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Seth Brown
Excels in Cactus League play
OFOakland Athletics
April 8, 2020
Brown hit .343 (12-for-35) with five doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBI, one walk and seven runs across 15 Cactus League games before spring training was suspended.
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Jonah Heim
In deadlock for backup catcher job
COakland Athletics
April 8, 2020
Heim was in a tight battle with Austin Allen for the backup catcher job when spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Paul Blackburn
Heads to Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
April 8, 2020
The Athletics optioned Blackburn to Triple-A Las Vegas on March 7.
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Burch Smith
Impresses after arrival from Giants
POakland Athletics
April 6, 2020
Smith posted a 2.57 ERA and 0.57 WHIP across seven innings over four Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended.
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J.B. Wendelken
Highly regarded despite struggles
POakland Athletics
April 6, 2020
Wendelken generated a 6.75 ERA across 5.1 innings over five Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended.
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A.J. Puk
On upswing
POakland Athletics
Shoulder
April 6, 2020
Puk has been long tossing from 120 feet and says his shoulder feels the best it has in awhile, Susan Sulsser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Lou Trivino
Altering mechanics for 2020
POakland Athletics
April 5, 2020
Trivino has changed his diet and worked on remaining coiled in his pitching motion and staying behind the ball during spring training, Tom Moore of The Doylestown Intelligencer reports.
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Jesus Luzardo
Performs like staff ace
POakland Athletics
April 2, 2020
Luzardo, who generated a 1.08 ERA and 0.60 WHIP across three Cactus League starts before spring training was suspended, has the talent to ascend to the role of staff ace if he remains healthy, Jesse Sanchez and Martin Gallegos of MLB.com report.
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Marcus Semien
Free-agent status secure for '21
SSOakland Athletics
March 31, 2020
Semien will be credited with a full year of service time even if the 2020 season is canceled outright, keeping him on track to become a free agent next offseason, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Tony Kemp
Set for platoon role at keystone
2BOakland Athletics
March 30, 2020
Kemp, who hit .345 (10-for-29) over 10 Cactus League games before spring training was suspended, appears to have secured a platoon role at second base alongside Franklin Barreto to open the 2020 season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Franklin Barreto
Likely to platoon with Kemp
2BOakland Athletics
March 28, 2020
Barreto is likely to open the regular season platooning with Tony Kemp at second base, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Liam Hendriks
Enjoys strong spring
POakland Athletics
March 24, 2020
Hendriks generated a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP across five innings over five appearances during Cactus League play.
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Greg Deichmann
Makes strong impression
OFOakland Athletics  AA
March 23, 2020
Deichmann, who hit .261 (6-for-23) across 11 Cactus League games, made a strong impression on the veterans in spring training, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Luis Barrera
Makes strong impression in spring
OFOakland Athletics  AAA
March 22, 2020
Barrera impressed manager Bob Melvin with his quick hands at the plate and athleticism in the outfield before spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I feel really close," Barrera said of reaching the majors, as he comes off a breakout year in which he slashed .321/.357/.513 at Double-A Midland.
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Jake Diekman
Expected to face all comers
POakland Athletics
March 22, 2020
Diekman, a southpaw who re-signed with the Athletics on a two-year, $7.5 million contract this offseason, is expected to frequently work against both right- and left-handed hitters this season, Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News reports. "There are times, especially for a guy like him, he just sees a clear lane against righties," manager Bob Melvin said. "And just sees the plate as opposed to throwing off the hitter."
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Joakim Soria
Mixed bag in spring
POakland Athletics
March 21, 2020
Soria posted a 6.00 ERA and two holds across three innings over three Cactus League appearances before spring training was paused.
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A.J. Puk
Chance to open season in rotation
POakland Athletics
Shoulder
March 21, 2020
Puk (shoulder) could have an opportunity to start the 2020 campaign in the starting rotation due to the significantly delayed start to the regular season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Khris Davis
Showing signs of life before pause
DHOakland Athletics
March 20, 2020
Davis, who was hitting just .176 (3-for-17) before spring training was suspended, was nevertheless beginning to make solid contact consistently after a delayed start to Cactus League play, Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News reports.
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Stephen Piscotty
Still working through discomfort
OFOakland Athletics
Side
March 20, 2020
Piscotty (side) remained without a timetable for his return when spring training was put on pause March 12, Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News reports.
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Matt Chapman
So-so spring
3BOakland Athletics
March 19, 2020
Chapman was hitting .238 (5-for-21) with three extra-base hits (one double, two home runs), six RBI, six walks and seven runs across 10 Cactus League contests before spring training was suspended.
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Chad Pinder
Could log time at keystone
2BOakland Athletics
March 19, 2020
Pinder, who logged time at eight positions in 2019, could get reps at second base during the season if manager Bob Melvin believes the position needs reinforcement, Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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A.J. Puk
Plays catch Wednesday
POakland Athletics
Shoulder
March 12, 2020
Puk (shoulder) was able to play catch Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Daniel Mengden
Targeting midseason return
POakland Athletics
Elbow
March 11, 2020
Mengden (elbow) will play catch Friday as he works his way toward a midseason return, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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T.J. McFarland
Rebounds with strong relief effort
POakland Athletics
March 11, 2020
McFarland fired a perfect ninth inning in a Cactus League loss to the Royals on Tuesday, recording two strikeouts.
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Mike Fiers
Feels ready for regular season
POakland Athletics
March 11, 2020
Fiers, who allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk across five innings in a Cactus League loss to the Royals on Tuesday, feels sufficiently tuned up at this point in spring, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I feel good at this point," Fiers said. "I could start the season in my next start and feel like I would be fine."
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