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A’s to call up four players, including Chris Carter and Vin Mazzaro

Nice debut by Bobby Cramer today as the A’s beat the Royals 3-1 to open a three-game series. …

Four new additions will be joining the big league club, an A’s source confirmed. The team will call up right-hander Vin Mazzaro, first baseman/outfielder Chris Carter, middle infielder Eric Sogard and catcher Josh Donaldson from Triple-A Sacramento. We saw all but Sogard earlier this season. Like all of you, I’m eager to see how Carter fares in his second look at major league pitching. I think it’s important he’s getting another crack. He needs a chance to wipe that previous 0-for-19 streak out of his memory as he heads into the offseason. I could see Carter getting more time in left field, with Rajai Davis shifting to right field and Jeremy Hermida continuing to play some right as well. The A’s indicated last week that Mazzaro will continue to work as a starter, and it’s unclear whether Cramer’s solid outing will affect that plan.

For those not familiar with Sogard, 24, he came over from San Diego along with Kevin Kouzmanoff last winter. He’s primarily a second baseman, but he recently played shortstop for Sacramento after Steve Tolleson was called up to Oakland and second baseman Adrian Cardenas was promoted from Double-A Midland to Sacramento. Sogard impressed during spring training and the A’s are happy with the season he had in Sacramento (.300, 5 HRs, 65 RBIs, 14 SBs). This is his first trip to the majors, and who knows? If he performs well, perhaps that will factor into the A’s decision on whether to bring back Mark Ellis next season.

–I won’t be traveling on this road trip, but you’ll still get game coverage in the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News. And I’ll be updating here and through Twitter (@joestiglich) as news dictates.

Joe Stiglich