Davis homers, but A's, Neal roughed up by Mariners

Davis homers, but A's, Neal roughed up by Mariners

SEATTLE -- Adam Lind launched a pair of homers and drove in six runs in a four-hit night as the Mariners jumped on first-time A's starter Zach Neal en route to a 13-3 series-clinching romp Wednesday at Safeco Field.

The Mariners cranked out four homers on the night -- including Robinson Cano's 14th of the year and Nelson Cruz's 10th -- as they racked up season highs for runs and hits (17).

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First start a learning lesson for A's righty Neal

First start a learning lesson for A's righty Neal

SEATTLE -- Zach Neal threw strikes. That's what he did in Triple-A in the months leading up to his first Major League start, and that's what he did when the lights came on at Safeco Field on Wednesday night.

But Neal has a lot to learn about competing at this level, and the education process began in the early stages of his A's team's 13-3 loss to the Mariners. Throwing strikes sometimes isn't enough, and while Neal had his moments in a four-inning outing, but he also ended up having crooked numbers attached to his line.

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Chapman, Mengden among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Canha undergoes season-ending left hip surgery

Canha undergoes season-ending left hip surgery

SEATTLE -- The A's announced on Wednesday that infielder/outfielder Mark Canha had successful left hip surgery Tuesday.

Canha was out since May 8 because of what was diagnosed as a hip impingement, and he underwent the season-ending surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Col. The surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon, who took down the cam and pincer lesion that were causing the hip impingement and also performed a labral repair to Canha's left hip.

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Young A's benefit from Washington's tutelage

Semien among players to thrive under third-base coach's infield direction

Young A's benefit from Washington's tutelage

SEATTLE -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien had 35 errors in 656 chances in 2015. This year, he has three errors in 212 chances. His fielding percentage of .986 ranks third among American League shortstops so far in 2016.

Tyler Ladendorf is a 28-year-old who's trying to stick with the A's as a player who can be trusted in the outfield and infield. He's a fixture in early infield work and has been diligent in preparation for any chance at playing time he can get.

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Manaea, A's seek payback vs. Tigers

Manaea, A's seek payback vs. Tigers

The last time the Tigers and A's faced each other, Detroit regained some much-needed momentum four weeks ago by taking three out of four at Comerica Park. They meet again this weekend in Oakland, with the Tigers already carrying momentum in and the A's looking to recapture theirs.

The series opens with a matchup of two promising rookies in Michael Fulmer and Sean Manaea, each making their sixth Major League start.

Detroit hits the West Coast coming off a 7-2 homestand, having taken two out of three from the resurgent Phillies. But with Jordan Zimmermann out for this series with a right groin strain after his last start, the Tigers will have to get through the three-game set with the back end of their rotation, starting with Fulmer in the opener.

Fulmer tossed seven innings of one-run ball with 11 strikeouts last Saturday against the Rays, giving the Tigers just their second outing of seven or more innings from a pitcher other than Zimmermann or Justin Verlander. He did not face the A's in Detroit last month.

Likewise, Manaea barely missed the Tigers, making his big league debut just after that. He, too, has been stretching out his starts, delivering 6 2/3 innings in each of his past two starts, but with varying success, dominating the Rangers before falling to the Yankees.

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Crisp's big night not enough for A's

Crisp's big night not enough for A's

SEATTLE -- Down to his last strike with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin blasted a two-run walkoff home run off A's closer Ryan Madson as Seattle snapped out of its Safeco Field funk with a 6-5 win on Tuesday night.

Robinson Cano drove in three runs with a home run and double and Martin supplied the final punch as the Mariners overcame a 5-2 deficit to snap a four-game home losing streak.

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Bullpen missteps costly to A's

Bullpen missteps costly to A's

SEATTLE -- The Oakland A's have been racked with injuries and inconsistency early in the season, but the one area of their team that has shined has been their bullpen. On Tuesday night, the team called on six relievers who almost did the job one more time.

They just couldn't get one more strike.

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Neal excited to make first start

Neal excited to make first start

SEATTLE -- Zach Neal got his first taste of the Major Leagues in a hostile environment on May 11. He pitched three innings for the A's at Fenway Park in his debut and gave up three runs.

On Wednesday, the right-hander will make his first Major League start, and it won't be in a particularly forgiving environment either.

