Murphy went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and two total RBI in Friday's 3-1 win over the Mariners. Murphy opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fifth inning and added a solo shot in the seventh to restore a two-run lead. This was his fourth multi-hit game in his last nine, but he hadn't posted an extra-base hit in that span prior to Friday. The catcher is slashing .224/.297/.406 with nine homers, 32 RBI, 29 runs scored, a stolen base and 17 doubles through 283 plate appearances.
Murphy is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. With Oakland concluding its series in New York with a day game after a night game, Murphy will get a breather after he was behind the plate for both of the past two evenings. Stephen Vogt will catch for starting pitcher Cole Irvin on Wednesday.
Murphy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He'll be getting a breather in the series finale after starting each of Oakland's last six games at either catcher or designated hitter. Stephen Vogt will step in behind the dish Sunday while Seth Brown serves as the Athletics' DH.
Murphy went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Saturday's victory over the Royals. Murphy sent home Ramon Laureano on a groundout in the first inning, then singled home Seth Brown in the seventh. It was Murphy's second two-hit game in a row and his third in four games. After struggling through April and May, the catcher has raised his season batting average to .222 thanks to a June slash line of .277/.338/.446.
Murphy went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday. Murphy's fourth multi-hit effort in the last 12 games pushed his slash line over that span to .302/.375/.558 across 48 plate appearances. The 27-year-old backstop's .216 average and .291 on-base percentage for the season still have plenty of room for improvement, but both figures are certainly on an upswing at the moment thanks to his hot hitting.
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