Kazmir has little to show for superb start to season

Works seven shutout innings, lowers ERA to 0.99

Kazmir has little to show for superb start to season

OAKLAND -- A's lefty Scott Kazmir has just two wins to show for four dominant outings, the last resulting in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday evening despite seven scoreless innings.

That the southpaw was opposed by Houston's Dallas Keuchel -- he of a 0.62 ERA after nine shutout frames Friday -- didn't help his cause. But Kazmir's performance in the 5-4, 11-inning loss didn't go unnoticed.

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A's rally twice in extras but fall in 11

A's rally twice in extras but fall in 11

OAKLAND -- Left fielder Robbie Grossman notched a go-ahead, two-run single off of A's southpaw Eric O'Flaherty in a three-run 11th inning, helping the Astros claim a 5-4 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Friday evening.

It was a wild ending to a game that didn't see its first run until the 10th inning, when Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run, two-out double off of A's reliever Dan Otero. The A's came right back in the bottom of the frame against a familiar face in right-hander Luke Gregerson, getting a game-tying, two-run double from Josh Reddick, who unsuccessfully tried racing home when the ball got away from the plate.

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O'Flaherty working through a bad stretch

Reliever already has pair of losses this season

O'Flaherty working through a bad stretch

OAKLAND -- The A's bullpen has only sporadically looked like the group assumed to be one of the club's greatest strengths at season's start. On Friday night, in a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Astros, it picked up its American League-leading fifth loss in 19 games.

In the A's eight wins, their relievers have allowed just one earned run in 23 1/3 innings. In their 10 losses, they've surrendered 26 earned runs in 31 1/3 innings.

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Zobrist eases back into A's lineup at DH

Versatile player managing soreness in left knee

Zobrist eases back into A's lineup at DH

OAKLAND -- Ben Zobrist made his return to the A's lineup for Friday's series opener against the visiting Astros with a start at designated hitter, as he looks to ease his way back into game action.

With Zobrist holding down DH duties, after being held out of each of the club's previous four games because of left knee soreness, Billy Butler made his first start of the season at first base. Zobrist went 0-for-4 with a walk and didn't appear comfortable running in the A's 5-4, 11-inning setback.

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Parker, Doolittle take big steps forward in rehabs

Righty feels good in first start; lefty throws from flat ground

Parker, Doolittle take big steps forward in rehabs

OAKLAND -- Jarrod Parker made his first start in a professional game since Tommy John surgery on Thursday evening, and Sean Doolittle tossed 15 pitches from flat ground on Friday, marking big steps for these rehabbing A's pitchers.

Parker got up to 56 pitches in his rehab start for Class A Advanced Stockton, completing 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits, including a solo home run, and struck out one while walking none.

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Graveman tries to stop Altuve, Astros at Coliseum

Graveman tries to stop Altuve, Astros at Coliseum

Will the A's ever slow down Jose Altuve?

The Astros second baseman recorded two singles against Scott Kazmir on Friday to extend his hitting streak against Oakland to 27 games, dating back to Sept. 5, 2013. It's already the longest hitting streak in franchise history for an Astros player against a single team, and the third-longest by any player against the A's behind Luke Appling (31 games) and David Segui (28).

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Chavez comes through on the spot for A's

Chavez comes through on the spot for A's

ANAHEIM -- Right-hander Jesse Chavez allowed one hit over six innings in a spot start against the Angels on Thursday. Typically, that would be worthy of a win. Except his teammates never scored.

"He was great," said manager Bob Melvin following the 2-0 loss. "We expect a lot out of him, and to give up one hit on a moment's notice to start, I don't know how you can ask for much more than that."

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A's miss too many chances, waste Chavez's solid effort

A's miss too many chances, waste Chavez's solid effort

ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez and Nick Tropeano pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut on Thursday afternoon, setting the tone in the Angels' 2-0 victory over the A's in Southern California.

Calhoun's homer was the only hit for the Angels' offense, which plated fewer than four runs for the 11th time in 16 games this season. It came off Chavez in the bottom of the third, two batters after Drew Butera reached first on a throwing error by A's third baseman Brett Lawrie. Calhoun got a 1-1 cutter out over the plate and lined it over the scoreboard in right-center to give him three home runs on the season and eventually help split the four-game series.

