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Vogt’s elbow “feels great”; he’s playing 1B Wednesday, will be back catching Thursday

Stephen Vogt is back in the lineup and says his elbow "feels great." (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Vogt is back in the lineup and says his elbow “feels great.” (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Vogt is back in the lineup Wednesday, as expected, and is playing first base. He said his elbow felt great after doing some early hitting in the cage and his cortisone shot from Sunday appears to be doing the trick.

“It’s been bothering me for about a month,” Vogt said. “Hopefully this shot will take care of it. We’ll have to see how it feels tomorrow catching.”

The plan is for Vogt to be back behind the plate for Thursday’s day game series finale here in Texas. He said his left elbow issue has been more bothersome while catching, although he did also feel it at times while hitting. But he hopes it’s a thing of the past. Continue Reading

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Vogt out after cortisone shot, Venditte could be throwing by end of the week

Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Tuesday after getting a cortisone shot in his left elbow. ( (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Tuesday after getting a cortisone shot in his left elbow. ( (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

A’s catcher Stephen Vogt had a cortisone shot in his left elbow and is not in the lineup Tuesday for the opener of a brief three-game road trip to Texas.

Vogt had the cortisone shot on Sunday to relieve what was diagnosed as “tennis elbow” and manager Bob Melvin expects him to be in the lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers. His availability to pinch-hit Tuesday will be determined based on how Vogt feels once the game is underway.

“He’s been dealing with it,” Melvin said of the elbow. “I think once he gets into the batter’s box, he doesn’t think too much about it. Yet, there’s some days that it’s worse than others. Some swings are worse than others.” Continue Reading

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Ron Washington returns to Texas, tells Rangers fans “I love them”

IMG_5758ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Ron Washington was greeted everywhere he went Tuesday when he returned to the stadium where he managed for eight years.

“I parked in the parking lot upstairs and the fans greeted me coming in, then the security guards and all the guys riding around through the tunnel on the carts,” Washington said, “and then I finally made it to the clubhouse.”

Cameras followed Washington as he worked with infielders early before Tuesday’s A’s game with the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. It’s the first time Washington, now an A’s coach, has been back at his former home stadium since resigning in September 2014 citing personal issues that he later revealed involved infidelity. Continue Reading

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Melvin pushes Gray as strong candidate for All-Star start, sees Vogt and Reddick as worthy of inclusion on AL roster

Sonny Gray should be a strong candidate to start All-Star Game, manager Bob Melvin says.

Sonny Gray should be a strong candidate to start All-Star Game, manager Bob Melvin says.

When Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred stopped by the Coliseum Friday, he said that even with fans in Kansas City making a strong effort to stack the vote for the All-Star Game, he was satisfied for the most part with the selection process for the mid-summer showcase.

A’s manager Bob Melvin agrees with that, but as the manager of a last-place team with at least three men he sees as potential All-Stars – catcher Stephen Vogt, starter Sonny Gray and right fielder Josh Reddick – he also realizes the system isn’t the A’s friend.

Teams with the worst record in the league traditionally have trouble getting multiple representatives. Even teams better than dead last have problems, In the eight seasons between 2005 and 2012, the A’s had more than one player on the team just once.

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Warriors make the logistics Friday work better for us all

It would have been a crush Friday at the Coliseum and Arena if the Warriors and A's both wound up playing. Now the Warriors will have an NBA championship parade instead.

It would have been a crush Friday at the Coliseum and Arena if the Warriors and A’s both wound up playing. Now the Warriors will have an NBA championship parade instead.

As the Warriors have their championship parade Friday in Oakland, we’re left to think what might have been had not Golden State closed out their NBA title run in Cleveland Tuesday.

Game 7 would have been set for Friday at 6 p.m. in the Arena. The A’s were set for a 6:35 p.m. start across the way in the Coliseum against the Angels, and as it is the A’s second fireworks night of the season, that wasn’t going to be changed.

So the transit situation had every chance to be a logistical nightmare, particularly with national television trucks due to eat into some of the park on the south side of the Coliseum and Arena complex.

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Billy Bean, MLB Ambassador for Inclusion, praises A’s Pride Night

IMG_5578OAKLAND — Billy Bean proudly placed a rainbow colored A’s button on his jacket lapel as he stood on the dugout steps at O.co Coliseum on Wednesday.

