A's trade Ross to Padres


A's trade Ross to Padres

The Oakland As acquired infielder Andy Parrino and left-handed pitcher Andrew Werner from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, the team announced today.Parrino batted .207 with one home run and six RBI in 55 games with San Diego. He appeared in 26 games at shortstop, 15 games at second base, two games at third base and one game in right field. The 27-year-old switch-hitter spent the balance of the season with Triple-A Tucson, batting .328 with one home run and 32 RBI in 65 games. He appeared in 39 games at shortstop, 11 games at second base, six games in left field, four games at third base and two games at designated hitter.

RELATED: Werner stats 2012 game logs
RELATED: Parrino stats 2012 game logs
Werner was selected from Triple-A Tucson Aug. 22 and was 2-3 with a 5.58 ERA and .285 opponents batting average in eight games, all starts, in his Major League debut with San Diego. The 25-year-old was also 5-10 with a 3.70 ERA and .271 opponents average in 22 minor league starts, including 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in four starts with Tucson and 4-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A San Antonio. Ross was 2-11 with a 6.50 ERA and .327 opponents batting average in five stints with Oakland this past season. The 25-year-old Berkeley, Calif. native was 2-9 with a 6.45 ERA in 13 games, all starts, over his first four stints and 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in five relief appearances during his fifth stint in September. He was also 6-2 with a 2.99 ERA and .235 opponents average in 15 games, 13 starts, at Triple-A Sacramento.Kirby-Jones batted .248 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI in 115 games at Single-A Stockton. He added 86 walks for a .382 on-base percentage and slugged .461. The 24-year-old right-handed hitter batted .276 against left-handed pitching and .238 against right-handers.Courtesy Oakland A's media services

Vogt has that 'rejuvenation feeling' going from A's to first-place Brewers

Vogt has that 'rejuvenation feeling' going from A's to first-place Brewers

After five seasons in Oakland, Stephen Vogt begins a new chapter of his career in Milwaukee.

The 32-year-old was designated for assignment by the last-place A's on Thursday and claimed by the first-place Brewers on Sunday.

On Monday, the two-time All-Star catcher discussed his new opportunity with a contender on MLB Network Radio.

"Obviously I was ecstatic to hear I was headed to Milwaukee. We all watch baseball and they are such a fun team to watch right now. And your buddy Eric Sogard is there, so I've got some familiarity. It's an opportunity to win and I think anybody, when you get to the stage I'm in in my career, where I'm 32, I want to win. I'm at the point where that's kind of the goal in the big leagues where all you care about is winning and that's where I'm at. So, to get the news that I'm headed to a first-place team, I couldn't be more excited," Vogt said.

After making the AL All-Star team the last two seasons, Vogt struggled to the tune of a .217 batting average with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games.

But with a new team in a new league comes a fresh slate.

"You get that rejuvenation feeling, you get that feeling that this is the change you needed especially going to a winning team where when you're winning, everyone plays better, when you're winning, everyones happier. No matter where you are in life, you want to have that feeling that somebody wants you. So to have Milwaukee come in and say 'We wanted you,' Yeah, it recharged the batteries. I'm ready to go," Vogt said.

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

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


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.