Coco headed back to DL with cervical strain

Right-handed pitcher Graveman recalled from Triple-A Nashville

Coco headed back to DL with cervical strain

The A's placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, retroactive to May 20, with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.

In 13 games with the A's this season, Crisp batted .044 (2-for-45). He began the season on the DL after undergoing surgery on his right elbow and was reinstated on May 6.

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Vogt's solo shot bright spot of A's offense

Veteran catcher goes deep to collect team-leading 10th home run

Vogt's solo shot bright spot of A's offense

ST. PETERSBURG -- Amidst the dense offensive fog that has enveloped the Athletics over the past 16 games, catcher Stephen Vogt has managed to remain a beacon of consistency.

Vogt's fourth-inning blast off one-time batterymate Chris Archer on Friday night at Tropicana Field gave the A's an early lead in a game they would go on to lose, 5-2.

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A's look to Graveman to get team back on track

A's look to Graveman to get team back on track

After varying degrees of absence on the mound, Nathan Karns and Kendall Graveman will start for the Rays and Athletics, respectively, in the third game of their four-game series Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Karns (3-1, 3.77 ERA) will make his ninth start of the season after being skipped in the rotation Tuesday in Atlanta for rest purposes after tossing a combined 209 pitches in his previous two outings. In his last start against the Yankees on May 13, the right-hander earned the victory after allowing two runs in five innings of work.

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Vogt homers, but A's fall to Rays

Vogt homers, but A's fall to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria's three-run homer led the Rays to a 5-2 win over the A's on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Longoria rerouted a 1-2 Scott Kazmir fastball into the left-field stands with two aboard for his fifth home run of the season.

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A's place Mujica on DL, promote Parrino

A's reliever receives stitches; will be out weeks with minor fracture

A's place Mujica on DL, promote Parrino

ST. PETERSBURG -- Athletics right-hander Edward Mujica, who was forced to leave the Rays' 3-1 victory Thursday night with two outs in the seventh inning after taking a hard one-hopper off his pitching hand, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a fractured right thumb.

The A's selected infielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville to take Mujica's spot on the active roster. They also recalled Tyler Ladendorf from Nashville and placed him on the 60-day DL.

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Semien encouraged by new coach Washington

A's coach confident that shortstop can make strides defensively

Semien encouraged by new coach Washington

ST. PETERSBURG -- Newly hired Athletics coach Ron Washington hit the ground running at Tropicana Field on Friday, wasting no time in forging a solid working relationship with shortstop Marcus Semien.

Student and teacher met for 30 minutes in the A's clubhouse to discuss how best to address Semien's defensive struggles, then hit the infield for another 30 minutes of hands-on instruction.

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Defense shines against Rays, offense doesn't

Defense shines against Rays, offense doesn't

ST. PETERSBURG -- David DeJesus provided most of the offense and the Rays' pitching did its part in a 3-0 win over the A's on Thursday night with a crowd of 10,605 watching at Tropicana Field.

The Rays grabbed sole possession of first place in the American League East by a half-game over the idle Yankees. It's the first time Tampa Bay has been alone in first since April 12, 2014.

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A's offense stalls after Burns' leadoff triple

A's offense stalls after Burns' leadoff triple

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Athletics' recent hitting woes continued Thursday night at Tropicana Field, as Oakland struggled to deliver with runners in scoring position in a 3-0 loss to the Rays.

After Billy Burns led off the game with a booming triple to right-center field, he was unable to tag up properly on an ensuing fly ball to center by Marcus Semien.

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A's place Pomeranz on DL, recall Leon

Move provides bullpen depth as left-hander deals with sprained AC joint

A's place Pomeranz on DL, recall Leon

HOUSTON -- The A's placed starter Drew Pomeranz on the disabled list Wednesday with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder, and they recalled right-hander Arnold Leon from Triple-A Nashville for added bullpen depth.

Right-hander Kendall Graveman is expected to start in place of Pomeranz against the Rays in St. Petersburg on Saturday, though manager Bob Melvin has not yet made an official announcement.

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Semien welcomes chance to work with Wash

A's shortstop hoping new coach helps iron out defensive difficulties

Semien welcomes chance to work with Wash

ST. PETERSBURG -- When it comes to infield defense, newly hired Athletics coach Ron Washington has one of the most impressive teaching resumes in recent baseball history.

And there's nobody who stands to benefit from Washington's knowledge more than A's shortstop Marcus Semien. The club hopes it proves to be a winning partnership.

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Washington hired to work with A's defense

Former Texas manager returns to serve as coach

Washington hired to work with A's defense

HOUSTON -- The A's have reunited with Ron Washington, who will join the team in St. Petersburg on Friday to serve as a coach and work with Oakland's much-maligned defense.

The A's have committed 44 errors (16 by shortstop Marcus Semien) in 42 games, which is 10 more than any other team. Washington is considered an excellent infield coach, having been given much credit for developing Oakland's young infield talent -- notably six-time American League Gold Glove Award winner Eric Chavez and former AL Most Valuable Player Award winner Miguel Tejada -- during his time as infield and third-base coach for the A's from 1997-2006.

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Not all is lost for contenders after early woes

Pirates, A's and Red Sox have talent, leadership to bounce back

Not all is lost for contenders after early woes

Sure, it's OK to fret about the Pirates and A's if those are your teams. Likewise, the Red Sox. You think the people in charge aren't fretting? Sure, they are. As Giants manager Bruce Bochy puts it, "You can't win your division in April, but you can sure lose it."

Besides that, it's not early anymore. In some cases, six weeks is plenty of time to understand what a team is or isn't.

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A's miss opportunities, drop finale to Astros

A's miss opportunities, drop finale to Astros

HOUSTON -- The streaking Astros got a two-run homer by Evan Gattis, a two-run single by Chris Carter and another strong pitching performance by Dallas Keuchel to beat the A's, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel (6-0) rebounded from a pair of subpar outings, at least by his standards, and didn't allow an earned run over seven innings. Houston has won seven of its past eight games to continue the best start in club history at 27-14.

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Abad's struggles leaving A's in tough spot

Abad's struggles leaving A's in tough spot

HOUSTON -- Fernando Abad's ongoing struggles continue to hurt an A's bullpen that is without another left-hander.

In Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the first-place Astros, who hold a 12 1/2-game lead on the last-place A's, Abad faced three hitters and served up two home runs -- to the left-handed-hitting Colby Rasmus and Jason Castro.

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Gray, A's come up short in loss to Astros

Gray, A's come up short in loss to Astros

HOUSTON -- Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus hit two-run homers and Jason Castro added a solo shot to lead the first-place Astros to their sixth win in seven games with a 6-4 victory over the A's on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Astros starter Roberto Hernandez (2-3) worked six innings and allowed two runs and seven hits, giving him seven consecutive starts of at least six innings. He gave up an RBI double to Josh Reddick in the third and a solo homer to Max Muncy in the sixth that cut the lead to 3-2.

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Crisp's ailing neck forces early exit vs. Astros

Crisp's ailing neck forces early exit vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- A's left fielder Coco Crisp exited Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Astros after just three innings because of neck tightness.

Crisp is considered day to day, but he missed a good chunk of last season while dealing with the same issue, which is cause for concern. He aggravated it Tuesday when trying for Colby Rasmus' second-inning leadoff double.

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A's Parker has surgery on fractured elbow

A's Parker has surgery on fractured elbow

HOUSTON -- A's pitcher Jarrod Parker had successful surgery to clean up and repair the medial epicondyle fracture in his right elbow Tuesday.

Parker's previously revised ulnar collateral ligament did not need repairing, meaning the right-hander was able to avoid a third Tommy John surgery, which could've been career threatening.

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Fuld robs Springer with great grab on Tal's Hill

Fuld robs Springer with great grab on Tal's Hill

HOUSTON -- Before Monday's game in Houston, A's outfielder Sam Fuld was practicing the type of catch on Tal's Hill he figured he'd never have to make. Just in case.

Then he made it.

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Lawrie helps A's push past Astros in opener

Lawrie helps A's push past Astros in opener

HOUSTON -- The A's used RBI singles by Eric Sogard in the second inning and Brett Lawrie in the sixth inning to snap the Astros' five-game winning streak with a 2-1 win in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

"We need a few of them," said A's manager Bob Melvin, his club having lost 10 of its previous 11 games. "It''s not going to exorcise all the demons, but it certainly gives us a night where we can sleep better."

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A's bullpen steps up in tough spot vs. Astros

A's bullpen steps up in tough spot vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- One-run games have not been kind to the A's, making Monday's series-opening 2-1 win in Houston all the more sweet.

A typically wobbly bullpen was to thank, after three A's relievers combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings, not once allowing the Astros a hit.

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Defensive breakdowns keep hurting A's

Defensive breakdowns keep hurting A's

OAKLAND -- As it has so many times, defense played a big role in the A's loss on Sunday afternoon. This time around, Oakland committed four errors as part of a 7-3 defeat to the White Sox, sending the A's to their fourth straight loss and 10th in 11 contests.

The A's have committed an MLB-worst 42 errors through 39 games, which has led to 29 unearned runs, the highest total for any team in the Majors. Sunday marked Oakland's third contest of at least four errors, which is also tops in MLB, while the A's have committed an error in 14 straight games.

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Muncy hits his first Major League home run

Muncy hits his first Major League home run

OAKLAND -- Max Muncy might have been the only one to crack a smile Sunday in the A's clubhouse after they dropped a 7-3 contest to the White Sox, running their losing streak to four games.

The reason? The 24-year-old recorded the first home run of his MLB career, a two-run shot off Jeff Samardzija to right-center in the fourth inning.

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A's fall to White Sox, lose fourth straight

A's fall to White Sox, lose fourth straight

OAKLAND -- The White Sox put together a four-rally in the fifth inning en route to a 7-3 win over the A's on Sunday at the Coliseum. The victory secured Chicago's first series sweep and it reached the .500 mark for the first time this year while sending Oakland to its fourth straight loss and 10th in 11 games.

The White Sox took advantage of some sloppy defense by the A's in the fifth, as Adam Eaton reached on an error to begin the frame. He eventually scored when Jose Abreu scorched one past Brett Lawrie for an RBI single to knot the score at 2.

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A's making adjustments with Davis out

A's making adjustments with Davis out

OAKLAND -- Outfielder Craig Gentry rejoined the A's from Triple-A Nashville before Sunday's series finale against the White Sox, while first baseman Ike Davis was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Davis said he has a medium strain of his left quadriceps that could get worse if he kept on trying to play.

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Davis headed to DL with left quad injury

A's expected to promote Gentry from Triple-A Nashville

Davis headed to DL with left quad injury

OAKLAND -- The A's will place first baseman Ike Davis on the disabled list Sunday and are expected to promote outfielder Craig Gentry from Triple-A Nashville, MLB.com has learned.

Davis exited Monday's game early with a strained left quad and has appeared in just one game since, flying out as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday. Mark Canha has assumed first-base duties in his absence and will likely continue to do so, with Max Muncy also serving as an option at the position.

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A's find themselves stuck in 'same game'

Error in 7th inning proves critical as team drops 13th 1-run loss

A's find themselves stuck in 'same game'

OAKLAND -- Like clockwork, the seventh inning doomed the A's on Saturday night, and so another grim season in Oakland continues.

Twice, the White Sox scored off reliever Fernando Rodriguez in the inning to untie the game -- and only after the A's made their daily error. Rodriguez threw away a two-out bunt single off the bat of Adam Eaton, allowing the center fielder to reach third in advance of back-to-back, run-scoring hits from Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu in an eventual 4-3 loss.

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