Sonny shines with shutout of Dodgers

Sonny shines with shutout of Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Sonny Gray tossed a shutout and Josh Reddick added a solo home run to give the A's a 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

For Gray (11-4) it was his second shutout in his last four starts. He surrendered only three hits and he struck out nine. Gray lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.17 and kept the Dodgers off-balance with his combination of fastball, curveball and slider.

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A's deal Zobrist to Royals for pitching prospects

Manaea, Brooks join Oakland's system during busy week for Beane

A's deal Zobrist to Royals for pitching prospects

LOS ANGELES -- The A's final big trade chip fell off the board on Tuesday, when ultra-utility man Ben Zobrist was dealt to the Royals for a pair of Minor League pitchers.

It's the third trade -- and likely the last involving a big-name player -- in the last six days by the A's, who sent Scott Kazmir to Houston on Thursday and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, receiving a total of three prospects.

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Mujica anointed A's new closer

Manager Melvin names right-hander as Clippard's replacement

Mujica anointed A's new closer

LOS ANGELES -- A's manager Bob Melvin appointed right-hander Edward Mujica as his new closer Tuesday, one day after the trade of Tyler Clippard to the Mets.

"He's got the most experience doing it," Melvin said.

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Chavez seeking bounceback effort vs. Dodgers

Chavez seeking bounceback effort vs. Dodgers

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound against the visiting A's on Wednesday, looking to cap a stellar July, having won three of his first four starts of the month with an .027 ERA.

The left-hander has allowed one earned run across 33 innings in that span, limiting opponents to a .162 average with 45 strikeouts against just two walks. His last outing resulted in his second shutout of the season, a three-hit, 11-strikeout performance against the Mets.

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New acquisition Brooks to get start vs. Tribe

Prospect A's received in Kazmir trade will get callup on Saturday

New acquisition Brooks to get start vs. Tribe

LOS ANGELES -- The A's will turn to one of their many new acquisitions to fill the hole left by Scott Kazmir in their rotation, opting to promote right-hander Aaron Brooks come Saturday for a home start against the Indians.

"It looks like we got two really good arms," A's manager Bob Melvin said, referring to Brooks and Sean Manaea, who were acquired from the Royals for Ben Zobrist. "It's a great opportunity for a guy who was pitching in the Minor Leagues to come up and pitch here, and it looks like he commands the baseball well and has a good mix of pitches.

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A's aim to stay focused after trades

Melvin addresses players, urges them to regroup

A's aim to stay focused after trades

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Vogt says he "should've said bye just in case." Oakland's catcher was walking around the team hotel Tuesday morning when he ran into Ben Zobrist. Moments later, his teammate was out of sight. Hours later, he was out of town, shipped to Kansas City as part of the A's third trade in six days.

Also gone are pitchers Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard.

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Clippard traded to Mets for Meisner

Clippard traded to Mets for Meisner

LOS ANGELES -- The A's parted with their closer on Monday, sending right-hander Tyler Clippard to the Mets in a deal that netted them more young talent.

This time, general manager Billy Beane landed right-handed starter Casey Meisner, four days after dealing lefty Scott Kazmir to Houston for catcher Jacob Nottingham and pitcher Daniel Mengden. All three have been assigned to Class A Advanced Stockton, reflecting the organization's newfound long-term emphasis.

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Doolittle named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Doolittle named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Jonathan Mayo

Chapman named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Chapman named to 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.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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A's swept after Graveman digs early hole

A's swept after Graveman digs early hole

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Duffy homered and drove in three runs and Buster Posey went 4-for-4 to back Tim Hudson's abbreviated performance Sunday as the Giants completed a three-game Interleague series sweep of the Oakland A's with a 4-3 triumph.

The Giants have won five consecutive games and 11 of their last 12 to trim their deficit behind first-place Los Angeles in the National League West to one game. San Francisco also lengthened its home winning streak to six games while recording its first three-game sweep of the A's at AT&T Park since May 20-22, 2011.

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Olson rips two homers in first two at-bats for RockHounds

Athletics No. 1 prospect notches a season-high 5 RBIs for Double-A Midland

Olson rips two homers in first two at-bats for RockHounds

Matt Olson made his first two at-bats count on Monday, cracking two home runs while racking up a season-high five RBIs.

That provided necessary cushion for Double-A Midland, which took down Frisco in a 12-9 shootout. The Athletics' No. 1 prospect (No. 58 overall) finished 2-for-5 and is 4-for-9 with three homers and six RBIs over the past two nights.

