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C Stephen Vogt was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, replacing C John Jaso (concussion) on the roster. Vogt pinch-hit in the ninth inning and flied out to center in the Athletics' 8-3 loss to the Angels. Vogt hit .154 with a home run and two RBIs in four games with the A's -- all starts at catcher -- during a stint from June 25 to July 3. He was batting .324 with 13 home runs and 58 RBI in 74 games with the RiverCats.

3B Vinnie Catricala, designated for assignment by the A's on Wednesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Midland. Catricala, 24, hit .238/.307/.327 with four homers and 39 RBIs in 81 Double-A games this season. He was acquired from the Seattle organization in June.

RHP Dan Straily lost his second straight start Thursday night, both of them to the Angels. He allowed five runs on seven hits and lasted just 4 1/3 innings in the Athletics' 8-3 defeat. The Angels snapped Straily's career-high five-game winning streak on Saturday when they beat the A's 2-0 at Anaheim. "I just wasn't able to command the baseball," Straily said. "I wasn't keeping it down. Up until (the Angels' four-run fifth inning), I felt like I was commanding everything pretty good. Then just out of nowhere I wasn't able to correct myself, and it cost us the ballgame."

RHP Bartolo Colon, coming off a four-hit shutout of the Angels, will start Friday night against Los Angeles for the second time this season. Colon is 11-6 with a 3.17 ERA in 22 career starts against the Angels, one of his former teams. Colon struck out five and walked just one in his victory Sunday at Anaheim, improving to 13-3 on the season and lowering his ERA to 2.52. The shutout was Colon's third of the year, matching his career high from 2002. In each of his past 13 starts, Colon has allowed three or fewer runs and thrown six or more innings.

CF Coco Crisp's slump continued Thursday night when he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in an 8-3 loss to the Angels. Crisp is batting .180 (20-for-111) over his past 28 games. In his previous 16 games, Crisp hit .361.

C John Jaso went on the seven-day concussion disabled list Thursday after leaving each of the previous two games while feeling fuzzy. Jaso was hit on the top of the catcher's mask by foul tips three times on the A's last road trip. Jaso has reached base safely in each of his 27 starts at catcher, dating to May 4. He's batting .271 with three home runs, 21 RBIs and 38 walks in 70 games overall.

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