Walk-off win helps put recent woes in rearview

Canha delivers big hit as Oakland rebounds to split series

Walk-off win helps put recent woes in rearview

OAKLAND -- Stephen Vogt stealthily swooped in from the side with a pie. Brett Lawrie and Billy Butler crept up from behind with a Gatorade cooler.

Before long, Mark Canha, who delivered his first career walk-off hit in the A's 2-1 10th-inning win over the Indians on Sunday, was covered with both.

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Reddick exits vs. Indians with back tightness

Reddick exits vs. Indians with back tightness

OAKLAND -- A's right fielder Josh Reddick departed Sunday's 2-1 victory against the Indians in the middle of the fifth inning with lower back tightness and is considered day to day.

Manager Bob Melvin said Reddick is "maybe doubtful" for Monday's opener against the Orioles, "but I don't think enough to where we have to worry about him long-term."

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Canha lifts A's in 10th to gain split with Tribe

Canha lifts A's in 10th to gain split with Tribe

OAKLAND -- Mark Canha notched his first career walk-off hit, an RBI double off the left-center field wall with two outs in the 10th inning to give the A's a 2-1 victory over the Indians.

It was the fourth walk-off win of the season for the A's, who got a two-out single from Sam Fuld to set the stage for Canha. The Oakland outfielder, who entered the game in the fifth inning for Josh Reddick, drew a 3-1 count against Indians right-hander Cody Allen before driving the next pitch for the game-winning hit.

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Crisp set to make long-awaited return to A's

Outfielder sidelined more than 2 months with neck strain

Crisp set to make long-awaited return to A's

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Coco Crisp could be activated as soon as Monday after nursing a neck strain for more than two months.

Just don't look for him in the leadoff spot. Crisp, who has spent the majority of his A's career at the top of the batting order, is likely to hit behind Billy Burns, who has cemented himself as a reliable sparkplug from the No. 1 hole.

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Chavez looks to cool O's in series opener

Chavez looks to cool O's in series opener

The Orioles, one of baseball's hottest teams, kick off a nine-game, 10-day road trip against American League West clubs with a Monday night matchup against the Athletics.

The Orioles -- who will call on right-hander Tyler Wilson in a spot start for Chris Tillman -- have won seven of their last nine and are making chase in both the AL East and Wild Card races.

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Doubront slated for long-relief role with A's

Lefty acquired Friday from Blue Jays for cash

Doubront slated for long-relief role with A's

OAKLAND -- Newly acquired Felix Doubront will pitch in a long relief role for the A's, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday.

The A's acquired the left-hander Doubront from the Blue Jays on Friday for cash considerations. His role was uncertain, but now it's clear Doubront -- who arrived in Oakland on Sunday -- will begin in the bullpen.

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Brooks secures starting spot in 'terrific' debut

A's righty holds Indians to 1 run for 1st MLB win

Brooks secures starting spot in 'terrific' debut

OAKLAND -- Aaron Brooks' first big league start was nothing to write home about. His second, coming more than a year later and with a different club, had everyone from home crying tears of joy.

Most of them -- including his mom, dad and stepmom -- were in attendance Saturday at the Coliseum, where Brooks celebrated his A's debut with 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball, earning his first career victory in a 5-1 decision over the Indians.

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A's bats awake from slumber in 'great win'

A's bats awake from slumber in 'great win'

OAKLAND -- Two plays happened in succession in the fifth inning and unfolded in nearly identical fashion -- at first.

On the initial play, Eric Sogard singled to right and a hustling Max Muncy was thrown out at the plate by Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall. Then, on the very next pitch, Sam Fuld laced a ball in almost the exact same spot, but Marcus Semien scored and Sogard came home on an overthrow.

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A's ride Brooks' dominant debut past Tribe

A's ride Brooks' dominant debut past Tribe

OAKLAND -- Aaron Brooks dazzled in his A's debut, holding the Indians to one run across 7 1/3 innings to help his new club snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday night.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit Brooks' lone mistake for a solo home run in the fifth inning. The right-hander, acquired from Kansas City this week in the Ben Zobrist trade, allowed just four other hits, striking out five and walking none for his first career win.

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A's designate lefty O'Flaherty for assignment

A's designate lefty O'Flaherty for assignment

OAKLAND -- The A's designated Eric O'Flaherty for assignment Saturday amid a consistent string of struggles for the veteran left-hander.