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Bassitt arrives, will provide long relief from bullpen

Bassitt arrives, will provide long relief from bullpen

ANAHEIM -- Right-hander Chris Bassitt joined the A's in time for Thursday's series finale in Anaheim, providing an immediate long-relief option out of the bullpen.

Bassitt entered Spring Training as a rotation candidate but struggled greatly, particularly with the inside fastball to left-handers. In his time with Triple-A Nashville, where he posted a 3.38 ERA in three games (two starts), he went back to the first-base side of the rubber after watching video from last year.

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Gray is a force even without his best stuff

Gray is a force even without his best stuff

ANAHEIM -- Sonny Gray wasn't even at his best Wednesday night, or so he'll say. Even catcher Stephen Vogt acknowledged as much. Yet the A's right-hander was still dominant in a 9-2 victory over the Angels.

He always is, it seems.

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Gray puts A's back in driver's seat at Angel Stadium

Gray puts A's back in driver's seat at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM -- Sonny Gray continued to dominate, and the A's rallied against the Angels' bullpen, scoring a combined eight runs on nine hits in the seventh and eighth innings to capture a 9-2 victory at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.

"I feel like this team smells blood really well, and when we get one hit," said A's catcher Stephen Vogt, "they start to keep going and keep going."

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Leon thrilled following big league debut

Right-hander headed back to Triple-A after one-day stint with A's; Bassitt to join club

Leon thrilled following big league debut

ANAHEIM -- The smile said it all. Even though he'd already learned he'd been demoted after the game, the news couldn't shake a thrilled Arnold Leon, who made his big league debut with the A's in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 9-2 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium -- seven years after the organization signed him out of the Mexican League as a 19-year-old.

"That was awesome," said Leon. "I didn't realize that I was going in today. I came here mentally prepared to relieve tomorrow. I didn't expect it today, so that was awesome, it really was. Good times."

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Rickey races out in front in A's Franchise Four voting

Rickey races out in front in A's Franchise Four voting

Rickey Henderson is the early leader in A's voting for the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to elect the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each Major League franchise out of eight choices from its lineage.

Dennis Eckersley is second in voting for the A's, followed by Jimmie Foxx and Reggie Jackson. Other candidates include: Rollie Fingers, Lefty Grove, Catfish Hunter and Al Simmons. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot.

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Ike pitches in, gives A's perfect inning on mound

Ike pitches in, gives A's perfect inning on mound

ANAHEIM -- Amid a 13-run deficit against the Angels on Tuesday night, the A's found respite in the sight of first baseman Ike Davis taking the mound to pitch the eighth inning.

"He volunteered," said A's manager Bob Melvin, following the 14-1 loss. "He was willing to do it, and he was really excited about it."

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A's pay for sloppy play in blowout loss

A's pay for sloppy play in blowout loss

ANAHEIM -- Johnny Giavotella and Kole Calhoun each hit a three-run home run, and Giavotella added an RBI single in a six-run sixth inning as the Angels routed the A's, 14-1, on Tuesday night to even this four-game series at Angel Stadium at a game apiece.

Los Angeles left-hander Hector Santiago limited the A's to just three hits, including a solo home run from Billy Butler in the third, over six innings, walking three and striking out eight. A's starter Drew Pomeranz was on the hook for five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings.

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A's might need to call up a fresh arm to bolster bullpen

A's might need to call up a fresh arm to bolster bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The A's could look to promote a pitcher from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday in advance of an evening matchup at Angel Stadium to bolster a depleted bullpen.

"There's potential for that," A's manager Bob Melvin acknowledged after Tuesday's 14-1 loss to the Angels.

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Lawrie on suspended Herrera: 'You get what you deserve'

Lawrie on suspended Herrera: 'You get what you deserve'

ANAHEIM -- A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, at the center of weekend-long theater in Kansas City, weighed in on the five-game suspension Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera received on Tuesday for intentionally throwing at Lawrie on Sunday. Herrera was also fined an undisclosed amount.

"You get what you deserve, more or less," said Lawrie.

