A's pull away as Bassitt silences Orioles

A's pull away as Bassitt silences Orioles

OAKLAND -- Chris Bassitt tossed seven shutout innings and the A's finally scored some runs for him, pulling away for a 5-0 win over the Orioles at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, giving the right-hander his first victory of the season.

Bassitt had received just five total runs of support in his five previous starts, but Billy Burns singled home Eric Sogard in the fifth, Brett Lawrie tripled home Billy Butler against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez in the sixth and Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer later that inning off reliever Chaz Roe.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bassitt finally gets the support he needs

Bassitt finally gets the support he needs

OAKLAND -- Through the first five innings, it seemed like a standard Chris Bassitt outing. But in the sixth, the A's did something they had barely done for the right-hander in five starts this season -- score runs.

The A's brought home four in the sixth -- highlighted by a Marcus Semien three-run homer -- en route to a 5-0 win over the Orioles at the Coliseum on Tuesday night. The A's notched their American League-leading 14th shutout of the season and Bassitt got his first win since joining Oakland in the December trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox.

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A's trade O'Flaherty to Mets

A's trade O'Flaherty to Mets

OAKLAND -- The A's traded left-hander Eric O'Flaherty and cash considerations to the Mets for a player to be named or cash, the club announced Tuesday.

O'Flaherty, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, was 1-2 with a 5.91 ERA and .312 opponents' batting average in 25 relief appearances with the A's.

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A's, Orioles battle for series win in Oakland

A's, Orioles battle for series win in Oakland

With Baltimore sending lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the mound, new Athletic Danny Valencia -- who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday -- could make his first start for Oakland on Wednesday in the rubber game at the Coliseum.

Chen is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts in Oakland and is 5-6 with a 3.24 ERA on the season. He takes the mound in the finale of the first leg of a three-city West Coast trip for the O's.

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The pitching mound helped the A's score a run

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The pitching mound helped the A's score a run

The A's were tied, 0-0, with the Orioles on Tuesday night before Eric Sogard scooted across home plate in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ostensibly, Sogard was driven in by Billy Burns' two-out single to center field. But really, he owes the pitching mound some thanks.

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Muncy to work on hot corner at Triple-A

Muncy to work on hot corner at Triple-A

OAKLAND -- In his latest seven-game stint with the A's, Max Muncy appeared in only one game.

With Danny Valencia, who was claimed off waivers Monday, arriving in Oakland on Tuesday, Muncy was sent back to Triple-A Nashville.

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Doolittle nearing rehab assignment

Doolittle nearing rehab assignment

OAKLAND -- A's left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle, who has been on the disabled list since May 28 with a strained left shoulder, threw a simulated game on Tuesday, and everything went smoothly.

Doolittle threw 27 pitches to right-handed hitters Josh Phegley and Mark Canha. He may rehab with Class A Advanced Stockton this weekend, but A's manager Bob Melvin will check on Doolittle Wednesday to make sure he's ready.

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Chavez gets knocked around by Orioles

Chavez gets knocked around by Orioles

OAKLAND -- Chris Davis and Caleb Joseph homered, Adam Jones, Jimmy Paredes and Joseph doubled home runs and the Orioles crushed the A's, 9-2, on Monday night in the first game of a three-game set at the Coliseum.

Tyler Wilson, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect, pitched admirably filling in for Chris Tillman -- who was sidelined with a left ankle injury -- tossing 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his second career start. Wilson picked up his second win of the season, giving up six hits on 100 pitches.

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Crisp has two hits in return from DL

Crisp has two hits in return from DL

OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp had as many hits Monday in the A's 9-2 loss to the Orioles as he did the entire season before the game.

Crisp, who returned from the 60-day disabled list and played in his first game since May 19, finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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Rally Possum shows up near foul pole in Oakland

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Rally Possum shows up near foul pole in Oakland

When last we left the Marsupial Formerly Known as Rally Possum, it was seen revisiting some old haunts, making the same trip to the bullpen that had so thoroughly inspired the A's down the stretch last year. But, as it is with all visionaries, there comes a time to push one's boundaries and explore creative capabilities. Sure, Rally Possum could continue to hold court in that same patch of foul territory, dooming every Oakland opponent to crushing defeat, but where would the satisfaction be in that?

So our hearts were filled with pride during the A's loss to Baltimore on Monday, as the possum appeared to have moved up in the world -- all the way up the outfield wall, to be precise. 

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A's plan to take longer look at Leon

A's plan to take longer look at Leon

OAKLAND -- Before his callup Monday, A's right-hander Arnold Leon had been with the club four times this season but only made seven appearances. His most recent stint, in late July, lasted one day.

When Oakland recalled Leon from Triple-A Nashville once again Monday, manager Bob Melvin said they did so with the intention to keep him around longer.

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A's claim versatile Valencia from Blue Jays

A's claim versatile Valencia from Blue Jays

OAKLAND -- The A's have claimed infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia off waivers from the Blue Jays, the club announced Monday.

Valencia was batting .296 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 58 games with Toronto before he was designated for assignment Saturday. He's started 27 games at left field, nine at third base, one at right field and one at first base, while hitting .316 against lefties.

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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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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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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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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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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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