Manaea solid over 7, but A's fall to Angels

Manaea solid over 7, but A's fall to Angels

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia wants to see his players play hard through the final week of the regular season, and they did just that with an eighth-inning rally to beat the A's in the opener of their final homestand of the year, 2-1.

Albert Pujols scored Yunel Escobar with a dribbler down the first-base line that A's reliever Ryan Dull had trouble fielding.

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Cancer-free, Lambo returns to A's

Cancer-free, Lambo returns to A's

ANAHEIM -- A's outfielder Andrew Lambo, cancer-free, reunited with the team in Anaheim on Monday and took part in batting practice.

"I feel great," Lambo said. "I honestly feel better than ever."

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Mengden looks for road success vs. Angels

Mengden looks for road success vs. Angels

A's rookie right-hander Daniel Mengden looks to make a lasting impression in his final start of the 2016 season Tuesday, when his club takes on the Angels in the second of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PT.

Anaheim will counter with right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who takes a 7-14 record and 4.60 ERA into the contest. Mengden, meanwhile, is 2-8 with a 5.74 ERA, having struggled to find consistency during his big league tenure this season.

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Cotton keeps making it look easy as A's rout Texas

Cotton keeps making it look easy as A's rout Texas

OAKLAND -- Athletics rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton continued the terrific start to his Major League career and the Rangers were the latest team to be impressed.

Cotton sent the Rangers back into a tie with the Red Sox for the best record in the American League by pitching the Athletics to a 7-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Cotton, making his fourth Major League start, allowed just one run on three hits over a career-high seven innings on just 70 pitches. Cotton is now 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his four starts.

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Neal, Alonso mourn their friend Fernandez

Athletics' pitcher, first baseman recall special connection

Neal, Alonso mourn their friend Fernandez

OAKLAND -- A's pitcher Zach Neal vividly recalls watching Minor League teammate Jose Fernandez and telling his dad of the young phenom, still just 19 years old at the time, "This guy is the real deal."

Neal marveled at him; then, and especially now, speaking in the past tense in the A's clubhouse Sunday morning following the shocking news of Fernandez's death. The beloved Marlins pitcher, 24, was killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach earlier in the morning, stunning the baseball world.

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Gray set to start Wednesday on limited pitch count

Athletics righty likely to go only an inning or two

Gray set to start Wednesday on limited pitch count

OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray will pitch one more time this season, with plans to start Wednesday's game in Anaheim on a limited pitch count.

A's manager Bob Melvin said Gray, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 6 because of a forearm injury, will likely only log an inning or two before previously scheduled starter Ross Detwiler takes over.

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Alcantara's consistency, command improving

A's rookie fans six over six frames against Rangers

Alcantara's consistency, command improving

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Raul Alcantara appears far removed from his nightmare-like Major League debut, in which he plunked three of the first eight Angels batters he faced.

About three weeks after appearing like he may not even last a full inning, Alcantara pitched six solid frames, the longest outing of his career, in Oakland's 5-0 loss to the Rangers Saturday.

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A's bats silenced as offensive woes continue

A's bats silenced as offensive woes continue

OAKLAND -- The Rangers went with a makeshift lineup on Saturday, the day after clinching the American League West title, but not every regular could get the afternoon off.

The Rangers only have so many players on the bench, so Elvis Andrus had to play. He ended up having a day to remember as he hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career in a 5-0 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum. The victory left the Rangers 92-63, the best record in the American League.

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Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Art Howe came out of the University of Wyoming figuring his dreams of becoming a professional athlete weren't going to come true. He returned home to Pittsburgh, went to work and played baseball in weekend leagues for the fun of it.

Then, at the age of 24, a Pirates scout saw enough of Howe to offer him a contract, and his dream came true.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's fall short in bid to delay Rangers' clinch

A's fall short in bid to delay Rangers' clinch

OAKLAND -- The Rangers, after avoiding a perfect game being thrown against them by Athletics starter Kendall Graveman, have wrapped up their seventh American League West title.

