A's scratch ill Gray; Bassitt gets the start

A's scratch ill Gray; Bassitt gets the start

A's pitcher Sonny Gray was scratched from his Tuesday start because of illness.

The 25-year-old right-hander has been one of the best starters in the Majors this season, going 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts.

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Confidence key to Graveman's ace-like starts

Confidence key to Graveman's ace-like starts

OAKLAND -- Kendall Graveman is pitching like an ace in the back of the A's rotation. No longer lacking in confidence, the right-hander is thriving on it and ensuring his teammates a quality start every fifth day.

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Graveman, homers help A's cruise past Rox

Graveman, homers help A's cruise past Rox

OAKLAND -- The A's got home runs from Josh Reddick, Ike Davis and Billy Butler, powering their way to a 7-1 win against the Rockies in Monday's series opener at the Coliseum to snap a three-game losing streak.

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Butler: A's offense can be 'dangerous'

Butler: A's offense can be 'dangerous'

OAKLAND -- While the A's have experienced their share of close losses this season, they've made a recent habit of following up a tough defeat with a win highlighted by offensive fireworks.

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Vogt needs late ballot push in ASG voting

Vogt needs late ballot push in ASG voting

OAKLAND -- The final All-Star Game ballot update was released Monday, and A's catcher Stephen Vogt and outfielder Josh Reddick, despite being among the leading vote-getters at their positions, remain in need of millions of votes to ensure a trip to the Midsummer Classic.

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Venditte pleased with latest throwing session

Venditte pleased with latest throwing session

OAKLAND -- A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte threw with both arms Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder June 12.

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Bassitt to match up with Rockies' De La Rosa

Bassitt to match up with Rockies' De La Rosa

The A's host the Rockies on Tuesday in the second of a three-game set at the Coliseum. Chris Bassitt (0-0, 3.37 ERA), recalled from Triple-A Nashville to fill in for Sonny Gray, who was scratched because of illness, takes the mound for the A's.

Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 5.15) will pitch for the Rockies, making his 12th start on the season and just his fourth on the road. De La Rosa has not faced the A's since 2009, when he gave up two runs in six innings in a win.

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Muncy's error looms large in A's tough loss

Third baseman throws away ball on play at the plate in big third inning

Muncy's error looms large in A's tough loss

OAKLAND -- Just three days removed from a season-high five-game winning streak, the A's were in position to salvage a game from those pesky Royals and avoid a three-game sweep in front of a home crowd on Sunday afternoon. Instead, they committed a critical error and lost, 5-3, despite outhitting Kansas City.

"One of the toughest things about it is that we were getting a lot of momentum there," Max Muncy said. "We were playing really good ball lately and this happens, and it's against a team we have a little bit of history with."

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A's unable to hold early lead in finale vs. KC

A's unable to hold early lead in finale vs. KC

OAKLAND -- Salvador Perez homered, and the Royals took advantage of a crucial A's error in a three-run sixth inning to secure a sweep-clinching 5-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

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Missteps cost Kazmir, A's despite stellar start

Missteps cost Kazmir, A's despite stellar start

OAKLAND -- Against a team like the Royals, A's starter Scott Kazmir knows he doesn't have much room for error.

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A's tripped up by Royals in game of small ball

A's tripped up by Royals in game of small ball

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Chris Young threw six strong innings and Kendrys Morales delivered a two-run go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Royals held off the A's, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon.

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Fuld finds spark filling in at leadoff spot for A's

Fuld finds spark filling in at leadoff spot for A's

OAKLAND -- With Billy Burns out of the lineup again, A's manager Bob Melvin needed someone to fill in at the leadoff spot.

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Vogt plays after HBP, but A's rest Burns

Vogt plays after HBP, but A's rest Burns

OAKLAND -- Speedster Billy Burns didn't start for the second consecutive game Saturday, when the A's fell, 3-2, to the Royals in the second game of a three-game set at the Coliseum.