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A's win as Hill confounds Mariners

A's win as Hill confounds Mariners

SEATTLE -- Rich Hill threw eight scoreless innings and catcher Stephen Vogt cranked a solo homer in the seventh as the A's rallied late for a 5-0 victory on Monday at Safeco Field, snapping the Mariners' four-game win streak.

Hill blanked the Mariners on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts as he improved to 7-3 with a 2.18 ERA. Oakland, which had lost four straight coming into the series, is now 20-26. The Mariners still lead the American League West by 1 1/2 games over Texas at 26-18, but are just 8-11 at Safeco, including an 0-4 mark against the A's.

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A's tab Neal as rotation replacement for Gray

A's tab Neal as rotation replacement for Gray

SEATTLE -- The A's took care of one piece of business Monday when they announced that they will start Zach Neal on Wednesday against the Mariners.

Neal, a 27-year-old right-hander, will replace injured Sonny Gray in the starting rotation for now. Gray was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right trapezius muscle on Sunday. Neal made his Major League debut on May 11 for Oakland as a spot reliever. Otherwise, he's been doing well at Triple-A Nashville, with a 5-1 record and a 2.53 in seven starts.

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Hill continues to carry snakebit A's

Hill continues to carry snakebit A's

SEATTLE -- It's a good thing the A's have Rich Hill.

Oakland entered Monday night's series opener against the Mariners with some daunting numbers to overcome in the first two months of the 2016 season. They not only arrived at Safeco Field with a record of 19-26, which already had them eight games behind first-place Seattle in the American League West, but they had 13 players, including five starting pitchers, on the disabled list.

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A's frustrated, but not blaming injuries for skid

Oakland adds Gray to DL, falls in sweep to Yankees

A's frustrated, but not blaming injuries for skid

OAKLAND -- The A's lost their ace pitcher and arguably their hottest hitter to the disabled list during a stretch in which they were swept at home by the Yankees, the first four-game sweep of Oakland at the Coliseum since 1999, and now have a league-high 13 players on the disabled list.

While they're willing to concede the injuries are frustrating, they weren't willing to blame them for this weekend's results.

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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in Oakland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braden to represent A's at Draft

Braden to represent A's at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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A's place ace Gray on 15-day disabled list

A's place ace Gray on 15-day disabled list

OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray's disappointing season has been put on pause by an injury that could help explain why the A's ace has endured ongoing struggles.

The right-hander, who is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA in nine starts, was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right trapezius, the muscle extending over the back of the neck and shoulders that supports the arm.

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A's rally falls short as Yankees sweep series

A's rally falls short as Yankees sweep series

OAKLAND -- A two-run sixth inning and home runs from Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 win and a sweep of the A's Sunday at the Coliseum.

New York won its fifth game in a row and has won eight of its last 10. It took all four games from Oakland, marking the first time the A's were swept at home in a four-game series since April 26-29, 1999 against the Indians.

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Hill riding hot streak vs. Seattle into opener

Hill riding hot streak vs. Seattle into opener

The Mariners return home after a winning road trip looking to translate those winning ways to Safeco Field. The A's send left-hander Rich Hill to the mound, as they look to make up ground against the AL West leaders.

Hill has been the A's most consistent starter, going 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA in nine starts. He is 3-0 with 1.78 ERA in 10 career appearances, three of which were starts, against Seattle, including allowing just one run on five hits in six innings in a 6-1 win at Safeco on April 9.

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Kevin Goheen is a contributor for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Incredibly costumed fans give up foul ball to baby

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Incredibly costumed fans give up foul ball to baby

There are several paths one can follow toward Good Baseball Fandom -- you can show up in elaborate costume, or give away a foul ball, or bring along your Good Baseball Dog, or even just root, root, root for the home team. 

True, fanatical greatness, though? That's reserved for the special few. The ones whose passion and ingenuity cannot be matched. The ones who show up in full 19th century base balling regalia, only to then bestow a foul ball upon an adorable baby in a bucket hat. 

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Manaea says focus went astray in fateful 4th

'I let my mind wander and I didn't get it back,' lefty says after 5-1 loss

Manaea says focus went astray in fateful 4th

OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea retired the first nine Yankees batters he faced Saturday and appeared headed toward his second straight strong start. But the A's left-hander lost control of the fourth inning, and said following his team's 5-1 loss that a lack of focus ultimately cost him.

