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April 25, 2013
Vogt's torrid start for River Cats, plus SS Weeks, Straily solid

One day Stephen Vogt was preparing for a seventh season in the minor-league system of the Tampa Bay Rays, the organization that drafted him in 2007. The next he was traded to the Oakland A's for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Two days after that, on April 7, he debuted for the Triple-A River Cats.

Since then Vogt, the 28-year-old catcher, has done little else but hit, recording multiple hits in 10 of the first 14 games he played for Sacramento and entering Thursday's game against Salt Lake batting .492, the highest average in the Pacific Coast League.

Vogt, a career .299 hitter in the minors before this year, attributed his start in part to an emphasis this winter on his timing at the plate -- rather than swing mechanics -- after a mini "epiphany" in the second half of last season.

April 25, 2013
A's reinstate Rosales from DL; Céspedes in Sacramento

The A's welcome Adam Rosales back into the fold tonight as they return from a 1-5 East Coast road trip. Rosales, who began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle, was reinstated from the DL this afternoon. The A's optioned infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento to make room on the roster.

Rosales started his rehab with Single-A Stockton on April 17 and transferred to the River Cats on April 21. He went 2-for-13 in three games with the River Cats.

Outfielder Yoenis Céspedes begins a rehab stint tonight in Sacramento. Céspedes went on the DL on April 13 with a strained muscle in his left hand suffered when he slid into second base. He's eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.

The River Cats also added outfielder Michael Taylor to their roster after the A's optioned him earlier this week. Taylor was originally called up to replace Céspedes, and was sent back down after the A's acquired outfielder Casper Wells from Toronto.

-- Matt Kawahara

April 1, 2013
River Cats announce roster

The River Cats announced their opening day roster today and it's a loaded one.

The club starts out carrying A's first-round draft picks from every year from 2007-11. Those, in chronological order, are right-hander James Simmons, infielder Jemile Weeks, infielder Grant Green, outfielder Michael Choice and right-hander Sonny Gray.

Choice was a non-roster invitee to the A's big-league camp in spring training and had a torrid start with the bat. He finished 15-for-48 with a homer and nine RBIs before being sent down.



About Bay Area Baseball

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.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
Phone: (916) 321-1015.
On Twitter: @matthewkawahara.

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