Gray one step closer to return

After Saturday's rehab outing, righty to make one final tuneup on Thursday

Gray one step closer to return

OAKLAND -- A's ace Sonny Gray is nearing a return to the starting rotation following Saturday's successful rehab start for Class A Advanced Stockton. Manager Bob Melvin announced the right-hander will throw a 75-pitch rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Nashville in what could be his final tuneup before being activated off the disabled list.

"Whether it's maybe your last outing or last couple [rehab] outings," Melvin said, "it's not trivial that you want to go out there and feel good, and have some success. He did that. I know he feels really good about how it went for him this time. … He'll throw 75 pitches, and we'll have a decision to make -- whether it's one more [rehab start] or whether he comes back to us after that."

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based out of the Bay Area, and covered the Athletics on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Triggs struggles with command, stays positive

Triggs struggles with command, stays positive

OAKLAND -- A couple of streaks came to a crashing halt in Sunday's 11-1 loss by the A's to the Mariners.

Not only did the Mariners snap Oakland's five-game winning streak, but they became the first team to tag A's right-hander Andrew Triggs with an earned run this season. After Robinson Cano's one-out, first-inning RBI single, the Mariners blew the game open with five more runs against Triggs in the third, highlighted by Taylor Motter's grand slam.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based out of the Bay Area, and covered the Athletics on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's bats can't keep up with slugging Mariners

A's bats can't keep up with slugging Mariners

OAKLAND -- The Mariners' dormant bats came alive in a big way Sunday, and veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo made it count with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball for his first win of the year as Seattle snapped the A's five-game win streak in an 11-1 runaway at the Coliseum.

Gallardo, 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in six prior starts against Oakland in his career, had no such troubles in sailing through a four-hit outing with one walk and seven strikeouts, and helped the Mariners avoid their first four-game sweep at the Coliseum since 1992.

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

Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based out of the Bay Area, and covered the Athletics on Sunday.

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Hahn opens series against Angels

Hahn opens series against Angels

The A's and Angels will meet for their second series this season, beginning Tuesday night in Anaheim when right-handers Jesse Hahn and JC Ramirez are set to go head-to-head.

Oakland has been getting familiar with its AL West foes to begin the season, as the club is in the middle of a 15-game stretch against division competition. The A's hosted the Angels for a four-game set to open the season, with the two teams splitting the series. While the Angels started out the year hot and have cooled off lately, Oakland has responded nicely, putting together a five-game winning streak before Sunday's loss.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland, and covered the Athletics on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healy's time off does wonders for his bat

Healy's time off does wonders for his bat

OAKLAND -- Ryon Healy has quickly overcome a sluggish start at the plate -- no thanks to mechanical adjustments. Turns out all the A's hitter needed was some time.

"The game was going fast for a couple weeks there," Healy said. "I think it happens to everybody over the course of the season. Unfortunately for me, that's how I started my 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.

Healy, Rosales homer as A's win 5th straight

Healy, Rosales homer as A's win 5th straight

OAKLAND -- The homer-happy A's were at it again Saturday, belting two in the first inning in support of right-hander Jharel Cotton in a 4-3 series-clinching victory over Seattle for their fifth consecutive win.

"It's a nice little run for us, and everyone is contributing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's what we talked about on Opening Day, that it takes all 25 of us to win, and today is a prime example of that, that it's not just your key guys sometimes. Over the course of 162 games, some other guys have to take over in big situations."

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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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Gray throws 5 scoreless in rehab outing

Oakland's ace 'feeling healthy' after Class A start

Gray throws 5 scoreless in rehab outing

STOCKTON, Calif. -- Sonny Gray's Athletics teammates consider the ace of the staff their good-luck charm while he bides his time on the disabled list. During Oakland's recent winning streak, Gray delivered the lineup card to the umpire before each game.

But with Gray away from the team Saturday to pitch in a rehab outing for nearby Class A Stockton, fellow injured starter Kendall Graveman donned Gray's No. 54 jersey for the pregame meeting at home plate to keep the luck intact. The surging A's wound up extending their streak to five with a 4-3 win over the Mariners.

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

Rosales broke his own record for fastest HR trot

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Rosales broke his own record for fastest HR trot

When most batters hit a ball that clears the fence, they take the time to soak in the adulation of the crowd (or boos, if on the road). It's a time to relax, clear your mind and just slowly trot around the bases. Not for Adam Rosales. He treats it like a time trial for the Olympic track and field team. 

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Rajai close to returning to game action

Rajai close to returning to game action

OAKLAND -- A's center fielder Rajai Davis remains sidelined by a minor left hamstring injury but appears close to a return.

