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Stephen Vogt heads to the All-Star Game on a hot streak; Ryan Dull looks like he’ll be left behind this time around

It looks like Stephen Vogt will be doing a solo number for A's at All-Star Game in San Diego.

It looks like Stephen Vogt will be doing a solo number for A’s at All-Star Game in San Diego.

It’s looking more and more like Stephen Vogt will be the A’s only representative at the All-Star Game Tuesday in San Diego, and he wants to head there on a streak.

His big day Saturday helped – a single, double and his seventh homer as he pushed his batting average to .277.

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Will Ryan Dull be a last-minute addition to All-Star team?

The A's are hoping Ryan Dull will be a late addition to AL All-Star team.

The A’s are hoping Ryan Dull will be a late addition to AL All-Star team.

It appears the American League has one last chance to add Ryan Dull to the roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game. Whether or not he is named as the replacement for Craig Kimbrel, however, is an open question.

Boston closer Kimbrel went on the disabled list Saturday. Leaving a spot open in the AL All-Star bullpen,

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A’s Daniel Mengden earns new fans in coming home

Daniel Mengden has a fan in Stephen Vogt after taking a shot off the chest Friday.

Daniel Mengden has a fan in Stephen Vogt after taking a shot off the chest Friday.

For a rookie who’d just given up a season-high six runs and let a 3-0 lead slip away, Daniel Mengden had a sizable rooting second in Minute Maid Park Friday.

We’re not just talking about the 100-plus relatives, former teammates, friends and acquaintances who were on hand for Mengden’s start against the Astros. He’s from Houston and played baseball 90 minutes away at Texas A&M.

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Apologetic Crisp takes one-game suspension in stride

Coco Crisp missed Friday's game while serving a one-game suspension he said he deserves.

Coco Crisp missed Friday’s game while serving a one-game suspension he said he deserves.

Coco Crisp took the one-game suspension he was handed by the MLB front office in stride, not only declining to appeal the suspension but saying he deserved it.

The A’s center fielder threw a bat that either hit or came very close to hitting home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in Thursday’s 3-1 Oakland win over the Astros. It was the fifth inning, the A’s were collectively unhappy with Reyburn’s definition of the strike zone and Crisp dropped his bat in the general direction of Reyburn in protest.

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Coco Crisp concerned MLB discipline may be in his future

Coco Crisp doesn't know if a fine or suspension awaits him after Thursday ejection.

Coco Crisp doesn’t know if a fine or suspension awaits him after Thursday ejection.

Coco Crisp left Minute Maid Park Thursday night not knowing if there was a fine or a suspension in his future.

The A’s outfielder may catch a break. He threw a bat and a batting helmet after his fifth-inning strikeout against the Astros Doug Fister. Crisp said he meant to send the message that if Reyburn thought those pitches were strikes, perhaps Reyburn would like to try hitting them.

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Billy Burns slump an opportunity for Jake Smolinski

Billy Burns's is having to make adjustments at the plate in his second season, and it's been some slow going.

Billy Burns’s is having to make adjustments at the plate in his second season, and it’s been some slow going.

Billy Burns is having a classic sophomore slump.

The A’s center fielder had an unexpected breakout season in 2015, a year when the A’s were figuring him for spending most of the season at Triple-A. Forced into duty with Coco Crisp hurting, Burns played in 125 games, averaged .294, led the league in infield hits, had a .370 on-base percentage and led the A’s with 26 steals.

This time around his average is at .236, his on-base percentage is a paltry .306 and he’s out of the lineup more than expected – Thursday night in Minute Maid Park was his 20th non-start in 86 games.

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Rich Hill wants to stay, but deadline deal is possible

 

Rich Hill doesn't want to leave Oakland, but scouts are sizing him up for a possible trade.

Rich Hill doesn’t want to leave Oakland, but scouts are sizing him up for a possible trade.

There were a half dozen or more scouts on hand to watch the A’s Rich Hill pitch Saturday night.

He didn’t pitch for the scouts. He pitched for the A’s, his first game back from the disabled list, and threw six two-run innings.

A group of scouts will be watching all of his Oakland starts this month, figuring he is the player most likely to be pried loose from the A’s as the trade deadline nears. Even after more than a month on the DL he’s tied for 10th in the American League with eight wins, and his 2.31 ERA would be second in the league if he has enough innings to qualify.

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Aging Coliseum strikes again, hole in wall possibly costs Reddick, Hill, A’s reward of victory

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The decaying Coliseum added another dubious chapter to its legacy Saturday night, costing Josh Reddick an RBI triple, Rich Hill a possible win in his mound return and the A’s very likely a victory.

With a crowd of 26,846 in the house awaiting a postgame pyrotechnics show, Oakland was burned by its own ballpark –a hole at the base of the right field wall in fair territory that short-circuited an A’s rally and ultimately led to a 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates victory in 10 innings.

With two outs in the fifth inning and Jed Lowrie on first base for the A’s, Reddick hammered a ball over the head off Pittsburgh right fielder Sean Rodriguez for what appeared would give the A’s the go-ahead run with the score tied 2-2. Lowrie steamed all the way around the bases to score, while Reddick scampered into third.

When Reddick turned around to look into right field, however, Rodriguez was holding both hands up – the ball had lodged in a small opening at the base of the fence and Reddick had somehow found the hole on the fly.

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A’s sign Cuban OF Lazaro Armenteros and five others

After being on the sidelines for the last couple of years, the A’s jumped back into the international baseball pool Saturday, signing a highly touted player out of Cuba, Lazaro Armenteros, and the son of former American League MVP George Bell among five players.

Director of Pro Scouting Dan Feinstein said the A’s had been following Armenteros since long before he defected from Cuba and went to Haiti before winding up in the Dominican Republic.

And while Feinstein agreed that comparisons between Armenteros and another Cuban, former A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes, weren’t unwarranted, he said “when I first saw him, I saw a young Frank Thomas.’’

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Marcus Semien making strong case to be A’s All-Star

 

Marcus Semien is looking increasingly like an AL All-Star.

Marcus Semien is looking increasingly like an AL All-Star.

Two weeks ago when talking about the A’s possible All Star Game representation, Marcus Semien’s name wouldn’t have shone particularly brightly.

Time changes matters like that Semien has gone from a player with an outside chance to be the A’s All Star representative to being the player with perhaps the best chance to landing the coveted berth for the July 12 game in San Diego.

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