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June 25, 2013
A's, Reds lineups: Vogt starts, plus new carpet at the Coliseum

OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt, called up today to fill the roster spot opened when the A's optioned Dan Straily to Triple-A, won't have to wait long to make his Oakland debut. Vogt is in the lineup catching Tommy Milone tonight, with John Jaso's left hand abrasion still bothering him too much to catch a full game.

Melvin said Jaso is "still probably a couple days away" from starting a game, though he should be available to pinch-hit. So with the A's facing Cincinnati Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo tonight, Vogt gets the start. Vogt was hitting .325 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 58 games with the River Cats, and has thrown out 19 of 47 (40.4 percent) prospective base stealers.

"It's good to finally get a look at him," Melvin said.

Vogt, whom the A's acquired from Tampa Bay on April 5, got off to a torrid start, batting .438 in April, before cooling off a little in May. He made his major-league debut last year with the Rays -- but he went 0-for-25 with two walks, so he's still looking for his first big-league hit.

"I've kind of put that behind me from last year," Vogt said. "It was 25 at-bats over six months, it wasn't like an 0-for-25 in one week. ... I had good at-bats, didn't punch out a whole lot, hit the ball hard and just didn't get one to fall. So I feel fortunate to be back in the big leagues and hopefully I'll be talking to you about my first hit tonight."

Because he joined the A's late this spring, Vogt hasn't caught most of the pitching staff outside of relievers Jesse Chavez and Dan Otero, who have spent time this year in Triple-A. Otero, though, said the first time he threw to Vogt in a game, he actually had never talked with or thrown to the catcher before either.

"(It was), 'What do you got? All right, let's go,'" Otero said. "So I know he'll handle this fine. He's a quick learner back there."

Here's the rest of the A's lineup against Arroyo:

CF Crisp
DH Smith
SS Lowrie
LF Cespedes
1B Moss
3B Donaldson
RF Reddick
C Vogt
2B Sogard

And the Reds lineup against Milone:

LF Robinson
CF Choo
1B Votto
3B Frazier
RF Bruce
DH Heisey
SS Cozart
C Hanigan
2B Izturis

* Tonight marks the first game at the Coliseum since the sewage backup June 16, which contaminated areas of both clubhouses and the umpires' room and led to players on both the A's and Mariners trudging to the nearby Raiders locker room to shower after the game.

David Rinetti, the A's Vice President of Stadium Operations, talked to reporters today and gave this recap of what has since been done to address the damage:

Stadium officials began evaluating the damage the night of June 16. A hazmat company then came in and evaluated areas affected by the backed-up sewage -- mostly the back areas of both clubhouses and the umpires' room -- and tested all porous surfaces for signs of contamination.

Affected areas in the home clubhouse included the back corner of the players' area, a back hallway and rooms leading off that hallway including the trainers' room, laundry room and manager's office. In the visitors' clubhouse, it was "the entire back portion," including the manager's office, coaches' office, training room and part of the players' area where there was porous wood underneath the lockers. Parts of the hallways between the two clubhouses were also taken up because of possible contamination by people walking through them.

"They went through and removed everything that needed to be removed," Rinetti said.

After getting a clean report from the hazmat company on Wednesday night, stadium operations was able to begin replacing affected surfaces on Thursday morning. Rinetti said AEG, which manages the facility, handled all repairs. A flooring and carpeting company was brought in to replace carpet surfaces and stadium "stagehands" helped with construction work.

Rinetti said he dug out some leftover carpeting from storage from when the carpets in the home clubhouse were first laid, so the new carpeting has a familiar look. Elsewhere, it is newer black carpeting.

Rinetti also said the hazmat company "actually went through and found the mass" that caused the sewage backup. "I don't know what it is, but they found it and they're very confident it will be cleared." He said other areas of the drainage systems in the Coliseum were also checked and cleared, "And it's my understanding that they plan to do this periodically in response to this issue."

Most repairs were finished by Sunday night, when the Reds' equipment trucks arrived at the stadium. Rinetti said he did not have an estimate for the cost of the repairs to AEG. "I know they put a lot of resources in," he said. "I don't know, it's hard to speculate."

Rinetti said the A's submitted copies of the hazmat company's clean report to both the MLB Players' Association and the umpires' union. Melvin said this afternoon that as far as he knows, necessary measures have been taken to ensure the teams' safety. And as for the new carpet?

"It's plusher," Melvin said. "Put it that way. Little more padding to it."

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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