, Bert Campaneris, Rickey Henderson and Darold Knowles, and former broadcaster Monte Moore.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meisner goes eight strong for Stockton

Meisner goes eight strong for Stockton

Bobby Bradley's season got off to a rough start as he went hitless in seven of his first 10 days and batted just .176 over the month of April.

However, Bradley picked it up by hitting .271 in May, and after another strong performance on Saturday, the Indians' No. 4 prospect is batting .309 in June and .250 for the season.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brady poised for debut after joining A's 'pen

Brady poised for debut after joining A's 'pen

OAKLAND -- The A's continued to shake up their roster on Saturday, selecting right-handed reliever Michael Brady from Triple-A Nashville while optioning right-handed reliever Zach Neal to the Sounds. A corresponding 40-man roster move has yet to be announced by the club.

Brady, 30, played shortstop and third base in the Bay Area for Cal, but he figures to be an innings-eater for Oakland's bullpen.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chapman's 1st hit huge as A's edge Yanks

Chapman's 1st hit huge as A's edge Yanks

OAKLAND -- A's rookie Matt Chapman picked the perfect moment for his first Major League hit, delivering a two-run single in the eighth inning that gave the A's a 7-6 win over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Friday night.

In the second straight back-and-forth affair between the teams, Chapman turned on Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder's curveball and pulled it down the left-field line with the bases loaded, scoring Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy to give the A's their second consecutive come-from-behind win.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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Semien takes BP, nears rehab assignment

A's shortstop recovering from April wrist surgery

Semien takes BP, nears rehab assignment

OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien took batting practice Friday afternoon for the first time since undergoing right wrist surgery and is nearing a rehab assignment.

Semien, who underwent the procedure on April 18, could begin a Minor League rehab stint as soon as next week, A's manager Bob Melvin said. He's on track to return in early July.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.