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Vogt avoids serious injury after being hit by pitch

A's teammates believe Morales did not throw at slugger on purpose

Vogt avoids serious injury after being hit by pitch

OAKLAND -- The Royals and A's almost made it nine innings without a controversial play.

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Miscue in third looms large in A's loss

Davis' errant toss to Hahn allows pair of key runs to score

Miscue in third looms large in A's loss

OAKLAND -- The A's nearly got out of a two-out, two-on jam, but instead, an errant throw from Ike Davis to a covering Jesse Hahn turned into two unearned runs for the Royals.

Kansas City scored three runs in the third inning, taking control of a game it went on to win 5-2 at the Coliseum on Friday night.

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Hahn, offense struggle in series-opening loss

Hahn, offense struggle in series-opening loss

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven strong innings, and Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon each homered, as the Royals held off the Oakland A's, 5-2, on Friday night.

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A's put April fracas with Royals in the past

A's put April fracas with Royals in the past

OAKLAND -- The echoing sentiment among the A's before their series-opening game against the Royals at the Coliseum on Friday is that the team wants to put the drama-filled April meeting with Kansas City behind them.

In that three-game set, from April 17-19, tempers flared, benches cleared multiple times and six Royals were ejected. Despite the history, the A's insist this is just another series.

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Strong 'pen performance sparks confidence

A's notch three scoreless innings in relief of Gray for fifth straight win

Strong 'pen performance sparks confidence

ARLINGTON -- The A's avoided their fifth consecutive losing month with a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday, tying the bow on a three-game road sweep that lifted them from the bottom of the division standings for the first time since May 7.

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Big 7th powers A's to sweep Rangers

Big 7th powers A's to sweep Rangers

ARLINGTON -- A two-out rally in the seventh inning propelled the Athletics to a 6-3 win against the Rangers on Thursday and completed their three-game sweep at Globe Life Park.

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A's proving themselves with hot streak

Oakland has gone through tough times before, is shaping up to be club Beane envisioned

A's proving themselves with hot streak

ARLINGTON -- This might end up being one of Billy Beane's finest hours, and don't you hate it how the smart guys end up being right so often? First, though, things have to work out a certain way for the Oakland A's and their general manager. Yes, that means lots of October baseball.

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Olson, Nunez selected for Futures Game

Olson, Nunez selected for Futures Game

ARLINGTON -- A's prospects Matt Olson and Renato Nunez will represent the organization at the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Lawrie's slam powers Athletics past Rangers

Lawrie's slam powers Athletics past Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Brett Lawrie hit a first-inning grand slam and Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer in the second, as the A's pounced on Rangers starter Wandy Rodriguez for eight runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-2 victory on Wednesday night.

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Graveman showing total control in A's rotation

Graveman showing total control in A's rotation

ARLINGTON -- It's been a tale of two seasons for A's right-hander Kendall Graveman, who has quietly excelled in each of his starting assignments since his return from Triple-A Nashville following an ugly first month as a big league starter.

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A's bats keep cranking along with victories

A's bats keep cranking along with victories

ARLINGTON -- Since close games haven't been their forte, anyway, the A's are simply trying to make a habit out of clobbering opponents.

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Phegley comes up big while Vogt rests

Backup catcher drives in three in win vs. Rangers

Phegley comes up big while Vogt rests

ARLINGTON -- Stephen Vogt's impersonations are hard to top, but Josh Phegley pulled off a pretty good one of Vogt himself in Tuesday night's 8-6 series-opening victory at Globe Life Park.

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Washington back in Texas with Athletics

Former Rangers skipper hopes to have opportunity to manage again

Washington back in Texas with Athletics

ARLINGTON -- On Tuesday, Ron Washington returned to the ballpark where he was a highly successful big league manager for eight years.

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A's offense stays hot to down Rangers

A's offense stays hot to down Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Ben Zobrist and Josh Phegley homered, as the A's offense kept rolling in a series-opening 8-6 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night.

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