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 Enrique 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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Venditte set for final hurdle in injury rehab

Switch-pitcher could rejoin A's next week if weekend outings go well

Venditte set for final hurdle in injury rehab

LOS ANGELES -- A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte could soon return from the disabled list, barring any setbacks during scheduled back-to-back outings for Triple-A Nashville this weekend.

Venditte will pitch for the Sounds on Friday and Saturday, and his following appearance could potentially come in an A's uniform.

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A's start homestand as Bassitt faces Indians

A's start homestand as Bassitt faces Indians

The Athletics return home to Oakland after a brief five-game road trip, when they take on the Indians to begin a four-game series and an 11-game homestand. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (10-8, 4.26 ERA) will start the opener for Cleveland, facing off against A's righty Chris Bassitt (0-3, 2.94 ERA).

Bassitt has made four starts this season after beginning the year in the bullpen, and has thrown more than five innings in all four, while allowing two earned runs or fewer in each outing. He worked a season-high 6 1/3 innings against the Indians on July 11, allowing two earned runs while striking out three and walking one.

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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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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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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 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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Lyle Spencer

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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New acquisition Brooks to get start vs. Tribe

Prospect A's received in Kazmir trade will get callup on Saturday

New acquisition Brooks to get start vs. Tribe

LOS ANGELES -- The A's will turn to one of their many new acquisitions to fill the hole left by Scott Kazmir in their rotation, opting to promote right-hander Aaron Brooks come Saturday for a home start against the Indians.

"It looks like we got two really good arms," A's manager Bob Melvin said, referring to Brooks and Sean Manaea, who were acquired from the Royals for Ben Zobrist. "It's a great opportunity for a guy who was pitching in the Minor Leagues to come up and pitch here, and it looks like he commands the baseball well and has a good mix of pitches.

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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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Doolittle named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Doolittle named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Jonathan Mayo

Chapman named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Chapman named to 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.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's swept after Graveman digs early hole

A's swept after Graveman digs early hole

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy homered and drove in three runs and Buster Posey went 4-for-4 to back Tim Hudson's abbreviated performance Sunday as the Giants completed a three-game Interleague series sweep of the Oakland A's with a 4-3 triumph.

The Giants have won five consecutive games and 11 of their last 12 to trim their deficit behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West to one game. San Francisco also lengthened its home winning streak to six games while recording its first three-game sweep of the A's at AT&T Park since May 20-22, 2011.

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Olson rips two homers in first two at-bats for RockHounds

Athletics No. 1 prospect notches a season-high 5 RBIs for Double-A Midland

Olson rips two homers in first two at-bats for RockHounds

Matt Olson made his first two at-bats count on Monday, cracking two home runs while racking up a season-high five RBIs.

That provided necessary cushion for Double-A Midland, which took down Frisco in a 12-9 shootout. The Athletics' No. 1 prospect (No. 58 overall) finished 2-for-5 and is 4-for-9 with three homers and six RBIs over the past two nights.

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Graveman struggles to get outs vs. Giants

Bullpen records 6 2/3 shutout innings as A's nearly come back

Graveman struggles to get outs vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kendall Graveman allowed nine of the 13 batters he faced to reach base Sunday, lasting just 1 1/3 innings and yielding four earned runs in the A's 4-3 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

Matt Duffy made Graveman pay on a poorly located cutter, launching the ball over the fence in left to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the first. Graveman never bounced back, needing 50 pitches to record four outs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Gray part of 25-and-unders dominating

Gray part of 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Doolittle confident in cautious rehab process

Lefty throws on back-to-back days, slated for first bullpen session Thursday

Doolittle confident in cautious rehab process

SAN FRANCISCO -- A's left-hander Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw for consecutive days Saturday and Sunday for the first time since being placed on the 60-day disabled list and before his Sunday session, he said he felt "no pain" Saturday.

Doolittle has been on the DL since May 30 and has only pitched in one game with the club this season, but he still hopes to return this year.