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Graveman struggles to get outs vs. Giants

Bullpen records 6 2/3 shutout innings as A's nearly come back

Graveman struggles to get outs vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kendall Graveman allowed nine of the 13 batters he faced to reach base Sunday, lasting just 1 1/3 innings and yielding four earned runs in the A's 4-3 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

Matt Duffy made Graveman pay on a poorly located cutter, launching the ball over the fence in left to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the first. Graveman never bounced back, needing 50 pitches to record four outs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Gray part of 25-and-unders dominating

Gray part of 25-and-unders dominating

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Doolittle confident in cautious rehab process

Lefty throws on back-to-back days, slated for first bullpen session Thursday

Doolittle confident in cautious rehab process

SAN FRANCISCO -- A's left-hander Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) threw for consecutive days Saturday and Sunday for the first time since being placed on the 60-day disabled list and before his Sunday session, he said he felt "no pain" Saturday.

Doolittle has been on the DL since May 30 and has only pitched in one game with the club this season, but he still hopes to return this year.

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Melvin has long history with Big Unit

Melvin has long history with Big Unit

SAN FRANCISCO -- A's manager Bob Melvin recalls the scene with ease and a jovial expression on his face, one of many fond memories he has from a long-lasting friendship with Randy Johnson.

It was 2001 and the eventual champion D-backs were about to play their first World Series game against the Yankees, which happened to be 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Johnson's first career World Series start. Melvin was Arizona's bench coach at the time.

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Win elusive, but Bassitt proving himself to A's

Win elusive, but Bassitt proving himself to A's

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Bassitt has yet to notch a win in four starts for the A's despite pitching well in all of them, but the right-hander is at least assured of another opportunity for one.

Despite being saddled with a 2-1 Interleague loss in San Francisco on Saturday, Bassitt continued to prove his worth as a long-term answer in a muddled Oakland rotation that's lost Scott Kazmir to trade and Jesse Hahn to injury in less than two weeks.

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A's held in check despite Bassitt's impressive effort

A's held in check despite Bassitt's impressive effort

SAN FRANCISCO -- Joe Panik and Matt Duffy collaborated on a tiebreaking sixth-inning rally that lifted the Giants to a 2-1 Interleague triumph Saturday over the Oakland A's at AT&T Park.

With the score deadlocked at 1, Panik prolonged the sixth by doubling with two outs off A's starter Chris Bassitt (0-3). Duffy followed by stroking a single to right field that scored Panik. San Francisco, which has won 10 of its past 11 games, leads the Majors with 190 two-out runs.

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Burns enters late, feels 'great' after groin injury

Burns enters late, feels 'great' after groin injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after fouling a ball that bounced up and hit his groin and caused a testicular contusion, A's center fielder Billy Burns entered Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Giants in the seventh inning.

Burns looked like his usual self in center, kept the game alive with a hit to left in the ninth and looked fine running the bases.

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A's fall to Giants after Chavez's short start

A's fall to Giants after Chavez's short start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence collected four hits to back Jake Peavy's six-plus innings of three-run ball as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics, 9-3, in the series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.

Pence doubled in a run in the first, singled in the third, doubled again in the fifth and legged out an infield single in the sixth to cap off the right fielder's first four-hit game of the season. The Giants improved to 22-7 in games Pence starts.

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Burns exits game with groin contusion

A's outfielder suffers testicular injury in at-bat vs. Giants

Burns exits game with groin contusion

SAN FRANCISCO -- Billy Burns left Friday's 9-3 loss to the Giants in the fourth inning after he fouled a ball off the ground and it bounced up to hit him in the groin in the third inning.

"I've never been squared up like that," Burns said, "and that pain was pretty terrible."

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Long at-bats doom Chavez to quick hook

A's starter departs in fourth inning for shortest start of season

Long at-bats doom Chavez to quick hook

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesse Chavez was put to work Friday night, and the A's pitcher clocked out much earlier than usual.

Having completed at least five innings in each of his previous 16 starts this season, Chavez couldn't even record an out in the fourth inning in a 9-3 loss to the Giants, instead surrendering the ball to the bullpen after 80 pitches on a laboring evening. He threw 34 of them in the first frame.

