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Vogt set for first Brewers start

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CINCINNATI -- Stephen Vogt's change of scenery began with a series of handshakes in the visitors' clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, as the new Brewers catcher got to work on learning a new pitching staff.

With catcher Jett Bandy mired in a slump, the Brewers claimed Vogt -- an All-Star for the A's in each of the past two seasons -- off waivers on Sunday, taking a chance on his left-handed bat and reputation as a clubhouse presence. Vogt is expected to make his first Brewers start tonight when Chase Anderson takes the mound for Milwaukee.

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CINCINNATI -- Stephen Vogt's change of scenery began with a series of handshakes in the visitors' clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, as the new Brewers catcher got to work on learning a new pitching staff.

With catcher Jett Bandy mired in a slump, the Brewers claimed Vogt -- an All-Star for the A's in each of the past two seasons -- off waivers on Sunday, taking a chance on his left-handed bat and reputation as a clubhouse presence. Vogt is expected to make his first Brewers start tonight when Chase Anderson takes the mound for Milwaukee.

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Vogt entered Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Reds as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning and flew out to right field.

"He's already been over here asking questions about what I like to do," said Anderson, ranked seventh among National League starters with a 2.92 ERA. "I've heard great things about him from other teams. His moral makeup from what I've heard is really good.

"Over half of my success is because of Jett and his presence behind the plate and how well he knows how I like to pitch guys. He'll be back, for sure. Obviously, I'm going to miss him. … but it's part of the game. I'm looking forward to this for Stephen. He's part of our team now."

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The A's designated the 32-year-old Vogt for assignment last week with a .644 OPS and four home runs in 54 games. He was more productive the past two seasons, posting a .746 OPS with 32 homers in 273 games and representing Oakland as an American League All-Star in 2015 and '16.

"I know how good of a player I am and I know how much I have left in the tank, and I know I'm nowhere near being done," Vogt said. "A change of scenery is going to be a good thing for me."

He said he'd been following the Brewers of late because of the success of former A's teammate Eric Sogard. But it will take some time to learn Anderson and the rest of Milwaukee's pitching staff, Vogt said.

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"I've already started watching some video, talking with guys individually around the clubhouse and the weight room," Vogt said. "I'm going to go catch some bullpens with some guys in a little bit, just to see the action on their pitches so I don't get completely blindsided.

"It's obviously a lot of work, but I don't mind. With the video system that everyone has now, it's a little more time, a little more effort, but at the end of the day I can be well-informed. That's what I want to do."

Brewers manager Craig Counsell knows it's a big change for the catchers, but he believes he will fit in well.

"Guys have been traded in the middle of a season before, and they do fine," Counsell said. "[Vogt learning the staff] is the least of my worries. He'll do fine catching these guys, and he'll assimilate really fast to the group and to understanding what our guys are good at. Really, it's a fresh set of eyes for our guys that can be helpful, if anything."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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