Righty Bassitt having Tommy John surgery

Righty Bassitt having Tommy John surgery

A's starter Chris Bassitt will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the club announced on Thursday.

Bassitt was examined in Cincinnati by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who advised him to have the ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery. The procedure will be performed on Friday at Beacon Orthopedics.

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Tireless mother helped Davis fulfill potential

Tireless mother helped Davis fulfill potential

OAKLAND -- It's a Sunday afternoon, and Sonia Alarcon is nearing the end of her shift as a concessions worker at Chase Field. A voice echoes through her radio, and she must go. She'll call back within the hour, she says -- and she does, with the little time she has to spare before she must clock in again, just down the street at a Rihanna concert to cap off a 12-hour work day.

Come Monday, Alarcon will wake early to attend to her full-time job at Blue Cross Blue Shield. In November, she'll celebrate being with the company for 20 years, half of that time spent balancing two jobs. The second job, a part-time gig, is more demanding during baseball season.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alcantara tosses six no-hit innings for Double-A Midland

Athletics' No. 16 prospect strikes out four in RockHounds' shutout

Alcantara tosses six no-hit innings for Double-A Midland

Raul Alcantara turned in the best start of his season Thursday night as he twirled six no-hit innings for Double-A Midland in its 13-0 win against the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Alcantara, the Athletics No. 16 prospect, walked one, struck out four and threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

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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.

Lessons learned for Manaea in first 2 starts

A's prospect has impressed, but there's room for improvement

Lessons learned for Manaea in first 2 starts

OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea received an advanced baseball education through his first two Major League starts. What he needs now is a victory.

The A's rookie left-hander gave up all four of his runs in the fifth inning and left the game with a four-run lead. The bullpen could not make it stand up, giving up five runs over the sixth and seventh innings to drop a 9-8 decision to the Mariners, who completed the series sweep Wednesday.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's chase Felix in 5th, but fall to Mariners late

A's chase Felix in 5th, but fall to Mariners late

OAKLAND -- Rookie first baseman Dae-Ho Lee launched two home runs and Nelson Cruz added a bomb of his own as the Mariners outslugged the A's, 9-8, on Wednesday to finish off a three-game sweep at the Coliseum.

Lee, a 33-year-old Korean who played the past four years in Japan, put Seattle ahead with his second homer of the day, a two-run shot off John Axford in the seventh as the Mariners overcame an 8-4 deficit.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the A's on Wednesday.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Hill takes on O's heavy hitters in Baltimore

Hill takes on O's heavy hitters in Baltimore

After trying to handle two of the top power teams in the American League at home, the Athletics go on the road to face another group of sluggers in the Orioles.

"There's a lot of pop in that lineup," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They have guys who have played together for a while; veteran guys who know how to play."

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray sees progress despite 2nd straight loss

'It's definitely the best I've felt all year,' A's ace says

Gray sees progress despite 2nd straight loss

OAKLAND -- His final pitching line was ugly, leaving his ERA higher than it's been at any point in his career, but there were plenty reasons to look past Sonny Gray's numbers Tuesday night.

Taking the loss in an 8-2 decision to the Mariners, after surrendering a career-high-tying seven runs and 11 hits, Gray said, "it's definitely the best I've felt all year."

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Two A's fans leap for foul ball, one is victorious

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Two A's fans leap for foul ball, one is victorious

Life is defined by dualities -- life and death, black and white, yin and yang, Dodgers fans and Giants fans. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every leaping A's fan with fantastically flowing hair who snags a foul ball, there is another leaping A's fan with fantastically flowing hair who ... does not.

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Gray, A's stung by HRs; Mariners take series

Gray, A's stung by HRs; Mariners take series

OAKLAND -- Robinson Cano, Leonys Martin and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners, backing a tremendous seven-inning performance from right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to help Seattle secure an 8-2, series-clinching victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Iwakuma held Oakland to one run and four hits en route to his first win of the season, while A's ace Sonny Gray scattered 11 hits with seven runs allowed -- both matching career highs -- across seven-plus innings as his ERA moved to 4.84.

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

Greg Johns
has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Butler befuddled with lack of playing time

'I've never been in this position before,' A's DH says of starting only 8 games

Butler befuddled with lack of playing time

OAKLAND -- Billy Butler isn't pouting, but he's certainly perplexed as to why he's been reduced to a platoon role on an A's club that handed him $30 million to be their everyday designated hitter.

Butler, one month into the second year of his three-year contract with Oakland, was on the bench again in Tuesday's 8-2 loss against right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. He hasn't started since Wednesday -- a stretch of six straight games -- and he's appeared in the starting lineup only eight times in the team's first 28 games.

