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Stephen Vogt (ankle) is unlikely to be ready to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Rangers.

Vogt has been able to take swings in the batting cages in recent days, but is still bothered too much by his sore ankle to run the bases at full strength. Even if he does return at some point next week, he is likely to play only sporadically which makes it difficult to trust him in weekly formats.
Sep 14 - 10:07 PM

Jon Lester threw six scoreless innings in the Athletics' 4-0 shutout of the Mariners Sunday.

Lester surrendered just four hits, all singles, and walked four in the game. He also struck out seven. The win moved Lester to 15-10 on the year, and he owns a 2.45 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 206/46 K/BB ratio through 30 starts. It's the sixth time Lester has reached the 15-win plateau in his career. The 30-year-old will take the mound again Saturday in an interleague tilt with the Phillies.
Sep 14 - 8:33 PM

Brandon Moss hit his 24th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Moss took Mariners starter Chris Young deep in the seventh inning. It broke a surprising 39-game homerless streak for Moss, whose last jack was July 24. Still in a pretty deep funk, the 30-year-old's line is down to .239/.333/.444 on the year.
Sep 14 - 8:24 PM

Sam Fuld went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Fuld, the second batter of the game, hit a solo shot off Mariners starter Chris Young to start the scoring. He added an RBI single in the eighth, scoring on an Adam Dunn single later in the inning. The 32-year-old remains a part-time player for the A's.
Sep 14 - 8:11 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that Derek Norris is playing through a slight hip issue.

Norris is a fierce competitor, as most catchers are, and continues to battle through the injury. He may need a day or two of rest down the stretch, but fantasy owners should still utilize the powerful backstop.
Sep 14 - 8:08 PM

Sean Doolittle threw a scoreless 10th inning for a save against the Mariners in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

Doolittle hadn't had a hitter take a swing off him in three weeks, but the A's threw him right back into the closer's role and he turned in an easy nine-pitch inning to finish a 3-2 victory, which evened the crucial series ahead of Sunday's finale. Jon Lester and Chris Young will go in that one.
Sep 14 - 1:01 AM

Sonny Gray pitched eight innings of two-run ball Saturday against the Mariners.

Gray held serve with Hernandez, even outlasting King Felix by an inning. It wasn't enough to get him a decision, but it helped the A's get a much-needed win in the 10th. Gray remains just 1-5 in his last nine starts, which is partly due to a decline in performance but also because the A's just aren't scoring runs.
Sep 14 - 12:58 AM

Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base Saturday against the Mariners.

Sogard has regained the playing time he lost while hitting .186/.256/.218 during the first half of the season. He's at .294/.381/.373 in 102 at-bats since the All-Star break, so he's back playing full-time against righties now.
Sep 14 - 12:52 AM

Craig Gentry (concussion) rode a stationary bike without issue on Saturday afternoon.

Gentry has been sidelined since Tuesday after he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. He rode a stationary bike Friday and felt dizziness, but everything is trending in the right direction now. The outfielder will have to clear some tests before resuming baseball activities.
Sep 13 - 9:03 PM

Geovany Soto told reporters Saturday that his back is already beginning to feel better.

Soto left Friday's game against the Mariners with back spasms and is not playing Saturday. The A's might also rest him on Sunday, but he should be good to go for Tuesday's series-opener against the Rangers.
Sep 13 - 8:56 PM

Jason Hammel dropped to 2-6 for the A's after allowing three runs in five innings Friday against the Mariners.

There's no real hope of the A's offense bailing out the starter when he gives up three runs these days. Hammel struck out six and walked just one, but two of the four hits he allowed were homers, dooming him to a loss.
Sep 13 - 2:14 AM

Coco Crisp went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Mariners, leaving him with a .192 average in 151 at-bats since the All-Star break.

Crisp is another one of the A's players who lost any and all ability to hit when Yoenis Cespedes was traded. Besides the .192 average, he has a modest total of 15 walks since the break. He hit .291 with 42 walks in 254 at-bats during the first half.
Sep 13 - 2:10 AM

Geovany Soto left Friday's game against the Mariners due to back spasms.

The A's have a third catcher in Bryan Anderson, but they chose to put DH Derek Norris behind the plate after Soto exited. He's likely day-to-day, but it's another blow to Oakland's catching depth with Stephen Vogt and John Jaso sidelined.
Sep 13 - 12:33 AM

Athletics activated LHP Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

Doolittle has missed the last three weeks with with an intercostal strain, but he's thrown off a mound a couple times this week with no issues and is ready to go. The left-hander should immediately resume his role as Oakland's closer.
Sep 12 - 1:37 PM

Stephen Vogt (ankle) might be available at some point during the Athletics' September 16-24 homestand.

Vogt took some swings in the batting cage Wednesday but is still bothered by a sprained left ankle. He hasn't played since September 3 and can't be counted on for the rest of the season. "It was a pretty significant sprain," manager Bob Melvin said.
Sep 12 - 10:00 AM

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