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A’s: Jaso says Sogard at the heart of his sudden RBI spree

John Jaso wants to credit Eric Sogard for much of his RBI production of late.

John Jaso wants to credit Eric Sogard for much of his RBI production of late.

In his last 15 games John Jaso has driven in 13 runs, not bad for someone not generally considered an RBI threat.

Jaso knows just who to blame.

“A lot of it’s about Eric Sogard,’’ Jaso said after driving in three runs in the A’s 9-3 win over Texas Sunday night. “A lot of what I’ve been doing started when he began to get hot again.’’

Jaso isn’t kidding. Of his last nine RBIs since July 20, he’s driven in Sogard four times. Sogard was 4-for-35 before turning it around beginning on the 20th. He’s 7-for-20 (.350) since then and has scored eight runs, half of the time Jaso being the man to bring him home.

    “Is that what it is, put me in the leadoff spot and get some RBIs going?’’ Jaso joked when asked about his sudden production. He has 38 RBIs for the season, 14 of them in July alone.

“I think it’s that Sogey’s getting on base,’’ he said. “He wasn’t in the lineup. Now all of a sudden he is in the lineup again. I’ve been getting some bloopers to fall and he’s been getting some good reads and he’s scoring.

“I have to give him some of the credit for that kind of base running, for sure.’’

John Hickey

Returning to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.