O'Flaherty allowed 14 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings over 25 appearances this season with the A's, who signed him to a two-year, $7 million deal as a free agent ahead of the 2014 season.

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Manaea dominates in debut for RockHounds

Athletics No. 3 prospect has memorable first outing for Double-A Midland

Manaea dominates in debut for RockHounds

Three days after being traded from Kansas City to Oakland, Sean Manaea tossed his best game of the year.

The Athletics' new No. 3 prospect hurled seven shutout innings for Double-A Midland, giving up just three hits while striking out a season-high nine hitters and walking none. Manaea's performance helped the RockHounds take down Corpus Christi, 4-0, on Friday night.

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A's land lefty Doubront in deal with Blue Jays

Oakland also sends righty Cook to Boston

A's land lefty Doubront in deal with Blue Jays

OAKLAND -- The A's were minor players on Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline scene, acquiring lefty Felix Doubront from the Blue Jays and dealing right-hander Ryan Cook to Boston after doing much of their heavy lifting in the last week.

Having already traded their biggest assets -- Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard and Ben Zobrist -- in exchange for five prospects well ahead of the deadline, the A's simply used the day to bolster their pitching depth down the stretch in Doubront, who was obtained for cash. Cook was dealt for a player to be named later or cash.

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Graveman rediscovers dominant stuff vs. Tribe

A's starter snaps rough stretch but gets no-decision

Graveman rediscovers dominant stuff vs. Tribe

OAKLAND -- Coming in 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in his last three starts, Kendall Graveman was due for a bounceback performance.

He responded by tossing 6 2/3 innings in the A's 2-1 loss to the Indians on Friday night, allowing one unearned run on five hits and returning to the form A's fans grew accustomed to from late May until July 4.

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Oakland in 'frustrating time' as losses mount

A's fall to 4-9 since All-Star break

Oakland in 'frustrating time' as losses mount

OAKLAND -- Amid an already disheartening stretch of goodbyes to three of their biggest assets, the A's have stopped hitting, amplifying the frustration level of a last-place club that's dropped nine of 13 since the All-Star break.

After the non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went Friday, with Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard and Ben Zobrist all gone in the days leading up to it, the A's took the field behind an impressive Kendall Graveman, who allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings, and could only provide him one hit of support in a 2-1 loss to the Indians.

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Graveman returns to form but bats held to 1 hit

Graveman returns to form but bats held to 1 hit

OAKLAND -- Michael Bourn's go-ahead double in the ninth inning helped the Indians secure their third straight win, a 2-1 decision over the A's at the Coliseum on Friday night.

Bourn's go-ahead double

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Bassitt sharp against Tribe after shaky 1st

A's starter falls to 0-4 as run support remains elusive

Bassitt sharp against Tribe after shaky 1st

OAKLAND -- The Indians' first four batters reached base in the A's 3-1 loss at the Coliseum on Thursday, and at that point it looked like Chris Bassitt's start might be a short one.

Instead, Bassitt bounced back and tossed seven innings, allowing three runs in the first inning and none after that.

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Doolittle throws encouraging, pain-free bullpen

A's reliever sidelined since May 28 with strained left shoulder

Doolittle throws encouraging, pain-free bullpen

OAKLAND -- Sean Doolittle was back on a mound Thursday, throwing all of his pitches in an encouraging 26-pitch bullpen session -- the A's reliever's first since returning to the disabled list May 28 with a strained left shoulder.

Doolittle has spent all but two days on the DL this season, having appeared in just one game after coming back from a strained rotator cuff. When he did, his typically buzzing fastball topped out at 90 mph. But on Thursday, though without a radar gun, Doolittle said, "it was definitely harder than the first time around."

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Bassitt gets little support in hard-luck loss

Bassitt gets little support in hard-luck loss

OAKLAND -- Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in support of right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who fired a one-run complete game to guide the Indians to a series-opening, 3-1 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Thursday night.

"He kind of took the sting out," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. "I'm thrilled the way he pitched. I know he's mentioned being a little tougher, trying to dig deeper. I thought tonight he did everything you're supposed to do. Now, you've just got to follow it up again. That was a really good outing."

