The first-place Milwaukee Brewers added a veteran bat Sunday when they claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, the team announced.
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What was distinct about the home runs hit by Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto for the Athletics on Saturday, is that each was the first of the player's major league career.
They became the second trio of teammates in major league history to do that, and the other instance took place more than 100 years ago.
Elias Sports Bureau research shows that the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League (a league that competed with what we call the major leagues today) had three players -- Duke Kenworthy, Art Kruger and John Potts -- do this on April 26, 1914, against the Chicago Federals.
The Oakland Athletics have designated Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt was an All-Star in each of the past two seasons for the club.
He was hitting just .217 and the Athletics had move away from him as their primary catcher in favor of Josh Phegley.
Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval said this week that the team will announce its location to build a new ballpark within this calendar year.
The A's want the full plan to be in place — start of construction, length of time to build and an opening date — so fans have a timeframe.
"Obviously we're working as quickly as we can to make the announcement as soon as possible," Kaval said. "At that time, we'll not only let folks know what the final location is, but also the timeline to actually develop the ballpark, all the different approval processes and also the groundbreaking and the opening date. That will all be included in that announcement."
Yonder Alonso hopes to remain with the Oakland Athletics and is open to forgoing free agency by signing an extension at midseason.
Alonso believes Oakland's young players could make them competitive in the near future.
"I think that there is a great chance that I stay here," Alonso said. "I really do mean that. The guys they have, the young core that they have, are all guys I can relate to. ... A lot of players here say, 'I want to play well here, do well and get out.' I actually want to play well, do well and stay here."
Alonso, 30, is hitting .302/.397/.630 in 219 plate appearances this season.
The Oakland Athletics are monitoring the Houston Astros' farm system closely in preparation for a possible Sonny Gray trade.
There is mutual interest in getting something done. Houston's rotation has been decimated by injuries.
Gray has a 4.44 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this season.
The Rays added some right-handed punch to their roster Saturday, acquiring infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Athletics.
The trade was announced less than two days after the Athletics designated Plouffe for assignment. Oakland will receive either a player to be named later or cash.
Plouffe batted just .214 with seven home runs in 58 games with the A's.
The Oakland Athletics are set to promote third base prospect Matt Chapman.
He is expected to join the club's for Thursday's game against the New York Yankees.
Chapman, 24, was the 25th overall pick in 2014. Through 203 plate appearances with Triple-A Nashville, he is hitting .259/.350/.592 with 16 home runs.
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:
- Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
- Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
- Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
- Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
- Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
- Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
- Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
- Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
- Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
- Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
- White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
- Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
- Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
- Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
- Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
- Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
- Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
- Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
- Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
- Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
- Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
- Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
- Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
- Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
- Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
- Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
- Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida
Red Sox starter Chris Sale tied his own record by striking out at least 10 batters in an eighth straight game.
Sale reached the double-digit mark when he fanned the A's Josh Phegley to end the seventh inning Friday night. Sale had previously struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight games in 2015 when he pitched for the White Sox.
The only other pitcher in modern-era history with eight straight double-digit strikeout games is Pedro Martinez.