Healy plays hero as A's stage another stunner

'He went up there with fire in his eyes,' Melvin says of rookie's HR

Healy plays hero as A's stage another stunner

OAKLAND -- The A's are making a habit of rallying for dramatic wins, and rookie Ryon Healy found himself at the center of yet another walk-off win Sunday night, driving a homer to lift the A's to a 4-3 win over the Rays.

Healy's homer capped a three-run rally that began when Jake Smolinski belted a two-run homer to left field two batters earlier, tying the game against Rays closer Alex Colome. The win came one day after Oakland delivered a 1-0 walk-off in the 13th inning Friday against the Rays, and marks their third such win in five games.

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

A's homer twice, KO Colome, Rays in 9th

A's homer twice, KO Colome, Rays in 9th

OAKLAND -- Jake Smolinski and Ryon Healy homered in the ninth to hand Alex Colome his first blown save of the season as the A's stunned the Rays with a 4-3 win Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the A's third walk-off win in five games. 

"I don't think there's anything more fun than walk-off wins in baseball," said Healy, who was called up last Friday. "The fact we've been able to have so many in my short eight-day career just makes winning that much better." 

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Davis reflects on Griffey, days as M's batboy

'He looked so happy to play the game,' A's OF says of HOF inductee

Davis reflects on Griffey, days as M's batboy

OAKLAND -- Ken Griffey Jr will officially be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, commemorating an exceptional career spanning 22 seasons that earned him the highest percentage of votes in the history of players entering the Hall.

A's outfielder Khris Davis said he had the privilege of taking in a small portion of that career up close, and took time Saturday to reflect on one of his "all-time favorite players."

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A's call up Maxwell, place Vogt on family leave

A's call up Maxwell, place Vogt on family leave

OAKLAND -- The A's placed catcher Stephen Vogt on the family medical leave list Saturday and called up catcher Bruce Maxwell to take his place, transferring reliever Fernando Rodriguez to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster.

Vogt is dealing with a family medical emergency, manager Bob Melvin said, but the team expects him to return in three days. Players placed on the medical leave list can be away from the team between three and seven days.

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Reddick scratched vs. Rays with sore back

A's outfielder subject of trade rumors

Reddick scratched vs. Rays with sore back

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Josh Reddick was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with back soreness, the team announced.

Reddick played in Friday's 13-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays and is 8-for-27 (.296) in eight games since the All-Star break. He was replaced in the lineup by Coco Crisp, who moved to center field while Jake Smolinski shifted to right field to take Reddick's spot.

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Hahn returns to A's rotation vs. Snell, Rays

Hahn returns to A's rotation vs. Snell, Rays

A's righty Jesse Hahn will make his first Major League start in nearly six weeks in Sunday's series finale against the Rays at the Coliseum.

Hahn, who was drafted by the Rays in 2010, will face a slew of familiar faces, including Tampa Bay starter Blake Snell, who Hahn says is a close friend. The A's sent Hahn down to Triple-A Nashville June 10 after a string of inconsistent starts, and will recall him Sunday to take Rich Hill's spot in the rotation as Hill deals with a nagging blister.

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'Dominant' Manaea delivers career-best start

'Everything was just working today,' A's starter says of 8-frame gem

'Dominant' Manaea delivers career-best start

OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with Sean Manaea in the eighth inning of Friday's 1-0, 13-inning win over the Rays, even with his pitch count rising and the go-ahead run, Kevin Kiermaier, standing at third base.

Melvin would've been justified in turning the game over to reliever Ryan Dull, who stood ready in the bullpen and has allowed only 2-of-39 inherited runners to score this season. But Manaea had twirled his way to this point, delivering the best start of his career, and Melvin let him see it through.

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A's reward Manaea, walk off vs. Rays in 13th

A's reward Manaea, walk off vs. Rays in 13th

OAKLAND -- Jake Odorizzi and Sean Manaea were at their best Friday night. And the pair did what Major League starters do when they're at the top of their game, they posted zeroes, lots of zeroes.

Ultimately, each came away with a no-decision despite matching up with eight scoreless innings and not a walk between them in the A's 1-0 win in 13 innings at the Oakland Coliseum. The loss snapped the Rays' three-game winning streak.

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Semien sees 96-game starting streak end

A's shortstop was hitless in last 8 at-bats with 4 K's

Semien sees 96-game starting streak end

OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien wasn't in Friday's starting lineup, ending his streak of 96 straight games started, but kept his consecutive games played streak alive, entering as a defensive substitute in the ninth inning of a 13-inning, 1-0 win over the Rays. Semien went 0-for-2 and turned a double play. He's now played in 99 straight games dating back to last year.

After a conversation with Washington and an evaluation of Semien's recent stretch, Melvin decided the shortstop finally needed a day off, but did note he could possibly enter Friday's game in a late-inning role if necessary. Semien replaced Arismendy Alcantara after Danny Valencia pinch-hit for Alcantara in the ninth.