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A's deal Zobrist to Royals for pitching prospects

Manaea, Brooks join Oakland's system during busy week for Beane

A's deal Zobrist to Royals for pitching prospects

LOS ANGELES -- The A's final big trade chip fell off the board on Tuesday, when ultra-utility man Ben Zobrist was dealt to the Royals for a pair of Minor League pitchers.

It's the third trade -- and likely the last involving a big-name player -- in the last six days by the A's, who sent Scott Kazmir to Houston on Thursday and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, receiving a total of three prospects.

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A's bullpen takes a step back

A's bullpen takes a step back

LOS ANGELES -- The A's busted out for four runs in the seventh and were one strike away from exiting the inning with a three-run lead intact when the floodgates burst open and their bullpen reenacted a familiar scene in vintage fashion.

A game they once led the Dodgers, 6-3, was lost by a 10-7 margin Wednesday night.

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Mujica anointed A's new closer

Manager Melvin names right-hander as Clippard's replacement

Mujica anointed A's new closer

LOS ANGELES -- A's manager Bob Melvin appointed right-hander Edward Mujica as his new closer Tuesday, one day after the trade of Tyler Clippard to the Mets.

"He's got the most experience doing it," Melvin said.

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Sonny shines with shutout of Dodgers

Sonny shines with shutout of Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Sonny Gray tossed a shutout and Josh Reddick added a solo home run to give the A's a 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

For Gray (11-4) it was his second shutout in his last four starts. He surrendered only three hits and he struck out nine. Gray lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.17 and kept the Dodgers off-balance with his combination of fastball, curveball and slider.

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Lawrie's career night isn't enough for A's

Lawrie's career night isn't enough for A's

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers responded to the A's four-run seventh with a five-spot in the bottom of the inning and two more runs in the eighth, doing most of their damage with two outs, to earn a 10-7 victory and snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night.

A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez walked two of his four batters to begin the seventh, putting runners at first and second for Adrian Gonzalez, who notched an RBI double off lefty Drew Pomeranz. Yasmani Grandal's ensuing dribbler down the third-base line led to another run, and Kiké Hernandez put the Dodgers on top, 7-6, with a two-run double. Yasiel Puig, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, drove in Hernandez with a single off Dan Otero to cap the rally.

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Sonny Gray gets 1st MLB hit, won't test Puig's arm

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Sonny Gray gets 1st MLB hit, won't test Puig's arm

Athletics ace Sonny Gray had one heckuva Tuesday night. The 25-year-old right hander threw an absolute gem in Dodger Stadium. He had only allowed two hits through seven innings and his A's were up 2-0 when his spot in the batting order to lead off the eighth.

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Gray lifts teammates after difficult day

A's ace goes the distance after latest jarring trade

Gray lifts teammates after difficult day

LOS ANGELES -- A potentially demoralizing day for the A's didn't end that way, thanks to Sonny Gray.

Oakland's ace capped an emotionally fueled week of trades with a three-hit, 2-0 shutout of the Dodgers, alleviating a shaken A's clubhouse that lost Ben Zobrist in a trade with Kansas City earlier in the day.

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Gray lives up to lofty expectations

Oakland's ace dominates LA, affirms his premier status

Gray lives up to lofty expectations

LOS ANGELES -- There you go, Mr. Kershaw. See if you can top that.

Sonny Gray never would say such a thing. He's too much the Southern gentleman, too respectful of others, especially his elders. But Gray's actions spoke volumes on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where the locals have grown accustomed to brilliant pitching.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's aim to stay focused after trades

Melvin addresses players, urges them to regroup

A's aim to stay focused after trades

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Vogt says he "should've said bye just in case." Oakland's catcher was walking around the team hotel Tuesday morning when he ran into Ben Zobrist. Moments later, his teammate was out of sight. Hours later, he was out of town, shipped to Kansas City as part of the A's third trade in six days.

Also gone are pitchers Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard.

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Clippard traded to Mets for Meisner

Clippard traded to Mets for Meisner

LOS ANGELES -- The A's parted with their closer on Monday, sending right-hander Tyler Clippard to the Mets in a deal that netted them more young talent.

This time, general manager Billy Beane landed right-handed starter Casey Meisner, four days after dealing lefty Scott Kazmir to Houston for catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Daniel Mengden. All three have been assigned to Class A Advanced Stockton, reflecting the organization's newfound long-term emphasis.

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