Scribner looking to shake rough stretch

Right-handed reliever allows two home runs in loss to Mariners

Scribner looking to shake rough stretch

OAKLAND -- Back in May, Evan Scribner was a reliable setup man for the A's and at one point owned a 1.10 ERA. Now his ERA lies at 3.64, as he's allowed 15 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings since May 8.

Scribner's most recent struggles came in a 9-5 loss to the Mariners at the Coliseum on Friday. He gave up four runs (three earned) in two innings, surrendering two-run homers to both Nelson Cruz and Brad Miller in a rocky eighth inning.

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Mariners' bats too much for A's to overcome

Mariners' bats too much for A's to overcome

OAKLAND -- A quartet of two-run home runs from Logan Morrison, Seth Smith, Nelson Cruz and Brad Miller carried the Mariners to a 9-5 victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Friday night.

The Mariners, who managed just two hits in Thursday's series-opening loss, tallied 13 this time, including nine in 6 1/3 innings against A's starter Jesse Chavez, who was responsible for Morrison and Smith's home runs that wiped away a three-run lead gained by the A's in the second against J.A. Happ -- highlighted by RBI hits from Mark Canha and Billy Burns. Canha also hit a two-run double in the ninth.

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Ailing Gray to avoid stint on disabled list

Right-hander may make next start against Yankees next week

Ailing Gray to avoid stint on disabled list

OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray celebrated the news that he could eat meat again in a way many people his age would.

He ate Chipotle.

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Reddick, Melvin clear up miscommunication

Reddick, Melvin clear up miscommunication

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Josh Reddick said he spoke to manager Bob Melvin about the candid remarks he made in a radio interview Thursday that suggested the front office, specifically general manager Billy Beane, is restricting his playing time against left-handers despite Melvin's desire to keep him in the lineup regardless.

Talking with A's broadcaster Ray Fosse on 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Reddick said, "I know Bob's in there fighting for me. The other day I was supposed to play against [Jorge] De La Rosa, and Bob texts me at around 1:30 and told me he had been 'trumped,' was the word he used. I understood right away. I know it's not Bob."

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Nunez remains hot at the dish for Double-A Midland

Athletics' No. 4 prospect goes 2-for-5 with a homer; extends his hitting streak to 9 games

Nunez remains hot at the dish for Double-A Midland

Oakland's farm system showed off some pop on Friday night.

At Double-A Midland, No. 4 prospect Renato Nunez ran his hitting streak to nine games while bashing a home run in a 6-2 win against Arkansas. He finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs on the night and is 17-for-43 (.395) with two homers and seven RBIs since the streak began on June 21.

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Graveman hopes to outpitch Felix at home

Graveman hopes to outpitch Felix at home

Saturday's Fourth of July showdown between the A's and Mariners at 1:05 p.m. PT will be the only time in the four-game set Oakland doesn't have to face a left-hander.

Instead, the A's are up against Felix Hernandez.

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Kazmir takes game to next level

Kazmir takes game to next level

OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir's trade value may be at a season high after twirling a gem in a 4-0 win over the Mariners on Thursday night, holding Seattle to two hits in eight superb innings. All the while, the A's, winners of 12 of their last 18, have to wonder what their second half could look like with the lefty on their side.

"When you're that good, and we have the record that we do, there's going to be speculation and there's going to be guys talked about based on the fact they're in the last year of their contract," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I know he likes it here. He's all about his team. He's become a leader here the last couple years, by performance and in the clubhouse. He's a resource for me."

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Kazmir leads two-hit shutout vs. Mariners

Kazmir leads two-hit shutout vs. Mariners

OAKLAND -- Scott Kazmir held the Mariners to two hits over eight innings, leading the A's to a 4-0 victory in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series at the Coliseum. It was Oakland's American League-leading 10th shutout of the season.

"That's probably the best we've seen him here," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "More cutters and sliders today, especially to right-handers. He had been basically fastball-changeup to them, where he worked everything to both righties and lefties today. Was on it from the very beginning, his velocity grew as the game went along."

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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A's bats buck trend vs. lefty Elias

A's bats buck trend vs. lefty Elias

OAKLAND -- The A's entered Thursday's series opener with the Mariners 4-14 when the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher, which is the second-worst clip in the Majors, compared to their 32-31 record vs. righty starters.