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Watch Bassitt's dog surf during Bark at the Park

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Watch Bassitt's dog surf during Bark at the Park

Bark at the Park Night is arguably one of the best promotions of the baseball season. Where else can you see pups sitting in the stands dressed to the nines in whatever (usually ill-fitting) team garb their owners could find?

It's also, apparently, an opportunity for dogs to go surfing in the parking lot, which happened before the A's hosted the Rays at the Coliseum on Friday night.

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Gray can't find groove as start mirrors season

'When it's going bad, it seems to really be going bad,' A's righty says

Gray can't find groove as start mirrors season

OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray allowed seven runs in a start for the fourth time this year in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Rays. Yet again, Gray stood before his locker following a poor start, answering questions about what's gone wrong.

Gray has nine losses and his ERA sits at 5.49 through 18 starts. Despite having what manager Bob Melvin and catcher Stephen Vogt insisted was his best breaking ball of the year, Gray again wavered in the middle innings.

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Reddick stays focused as trade rumors swirl

'I'm here to help the Oakland A's win as long as I can,' he says

Reddick stays focused as trade rumors swirl

OAKLAND -- Though he's been the subject of much trade speculation in recent weeks, Josh Reddick has continued to let his bat do most of the talking.

Even still, with three multihit games since the break under his belt, Reddick doesn't avoid the questions, speaking candidly about being at the center of trade rumors when asked about them, as he was Thursday amid a report surfacing about the Cubs' interest in his services.

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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.

Smolinski homers, but 4-run frame sinks A's

Smolinski homers, but 4-run frame sinks A's

OAKLAND -- The hot-hitting Rays took batting practice off of Sonny Gray, tagging the struggling A's starter for nine hits in a 7-3 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Thursday night.

Gray was responsible for all seven runs in just five innings, surrendering solo home runs to Tim Beckham and Corey Dickerson ahead of a four-run attack in the fifth -- featuring five consecutive hits to open the frame -- that put the Rays ahead for good. They've plated 28 runs in their last three games.

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A's recall Neal; option Schuster

The A's recalled right-hander Zach Neal from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, the team announced, optioning left-hander Patrick Schuster to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

This is the 27-year-old Neal's fourth stint with Oakland this season, his first year in the big leagues. Neal has an 8.04 ERA in eight games for the A's, including one start, and has also notched one save.

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A's showcase science of baseball at STEM clinic

A's showcase science of baseball at STEM clinic

OAKLAND -- A's pitcher Kendall Graveman knew he needed to select a major by the end of his sophomore year at Mississippi State, and leaned toward pursuing business until his father, Gary, suggested something else.

"He said 'Hey, try engineering and give it a shot, we can always change directions,'" Graveman said.

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A's call up INF/OF Alcantara, option Overton

A's call up INF/OF Alcantara, option Overton

OAKLAND -- The A's infield depth received a much-needed boost Wednesday when they recalled Arismendy Alcantara and optioned lefty Dillon Overton to Triple-A Nashville, one day after he delivered a strong spot start.

It's Alcantara's second stint with Oakland this year since being acquired from the Cubs for Chris Coghlan. The A's played Tuesday against the Astros without a backup middle infielder after optioning Tyler Ladendorf to Triple-A to create room for Overton, and they utilized Alcantara immediately, starting him at second base Wednesday and giving a slumping Jed Lowrie a day off. Alcantara went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Oakland's 7-0 loss to Houston.

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A's bats can't break through in loss to Astros

A's bats can't break through in loss to Astros

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Doug Fister strung together seven scoreless innings to help the Astros avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the A's with a commanding 7-0 win at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

"Doug was at his best," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I thought he did a great job of getting through their lineup and continuing to put up zeros while we hung there. We let them hang in there a little bit by not separating in the game, but Doug Fister was really, really good."

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Walk-off win masks Crisp's baserunning gaffe

Walk-off win masks Crisp's baserunning gaffe

OAKLAND -- A wacky sequence of events unfolded at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, all of them adding up to a walk-off, broken-bat single from Josh Reddick.

The A's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Astros featured mighty fight, and a dose of awkwardness.

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A's rally in 9th, walk off in 10 vs. Astros

A's rally in 9th, walk off in 10 vs. Astros

OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick hit a walk-off single against Astros reliever Tony Sipp in the 10th inning, spoiling a four-hit night from Jose Altuve and helping the A's secure a series-clinching 4-3 victory at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The A's tied the game in the ninth inning against Houston closer Will Harris, getting back-to-back doubles from Stephen Vogt and Coco Crisp, who was tagged out on the basepaths on the play for the second out to help the Astros send the game into extras.

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Triggs to DL; A's recall lefty Coulombe

Triggs to DL; A's recall lefty Coulombe

OAKLAND -- The A's placed right-hander Andrew Triggs on the disabled list with a left shin contusion Tuesday, leading them to call on left-hander Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville to take over long-relief duties out of the bullpen.

Additionally, utility man Tyler Ladendorf returned to Nashville to make room for Tuesday starter Dillon Overton, leaving the A's without a backup middle infielder.

