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A's Stephen Vogt is newest playoff star

OAKLAND — Stephen Vogt triumphantly raised his right arm as he took off for first and did it again with a celebratory whipped cream pie covering his face. Then, once more for the cheering crowd as he left the field following another improbable Oakland walkoff win.

No doubt Vogt will cherish that moment. Thanks to him and fellow rookie Sonny Gray, the Athletics headed to Detroit tied with the Tigers at one win apiece in their best-of-five AL division series after Vogt's game-winning hit in a 1-0 victory Saturday night.

This spring, the catcher sat for six days in Durham, N.C., wondering about his baseball future. He didn't make the Rays' opening-day roster and figured to start the season there at Triple-A.

A pennant race, let alone playoffs, were never even a thought.

"Just sitting and waiting," Vogt recalled.


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