OAKLAND -- The A's already have one concussed catcher on the disabled list in John Jaso so you have to understand why they were taking it very seriously when Stephen Vogt got knocked in the helmet by Jurickson Profar's backswing in the sixth inning. Especially when Vogt later took a nasty foul tip off the face mask.
Vogt came out of the game to start the ninth and was replaced by Derek Norris.
"I wasn't feeling great, nothing too serious," Vogt said. "I just felt like something was off.
"It was just painful."
Vogt said he has been concussed before and that this did not feel as severe.
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Eric Sogard did not disappoint in his first start at shortstop for the A's this season.
Sogard showed a deft glove in picking two rockets that short-hopped him, though a double-clutch on David Murphy's grounder to the hole in the second inning gave the hustling Murphy a base hit and left something to be desired for.
"It's been a little while since I've been over there but I grew up quite a bit playing there," he said. "So it's kind of like riding a bike, getting back on. So it's fun to be back on that side."
Yoenis Cespedes' first-inning home run, a two-run shot, was his second homer in five games. Before going deep Monday night against Toronto, Cespedes had not homered in 25 previous home games, from May 19-July 28.
The A's improved to 5-4 on this 10-games-in-11-days homestead.