Bats break out to back Hahn's first shutout

Bats break out to back Hahn's first shutout

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Hahn pitched his first career shutout, allowing just four hits to guide the A's to their third straight win on Monday, a 4-0 shutout of the Tigers in the three-game series opener at the Coliseum.

A four-run sixth inning backed Hahn, highlighted by run-scoring doubles from Max Muncy and Sam Fuld. The A's sent eight men to the plate in the frame, beginning with Marcus Semien and Josh Reddick, who got things going with back-to-back singles.

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In return to Coliseum, Cespedes looks back

In return to Coliseum, Cespedes looks back

OAKLAND -- Shortly after arriving at the Coliseum for the first time since being traded to the Red Sox last summer, former A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes darted for manager Bob Melvin's office.

"Lots of hugs," said Cespedes, with USA Today writer Jorge Ortiz interpreting.

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A's to activate Doolittle off DL on Tuesday

A's to activate Doolittle off DL on Tuesday

OAKLAND -- The A's are prepared to reinstate left-hander Sean Doolittle from the disabled list Tuesday, marking the long-awaited return of their All-Star closer.

Doolittle won't close right away, though. Rather, the southpaw will likely see action in a couple of non-save situations in the early going, after missing the club's first 47 games with a shoulder injury.

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A's activate Zobrist from DL; option Gentry

A's activate Zobrist from DL; option Gentry

OAKLAND -- An A's club looking to find its stride while simultaneously battling injuries welcomed back a key cog to its offense Monday, activating Ben Zobrist from the disabled list.

Outfielder Craig Gentry, batting .079, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 25-man roster.

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Barreto on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Barreto on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray takes shot off ankle; X-rays negative

Righty pitches scoreless five innings before exiting with injury

Gray takes shot off ankle; X-rays negative

ST. PETERSBURG -- As Sonny Gray stood near his locker following the Athletics' 7-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field, there was a mix of disappointment and relief.

The right-hander was hit in the right ankle by a sharp grounder off the bat of Rays first baseman James Loney in the fourth inning, and he continued to finish off the fourth and fifth innings before being pulled at the start of the sixth.

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A's homers back Gray in victory

A's homers back Gray in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sonny Gray brought the good stuff, and the A's offense gave their ace the needed run support in a 7-2 win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Gray, who had to leave the game with a right ankle contusion compliments of a James Loney shot in the fourth, allowed no runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up his fifth win of the season.

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Burns crushes game's first pitch for first career homer

Center fielder's dinger sparks two more A's home runs vs. Rays

Burns crushes game's first pitch for first career homer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Billy Burns did not have the ball waiting for him at his locker, but he understood how special it was.

"I hope [I get the ball] because I want to save that one," Burns said. "That one might not happen again, but we'll see."

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Graveman finds stride with scoreless outing

After returning from Minors, righty helps A's get 'desperately needed' win

Graveman finds stride with scoreless outing

ST. PETERSBURG -- After posting a 3-1 record and a 0.36 ERA in six Spring Training starts, Kendall Graveman had plenty of momentum going when he entered the Athletics' starting rotation to open the season.

The right-hander, though, could not sustain that momentum in his first go-around with the club, going 1-2 in his first four career starts while posting an 8.27 ERA.

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Four-run 6th drives A's to win over Rays

Four-run 6th drives A's to win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Sam Fuld's two-run single allowed the A's to pull away in a 5-0 win over the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

Fuld's hit came in the sixth off Xavier Cedeno with two outs and the bases loaded. Two Rays errors on the play enabled a third run to score to put the A's up 4-0.

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Sogard breaks out to spark A's scoring

Second baseman's RBI single shatters Oakland's slump with runners in scoring position

Sogard breaks out to spark A's scoring

ST. PETERSBURG -- It is not a situation that Athletics manager Bob Melvin thought Eric Sogard would be in, but nonetheless the second baseman has made the most of his opportunity.

"He's been durable and pretty consistent for us," said Melvin after the Athletics' 5-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field. "He's gotten some decent at-bats against left-handers this year. Coming into this season, he didn't look like a guy who would be out there that much, but based on all the injuries we've had and how he has performed, he deserves the time that he is getting."

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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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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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Richard Justice

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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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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