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Zobrist 'just waiting' as trade mill heats up

Zobrist 'just waiting' as trade mill heats up

SAN FRANCISCO -- Thursday's trade of Scott Kazmir cast an unsettled feeling within the A's clubhouse, where players were left speculating who could be next to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Multiple sources say the A's are actively shopping infielder Ben Zobrist now that the left-handed Kazmir is out the door and with his hometown Houston club. The impending free agent, whose value lies in his versatility, is very much privy to such rumors and acknowledged Friday he wouldn't be surprised to be dealt.

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A's shuffle rotation after Kazmir trade

A's shuffle rotation after Kazmir trade

OAKLAND -- Just days after learning they'd be without Jesse Hahn for much of the second half because of a forearm injury, the A's decided to trade Scott Kazmir for a pair of Astros prospects Thursday, leaving yet another hole in their rotation.

"It's going to be a challenge," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "But when you make a trade with a guy like Scott at this time in the year, you're making concessions in understanding that the future is probably more important than the present."

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Jim Callis

A's-Astros trade fills needs on both sides

A's-Astros trade fills needs on both sides

The Scott Kazmir trade made perfect sense for both clubs. The contending Astros got a veteran starting pitcher, while the Athletics netted two prospects -- catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-hander Daniel Mengden -- for the future.

Kazmir returns to his hometown to give Houston a serious rotation upgrade. Assuming the Astros hold on to their current playoff position, they could trot out All-Star Game starter Dallas Keuchel, Kazmir and rookie sensation Lance McCullers in their first three postseason games.

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A's send Kazmir to Astros for prospects

Oakland receives two Minor Leaguers in deal

A's send Kazmir to Astros for prospects

OAKLAND -- Baseball's biggest buyers at this time last year are officially sellers. The A's, entering Thursday 11 games back of their division despite improved play of late, dealt one of their biggest assets in the morning, sending left-hander Scott Kazmir to his hometown Houston Astros for right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham, both Minor League prospects.

A struggling A's club that entered the season with expectations of a fourth consecutive postseason appearance may not be done, either. General manager Billy Beane, his focus firmly fixated on the future, could also look to move infielder Ben Zobrist and closer Tyler Clippard ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Kazmir leaves Oakland with fond memories

Kazmir leaves Oakland with fond memories

OAKLAND -- Intermittent laughs were heard in an otherwise subdued A's clubhouse before Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays, as players put in fake bids for Scott Kazmir's personal items following the lefty's trade to Houston.

"They were just messing around, calling dibs on everything," Kazmir said, smiling. "These guys, I'm going to miss."

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Trip stirs fond memories of family for Semien

Trip stirs fond memories of family for Semien

SAN FRANCISCO -- As a kid, Marcus Semien often came to Giants games with his grandmother, Carol Phillips, and dreamed of one day playing a Major League game inside the stadium.

On Saturday, the A's shortstop got that chance, making his first professional start at AT&T Park and batting leadoff. He went 0-for-5 in the A's 2-1 loss, striking out with two men on to end the game.

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A's fall in series finale against Blue Jays

A's fall in series finale against Blue Jays

OAKLAND -- Russell Martin homered and drove in three runs, R.A. Dickey allowed two runs in a sharp 8 1/3-inning effort and the Blue Jays beat the A's 5-2 on Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Hours after Scott Kazmir was dealt to the Astros, Drew Pomeranz filled in as the A's starter, but only lasted 1 2/3 innings. The A's used four pitchers in total and surrendered two home runs to Toronto, including one to former A's third baseman Josh Donaldson in the fifth.

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A's edge Jays on Davis' reviewed hit in 10th

A's edge Jays on Davis' reviewed hit in 10th

OAKLAND -- A's pinch-hitter Ike Davis beat out an infield single for a walk-off hit against Blue Jays right-hander Roberto Osuna that gave Oakland a 4-3 victory in the 10th inning Wednesday night.

The final play was reviewed, but the call stood, capping a wild night at the Coliseum that saw A's closer Tyler Clippard walk three and surrender a double to Devon Travis in a 40-pitch ninth, allowing the tying run to score to wipe away a potential Sonny Gray victory.

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A's anxiously await review, then celebrate

Walk-off win on hold until call stands on infield hit

A's anxiously await review, then celebrate

OAKLAND -- Their celebration on pause, the A's stood huddled in the middle of the field in the 10th inning of Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, waiting to hear whether they were headed home or back to the dugout.

Josh Reddick called it "awkward." The A's outfielder had just raced home from third on Ike Davis' walk-off infield single, except a replay review was in place to determine whether Davis was safe, as originally ruled.

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