The Rangers did that behind the pitching of Cole Hamels with a 3-0 victory on Friday night at the Coliseum. Adrian Beltre's two-run home run was the big blow that allowed the Rangers to celebrate a division title with eight games to go.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Graveman validates excitement with no-no bid

Young right-hander perfect through 6 innings before Rangers rally for 3

Graveman validates excitement with no-no bid

OAKLAND -- The contingent of young arms inside the A's clubhouse has sparked a lot optimism about the starting rotation's future lately. Kendall Graveman displayed why he has the potential to be an anchor of that unit Friday night, flawlessly cruising through the first six innings while not surrendering a single hit.

It was obvious to A's manager Bob Melvin what his young right-hander was nine outs away from completing.

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Arismendy done for season with sprained thumb

Arismendy done for season with sprained thumb

OAKLAND -- A's infielder Arismendy Alcantara has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a sprained thumb.

A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday that the injury stems from when Alcantara attempted to steal second base in the ninth inning of Oakland's 6-5 loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

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A's Inbox: Could Reddick return next year?

Beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions

A's Inbox: Could Reddick return next year?

Could Josh Reddick or Rich Hill be players the A's try to bring back?
-- Erik C., Antioch, Calif.

I could actually see the A's at least entertaining the idea of bringing back Reddick, assuming there's mutual interest -- which I believe there is. Reddick was always sincere in his desire to remain in Oakland, and I'm not sure the trade has changed that; here, his presence loomed large in so many ways. Not only was his production valuable, but his ability to connect with the fans and provide a stable clubhouse presence proved equally significant, and I think both parties recognize that.

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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.

Statcast tracks Alcantara's risk on bases

Gregerson's release, Castro's pop time lead to game-ending caught stealing

Statcast tracks Alcantara's risk on bases

As they try to rally for a spot in the postseason, the Astros need players to rise to the occasion in big moments. As Statcast™ helps demonstrate, that's exactly what reliever Luke Gregerson and catcher Jason Castro did to finish off Wednesday's 6-5 win at Oakland, which ultimately brought Houston within one game of Baltimore for the second American League Wild Card berth.

With the Astros clinging to a one-run lead and needing one more out to seal the victory, speedy pinch-runner Arismendy Alcantara broke for second base on Gregerson's 1-1 breaking ball to Ryon Healy. To prevent the potential tying run from reaching scoring position, both Gregerson and Castro needed to be quicker than usual.

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A's aggressive rally thwarted by Astros

A's aggressive rally thwarted by Astros

OAKLAND -- The Astros were hoping to take advantage of a more favorable schedule down the stretch in their push for the playoffs. So far, so good.

Designated hitter Evan Gattis cranked his 29th and 30th homers of the season, and Collin McHugh won his fifth consecutive decision to send the Astros to a 6-5 win Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum to polish off a three-game sweep of the A's.

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Davis improving from illness, remains out

Davis improving from illness, remains out

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Khris Davis, sent home Tuesday night with a stomach ailment, remained out of the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Astros.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday morning Davis was at the Coliseum and "feeling a little better" but did not expect him to play.

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Manaea, Cotton display bright future with A's

Manaea, Cotton display bright future with A's

OAKLAND -- Left-hander Sean Manaea, like right-hander Jharel Cotton the night before, gave the Athletics an exciting glimpse of what's to come.

Manaea threw six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits in a no-decision Tuesday night, as the Astros rallied to hand the A's a 2-1 loss in the 10th.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland. He covered the A's on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maxwell shines with max effort, first homer

Maxwell shines with max effort, first homer

OAKLAND -- Bruce Maxwell chews gum the way he plays baseball: at full speed and aggressively.

The first baseman-turned-catcher is also articulate, thoughtful and communicates well with his teammates. He just plays the game hard.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland. He covered the A's on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manaea masterful but A's fall short in 10th

Manaea masterful but A's fall short in 10th

OAKLAND -- The Astros are surging just at the right time.

George Springer shot a single up the middle in the 10th inning to score Tony Kemp, who had doubled off Sean Doolittle, from third base to send the Astros to their fifth win in their last six games, 2-1, over the A's on Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland. He covered the A's on Tuesday.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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A's play Astros under protest after overturned call

A's play Astros under protest after overturned call

OAKLAND -- The A's played Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Astros under protest after manager Bob Melvin appeared to express disagreement with the outcome of a replay review in the third inning.