The A's were batting .240 against lefties and .265 against righties, and Seattle had three southpaw starters lined up along with righty ace Felix Hernandez. It seemed like a recipe for disaster.

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Hahn quiets Rox as A's take rubber game

Hahn quiets Rox as A's take rubber game

OAKLAND -- The A's clinched a series win over the Rockies with a 4-1 victory in Wednesday's matinee finale at the Coliseum. In three games, Oakland held the Rockies to four runs.

"We pitched well, all the starters, and that's what we have to do to beat a team like that," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We're not going to go toe-to-toe with them when it comes to scoring runs."

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Butler stays hot with triple that amuses A's

Butler stays hot with triple that amuses A's

OAKLAND -- Two players named Billy tripled Wednesday in the A's 4-1 series-clinching win over the Rockies at the Coliseum. One -- Billy Burns -- you might expect. The other -- Billy Butler -- you most certainly wouldn't.

Butler belted a ball to left field to lead off the second inning. Rafael Ynoa backpedaled and nearly made an extraordinary catch. Instead, the ball ricocheted off his glove, Ynoa was shaken up and before center fielder Charlie Blackmon could retrieve the ball, Butler bumbled his way to third.

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Improved command has Hahn hitting stride

Improved command has Hahn hitting stride

OAKLAND -- Like clockwork, another A's pitcher turned in a quality start Wednesday, and against one of baseball's best offenses to boot.

Right-hander Jesse Hahn, though without his best stuff in the early going of a six-inning outing, allowed one run to the Rockies, who were held to just four total in the three-game series at the Coliseum, which culminated in a series-clinching 4-1 A's victory.

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Umps shift duties after Hallion struck by foul

Umps shift duties after Hallion struck by foul

OAKLAND -- Crew chief Tom Hallion exited Wednesday's game between the A's and Rockies at the Coliseum in the first inning after taking a pitch to his face mask.

Umpire Alfonso Marquez, who began the game at first base, moved behind the plate in Hallion's place following a lengthy delay. Second-base umpire Dan Bellino moved to first, while Ryan Blakney maintained his post at third as part of the truncated crew.

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Bassitt solid in spot start, but offense sputters

Bassitt solid in spot start, but offense sputters

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa tossed seven scoreless innings against the A's, leading the Rockies to a 2-1 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night and evening the three-game series.

De La Rosa -- who left his last start after five innings with a cut on his middle finger, and dealt with swelling and numbness Tuesday -- limited the A's to four hits, striking out four and walking four, one of which was intentional.

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Bassitt fills in admirably on short notice

Righty throws five innings of one-run ball after being called up

Bassitt fills in admirably on short notice

OAKLAND -- Chris Bassitt found out at 1 a.m. he was starting for the A's on Tuesday. He woke up at 5:30 a.m. after minimal sleep, caught a 7:30 a.m. flight and arrived in Oakland around 1:30 p.m. By 7:05, the right-hander was on the mound pitching for the A's on three days' rest.

Bassitt, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start for hospital-ridden Sonny Gray, tossed five innings of one-run ball in the A's 2-1 loss to the Rockies at the Coliseum on Tuesday.

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There is nothing Josh Phegley cannot catch

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There is nothing Josh Phegley cannot catch

A's starter Chris Bassitt let a curveball slip out of his hand during Tuesday's game against the Rockies and it sailed behind Troy Tulowitzki. It could've looked much more embarrassing, but luckily, Josh Phegley was there to somehow make the catch.

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First-round pick Martin spends day with A's

Infielder is victim of practical joke on day he agrees to terms with club

First-round pick Martin spends day with A's

OAKLAND -- When first-round Draft pick Richie Martin arrived at the A's clubhouse Tuesday decked in a suit and tie and sporting an A's hat, he was met with an unpleasant surprise.

In his locker sat a Virginia hat, sneakily placed there by former UVA pitcher Sean Doolittle. The Cavaliers knocked Martin's Florida Gators out of the NCAA tournament, and Doolittle wanted to have a little fun.

