A's Manaea day to day with upper back strain

After early exit, rookie unsure if he'll make next start

A's Manaea day to day with upper back strain

HOUSTON -- As if the Athletics needed another injury to their already hobbled rotation, A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea left Monday night's 6-0 loss to the Astros at Minute Maid Park with an upper back strain. He is day to day.

Manaea said he first felt the injury to his left rhomboid muscle in the bottom of the second.

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In shutout loss to Astros, A's suffer another injury

In shutout loss to Astros, A's suffer another injury

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve's 22nd homer of the season in the sixth inning and a two-run, bases-loaded single by Alex Bregman in the seventh helped propel the Astros to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-0, over the A's in Monday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

With the win, the Astros moved to within two games of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

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Butler back from DL; A's option Alcantara

Veteran DH returns following incident with Valencia

Butler back from DL; A's option Alcantara

HOUSTON -- After landing on the 7-day concussion disabled list following a clubhouse incident with Danny Valencia, Billy Butler was reinstated by the A's on Monday, but the designated hitter wasn't in the starting lineup in a 6-0 loss to the Astros.

Infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Class A Stockton in a corresponding move.

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Graveman seeks more success against Astros

Graveman seeks more success against Astros

As the Astros try to gain ground in the tight American League Wild Card race, right-handers Collin McHugh and Kendall Graveman take the mound when Houston faces Oakland in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

The last time McHugh (8-10, 5.01 ERA) pitched against the A's, it was a memorable one. The 29-year-old posted a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings, but was overshadowed by Luis Valbuena's three-run walk-off homer in a 10-9 comeback victory for Houston on July 9.

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A's ride early homers to series win over Cards

A's ride early homers to series win over Cards

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals finished Interleague play with a thud on Sunday, watching as the A's blasted a pair of early home runs and held on for a 7-4 victory that earned starter Andrew Triggs the first win of his big league career. For the Cardinals, the loss allowed the Pirates to creep to within a half-game of their hold on the National League's second Wild Card spot.

With two weekend wins, the A's were able to steal their second series victory on the road since the All-Star break. That's more series wins than the Cardinals have at home during the same span. St. Louis, which has lost its last five home series, finished the season 1-9 at home against American League teams.

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Wendle on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Wendle on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Battery of Triggs, Vogt provides jolt for A's

Battery of Triggs, Vogt provides jolt for A's

ST. LOUIS -- The only consistency for the A's this season has been inconsistent play and health, making for a mostly disappointing period that's been relieved every so often by a surge of good vibes like those that radiated in St. Louis this weekend.

The A's series win over the playoff hopeful Cardinals, secured with a 7-4 victory at Busch Stadium on Sunday, could not have been predicted: They trotted out three starters thrust into those roles only by necessity, along with a designated hitter-less lineup in uniform with National League rules.

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Cotton among pitchers likely to get promoted

Alvarez hoping to return to A's before end of season

Cotton among pitchers likely to get promoted

ST. LOUIS -- The A's, overcome by injuries to their pitching staff this season, are likely to prioritize arms when rosters expand next week.

Oakland may not seek immediate help when it opens a lengthy homestand on Friday, beginning with a three-game series against the Red Sox, but by early next week, a new wave of pitchers could be on their way -- notably right-hander Jharel Cotton.

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Olson among top prospect performers Sunday

Yankees No. 2 prospect collects first four-hit game for Tampa; No. 7 allows 1 hit in 5 scoreless

Olson among top prospect performers Sunday

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander Justus Sheffield, two of the New York Yankees' key prospect acquisitions from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, have made strong impressions as teammates on Class A Advanced Tampa. On Sunday, the duo paced their new club to an 8-2 victory over Brevard County, with Torres leading the offense with four hits and Sheffield tossing five scoreless innings.

