UPDATES & NEWS
Update: Manager Bob Melvin says he will go with closer by committee for now.
As we reported earlier and can also be found in the comments section of the latest Closer Report, Melvin will make his in-game decisions based on situation, handedness and who pitched the night before. Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and even Dan Otero will be in the mix for saves now.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Stephen Voigt went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and one run scored in the Athletics 8-6 loss to the Twins on Monday.
Voigts first inning grand slam gave him seven home runs on the season to go along with 25 RBI and an impressive .372 average. The Athletics surprisingly traded away catcher Derek Norris to the Padres in the offseason which left the starting catcher job to Voigt who impressed during stretches of last season before being hobbled with an injury which clearly affected his production. The power is real with Voigt which is something many expected from him with every day at bats but the batting average and overall productiveness has been a welcomed site and has made him an early fantasy darling to his owners. While there is certainly going to be some regression in his average there is little doubt he will reach the 20 home run plateau which should rank him among the league leads at the position. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba