Griffin, Pomeranz cleared to start rehab stints

Both A's pitchers will throw for Class A Stockton; Kazmir will resume throwing Saturday

Griffin, Pomeranz cleared to start rehab stints

OAKLAND -- A's pitchers A.J. Griffin and Drew Pomeranz have been cleared to begin Minor League rehab assignments.

Griffin will throw a bullpen session Saturday and start for Class A Advanced Stockton on Tuesday. Griffin, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is expected to throw 45 pitches or three innings for the Ports.

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Lawrie hits big HR as A's rally past Yanks

Lawrie hits big HR as A's rally past Yanks

OAKLAND -- Billy Burns and Brett Lawrie homered, and the A's posted a pair of runs in the seventh inning to break ahead and claim a 5-4 series-opening victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.

Lawrie wiped away a two-run Yankees lead in the sixth with a two-run home run off left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed eight hits in six-plus innings and was charged with all five runs, and the A's went ahead in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk against right-hander David Carpenter.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Burns provides spark in increased role for A's

Oakland banking on center fielder to boost club in Crisp's absence

Burns provides spark in increased role for A's

OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's need a jolt. The roster was revamped in the offseason, with plenty of new faces joining the likes of catcher Stephen Vogt, second baseman Eric Sogard and right fielder Josh Reddick, who were among the few regular position players to return from 2014.

The A's have also been beset with injuries in the opening weeks of this season, leaving a team that has been a contender of late in the American League West at the bottom of the division looking up.

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Kazmir may miss just one start

MRI shows no structural damage to shoulder; A's not planning to put lefty on DL

Kazmir may miss just one start

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Scott Kazmir could potentially miss just one start, after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no structural damage.

"Just a little bit of a weak shoulder at this point," said A's manager Bob Melvin before the 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

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A's halt streak of one-run home losses

Burns, Lawrie deliver big blows, while 'pen preserves lead

A's halt streak of one-run home losses

OAKLAND -- For at least one night, the A's flipped the script and played their way to a win in a one-run game.

That they did it in front of a home crowd only added to the narrative, since Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees snapped a 12-game losing streak in one-run games at home dating back to Sept. 6, 2014 -- the longest such streak in A's history.

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Doolittle feels good after making season debut

Doolittle feels good after making season debut

OAKLAND -- The A's dropped their 15th one-run game of the season and lost starter Scott Kazmir to an injury along the way Wednesday, but left-hander Sean Doolittle provided something of a bright spot in the 3-2 loss to Detroit with a scoreless sixth inning in his season debut.

Beyond the zero, Doolittle found comfort in how he got it. Unable to strictly rely on his fastball right now -- it's averaging 89 mph, and topping out at 90 -- the southpaw was effective with both his changeup and slider, two pitches he bettered while rehabbing from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the A's first 48 games.

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A's lose Kazmir, rally falls short against Tigers

A's lose Kazmir, rally falls short against Tigers

OAKLAND -- Tigers slugger Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run home run at his old stomping grounds Wednesday afternoon, leading Detroit to a series-winning 3-2 victory over his former A's club at the Coliseum.

Cespedes, traded by the A's to the Red Sox at the Trade Deadline last summer, made them pay for intentionally walking Miguel Cabrera in front of him, launching a 3-2 changeup from reliever Dan Otero to left field with two outs in the fifth.

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O'Flaherty to begin Minor League rehab assignment

O'Flaherty to begin Minor League rehab assignment

OAKLAND -- A's reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who has been sidelined by a strained left shoulder since the beginning of the month, was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday evening.

O'Flaherty was expected to pitch one inning for the Sounds, and it was unknown just how many Minor League outings he will need before being reinstated from the disabled list.

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Offense can't back Chavez's quality start

Offense can't back Chavez's quality start

OAKLAND -- David Price pitched seven shutout innings and the Tigers took advantage of an early A's error to claim a 1-0 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Oakland catcher Josh Phegley committed a throwing error trying to nab Anthony Gose on a steal attempt at second base after he singled to lead off the game. Gose came around to score when Rajai Davis lifted a sacrifice fly to right-center field the next at-bat.

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Chavez saddled with another tough-luck loss

Chavez saddled with another tough-luck loss

OAKLAND -- Statistically speaking, Tuesday night's effort was the finest start of Jesse Chavez's career. Only he was saddled with another tough loss in a 1-0 defeat to the Tigers.

It marked just the second time in his career that Chavez finished eight frames, but his team was doomed by a throwing error in the first inning that led to a sacrifice fly. Despite Chavez's lights-out performance the rest of the night, it wasn't enough to get him back in the win column. Such is life for Chavez these days, who has tossed quality starts in five of his seven starts this year without much to show for it.

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Opportunities go by the wayside for A's

Opportunities go by the wayside for A's

OAKLAND -- When you finish 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and leave 10 men on base in a close game, it's tough to win. The A's found that out first-hand on Tuesday night, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Tigers.

The A's had plenty of early opportunities against talented Tigers southpaw David Price (4-1, 2.97 ERA), driving up his pitch count to 55 after three innings. But once he got settled in, Oakland didn't have any answers at the plate.

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Vogt close to top in first All-Star ballot update

Vogt close to top in first All-Star ballot update

OAKLAND -- A trio of A's were listed among the leaders for the initial All-Star Game voting update, which was released by MLB on Tuesday.

Leading Oakland's candidates for the Midsummer Classic is catcher Stephen Vogt, who ranks second in the American League with 795,848 votes, trailing only Kansas City's Salvador Perez (1,447,753). Entering Tuesday night's contest against the Tigers, Vogt had a team-high 10 home runs and 33 RBIs while posting a .307/.410/.598 slash line in 43 games.

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Shoulder better, Doolittle activated off DL

Shoulder better, Doolittle activated off DL

OAKLAND -- The A's added left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle to the active roster for the first time this year Tuesday and optioned right-hander Angel Castro to Triple-A Nashville.

Doolittle injured his shoulder in early January and sat out all of Spring Training after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma injection procedure. After making five rehab appearances between May 14 and Sunday, Doolittle has been cleared to return to the mound for Oakland.

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Buck to represent A's at Draft

Buck to represent A's at Draft

Two members of the 500 Home Run Club -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Schmidt -- and 20 other former All-Stars will headline the list of team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2015 MLB Draft gets underway on June 8.

MLB announced the annual list of club reps on Tuesday and it is clear that the 50th anniversary of the event will be celebrated in style on that first night of selections in Secaucus, N.J. Griffey, a likely first-ballot inductee next summer, will sit at the Mariners table in a room that includes current Hall of Famers including, Schmidt (Phillies table), Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), and Andre Dawson and Tony Perez (both Marlins).

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Hahn thrilled to close shutout in 'foreign' ninth

Right-hander spins first shutout of career in series-opener vs. Tigers

Hahn thrilled to close shutout in 'foreign' ninth

OAKLAND -- Sitting at 99 pitches, Jesse Hahn trotted back out to the mound for the ninth inning at the Coliseum on Monday afternoon, readying to face the heart of the Tigers' lineup. The A's right-hander had a four-run lead in hand, but little room for error in the way of his first career shutout.

"If he walked the first guy of the inning, I was going to get him," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "Maybe the second guy."

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Bats break out to back Hahn's first shutout

Bats break out to back Hahn's first shutout

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.

"The way his sinker was going, it wasn't tough to call a game for him today," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt. "He, from inning No. 1, had his sinker going today, he was throwing it with conviction, with confidence. He was some kind of disgusting with his sinker."

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In return to Coliseum, Cespedes looks back

In return to Coliseum, Cespedes looks back

OAKLAND -- Shortly after arriving at the Coliseum for the first time since being traded to the Red Sox last summer, former A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes darted for manager Bob Melvin's office.

"Lots of hugs," said Cespedes, with USA Today writer Jorge Ortiz interpreting.

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A's activate Zobrist from DL; option Gentry

A's activate Zobrist from DL; option Gentry

OAKLAND -- An A's club looking to find its stride while simultaneously battling injuries welcomed back a key cog to its offense Monday, activating Ben Zobrist from the disabled list.

Outfielder Craig Gentry, batting .079, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 25-man roster.

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Jonathan Mayo

Barreto on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Barreto 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.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Gray takes shot off ankle; X-rays negative

Righty pitches scoreless five innings before exiting with injury

Gray takes shot off ankle; X-rays negative

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Sonny Gray stood near his locker following the Athletics' 7-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, there was a mix of disappointment and relief.

The right-hander was hit in the right ankle by a sharp grounder off the bat of Rays first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning, and he continued to finish off the fourth and fifth innings before being pulled at the start of the sixth.

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A's homers back Gray in victory

A's homers back Gray in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sonny Gray brought the good stuff, and the A's offense gave their ace the needed run support in a 7-2 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Gray, who had to leave the game with a right ankle contusion compliments of a James Loney shot in the fourth, allowed no runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

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Burns crushes game's first pitch for first career homer

Center fielder's dinger sparks two more A's home runs vs. Rays

Burns crushes game's first pitch for first career homer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Billy Burns did not have the ball waiting for him at his locker, but he understood how special it was.

"I hope [I get the ball] because I want to save that one," Burns said. "That one might not happen again, but we'll see."

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Graveman finds stride with scoreless outing

After returning from Minors, righty helps A's get 'desperately needed' win

Graveman finds stride with scoreless outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- After posting a 3-1 record and a 0.36 ERA in six Spring Training starts, Kendall Graveman had plenty of momentum going when he entered the Athletics' starting rotation to open the season.

The right-hander, though, could not sustain that momentum in his first go-around with the club, going 1-2 in his first four career starts while posting an 8.27 ERA.

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Four-run 6th drives A's to win over Rays

Four-run 6th drives A's to win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sam Fuld's two-run single allowed the A's to pull away in a 5-0 win over the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Fuld's hit came in the sixth off Xavier Cedeno with two outs and the bases loaded. Two Rays errors on the play enabled a third run to score to put the A's up 4-0.

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Sogard breaks out to spark A's scoring

Second baseman's RBI single shatters Oakland's slump with runners in scoring position

Sogard breaks out to spark A's scoring

ST. PETERSBURG -- It is not a situation that Athletics manager Bob Melvin thought Eric Sogard would be in, but nonetheless the second baseman has made the most of his opportunity.

"He's been durable and pretty consistent for us," said Melvin after the Athletics' 5-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field. "He's gotten some decent at-bats against left-handers this year. Coming into this season, he didn't look like a guy who would be out there that much, but based on all the injuries we've had and how he has performed, he deserves the time that he is getting."

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Coco headed back to DL with cervical strain

Right-handed pitcher Graveman recalled from Triple-A Nashville

Coco headed back to DL with cervical strain

The A's placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, retroactive to May 20, with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.

In 13 games with the A's this season, Crisp batted .044 (2-for-45). He began the season on the DL after undergoing surgery on his right elbow and was reinstated on May 6.

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