Davis, who suffered the injury in Thursday night's series opener against Seattle, did some light jogging Saturday morning and said he felt better.

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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.

Plouffe's 100th career homer lifts A's over M's

A's third baseman has gone deep four times in last seven games

Plouffe's 100th career homer lifts A's over M's

OAKLAND -- Trevor Plouffe is healthy again, and his bat appears to be back at full strength, too.

The veteran third baseman, inked by the A's to a one-year deal this offseason, collected his 100th career home run in Oakland's 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday night. It also happened to be the fourth in his last seven games, a game-tying solo shot off Hisashi Iwakuma in the fifth.

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

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Manaea, bullpen lead A's to fourth straight win

Manaea, bullpen lead A's to fourth straight win

OAKLAND -- The A's used the long ball to beat Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners on Friday night, getting homers from Trevor Plouffe and Yonder Alonso in a 3-1 victory at the Coliseum that extended their win streak to four games.

"We've talked about when we're good and what we feel like is good offensively for us is the length of the lineup, and multiple guys can hit some homers," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

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

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

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A's wear Warriors-themed BP jerseys

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A's wear Warriors-themed BP jerseys

The A's rallying cry this season is #RootedInOakland, a hashtag and general ethos that has been implemented in a variety of ways. They named their playing surface Rickey Henderson Field, added Jose Canseco, Dave Stewart and Dallas Braden to the broadcast team, constructed a massive mural in downtown Oakland, and so on.

Ahead of Friday night's matchup with the Mariners, the A's added a new batting practice jersey that honors their neighbors the Golden State Warriors, who are playing the Portland Trail Blazers in a first-round playoff matchup this week.

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Graveman on track to return next week

A's right-hander throws bullpen session with no issues

Graveman on track to return next week

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Kendall Graveman, recovering from a minor right shoulder strain, remains on track to rejoin the rotation in Anaheim next week.

Graveman threw a bullpen session without any issues Friday and "felt great," according to manager Bob Melvin.

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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 recall No. 18 prospect Olson from Triple-A

Davis' hamstring injury prompts need for fourth bench player

A's recall No. 18 prospect Olson from Triple-A

OAKLAND -- The A's summoned additional outfield help Friday, recalling Matt Olson from Triple-A Nashville a day after Rajai Davis sustained a mild left hamstring injury.

Davis is considered day to day, with manager Bob Melvin saying it "might be a day or two" before the veteran is back in the lineup. Regardless, there was a need for a fourth bench player, prompting Olson's arrival.

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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 power past Seattle for 3rd straight win

A's power past Seattle for 3rd straight win

OAKLAND -- The A's became the first team to score against Mariners starter James Paxton this season, tallying five runs against the lefty in a 9-6 series-opening victory at the Coliseum to extend their win streak to three games.

Paxton's season-opening scoreless streak was snapped at 23 innings, when the A's rallied for three runs in the third to tie the game, before coming up with two more against the lefty in the fifth and forcing his departure with one out. Paxton scattered nine hits, after allowing just eight total over his first three starts.

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

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.

After 7 years, Valdez relishes return to Show

After 7 years, Valdez relishes return to Show

OAKLAND -- Though his doings in Thursday's 9-6 victory over the Mariners might have appeared insignificant by the time the final out was recorded, A's starter Cesar Valdez's story isn't.

The 32-year-old pitcher was back in the big leagues for the first time in seven years, having last stepped on a Major League mound on June 10, 2010, for the D-backs. He was toying in the Minors with five organizations, until the A's offered him a change of scenery this week.

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Second-base bag should get RBI for this A's run

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Second-base bag should get RBI for this A's run

During the third inning of Thursday's Mariners-A's game, Adam Rosales hit a single into right field to score the wonderfully-named Jaff Decker and move Rajai Davis to third base. You may have thought the play was over, as Mitch Haniger tossed the ball into the cut-off man. But, no. The Coliseum's second-base bag wanted in on the action. It wanted an RBI, too.

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Semien rejoins A's after wrist surgery

Shortstop likely sidelined for at least 2 months

Semien rejoins A's after wrist surgery

OAKLAND -- Shortstop Marcus Semien was back in the A's clubhouse Thursday afternoon, sporting a cast two days after undergoing right wrist surgery that will likely keep him out of the lineup for at least two months.

Semien opted to have a screw inserted into the scaphoid bone of his wrist to expedite the healing process, rather than simply hope a cast would be the trick.

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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 prospect Jefferies to have TJ surgery

Right-hander was 2nd-round Draft pick in '16

A's prospect Jefferies to have TJ surgery

OAKLAND -- Daulton Jefferies' young career is on hold, after the A's pitching prospect learned Thursday he needs season-ending Tommy John surgery.