"I let my mind wander and I didn't get it back," Manaea said. "That's completely on me. I wasn't executing a plan we talked about before. It's something I need to get better at. It's something I've kind of done throughout my life."

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A's eye reinforcements in Phegley, Lowrie

A's eye reinforcements in Phegley, Lowrie

OAKLAND -- A's catcher Josh Phegley, nursing a strained right knee, is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

Phegley flew to Nashville on Friday and was expected to be in the Sounds' lineup at designated hitter on Saturday, before catching seven innings for them Sunday. The plan is for him to DH again Monday and catch each of the ensuing two days, according to team trainer Nick Paparesta.

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A's can't find big hit, drop 3rd straight to Yanks

A's can't find big hit, drop 3rd straight to Yanks

OAKLAND -- Masahiro Tanaka returned to form with seven strong innings and Starlin Castro notched three hits as the Yankees won their fourth straight contest on Saturday, posting a 5-1 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum.

Tanaka scattered five hits with two walks, limiting the A's to Danny Valencia's fifth-inning sacrifice fly as he struck out four and picked up his second victory of the season. The Yankees' starting pitching has not been a strength this year, but they have logged four straight quality starts on this trip.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Smolinski gets callup as Reddick hits DL

A's fill hole in right field after veteran fractures left thumb

Smolinski gets callup as Reddick hits DL

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Josh Reddick will see a hand specialist Monday and receive a more definitive timeline of recovery for his fractured left thumb, an injury he sustained on a headfirst slide Thursday night against the Yankees.

Oakland placed Reddick on the 15-day disabled list Friday and called up 27-year-old outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville. Smolinski started in right field and hit seventh in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Yankees.

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Mengden, Barreto among top prospect performers Friday

Mengden, Barreto among top prospect performers Friday

Opponents have had trouble scoring runs off Daniel Mengden this season, both at the Double- and Triple-A levels. That trend continued on Friday as the A's No. 14 prospect improved to 4-0 with seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Nashville in a win over Sacramento.

Mengden scattered five hits and walked one while tallying eight strikeouts in the outing, matching his season high, and he's now punched out exactly eight hitters in five of his eight starts on the year. More impressive, the 23-year-old righty has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any start this season, and, overall, he's yielded just four earned runs across 50 frames (0.72 ERA).

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Gray's short start, shaky D sink A's vs. Yanks

Gray's short start, shaky D sink A's vs. Yanks

OAKLAND -- Carlos Beltran collected three doubles and as many RBIs, helping the Yankees hand Sonny Gray and the A's another loss at the Coliseum on Friday night by an 8-3 decision.

Backing CC Sabathia's six innings of one-run ball, the Yankees chased a struggling Gray out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings, scoring five times in an eventful fourth inning that included a two-run triple from Ronald Torreyes. It marked the Yankees' first three-game winning streak of the season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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'Best Dad' fan catches foul ball, lives up to jersey

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'Best Dad' fan catches foul ball, lives up to jersey

When a fan wears a "Best Dad" jersey, he has certain responsibilities. Not just to his own children, but to all children, everywhere. To paraphrase a wise man, that responsibility comes with the great power embodied in the jersey. A man just doesn't get to put it on and enjoy the spoils of his rank. When a foul ball comes his way, he must fulfill his duties.

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Offense quiet as A's win streak halted at 4

Offense quiet as A's win streak halted at 4

OAKLAND -- Ivan Nova strung together six efficient innings of one-run ball, and the Yankees' formidable bullpen finished off the A's in a 4-1 series-opening victory Thursday night at the Coliseum, snapping Oakland's four-game win streak.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodriguez and drove in three runs overall, while Aaron Hicks chipped in with an RBI double for the Yankees, who knocked A's starter Kendall Graveman out of the game after 5 2/3 innings.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Pinder among top prospect performers Thursday

Pinder among top prospect performers Thursday

When Chad Pinder steps to the plate everything is seemingly going his way. The Athletics' No. 8 prospect has been on a tear lately and it continued Thursday night as he went 4-for-4 for Nashville.

Pinder, the No. 94 overall prospect, also went 4-for-4 on Saturday and has 12 hits in his last 24 at-bats.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.