A’s Roundup: Rob Bowen Cannot Be Contained

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  • The switch-hitting Rob Bowen, on his third team this year, got the start at catcher and responded by hitting a home run from each side of the plate as the A’s topped the Rangers last night. [Inside Bay Area]
  • Stat shock of the week: Mark Ellis is tied for the most homers off lefties in the league. Stat shock of the week, part two: last year, Ellis had the best fielding percentage for a second baseman in history. Anyway, Ellis’ burgeoning offensive output may somehow help him win that elusive first Gold Glove. [SFGate]
  • Speaking of fun middle-infielders, the 24-year-old Donnie Murphy has done an excellent job filling in for Bobby Crosby at short. [Official Site]
  • Several teams, including the Cubs, allegedly put in claims for Shannon Stewart off waivers. The Cubs won the claim and the two teams have 48 hours to work out a trade. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Huston Street: ready to close. [CC Times]
  • Eric Chavez won’t be back anytime soon. Should he consider shutting it down in this hopeless season? [The FanHouse]
  • Who are your 10 favorite Oakland Athletics? We don’t see J.J. Furmaniak on the list. [Athletics Nation]
  • Andrew Brown spent eight years in the minors. He’s ready to prove himself. [SFGate]
  • The A’s go back to Detroit for the first time since last year’s playoffs. What a difference a year makes. [The Drumbeat]
  • The green jersey is making the rounds in The Coolest Jersey in All of Sports contest. [Epic Carnival]

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