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

A's lend support to juvenile diabetes research

A's lend support to juvenile diabetes research

OAKLAND -- The A's held their 17th annual Root Beer Float Day prior to Tuesday's game against the Astros at the Coliseum, an event in which players, celebrities and members of the media served root beer floats to fans to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which combats Type-1 Diabetes.

The A's sold floats and limited-edition mugs to fans, and raised $38,460 and have now raised more than $486,000 throughout the event's history. A's outfielder Sam Fuld has Type 1 Diabetes and had a lengthy line of fans waiting for him throughout the event as he signed commemorative ice cream mugs and took pictures with fans.

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Semien is A's Heart and Hustle winner

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Semien is A's Heart and Hustle winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Chapman among top prospect performers Tuesday

Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect strikes out 10 in 6 one-hit frames, Nats' No. 1 wins Triple-A debut

Chapman among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he gave up a season-worst six earned runs in his last start, Sean Reid-Foley returned to form Tuesday as he fired six innings of one-hit ball to lead Class A Advanced Dunedin in a 2-0 shutout over Charlotte.

Reid-Foley, the Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect, struck out the side in his first and last innings of work and fanned 10 of the 21 hitters he faced, marking his third start this season in which he's recorded double-digit strikeouts. He recorded five ground-ball outs and walked a pair, while throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

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Graveman's effort rewarded thanks to A's big 4th

Graveman's effort rewarded thanks to A's big 4th

OAKLAND -- The A's used a five-run fourth to back a strong seven-inning performance from right-hander Kendall Graveman in a 7-4 series-opening victory against the Astros at the Coliseum on Monday night.

Yonder Alonso's two-run, go-ahead single with two outs sparked the big inning, which saw Astros starter Mike Fiers depart two batters later. Fiers was responsible for six runs on five hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings, striking out five in the loss.

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

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Oakland cashes in with two outs vs. Astros

Oakland cashes in with two outs vs. Astros

OAKLAND -- The A's topped the Astros, 7-4, on Monday at the Coliseum, and a major reason for their success stemmed from their approach at the end of innings.

Oakland scored all seven of its runs with two outs, including a five-run fourth inning when they walked five times and sent nine batters to the plate after Khris Davis struck out for the second out in the inning.

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Manaea steps up in emergency relief

A's lefty logs 5 innings after Hill, Triggs exit with injuries

Manaea steps up in emergency relief

OAKLAND -- The A's had a lefty on the mound through a good chunk of Sunday's game against the Blue Jays at the Coliseum -- it just wasn't the one they planned.

Oakland hurriedly called on rookie Sean Manaea to begin the second inning following injuries that knocked both Rich Hill and long reliever Andrew Triggs out of the game in the opening frame of a 5-3 loss to Toronto. Manaea was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Astros, but A's manager Bob Melvin had no other options.

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A's stung in 9th after rallying back from painful start

A's stung in 9th after rallying back from painful start

OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson squandered an opportunity to deliver a crushing blow to the A's in the seventh inning Sunday, flying out with two runners on to end the inning. He made the most of a second chance against his former team when he came to the plate in the ninth.

Donaldson's go-ahead two-run double helped the Blue Jays claim a 5-3 win and avoid a three-game sweep, earning him a chorus of "MVP" chants from a strong Toronto contingent at the Coliseum. The reigning American League MVP is hitting .306 in 12 games versus Oakland since being traded in 2014, and has reached base in 22 straight games.

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Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the A's on Sunday.

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Hill exits after 5 pitches with finger blister

Triggs also injured; Manaea pitches 5 emergency innings

Hill exits after 5 pitches with finger blister

OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Rich Hill was removed from his much-anticipated start against the Blue Jays on Sunday after just five pitches, aggravating a blister on his left middle finger that he says will need at least three or four days to heal.

Hill said it was too early to know when he would make his next start.

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Doolittle looks to begin throwing this week

A's lefty reliever on DL with shoulder inflammation

Doolittle looks to begin throwing this week

OAKLAND -- A's reliever Sean Doolittle said his recovery from left shoulder inflammation in his labrum is moving in the right direction on Sunday, and he could begin to play catch by the end of Oakland's 10-game homestand, which wraps on July 24.

"There's a lot of stuff that I can do now completely pain-free that really bothered it before," said Doolittle, who added he met with a doctor Friday. "I do need to get a little bit more strength in that area before I start throwing.

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A's keep Valencia in lineup, start him at DH, 1B

A's keep Valencia in lineup, start him at DH, 1B

OAKLAND -- Danny Valencia won't be the A's everyday third baseman moving forward, but manager Bob Melvin said Oakland will try to find ways to keep him in the lineup because of his hitting ability.

The A's cleanup hitter started at DH on Saturday against Blue Jays starter and former teammate R.A. Dickey. He made his first start of the season at first base on Sunday, opposite lefty J.A. Happ. Valencia worked with A's assistant coach Ron Washington on first-base drills more than three hours before Saturday's game, and he will also rotate in at the corner-outfield positions.

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