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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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pipeline preview: Cotton takes the hill for Nashville

Pipeline preview: Cotton takes the hill for Nashville

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Friday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Daniel Palka (Twins' No. 20), Rochester at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the A's on Wednesday.

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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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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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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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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Butler lands on 7-day DL after altercation

Butler lands on 7-day DL after altercation

OAKLAND -- A's designated hitter Billy Butler was forced to go on the seven-day concussion disabled list Monday following an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia in Chicago last week.

Both players were disciplined and fined but not suspended, A's general manager David Forst said.

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Barreto among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Barreto among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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Triggs solid, but A's can't solve Carrasco

Triggs solid, but A's can't solve Carrasco

OAKLAND -- It was one of those cool nights at the Coliseum on Monday, when one run might just be enough to win. The Indians put that to the test, using a home run by Carlos Santana and a strong outing by Carlos Carrasco to pull off a 1-0 victory to overcome a solid start by A's rookie Andrew Triggs.

"Both teams really pitched well," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We hit a few balls hard, but not a lot. Fortunately, [Santana] ran one out of there, because it looked like that was probably the way someone was going to have to score."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Semien away from A's for birth of first child

Semien away from A's for birth of first child

OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien was not with the team during Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Indians night, as he joined his wife, Tarah, for the birth of their first child that afternoon.

The A's are unsure whether Semien will be placed on the paternity list.

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Davis hits No. 32; Neal struggles in finale loss

Davis hits No. 32; Neal struggles in finale loss

CHICAGO -- Unlucky No. 9 became well-deserved No. 10 for Jose Quintana as part of the White Sox 4-2 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quintana had never surpassed nine wins in a single season, despite becoming one of the game's most consistent starters. But he reached that 10-win mark by allowing two runs on eight hits over seven-plus innings, while striking out six and walking one, also helping the White Sox capture the weekend series.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Mixed results for rookie Pinder in A's loss

A's rookie second baseman made Major League debut on Saturday

Mixed results for rookie Pinder in A's loss

CHICAGO -- Chad Pinder's second big league game brought about a bag of mixed results, notably his first career hit in Oakland's 4-2 loss against the White Sox on Sunday afternoon.

The A's No. 9 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, legged out an infield single in the seventh inning to reach base for the first time in his young Major League career, but he was also responsible for extending the bottom of the first inning and allowing the White Sox three runs than they should have not scored.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Doolittle's shoulder rehab to be extended

Left-hander isn't content with how he's been throwing in Triple-A

Doolittle's shoulder rehab to be extended

CHICAGO -- The A's plan to extend Sean Doolittle's rehab assignment this week, postponing the left-hander's return from the disabled list.

Doolittle was tentatively scheduled to rejoin the A's on their next homestand -- a short stay of three games against the Indians beginning Monday -- following his latest rehab outing. But a candid Doolittle, who allowed one hit, a home run, and struck out two in one inning with Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, isn't quite ready.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brugman among top prospect performers Sunday

Brewers' No. 4 prospect strikes out 12, White Sox's No. 8 flirts with no-hitter

Brugman among top prospect performers Sunday

Finding success at the Triple-A level hasn't come easily for Josh Hader. At least not until Sunday night, when the Brewers' No. 4 prospect set a career high by striking out 12 hitters in six scoreless innings to pace Colorado Springs in a 6-0 shutout of Round Rock. He threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes, allowing just two hits and one walk to record his first Triple-A win in 12 starts.

Ranked No. 39 on the Top 100, Hader has pitched better for Colorado Springs than his 1-5 record and 4.79 ERA suggest. With his performance Sunday, the 22-year-old left-hander now has fanned 81 hitters in 62 innings since being promoted from Double-A Biloxi on June 11, and he's yielded just three home runs in that span. Hader has thrown the ball particularly well of late, too, registering a 2.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings across his past six turns.

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Detwiler struggles; A's can't solve Sale in loss

Detwiler struggles; A's can't solve Sale in loss

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's personal winless streak ended at six Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox left-hander allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings, matching a season high of 120 pitches. He received plenty of run support and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the A's. The win evens the weekend series at one win apiece, after Oakland claimed a 9-0 decision in the series opener.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Puk among top prospect performers Saturday

Braves' No. 15 notches career-best 11 total bases; Astros' No. 8 shows off power, speed combo

Puk among top prospect performers Saturday

As one of the younger everyday players at the Triple-A level, Rio Ruiz has been anything but overmatched this season.

The Braves' No. 15 prospect put together a big offensive performance on Saturday, when he hit multiple home runs for the first time in his five-year career and plated all four runs as Triple-A Gwinnett shut out Rochester, 4-0. Ruiz finished 3-for-3 at the plate, also tallying a triple in the contest en route to accruing a career-best 11 total bases.

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Graveman dials up 'Maddux' in first shutout

A's right-hander holds White Sox to 2 hits in 98-pitch effort

Graveman dials up 'Maddux' in first shutout

CHICAGO -- Mired in a five-game losing streak, the A's cruised to victory against the White Sox on Friday evening, blanking them behind a stellar Kendall Graveman.

Their 9-0 series-opening victory showcased no shortage of offensive highlights, but Graveman's complete-game effort on 98 pitches topped them all, especially considering what had transpired earlier in the week.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Butler out due to Valencia altercation

Sources: Butler out due to Valencia altercation

An altercation between Oakland teammates Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was the cause of Butler's absence over the team's past two games, sources confirmed to MLB.com's Jane Lee. The San Francisco Chronicle originally reported the incident.

Both players and management declined to comment on the altercation. On Saturday, A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Butler would sit out because of nausea and vomiting and ruled out the flu as a cause of those symptoms. Valencia also sat out Sunday's 4-2 loss for Oakland in its series finale against the White Sox.

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A's crush White Sox in Graveman's 2-hit gem

A's crush White Sox in Graveman's 2-hit gem

CHICAGO -- Kendall Graveman was razor sharp on the mound for the A's. James Shields definitely was not for the White Sox, and those two facts pretty much sum up Oakland's 9-0 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Oakland's dominance ended a five-game losing streak, while the White Sox have lost four of five.

Graveman allowed two hits, on singles by Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton, facing the minimum of 21 through seven innings thanks to a pair of double plays. He struck out five and didn't issue a walk in a 98-pitch complete game, the first shutout of his career, while never allowing a White Sox runner to reach second base.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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