According to A's general manager David Forst, who confirmed the news, it has not yet been decided who will perform the procedure, which typically requires a minimum of 14 months of recovery time.

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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.

Can D-O: A's display well-balanced victory

Defensive, offensive showing a confidence boost for Oakland

Can D-O: A's display well-balanced victory

OAKLAND -- A sound defensive display, combined with early offensive production -- two components that had been missing from Oakland's early-season showing -- accompanied a power parade and pitching prowess in Wednesday's 9-1 series-clinching victory over the Rangers.

The recipe made for what was perhaps the A's most balanced game to this point.

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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.

Mengden begins throwing program

Right-hander progressing in rehab following foot surgery

Mengden begins throwing program

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing A's pitcher Daniel Mengden has started a throwing program as he eyes a midseason return following February foot surgery.

The right-handed Mengden is throwing bullpen sessions, according to A's manager Bob Melvin, who noted, "That's a big step."

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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 homer thrice to help Hahn in win

A's homer thrice to help Hahn in win

OAKLAND -- A's outfielder Khris Davis hit his seventh home run of the season, and right-hander Jesse Hahn did his part with six impressive innings in a 9-1 rubber-match victory over the Rangers at the Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon.

Yonder Alonso and Chad Pinder also homered, as the A's outhit the Rangers, 14-3, in support of Hahn, who worked around four walks for his first win of the season. The A's starter held Texas to just two hits, including a solo home run to Joey Gallo in the fifth inning.

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

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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Triggs' hot start to '17 just what A's needed

Righty has opened season with 17 2/3 innings without an earned run

Triggs' hot start to '17 just what A's needed

OAKLAND -- Andrew Triggs, the not-long-ago reliever who was gifted a rotation spot despite a troubling spring, is quietly proving his worth as a starter on an A's club in desperate need of performances like the one he provided Tuesday night.

Triggs helped Oakland put a four-game losing streak to rest with yet another standout performance, this one against a potent, lefty-heavy Rangers lineup that managed only three hits against him. The A's righty needed just 76 pitches to get through six innings before letting the bullpen finish off a 4-2 win.

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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.

Rosales homers to back Triggs' strong start

Rosales homers to back Triggs' strong start

OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Andrew Triggs continued his early-season dominance, holding the Rangers to a pair of unearned runs over six strong innings in a 4-2 victory Tuesday night that put a stop to Oakland's four-game losing streak.

Triggs out-pitched Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, who was chased in the sixth after they swapped zeros for the first five innings. Triggs allowed just three hits and struck out five while improving to 3-0 on the season. He has yet to allow an earned run in 17 2/3 innings, the longest season-opening streak by a starting pitcher in Oakland history. More >

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

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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Chalmers sets career high for strikeouts

Chalmers sets career high for strikeouts

After an impressive spring in big league camp, Andrew Stevenson hasn't skipped a beat to begin the season. On Monday, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect collected a career-high five hits to help lead Double-A Harrisburg past Harford, 16-14, in 13 innings.

Stevenson flew out in his first at-bat, but collected singles in his next two trips to the plate. He would then notch RBI singles in the eighth and ninth innings before doubling in the 12th to finish 5-for-7 and improve his average to .381.

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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.

Rickey opens Sharks' locker room door

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Rickey opens Sharks' locker room door

"Wait," you might be asking yourself, having read the headline, "Rickey Henderson did what?" After all, you know Henderson was fast on the field, but what was he doing messing around with sharks? Is he trying to race them? Does his land speed translate to the ocean?

Well, don't worry about it too much, because that's "sharks" with a capital "S." Specifically, the San Jose Sharks, who are currently playing the Edmonton Oilers in a best-of-seven series in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Henderson had the honor of opening the locker room door for the team before its game on Sunday.

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Cotton roughed up as Rangers blank A's

Cotton roughed up as Rangers blank A's

OAKLAND -- Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin stifled his former Athletics club, compiling eight strikeouts in a commanding 7-0 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Monday evening to snap Texas' three-game losing streak.

"Yeah, you want to put together a good game wherever you pitch but it makes it a little sweeter when it's against your old team," Griffin said. "I haven't pitched here in a long time; it was fun."

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

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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Bullpen spoils Manaea's strong start

Bullpen spoils Manaea's strong start

OAKLAND -- Held hitless for six innings, the Astros scored eight straight runs -- capped by a two-run homer by George Springer in the eighth inning -- to wipe out a five-run deficit and stun the A's, 10-6, on Saturday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum.

The Astros scored twice in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings and pushed across four runs in the eighth to stretch their winning streak to four games overall and nine consecutive against the A's.

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

Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Athletics on Saturday.

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