Stephen Vogt

Jed Lowrie celebrates after sliding to score an inside the park two-run home run against the Giants in an exhibition game on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)

Players muse about settling the Battle of the Bay the old-fashioned way

Once upon a time, the Battle of the Bay wasn’t just a…

Jed Lowrie celebrates after sliding to score an inside the park two-run home run against the Giants in an exhibition game on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)
Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt works on a drill during a spring baseball practice in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 21. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Stephen Vogt goes deep twice in spring training game

MESA, Ariz. — Stephen Vogt hit a pair of home runs and…

Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt works on a drill during a spring baseball practice in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 21. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Oakland Athletics' Danny Valencia is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Valencia homers in 7-run 5th, A’s rally past Mariners 11-5

SEATTLE — Danny Valencia homered and Stephen Vogt doubled twice in Oakland's…

Oakland Athletics' Danny Valencia is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning Monday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Oakland Athletics' Mark Cahn hits a 3 RBI triple during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

A’s score 7 in seventh to beat Rays 8-2

OAKLAND — Eric Sogard hit a tiebreaking two-run single as part of…

Oakland Athletics' Mark Cahn hits a 3 RBI triple during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his fourth-place team have had a season full of disappointments. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The tortured year of Billy Beane

So this is what’s left of the fallen baseball savant: an occasional…

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his fourth-place team have had a season full of disappointments. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt (21) and Josh Reddick celebrate after Vogt drove in the winning run against the Minnesota Twins in the 10th inning on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Burns, A’s steal one for a change

Shoddy defense, a leaky bullpen and struggles in close games left the…

Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt (21) and Josh Reddick celebrate after Vogt drove in the winning run against the Minnesota Twins in the 10th inning on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamonbacks, left, is congratulated by National League manager Bruce Bochy, of the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game on Tuesday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Giants’ stars have quiet night

This time the Giants won’t receive any assistance from the National League…

Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamonbacks, left, is congratulated by National League manager Bruce Bochy, of the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game on Tuesday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Bumgarner, Crawford, Panik get All-Star calls

Realistically, Giants manager Bruce Bochy expected his team to have four representatives…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, will be joined at the All-Star Game by pitcher Madison Bumgarner, center, and catcher Buster Posey, right, along with Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford.

Fan vote puts fun in ol’ ballgame

Some people believe baseball fans should have no say in the All-Star…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, will be joined at the All-Star Game by pitcher Madison Bumgarner, center, and catcher Buster Posey, right, along with Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford.
A’s general manager Billy Beane needs to be patient before tearing down the 2015 ballclub because the playoffs are still a possibility but, more importantly, the team’s future in Oakland is at risk. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

This time, no Beane-counting

If we may enter the brainstream of the never-mainstream Billy Beane, he…

A’s general manager Billy Beane needs to be patient before tearing down the 2015 ballclub because the playoffs are still a possibility but, more importantly, the team’s future in Oakland is at risk. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A's closer Fernando Abad (56) celebrates the final out with teammate catcher Josh Phegley after beating the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

A’s power past Rangers for fourth straight victory

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kendall Graveman enjoyed watching and waiting to go to…

A's closer Fernando Abad (56) celebrates the final out with teammate catcher Josh Phegley after beating the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Ben Margot/APA’s catcher Stephen Vogt

Contender or pretender? A’s walk fine line

OAKLAND — The walls of baseball’s economic reality are creeping closer, boxing…

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Jim Mone/APThe A's Stephen Vogt

A's can't hold onto early lead in loss

MINNEAPOLIS — Torii Hunter's three-run homer broke a sixth-inning tie, giving Phil…

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Jim Cowsert/APStephen Vogt (21) trots toward A's teammate Brett Lawrie following Vogt's sixth-inning solo homer against the Rangers on Sunday.

Vogt's two HRs back shaky Gray as A's win

ARLINGTON, Texas — Stephen Vogt homered twice, Sonny Gray took a shutout…

Jim Cowsert/APStephen Vogt (21) trots toward A's teammate Brett Lawrie following Vogt's sixth-inning solo homer against the Rangers on Sunday.
Ben Margot/APAstros shortstop Jed Lowrie

A’s struggle to find game, identity

OAKLAND — They are a team of spare parts and second chances,…

Ben Margot/APAstros shortstop Jed Lowrie
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Vogt's 3-run HR helps A's beat Angels

ANAHEIM — Stephen Vogt hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Marcus Semien also…

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Carlos Osorio/APA’s starting pitcher Jesse Chavez takes his hat off after being relieved in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss in Detroit.

A’s catcher Stephen Vogt making presence known

At first glance, A’s catcher Stephen Vogt appears to be lobbying for…

Carlos Osorio/APA’s starting pitcher Jesse Chavez takes his hat off after being relieved in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss in Detroit.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezOakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt gets a Gatorade shower after making the game-winning hit to beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in Game 2 of the American League baseball Division Series in Oakland

Game-winning hit small part of Vogt’s long journey to A’s

Stephen Vogt triumphantly raised his right arm as he took off for…

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezOakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt gets a Gatorade shower after making the game-winning hit to beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in Game 2 of the American League baseball Division Series in Oakland