A's active with September 1 roster expansion

795464.jpg

A's active with September 1 roster expansion

OAKLAND -- With the Oakland A's in postseason contention and the Sacramento River Cats in the playoffs, fewer players were added as Sept. 1 call ups. With rosters expanding from 25 men to 40, the A's re-instated pitcher A.J. Griffin and third baseman Brandon Inge from the disabled list and added shortstop Brandon Hicks and outfielder Collin Cowgill from Triple-A. All of the moves were first reported by Comcast SportsNet. Second baseman Jemile Weeks will stay in Triple-A for now, but can still be eligible for the A's playoff roster according to Major League Baseball rules. The A's felt Griffin was an obvious choice to return to the team after two rehab starts in Sacramento. The right-handed pitcher was 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in eight starts with the A's. He has been on the DL since Aug. 5 after leaving a start early with shoulder tightness on Aug. 4. Griffin became the first rookie pitcher to start his career 3-0 since Rich Harden in 2003. He will have missed a total of 24 games for Oakland. Brandon Inge returns to the team after experiencing his own variety of shoulder issues. He sprained his right throwing shoulder making a diving attempt on Aug. 11. His shoulder actually dislocated, but he was able to pop it back into the socket before finishing the game -- even collecting a go-ahead RBI single in the game after sustaining the injury. Inge missed a total of 18 games with his recent injury. He played in six rehab games for the River Cats batting .200 (4 for 20) with two doubles, one RBI and four walks. Inge said the shoulder doesn't bother him at all when hitting, but he feels occasional pain when throwing. He insists he can play through the discomfort. "It doesn't effect anything," Inge said before Friday's game. "That's the bottom line."The A's will make more roster moves down the stretch, but for now reinforcements will come in the form of Hicks and Cowgill. Both players have spent time with Oakland this season. Hicks is batting .183 (11-60) with five home runs and seven RBI in 20 games with the A's. Cowgill hit .271 (26 for 96) with one home run, nine RBI and 11 walks in 32 games in Oakland. The A's also recalled reliever Pedro Figueroa on Friday and optioned Jim Miller to Stockton. With Stockton's season ending Monday, the A's will bring Miller back on Tuesday when he is eligible to return.For the latest A's news follow @CaseyPrattCSN and @KLongworthCSN.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

BOX SCORE

The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.