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Machado `didn’t agree’ with Donaldson over quality of tag

Josh Donaldson said he thought he'd just made a normal tag, but Manny Machado of Orioles disagreed.

Josh Donaldson said he thought he’d just made a normal tag, but Manny Machado of Orioles disagreed.

No one was more surprised than Josh Donaldson when Manny Machado jumped up, got in his face and started yelling.

Donaldson had just tagged out Machado for the final out of the third inning. The A’s third baseman had the option to throw to first base, of course, but Machado was right there.

When Donaldson reached out for him, Machado tried to jump out of the way, lost his balance and fell. As he was falling, Machado took off his batting helmet and threw it.

“All I know is I just tried to tag the guy,’’ Donaldson said. “I was actually walking over to pick up his helmet for him and he jumps up and starts yelling. I have nothing against the kid. I don’t understand where it came from.’’

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A’s draftee Chapman seems to be in the Oakland mold; second-round pick Gossett will be kept as a starter

Matt Chapman, a third baseman from Cal State Fullerton who is Oakland’s first-round draft pick, seems like a natural for the A’s.

He’s got some power, he walks in addition to hits (a .312 average and .412 on-base percentage this year) and he has some power, as a .498 slugging percentage suggests.

With their second pitch, 65th overall, the A’s tabbed Clemson right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett, who was 7-2 with a 1,93 ERA. he’s 6-1, 185 pounds.

Chapman sees the similarities between the A’s style and his, too.

“I know the A’s play old school baseball,’’ he said in a conference call Thursday. “That’s how I go about my business. It’s a good fit.’’

He’s spent the last three years with the Titans, his freshman year as a shortstop and the last two seasons at third base. When he wasn’t playing for Fullerton he led Team USA’s Collegiate National Team last summer with 20 RBIs while playing shortstop.

“I think playing for Team USA will definitely help me,’’ he said. “I surrounded myself with the best players in the country, people I will compete against or play with for the rest of my career. Wearing the USA logo is an amazing experience.’’

Chapman said he likes to play the way the Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia does, Pedroia being another old school guy. Physically he says he sees a resemblance to two quality third basemen, Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria.

And Chapman seems to have a little of the versatility the A’s crave – he made two pitching appearances on the national team and reached 98 mph while doing it. That being said, he did not pitch for Fullerton and he has no plans to pitch for the A’s organization, either, although he would not rule out a change of position.

“I consider myself strictly an infielder,’’ Chapman said. “I know I can hit at the next level. I don’t see the need for me ever to pitch. I can help with the glove. I think I could play shortstop or second base.

“My greatest strength is my defense. My personal opinion is I was the best defensive third baseman in college baseball this year.’’

A’s scouting guru Eric Kuboda, who ruled out having Chapman pitch, said “we think he could play shortstop, but we really see him as a third baseman starting out and continuing on.”

That being said, the numbers say he can hit a little. He had 16 doubles, two triples and six homers for the Titans this year to go with a team-high 48 RBIs.

A 5-foot-11, 185-pounder coming out of high school, he wasn’t drafted, and says he “flew under the radar.’’ But he’s 6-foot-2, 215 now and, the scouts suggest, ready to be a good hitter.

“I’ve never been drafted before,’’ Chapman said. “I was a good high school player, but I was still growing into myself. I needed to mature more physically.

“As I’ve matured and grown into my body, I took off from there.’’

A right-hander, he’s described as having good baseball instincts and a hard-nosed way of playing the game.

Scouts say he’s likely to stay at third base professionally, having shown that he has the quick reactions, good footwork and powerful arm that scouts like to see.

The A’s may get a good look at Chapman within the next week. The A’s are in Southern California for three games starting Monday against the Angels, and Fullerton is just down the road from Anaheim.

“It was amazing,’’ he said of the draft-day experience. I’m still kind of in shock, knowing that finally all your hard work has paid off and you get the dividends. My initial reaction is that I’m so happy. I still can’t even believe I get to play baseball at the next level.’’

Chapman, who will be represented by agent Scott Boras, grew up an Angels fan, but he likes the A’s.

“Their organization is great. It seems like they all pull on the same end of the rope,’’ Chapman said. He was in Oakland two days ago to work out for Oakland’s scouting personnel. “I grew up an Angels fan, but it’s never too late to change your favorite team, right?’’

Gossett was a good pitcher on an underperforming Clemson team. He struck out 107 in 107.1 innings and walked just 30.

Scouts like his slider as the best of his three pitches; he also throws a hard fastball and a changeup. And while he was a starter in college, he could be moved to the bullpen by the A’s down the line, although Kuboda said the club sees him as a starter.

“He’s a proven college performer,” Kuboda said. “He throws 92094 (mph), he throws strikes, he has an out pitch (the slider) and a good changeup. He’s got good stuff with performance. He’s a guy we’ve liked since high school.”