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First baseman Ike Davis pitches, retires the side

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First baseman Ike Davis pitches, retires the side

Two-hundred and thirty-eight days have passed since Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson pitched two-thirds of an inning on Aug. 26, 2014. That's a 238-day drought without a position player pitching in an MLB game. Tuesday night, A's first baseman Ike Davis ended that drought.

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Otero leads bullpen's rescue effort against Angels

Otero leads bullpen's rescue effort against Angels

ANAHEIM -- This probably wasn't the recipe A's manager Bob Melvin had in mind when he spoke before the game about the continual process of trying to forge the right bullpen mix. But he sure enjoyed the final product.

Dan Otero led the way with a career-high four scoreless innings, Evan Scribner followed with a scoreless eighth and Tyler Clippard pitched around a pair of baserunners in the ninth for his first save with the Athletics, bailing out starter Kendall Graveman -- who lasted just three-plus innings -- in a 6-3 series-opening win at Angel Stadium.

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Homers from Vogt, Semien lead Athletics past Angels

Homers from Vogt, Semien lead Athletics past Angels

ANAHEIM -- The A's got home runs from Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien and relied on a dominant six-inning performance from their bullpen to hold off the Angels, 6-3, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

A's right-hander Dan Otero put together four scoreless innings in relief of starter Kendall Graveman, who lasted just three-plus innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. David Freese singled in two runs off him in the first, and Albert Pujols added an RBI single in the third.

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Reddick says Herrera 'not professional'

A's outfielder not buying Royals RP's postgame excuse, believes he, Ventura should be suspended

Reddick says Herrera 'not professional'

While the A's and Royals were each preparing for new opponents on Monday, there was still a focus on their intense weekend series that saw numerous ejections and pitches flying at and behind hitters.

A's outfielder Josh Reddick offered his thoughts Monday on MLB Network Radio regarding Sunday's series finale in Kansas City that saw five Royals ejections and verbal exchanges between both clubs.

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Tempers remain hot following OAK-KC finale

Five Royals ejected in game; A's Lawrie upset about pitch thrown behind him by Herrera

Tempers remain hot following OAK-KC finale

KANSAS CITY -- This certainly didn't feel like your casual Sunday afternoon ballgame in April.

An intense and heated series between the A's and Royals concluded Sunday with a 4-2 Royals win that featured five Royals ejections and pitches flying everywhere, even behind hitters.

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Day after plunking, Lawrie thrown at again

Royals reliever Herrera ejected after 100-mph pitch goes behind third baseman

Day after plunking, Lawrie thrown at again

KANSAS CITY -- Third baseman Brett Lawrie was back in the A's lineup during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Royals, after taking a 99-mph Yordano Ventura fastball to his left elbow in Saturday's drama-filled win.

"It's all right," Lawrie said in the morning. "Just swollen. That's about it."

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A's lose grip of lead during heated eighth

A's lose grip of lead during heated eighth

KANSAS CITY -- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run double to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday as the Royals rallied to beat Oakland, 4-2, in another wild and fiery game that featured five Royals players and coaches getting ejected.

The Royals trailed 2-1 entering the eighth after being handcuffed by Oakland starter Scott Kazmir, who threw 7 1/3 innings and gave up just six hits and two runs while striking out five. But Lorenzo Cain doubled in the tying run after Paulo Orlando walked.

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Lawrie, A's get last laugh in shutout of Ventura, Royals

Lawrie, A's get last laugh in shutout of Ventura, Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Josh Reddick belted a three-run homer and right-hander Jesse Hahn tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings before leaving with a blister on his throwing hand, as the A's toppled the Royals, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Reddick's blast preceded Brett Lawrie being hit by a pitch by Royals starter Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning in what likely was retaliation for Lawrie's hard slide into Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday night. More >

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Tension flares between A's, Royals for second straight night

Benches clear again after Ventura's ejected for hitting Lawrie; players offer differing viewpoints

Tension flares between A's, Royals for second straight night

KANSAS CITY -- For the second straight day, benches and bullpens emptied at Kauffman Stadium.

On Friday, Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar in the seventh inning, which led to the first fracas. The incident was complicated by the fact that Escobar claims he did not receive a text message apology from Lawrie. More >

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