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A's recognize cancer survivor as Honorary Bat Girl

OAKLAND -- Longtime A's supporter Lori Baca has been selected as Oakland's Honorary Bat Girl through a program that annually recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who have demonstrated a commitment to help support the fight against the disease.

Baca was one of 30 women chosen to serve as bat girls for a day, with half of them taking the field on Sunday for Mother's Day. Because the A's are on the road for the event, they plan to honor Baca after they return home.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hahn, Alvarez may offer A's-level fantasy stats

Unheralded Oakland arms could make real dent in deeper leagues

Hahn, Alvarez may offer A's-level fantasy stats

The A's may not boast one of the more prolific rotations in baseball, but they certainly featured one of the deepest entering the season. Now with Felix Doubront lost to Tommy John surgery and sleeper Chris Bassitt likely facing a similar fate, the rotation suddenly looks a tad shallower. So this week, we look at two pitchers available in a vast majority of leagues who've either made it back to Oakland or who we can expect to arrive there shortly.

Jesse Hahn : Hahn pitched well last season in just under 100 innings before ultimately succumbing to elbow inflammation and forearm tightness. Overall, he finished the season with a 3.35 ERA, sub-4 FIPs, and a 1.17 WHIP. So it was a bit of a surprise that even after a rocky spring, the A's sent him down to Triple-A Nashville to work on his command. After all, Hahn was widely considered to be one of Oakland's three best starters at the outset of the season.

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Davis' power show leaves A's fans seeing double

Davis' power show leaves A's fans seeing double

OAKLAND -- Khris Davis' power cannot be contained, even under the bright lights of the Coliseum.

Twice, the Oakland slugger connected on a breaking ball for a home run against Seattle starter Nathan Karns in Monday's 4-3, series-opening loss, offering a double dose of thrill to the A's faithful.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis' pair of dingers not enough vs. Mariners

Davis' pair of dingers not enough vs. Mariners

OAKLAND -- Robinson Cano notched three hits and scored two runs, helping the Mariners spoil a two-homer night from Khris Davis in a 4-3, series-opening victory over the A's at the Coliseum on Monday night.

Nelson Cruz also finished with three hits for Seattle, which used a two-run sixth inning highlighted by run-scoring hits from Kyle Seager and Chris Iannetta to break a 1-1 tie. The Mariners tacked on a run in the seventh, which proved vital when Davis hit his second home run of the night in the bottom half of the frame, a two-run shot to center off Mariners starter Nathan Karns.

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

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

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Mengden continues stellar start with strong Triple-A debut

Athletics' No. 14 prospect hurls six scoreless in first Nashville outing

Mengden continues stellar start with strong Triple-A debut

Daniel Mengden's terrific start to the season continued Monday night when the right-hander fired six scoreless innings in his debut for Triple-A Nashville. The A's No. 14 prospect scattered five hits, walked two and struck out four in the outing to pace the Sounds in a 5-1 win against Iowa.

Mengden had been promoted from Double-A Midland, where he was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 23 innings. He posted the exact same line (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K) in back-to-back starts to open the season, and took home Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors the following week. On top of that, Mengden also kept his opponents off the board in three of his four starts, a total that increased to four on Monday with his impressive debut for Nashville.

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

Barreto, Chapman among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 21 prospect grabs Minor League homer lead, No. 14 hurls five one-hit frames

Barreto, Chapman among top prospect performers Monday

Class A Advanced High Desert has been rolling of late, winning 13 of its last 15 games to move into first place atop the California League South division with a 19-6 overall record.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 14 prospect) and second baseman Travis Demeritte (No. 21 prospect) have been key to High Desert's early season success, and both thrived Monday as the Mavericks edged Visalia, 2-1.

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

Healy on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Healy 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.

Dansby Swanson and Andrew Benintendi were viewed as two of the top college bats available in the 2015 Draft before going to the D-backs and Red Sox with the Nos. 1 and 7 overall picks, respectively. Swanson -- now with the Braves -- and Benintendi have blown past expectations so far in their first full pro seasons, and after starring at the plate last week, they both land on the latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 25-May 1).

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

A's 'excited' as Alvarez amps up rehab work

A's 'excited' as Alvarez amps up rehab work

OAKLAND -- Henderson Alvarez could make his A's debut during the next homestand beginning May 16, A's manager Bob Melvin said Sunday.

The skipper precisely recapped Alvarez's numbers from his rehab start for the Class A Stockton Ports on Saturday night in Modesto, perhaps reflecting how much Oakland is anticipating his return from the disabled list since undergoing shoulder surgery in July.

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Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hill battles past early bumps to limit damage

A's lefty overcomes 4 walks, holds Astros to 2 runs in 6 frames

Hill battles past early bumps to limit damage

OAKLAND -- On the one hand, A's starter Rich Hill gave up a solo home run on his third pitch Sunday against the Astros and matched his season high in walks with two outs in the third inning.

