06/24/12 4:31 PM ET
Norris relishes first big league hit
By Ben Estes / MLB.com
The rookie, called up Thursday to make his Major League debut, collected his first career hit in Saturday's game. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Norris hit a soft liner into left field that dropped in the grass, just past the infield.
"[It felt] really good," Norris said. "I've lined out a couple times, just kind of waiting to see when the first one was going to come. Apparently, the softer you hit, the better they're going to fall. It was a nice feeling."
Though his mother, Jacque, was there to see Norris make his debut Thursday, no family members could be there to see his first hit Saturday, unfortunately. Hailing from Goddard, Kan., the catcher was hopeful that relatives would be able to see him play against the Rangers on the team's upcoming road trip.
Norris later added a single that scored the first run of the A's rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, netting him his first career RBI.
As for the first-hit ball, Norris said he plans on keeping it in his locker for now, as a "reminder."
"It'll be a good feeling to look at the ball when I go out and play again," Norris said with a smile.
A's add reliever, send Sogard back to Triple-A
OAKLAND -- After using relievers eight times in the first two games of the series against the Giants, A's manager Bob Melvin found himself with a taxed bullpen.
To rectify that, the team called up right-hander Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento before Sunday's game and optioned infielder Eric Sogard down to the River Cats to make room on the roster.
Scribner was just with Oakland nine days ago, having been called up originally on June 6. In two appearances during his previous stint with the team, he pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings and recorded his first career save against his former team, San Diego, on June 15.
Sogard was in his second stint with the A's. He played in just one game since being recalled from Sacramento on June 16 and is hitting .145 overall this season in the Major Leagues.
Melvin said Sogard was simply the "odd man out," and that the team wanted to keep fellow infielder Brandon Hicks, called up Saturday, on the roster because he can give regulars a day off against left-handed pitchers. Hicks bats right-handed, while Sogard hits from the left side of the plate.
Sogard must stay in Sacramento for at least 10 days before he can be recalled, unless he comes up as an injury replacement. He was hopeful he'd be back with Oakland after that period.
"Obviously it's frustrating; you want to be here," Sogard said. "But it's part of the game, so I understand it. Take what you're given and just make the best of it."
Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has played only as the designated hitter since returning from his left hamstring strain, but Melvin said he was getting close to 100 percent. Melvin guessed that Cespedes would return to the outfield at some point on the team's upcoming road trip.
A's starting pitchers had allowed four hits or fewer in seven straight games going into Sunday, the longest streak in Oakland history.
Ben Estes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.