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Stephen Vogt in Oakland A's lineup, Billy Burns has 2nd consecutive day off

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The Athletics catcher is back in the lineup, but Billy Burns gets another day off with what he calls "some tightness in his legs." Also, the A's signed Phil Coke!

Stephen Vogt is hit by a pitch thrown by Kansas City Royals reliever Franklin Morales in the ninth inning of Friday night's contest.
Stephen Vogt is hit by a pitch thrown by Kansas City Royals reliever Franklin Morales in the ninth inning of Friday night's contest.
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Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is in the Oakland lineup batting as the designated hitter in the third position today after getting hit by a pitch thrown by Kansas City Royals reliever Franklin Morales in the ninth inning of Friday night's 5-2 loss. Vogt was hit "in the area below his right wrist," reports MLB.com's Trevor Hass, "but an X-ray revealed no broken bones." Asked by reporters about any intent given the events of the series last April, Vogt and teammates Jesse Hahn and Ike Davis did not believe the act was intentional.

Billy Burns leg tightness results in second consecutive day off

Outfielder Billy Burns, sitting on a 15-game hitting streak, remains out of the lineup for a second consecutive day with leg tightness. MLB.com's Trevor Hass, tweeting from the Oakland clubhouse:

In the Bob Melvin press gaggle, the manager was more specific:

Today's lineup

A's sign Phil Coke and assign him to High-A, minor league releases

The Oakland Athletics signed left-handed reliever Phil Coke to a minor league deal and assigned him to High-A Stockton, tweets Stockton Ports play-by-play broadcaster Zack Bayrouty. The 32-year-old Coke owns a career 4.20 ERA in 411 innings for the Yankees, Tigers, Cubs, and Blue Jays. He pitched 12⅔ innings of 5.68 ERA baseball this year between the Cubs and Jays.

The Athletics released Triple-A outfielders Matt Carson and Kent Matthestweets Baseball America's Matt Eddy. Carson, 33, was hitting .209/.296/.336 in 33 games for the Nashville Sound. Matthes, 28, was hitting .233/.294/.358 in 57 games. Their playing time was hampered recently with the arrival of waiver claim Jake Smolinski. Free agent Dayan Viciedo has also played in the outfield previously, but has so far been limited to first base and designated hitter.