On the other hand, Hill allowed only two hits and two runs over six frames and kept Oakland close in its 2-1 loss, falling short of a series sweep.

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A's can't back Hill, fall to Astros in finale

A's can't back Hill, fall to Astros in finale

OAKLAND -- The Astros only needed Colby Rasmus' RBI sacrifice fly and two hits, including Jose Altuve's leadoff solo home run, to dodge a three-game series sweep and edge the A's, 2-1, on Sunday at the Coliseum.

Houston starter Doug Fister (2-3) allowed one run and scattered seven hits across 6 2/3 innings, picking up a victory in a game that could have gone either way, as the A's outhit the Astros, 8 to 2.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Sunday.

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Hahn impresses in dominant return to rotation

Righty allows only 3 hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in first A's start since July 2015

Hahn impresses in dominant return to rotation

OAKLAND -- Jesse Hahn stamped an exclamation mark on his return to the A's rotation Saturday afternoon with a sensational performance against the Astros. The right-hander filled the zone with strikes, worked efficiently and, simply put, was a treat to watch.

Hahn covered 6 2/3 innings of the A's 2-0 victory, holding Houston to three hits and minimizing bullpen usage amid a demanding week-long stretch for Oakland relievers.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's blank Astros with Jesse's gem, Burns' bat

A's blank Astros with Jesse's gem, Burns' bat

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Jesse Hahn was outstanding in his season debut, stringing together 6 2/3 impressive innings against the Astros in a 2-0 series-clinching victory at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Hahn held the Astros to three hits and two walks, striking out four in his first start with Oakland since July 1, 2015. The right-hander missed the second half of last year with a forearm strain and made his first four starts of the 2016 campaign with Triple-A Nashville following a disappointing spring showing.

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

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Saturday.

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Manaea brings moxie to mound in MLB debut

'Unreal experience,' A's top prospect says after 7-4 win

Manaea brings moxie to mound in MLB debut

OAKLAND -- Sean Manaea arrived on the scene Friday -- with hair that hasn't been cut in nearly a year barely contained by an A's cap -- along with an even greater volume of poise that served the big lefty well in his big league debut.

Manaea's final line was nothing extraordinary; in fact, it looks mediocre at best on paper, with four runs, four hits and four walks allowed in five-plus innings. But that hardly told the whole story, for the 24-year-old Manaea, considered the club's top pitching prospect, greatly impressed in Oakland's 7-4, walk-off victory over Houston.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yonder gone! A's stun Astros on walk-off blast

Yonder gone! A's stun Astros on walk-off blast

OAKLAND -- Yonder Alonso notched his first homer of the season in thrilling fashion, launching a walk-off, three-run homer off Pat Neshek in the ninth inning for the A's, who also watched their top pitching prospect, Sean Manaea, make his big league debut in the 7-4 series-opening victory over the Astros at the Coliseum on Friday evening.

Stephen Vogt began the ninth with a double, and Mark Canha's ensuing sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Tyler Ladendorf to third, at which point Coco Crisp was intentionally walked to bring Alonso, batting .174 this season, to the plate.

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

Rick Eymer is a contributor for MLB.com and covered the Astros on Friday.

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Washington gets foul present on birthday

A's 3B coach hit by ball on shin, stays in game

Washington gets foul present on birthday

OAKLAND -- A's third-base coach Ron Washington was gift-wrapped a foul ball on his birthday Friday night, but in an unexpected and unfortunate way.

In the fifth inning, A's outfielder Billy Burns fouled off a pitch from Astros starter Mike Fiers that shot toward Washington, who took a direct hit to the side of his right shin.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lowrie providing needed consistency to A's offense

Switch-hitter has appeared in six spots in batting order since April 17

Lowrie providing needed consistency to A's offense

DETROIT -- Despite the A's offense sitting in the bottom third of the Majors in scoring, manager Bob Melvin says second baseman Jed Lowrie has been a valuable anchor.

Lowrie is batting .325, including .459 (17-for-37) since April 17, after going 2-for-3 in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Tigers.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's drop finale despite Vogt's third home run

A's drop finale despite Vogt's third home run

DETROIT -- Anthony Gose hit a two-run homer and scored on an Ian Kinsler double as part of an early-inning Tigers outburst, supporting Anibal Sanchez through a wild outing for a 7-3 win and a series victory over the A's Thursday at Comerica Park.

Detroit's tinkered lineup, with J.D. Martinez batting second in front of Miguel Cabrera, wore down an Oakland starter with a 40-pitch inning for a second straight game, this one a four-run third off Toledo native Chris Bassitt. Kinsler and Nick Castellanos doubled in a run each, including Gose, who hit a no-doubt drive to right field an inning later for his second homer of the season.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the A's on Thursday.

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