Now Major League Baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion, Bean is one of two players in baseball history to have come out as gay after his playing career (joining former A’s outfielder Glenn Burke) and was an invited guest for the A’s Pride Night against the San Diego Padres.

Burke’s brother, Sidney Burke, is throwing out the first pitch and transgender opera singer Breanna Sinclaire is signing the national anthem. According to Out Magazine, Sinclaire is the first transgender woman to sing the anthem at a professional sporting event.

“I’ll tell you as a player if I had seen that, I would’ve passed out,” Bean said. “Today is a perfect win for this organization and baseball.” Continue Reading

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Hahn going back to roots in San Diego, complete with his bat

Jesse Hahn faces the Padres Monday, the team that traded him to the A's this off-season.

Jesse Hahn faces the Padres Monday, the team that traded him to the A’s this off-season.

Jesse Hahn will tell you off the top he’s not the world’s greatest hitter.

The statistics would tend to support the A’s right-handers assertion. He’s come to the plate 24 times in the big leagues, and half the time he’s struck out. His batting average? Just .091.

For a couple of weeks now he’s been carrying around a bat, off-and-on, trying to hone his skills. When he starts Monday against the San Diego Padres in Petco Park, he’ll be the first A’s pitcher to swing a bat this season at the start of Oakland’s first interleague road series of the season.

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Chavez giving A’s quality innings with little to show for it

Jesse Chavez does what he can to not get wound up in the fact that he's pitched much better than a 2-6 record.

Jesse Chavez does what he can to not get wound up in the fact that he’s pitched much better than a 2-6 record.

Jesse Chavez deserves better than this. The A’s season being what it is, however, a 2.64 ERA that has resulted in just two wins serves as a microcosm for the Oakland season as a whole.

Chavez came to spring training planning on being in the rotation. The A’s had injuries and departures in the rotation. In their place there were new and untested arms. With Chavez coming off a decent half-season in the rotation in 2014, the notion wasn’t out of the question.

It didn’t work. He’d faded some late last year with the number of innings he was being asked to throw, and he’d been so reliable in middle relief that the club decided to live him there. That decision evaporated in about three weeks.

He was in the rotation by April 23, and he’s had a 2.90 ERA since then. He’s only give up three homers as a starter and his WHIP of 1.169 has been more than up to the challenge of facing American League hitters.

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Venditte lands on A’s DL after just a week in big leagues

Pat Venditte's ability to throw from both sides has been slowed by a right shoulder strain that has him on the disabled list.

Pat Venditte’s ability to throw from both sides has been slowed by a right shoulder strain that has him on the disabled list.

The A’s brief five-game road trip through Southern California got off to a rough start with the club putting switch-pitcher Pat Venditte on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

Venditte, called up just a week ago to become the first full-time ambidextrous pitcher in the big leagues since the 1880s, made for a feel-good story after he spent seven years in the minor leagues trying to show he wasn’t just a novelty act.

He would up pitching in four games, throwing 5.2 innings and didn’t allow a run.

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Don’t ask Brett Lawrie to watch video of broken bat incident; A’s hitter is just grateful woman is out of immediate danger

Fan Tonya Carpenter is tended to by medics at Fenway Park after being hit by part of Brett Lawrie's broken bat. She is expected to survive after much blood loss.

Fan Tonya Carpenter is tended to by medics at Fenway Park after being hit by part of Brett Lawrie’s broken bat. She is expected to survive after much blood loss.

A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie said he hasn’t seen the gruesome footage of his broken bat hitting the face of Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter.

But hearing that the woman, whose life was in danger after the incident Friday in Fenway Park, is now expected to survive was just what Lawrie was hoping for.

“It’s fantastic to hear no doubt,’’ he said. “Any time you see someone carried off on a stretcher like that, you keep them in your prayers. It’s good to hear, and hopefully she’ll be out sooner rather than later.’’

Carpenter was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center bleeding heavily from her head and in obvious pain.

The woman’s family identified her to the Goble in a statement that asked for privacy as she recovers in the hospital.

“Tonya’s family and loved ones are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers,’’ the statement read.

Friday night the woman’s condition was called life-threatening, but by Saturday, Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said “she is expected to survive.’’

And if the video of it was something of an internet sensation, Lawrie will pass, all the same.

“I haven’t seen the play still to right now,’’ he said after the A’s 4-2 loss to the Red Sox Saturday. “I don’t really want to watch it, to be honest.’’