Making his fifth start for Tampa after coming over from the Indians along with Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 1) as part of the Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect, tossed three hitless frames before yielding a knock to begin the fourth. It was the only hit allowed in five innings by the No. 87 overall prospect, who walked three and struck out five while throwing 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

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A's break through in 8th to top Cardinals

A's break through in 8th to top Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Playing spoiler to the much-anticipated starting debut of Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes, the A's scratched away for three unanswered runs to even their series at Busch Stadium with a 3-2 victory on Saturday night. For the Cardinals, the loss not only delayed their shot at securing their first home series win in more than a month, but it also left them unable to pad a 1 1/2-game lead over the Marlins for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Oakland took its first lead in the eighth, an inning started by reliever Matt Bowman. After Bowman allowed a pair of one-out hits, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny turned to his closer, Seung Hwan Oh, for a five-out save. Oh couldn't complete it. Max Muncy's hard grounder to first baseman Brandon Moss was enough to score Khris Davis from third to tie the game, and the Cardinals lost a chance to at least retire Muncy when Moss gambled with a throw home.

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Neal delivers as a starter in A's win

Neal delivers as a starter in A's win

ST. LOUIS -- Though rather uninspiring on paper, the A's lineup pieced together a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday evening, mostly thanks to their No. 9 hitter.

Zach Neal's night at the plate was nothing to write home about, but his gritty performance on the mound proved vital to the club's win.

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Phegley hospitalized with synovitis in knee

Phegley hospitalized with synovitis in knee

ST. LOUIS -- A's catcher Josh Phegley is resting comfortably in a Bay Area hospital after receiving treatment for synovitis in his right knee.

Phegley was admitted to a hospital in San Francisco on Friday night and was administered IV antibiotics to treat the synovitis, which is an inflammatory disease within the membrane that lines the knee joint.

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Bolt among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Bolt among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Rookie Healy finding his footing with A's

Rookie Healy finding his footing with A's

ST. LOUIS -- Even on a night when most A's bats slowed, Ryon Healy's continued to roll.

Healy picked up a fourth-inning single in Friday's 3-1 series-opening loss to the host Cardinals, extending his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.

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A's can't muster much offense vs. Cards

A's can't muster much offense vs. Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Boosted by Jedd Gyorko's early blast, starter Luke Weaver capped his Busch Stadium debut with his first Major League win to help the Cardinals get back on track at Busch Stadium on Friday night. Winless in their first seven home Interleague games this season, the Cardinals ended that skid with a 3-1 win over the A's, who returned to St. Louis for the first time since 2010.

The victory pulled the Cardinals to within one game of the Giants in the race for the top Wild Card spot and boosted their lead for the second Wild Card berth to 1 1/2 games over the Marlins.

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Graveman gleaning wisdom from early struggles

Young righty is Oakland's most consistent member of rotation

Graveman gleaning wisdom from early struggles

OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman returned to Target Field's visiting dugout after a scoreless 20-pitch first inning, having worked around a walk to Minnesota's Joe Mauer and a tighter-than-usual strike zone from home-plate umpire Manny Gonzalez, and he turned to his close friend Sonny Gray.

They began to discuss what felt like a conversation more than a year in the making, even if he didn't realize at the time.

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Nationals acquire lefty Rzepczynski from A's

Club deals Minors infielder Schrock in exchange; Lopez optioned to Triple-A

Nationals acquire lefty Rzepczynski from A's

WASHINGTON -- In need of another pitcher in the bullpen, the Nationals acquired left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and cash in a trade with the A's for Minor League infielder Max Schrock on Thursday.

Rzepczynski was activated before Thursday's 4-0 win over the Orioles, while the Nationals optioned right-hander Reynaldo Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse. Rzepczynski did not see action with Max Scherzer picking up most of the load with eight dominant innings.

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Gossett among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Gossett among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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After series win, A's eye consistency vs. top teams

After series win, A's eye consistency vs. top teams

OAKLAND -- The A's held the Indians to a single run for the third straight game in Wednesday's 5-1 win at the Coliseum, taking two of three from the American League Central's best team and capping a surprisingly dominant stretch of pitching.

Kendall Graveman was the latest to flummox the Indians, allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings to win for the 10th time. The A's frustrated Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer in a five-run second inning highlighted by yet another extra-base hit for Khris Davis and RBIs from Ryon Healy and Chad Pinder.

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5-run 2nd backs Graveman's strong start in win

5-run 2nd backs Graveman's strong start in win

OAKLAND -- The Indians traveled to the Coliseum this week with a chance to pick up some wins against an A's team that has struggled all season. Cleveland did not expect to run into the kind of pitching it did in Oakland, where the A's took two of three in the series after a 5-1 win on Wednesday afternoon.

"Boy, hopefully we just have three days of amnesia," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You've got to give them some credit. They did a number on us."

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A's to tour possible site for new park Thursday

OAKLAND -- Members of the A's organization, including co-owner John Fisher, will tour the Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal site Thursday -- a prospective location for a new ballpark -- the team confirmed Wednesday.

The story was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Phegley to begin rehab assignment on Saturday

Catcher, who underwent surgery on right knee in July, will DH

Phegley to begin rehab assignment on Saturday

OAKLAND -- A's catcher Josh Phegley will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Nashville, one of several injured members of the Oakland roster reaching a new step in their recovery process.

Phegley will serve as the designated hitter on Saturday and catch on Monday, according to A's manager Bob Melvin. He underwent surgery to remove a cyst in his right knee in early July, and after several weeks of recovery which included a brief setback this weekend after coming down with strep throat, will finally return to the field.

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Butler: 'We had equal fault in this'

Veteran discusses altercation with teammate Valencia

Butler: 'We had equal fault in this'

OAKLAND -- A contrite Billy Butler addressed the media on Wednesday for the first time since a clubhouse fight with Danny Valencia last Friday left him with a concussion, expressing remorse for his role in the altercation while also saying he believes he can co-exist with Valencia moving forward.

Butler was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Monday, the same day Valencia briefly addressed the incident. Butler said he has spent the last several days individually apologizing to teammates, as well as manager Bob Melvin, executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst.

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Davis backs Manaea gem as A's top Tribe

Davis backs Manaea gem as A's top Tribe

OAKLAND -- Sometimes in baseball, a team can't hit what it has never seen. The Indians got their first look at A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea on Tuesday night, and went down quietly in a 9-1 loss at the Coliseum.

The larger issue for the American League Central-leading Indians, however, was another abbreviated effort from righty Danny Salazar. The starter lasted only four innings, in which he allowed six runs on eight hits, including a three-run homer from slugger Khris Davis in the opening frame. The blast was Davis' 33rd of the season.

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Youth is served as A's roll past Tribe

Youth is served as A's roll past Tribe

OAKLAND -- Five of the nine A's starters in Tuesday night's 9-1 win over the Indians began the season in the Minor Leagues, as did starting pitcher Sean Manaea, before an accelerated path to the Majors embedded him in Oakland.

That so many rookies appeared in conjunction on Aug. 23 speaks volumes to where the A's (54-72) are. But for those looking for something optimistic to latch onto, Tuesday was a good starting point.

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A's fans visited by pack of dinosaurs at the Coliseum

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A's fans visited by pack of dinosaurs at the Coliseum

You expect to see certain things at the ballpark. Baseball games, obviously. Fans making great plays on foul balls. Sometimes, aggressive seagulls eager to swoop down and lay claim to leftover concession-stand fare left around after the game ends.

Generally speaking, you don't usually expect to see a herd of Tyrannosaurus Rex cavorting about in the stands, dancing and snapping photos with fans ... yet that's precisely what happened during the A's 9-1 win over the Indians at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

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Alvarez determined to pitch this season

Alvarez determined to pitch this season

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Henderson Alvarez could easily point to the calendar and retire his glove for the year, but the rehabbing pitcher is intent on pitching before the season ends.

"The most important thing is to close off the year pitching," Alvarez said through translator Alex Arpiza on Tuesday, not long after completing his latest bullpen session.

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Nomadic Triggs finding footing in A's rotation

Nomadic Triggs finding footing in A's rotation

OAKLAND -- On a day two players were fined for their roles in a clubhouse fight, Billy Butler was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after being injured in the altercation and the A's were shutout, 1-0, by the Indians to lose for the eighth time in nine games, there weren't many silver linings.

In fact, there was really just one: Andrew Triggs.

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