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Graveman talks math and baseball with kids

A's starter happily takes part in STEM on-field clinic

Graveman talks math and baseball with kids

OAKLAND -- A's starter Kendall Graveman was more than happy to sign autographs, take pictures and strike up conversation with kids at Tuesday's on-field clinic at the Coliseum hosted by the Athletics and Chevron.

Then he took a quick break to do the same with one his idols, Tony La Russa, who helped out at the event and posed for pictures with the A's 1989 World Series trophy.

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Confidence key to Graveman's ace-like starts

Confidence key to Graveman's ace-like starts

OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman is pitching like an ace in the back of the A's rotation. No longer lacking in confidence, the right-hander is thriving on it and ensuring his teammates a quality start every fifth day.

His Monday outing against Colorado, featuring seven scoreless innings in a 7-1 A's Interleague victory, provided further proof.

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Graveman, homers help A's cruise past Rox

Graveman, homers help A's cruise past Rox

OAKLAND -- The A's got home runs from Josh Reddick, Ike Davis and Billy Butler, powering their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockies in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.

Right-hander Kendall Graveman tossed seven scoreless innings in the win, allowing just five hits. The A's tallied nine hits against Rockies right-hander David Hale, including a pair of two-out, two-run homers from Reddick and Davis in the first inning. Butler led off the fourth with a solo shot and also hit an RBI double off Christian Friedrich in the eighth, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.

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Butler: A's offense can be 'dangerous'

Butler: A's offense can be 'dangerous'

OAKLAND -- While the A's have experienced their share of close losses this season, they've made a recent habit of following up a tough defeat with a win highlighted by offensive fireworks.

Fresh off a frustrating three-game sweep against the Royals, the A's bounced back with a 7-1 thumping of the Rockies at the Coliseum on Monday in the first of a three-game set.

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Venditte pleased with latest throwing session

Venditte pleased with latest throwing session

OAKLAND -- A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte threw with both arms Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder June 12.

Venditte said he felt "pain free" after 80 throws -- 20 from 60 feet with each arm and 20 from 75 feet with each arm.

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Muncy's error looms large in A's tough loss

Third baseman throws away ball on play at the plate in big third inning

Muncy's error looms large in A's tough loss

OAKLAND -- Just three days removed from a season-high five-game winning streak, the A's were in position to salvage a game from those pesky Royals and avoid a three-game sweep in front of a home crowd on Sunday afternoon. Instead, they committed a critical error and lost, 5-3, despite outhitting Kansas City.

"One of the toughest things about it is that we were getting a lot of momentum there," Max Muncy said. "We were playing really good ball lately and this happens, and it's against a team we have a little bit of history with."

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A's unable to hold early lead in finale vs. KC

A's unable to hold early lead in finale vs. KC

OAKLAND -- Salvador Perez homered, and the Royals took advantage of a crucial A's error in a three-run sixth inning to secure a sweep-clinching 5-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Perez's two-run home run off right-hander Edward Mujica in the eighth inning was the 500th hit of his career. The Royals catcher also scored in the sixth, after reaching on a fielder's choice with one out and runners at the corners, when A's third baseman Max Muncy fielded a sharp ground ball and made an errant throw home, allowing the first of three runs to score off starter Jesse Chavez in the inning.

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Missteps cost Kazmir, A's despite stellar start

Missteps cost Kazmir, A's despite stellar start

OAKLAND -- Against a team like the Royals, A's starter Scott Kazmir knows he doesn't have much room for error.

"You make mistakes and they capitalize on them," Kazmir said after the A's 3-2 loss to the Royals on Saturday. "That's a good team, and that's what good teams do."

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A's tripped up by Royals in game of small ball

A's tripped up by Royals in game of small ball

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Chris Young threw six strong innings and Kendrys Morales delivered a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Royals held off the A's, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.

The Royals moved to a season-high 15 games over .500 and have a 4 1/2-game lead in the Central.

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Fuld finds spark filling in at leadoff spot for A's

Fuld finds spark filling in at leadoff spot for A's

OAKLAND -- With Billy Burns out of the lineup again, A's manager Bob Melvin needed someone to fill in at the leadoff spot.

On Friday he went with Eric Sogard, but in Saturday's 3-2 loss at the Coliseum, he went with Sam Fuld.

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