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Melvin has long history with Big Unit

Melvin has long history with Big Unit

SAN FRANCISCO -- A's manager Bob Melvin recalls the scene with ease and a jovial expression on his face, one of many fond memories he has from a long-lasting friendship with Randy Johnson.

It was 2001 and the eventual champion D-backs were about to play their first World Series game against the Yankees, which happened to be 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Johnson's first career World Series start. Melvin was Arizona's bench coach at the time.

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Win elusive, but Bassitt proving himself to A's

Win elusive, but Bassitt proving himself to A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Bassitt has yet to notch a win in four starts for the A's despite pitching well in all of them, but the right-hander is at least assured of another opportunity for one.

Despite being saddled with a 2-1 Interleague loss in San Francisco on Saturday, Bassitt continued to prove his worth as a long-term answer in a muddled Oakland rotation that's lost Scott Kazmir to trade and Jesse Hahn to injury in less than two weeks.

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A's held in check despite Bassitt's impressive effort

A's held in check despite Bassitt's impressive effort

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik and Matt Duffy collaborated on a tiebreaking sixth-inning rally that lifted the Giants to a 2-1 Interleague triumph Saturday over the Oakland A's at AT&T Park.

With the score deadlocked at 1, Panik prolonged the sixth by doubling with two outs off A's starter Chris Bassitt (0-3). Duffy followed by stroking a single to right field that scored Panik. San Francisco, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, leads the Majors with 190 two-out runs.

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Burns enters late, feels 'great' after groin injury

Burns enters late, feels 'great' after groin injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after fouling a ball that bounced up and hit his groin and caused a testicular contusion, A's center fielder Billy Burns entered Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Giants in the seventh inning.

Burns looked like his usual self in center, kept the game alive with a hit to left in the ninth and looked fine running the bases.

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A's fall to Giants after Chavez's short start

A's fall to Giants after Chavez's short start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence collected four hits to back Jake Peavy's six-plus innings of three-run ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-3, in the series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.

Pence doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, doubled again in the fifth and legged out an infield single in the sixth to cap off the right fielder's first four-hit game of the season. The Giants improved to 22-7 in games Pence starts.

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Burns exits game with groin contusion

A's outfielder suffers testicular injury in at-bat vs. Giants

Burns exits game with groin contusion

SAN FRANCISCO -- Billy Burns left Friday's 9-3 loss to the Giants in the fourth inning after he fouled a ball off the ground and it bounced up to hit him in the groin in the third inning.

"I've never been squared up like that," Burns said, "and that pain was pretty terrible."

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Long at-bats doom Chavez to quick hook

A's starter departs in fourth inning for shortest start of season

Long at-bats doom Chavez to quick hook

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesse Chavez was put to work Friday night, and the A's pitcher clocked out much earlier than usual.

Having completed at least five innings in each of his previous 16 starts this season, Chavez couldn't even record an out in the fourth inning in a 9-3 loss to the Giants, instead surrendering the ball to the bullpen after 80 pitches on a laboring evening. He threw 34 of them in the first frame.

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A's shuffle rotation after Kazmir trade

A's shuffle rotation after Kazmir trade

OAKLAND -- Just days after learning they'd be without Jesse Hahn for much of the second half because of a forearm injury, the A's decided to trade Scott Kazmir for a pair of Astros prospects Thursday, leaving yet another hole in their rotation.

"It's going to be a challenge," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "But when you make a trade with a guy like Scott at this time in the year, you're making concessions in understanding that the future is probably more important than the present."

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Jim Callis

A's-Astros trade fills needs on both sides

A's-Astros trade fills needs on both sides

The Scott Kazmir trade made perfect sense for both clubs. The contending Astros got a veteran starting pitcher, while the Athletics netted two prospects -- catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden -- for the future.

Kazmir returns to his hometown to give Houston a serious rotation upgrade. Assuming the Astros hold on to their current playoff position, they could trot out All-Star Game starter Dallas Keuchel, Kazmir and rookie sensation Lance McCullers in their first three postseason games.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.