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Donaldson had hit on his mind when he bunted in 8th inning

Josh Donaldson said there was a plan behind his eighth-inning bunt Thursday.

Josh Donaldson said there was a plan behind his eighth-inning bunt Thursday.

It was a move Josh Donaldson designed to fool the Yankees.

It fooled some of the A’s, too, when Donaldson tried to bunt in the eighth inning, batting with two on, no one out and Oakland down 2-1.

Donaldson had been hitless in his first three at-bats, and he looked to see the New York defense was deep and hoping for the double play.

So Donaldson squared around and didn’t get the bunt he wanted. The ball flicked off his bat and almost carried into the second deck of seats behind the plate at Yankee Stadium.

“They were playing me way back,’’ Donaldson said. “I knew the situation; I wasn’t just trying to move the runners over. I was trying to bunt for a hit in that situation.’’

He’d need to get one, because the A’s don’t particularly want their RBI co-leader (49) not to take his best shot. And they don’t want a bunt in that situation unless it’s a hit because with first base open, the Yankees could have walked the team’s other 49-RBI man, Brandon Moss.

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Moss’s extra-base bonanza shows no sign of slacking

Brandon Moss has become an extra-base machine.

Brandon Moss has become an extra-base machine.

 

Brandon Moss is doing nothing that Josh Donaldson hasn’t seen before.

Moss hit two home runs Tuesday and has tied Donaldson for the A’s team lead in both major power categories with 15 homers and 48 RBIs.

Donaldson recalled seeing Moss for the first time in the spring of 2012, a non-roster outfielder who’d been signed to a minor league contract the previous November.

“I watched him swing in batting practice, and he was hitting balls farther than anybody,’’ Donaldson said. “I was thinking to myself, this guy can really hit.’’

Donaldson saw more of that power during short stops early that season with Triple-A Sacramento, but it was Moss’ recall from the River Cats that sticks with Donaldson.

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Abad proves a savior for A’s one more time

Fernando Abad didn’t get the win Tuesday, the save or anything close to it.

He might well have been the game’s savior for Oakland, however.

The left handed was brought into the game with the A’s in a 2-1 hole after starter Scott Kazmir had tired, putting two of the first three men of the seventh inning on base. One bad pitch from Abad and the A’s wouldn’t have gotten to extra innings, much less won it 5-2 in the 10th.

All Abad had to do was get leadoff man Brett Gardner and Yankee legend Derek Jeter. Easy? Not so much.

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Jaso reflects on his role in Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit

John Jaso was behind the plate for Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit back in 2011.

John Jaso was behind the plate for Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit back in 2011.

The folks who runs the electronics at Yankee Stadium were at no loss of stuff to put on the scoreboard during the one-hour plus Tuesday’s game between the A’s and the Yankees was delayed by rain.

They ran video clips and interviews about past Yankee glories, of which there are many to choose. One they kept coming back to was Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit.

It was back on July 9, 2011 in Yankee Stadium with the Yankees matched up against the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price. The big left-hander tried to throw a 3-2 curve to Jeter in the third inning, but the veteran shortstop wasn’t fooled and deposited into the left field cheap seats.

That moment has a special meaning for A’s catcher John Jaso. If you watch the video, you can see it was Jaso who was Price’s catcher that day.

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Tough roster move faces A’s before Tuesday in New York

Setup man Ryan Cook should be activated for Tuesday's game in New York.

Setup man Ryan Cook should be activated for Tuesday’s game in New York.

As May turned to June, the A’s found themselves closer to the roster they thought they might have in April.

Sunday’s recall of catcher Stephen Vogt gives the club three catchers, meaning manager Bob Melvin can play two of them on any given day (one of them as the designated hitter) and still have the ability to pinch-run.

That’s the way things worked for much of the middle of the 2013 season before injuries got in the way.

More than that, having a three-catcher ensemble means Melvin doesn’t have to fret about the scenario of having to either give up the designated hitter or have third baseman Josh Donaldson, a former catcher, get back behind the plate.

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Vogt family heads in different directions with callup news

Stephen Vogt and his family were excited with the news the A's were recalling him.

Stephen Vogt and his family were excited with the news the A’s were recalling him.

Stephen Vogt’s Sunday night was all planned out. The Sacramento River Cats were playing in Fresno, about 30 miles from where he great up.

With Sacramento and Fresno scheduled to play a 2 p.m. game, he was going to have a big dinner with a large group of friends and family.

So it wasn’t surprising after Saturday’s game that has grandmother said, “Well, I’ll see you tomorrow night.’’

What was surprising was Vogt’s answer.

“I had to tell her, `no, you won’t,’’ Vogt said. He’d just gotten the news that he was being called up by the A’s. Oakland was desperately short of left-handed sock with Brandon Moss (calf) and Josh Reddick (knee) unable to play until at least Tuesday, and Vogt was the club’s best option.

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