After Astros outfielder Teoscar Hernandez led off the third with a single, Jake Marisnick popped up a bunt that first baseman Yonder Alonso allowed to drop. Alonso tried to swipe tag a diving Marisnick at first, but he was called safe, and then Alonso tagged out Hernandez when he stepped off first base.

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Khris, Hanley share AL Player of the Week

Khris, Hanley share AL Player of the Week

A power barrage last week led to American League Player of the Week honors for Hanley Ramirez and Khris Davis.

Each belted five homers, and they combined for 25 RBIs and posted the two highest OPS marks in the AL -- 1.594 and 1.571, respectively.

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Cotton spins gem but A's fall on late rally

Cotton spins gem but A's fall on late rally

OAKLAND -- The Astros were in desperate need of a hero in the late innings Monday night, and Marwin Gonzalez answered the call.

Gonzalez hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning off Ryan Madson to snap a tie and send the Astros to a 4-2, come-from-behind win over the A's at the Oakland Coliseum to keep pace in the American League Wild Card race.

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Gray progressing, hopes to pitch this season

A's righty out since Aug. 6 with forearm injury

Gray progressing, hopes to pitch this season

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Sonny Gray still hopes to pitch again this season and he may not be that far off.

Gray is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Tuesday and if he feels good afterward, he will advance to facing hitters.

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Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland. He covered the A's on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis reaches 40-homer mark with two dingers

A's left fielder is first in franchise to reach milestone since Giambi in 2000

Davis reaches 40-homer mark with two dingers

ARLINGTON -- Khris Davis looked downright giddy as he circled the bases a second time at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon. The newly minted member of the 40-homer club had every reason to be.

The A's slugger also had reason to want more.

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A's quash Rangers with pair of nifty catches

Eibner robs Beltre with diving catch; Smolinski steals hit from Andrus

A's quash Rangers with pair of nifty catches

ARLINGTON -- Two tremendous plays by A's outfielders robbed the Rangers of extra bases, and a chance at a victory, as Oakland went on to win the finale of the three-game series, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

A's center fielder Brett Eibner was responsible for the first catch, which came in the fifth inning, and was a pivotal factor in the direction of the game.

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Wendle excels after being thrust into leadoff role

Oakland's rookie 2B has worked hard on all facets of game

Wendle excels after being thrust into leadoff role

ARLINGTON -- When Oakland pulled the trigger on a Brandon Moss trade and reeled in Joey Wendle from Cleveland nearly two years ago, the whispers ran rampant: Wendle's offense was considered well ahead of his defense. The young infielder got word and went to work to quiet them.

"I had always taken a lot of pride in my defense, so that was something I kind of wanted to prove wrong," Wendle said. "My goal is always to be a balanced baseball player, someone they can rely on both offensively and defensively."

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Alcantara's confidence grows with 1st win

Alcantara's confidence grows with 1st win

ARLINGTON -- A's right-hander Raul Alcantara earned his first big league win on Saturday evening on his third try, doing it against one of the better lineups in all of baseball.

Alcantara gave the A's 5 2/3 innings in their 11-2 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park, his lone mistake a two-run homer off the bat of Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning. To that point he had retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced.

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Davis homers twice as A's slow Rangers' roll

Davis homers twice as A's slow Rangers' roll

ARLINGTON -- The Athletics, trying to avoid a second straight last-place finish, are making it tough on the first-place Rangers in the final month of the season.

Khris Davis, who has been pummeling the Rangers all season, hit two home runs and the Athletics won for the second straight game with a 5-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Athletics have won six of their last seven and they are 8-8 against the Rangers with three games left next weekend in Oakland.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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A's swat 3 HRs, get Alcantara 1st win

A's swat 3 HRs, get Alcantara 1st win

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' march to a division title was stalled on Saturday night while Athletics rookie right-hander Raul Alcantara was busy earning his first Major League victory.

Alcantara, given a 7-0 lead after five innings, outpitched Rangers starter Yu Darvish, and the Athletics held on for an 11-2 victory at Globe Life Park. Despite the loss, the Rangers saw their magic number shrink to 5 following the Mariners' loss to the Astros in Seattle. The Athletics have won five of their last six games.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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