Players hit the links for annual charity event

A's Community Fund unites players past and present for local causes

Players hit the links for annual charity event

DANVILLE, Calif. -- A little off-day at the links never hurt anyone.

On Monday, a group of current and former A's players joined members of the front office, team broadcasters, season-ticket holders and fans at the 35th Annual Oakland A's Community Fund Golf Classic.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Alonso expected to return to lineup Tuesday

Alonso expected to return to lineup Tuesday

OAKLAND -- The A's expect to have Yonder Alonso back in their lineup this week.

Alonso, who was held out of the starting lineup a fourth straight game Sunday, has been recovering from left knee soreness.

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Pinder homers again, but A's fall to Sox in finale

Pinder homers again, but A's fall to Sox in finale

OAKLAND -- Lefty Eduardo Rodriguez helped the Red Sox avoid a four-game series sweep at the hands of the A's, matching his career high with eight innings pitched as the offense went to work in a 12-3 victory at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Rodriguez allowed three runs on six hits, including Chad Pinder's second homer in as many days, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Pinder also doubled in the second, scoring on Josh Phegley's base hit. After Pinder's homer, though, Rodriguez retired 10 straight batters and 14 of his final 15. He fanned eight, issuing only one walk.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Red Sox on Sunday.

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Olson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Olson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hahn welcomes Marlins in Interleague opener

Hahn welcomes Marlins in Interleague opener

The Marlins and A's begin a two-game Interleague Series on Tuesday night at the Coliseum. The series marks the third time the Marlins have ever visited Oakland.

A pair of right-handers will square off in the opener, as Jose Urena starts for the Marlins and Jesse Hahn gets the ball for the A's, who are coming off a series win over the Red Sox. Both clubs will return to action following an off-day Monday.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Olson enjoys perfect day for Nashville

Olson enjoys perfect day for Nashville

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's tee off with 4 HRs, win 3rd straight

A's tee off with 4 HRs, win 3rd straight

OAKLAND -- The A's powered their way to a third straight win over the Red Sox, launching a trio of moonshots against Boston's bullpen in a five-run fifth inning that carried them to a commanding 8-3 victory at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Canha, responsible for Friday night's walk-off blast, ignited the power parade with a leadoff homer against right-hander Ben Taylor. The Statcast-estimated 453-foot blast, which tied the game, was the longest by an A's player this season -- until Chad Pinder sent a two-run shot 460 feet into the plaza reserve section off righty Noe Ramirez later in the inning. In between, Khris Davis belted his 13th homer of the season, a two-run, 429-foot shot off Taylor.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

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Pinder power: Rookie rakes one 460 feet

A's slugger reaches Coliseum level few have before

Pinder power: Rookie rakes one 460 feet

OAKLAND -- Chad Pinder doesn't say much, and he doesn't have to. His bat is plenty loud.

On Saturday, the A's rookie sent a screaming shot where few before him have at the Coliseum, at least in the post-Mount Davis era. It even left manager Bob Melvin speechless: "I don't even know how to explain that."

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Following odd play, Melvin gets tossed

A's runner sent back to third after throw lands in Red Sox's bullpen

Following odd play, Melvin gets tossed

OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the second inning of Saturday's 8-3 win over the Red Sox at the Coliseum.

It initially appeared that Melvin took issue with an odd play that unfolded with one out in the inning, but he said after the game, "I had other issues."

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A's stun Red Sox on Canha's homer in 10th

A's stun Red Sox on Canha's homer in 10th

OAKLAND -- After Ryon Healy's would-be game-winning homer was robbed by Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning, Mark Canha belted a no-doubt walk-off shot to lead off the 10th, sending Oakland to a 3-2 victory at the Coliseum on Friday.

"I couldn't even tell you what pitch it was unless I saw the replay," said Canha, who launched a 2-0 slider to left field. "It just kind of popped out of his hand, and I saw it really well and put a good swing on it."

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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Semien has cast taken off, eager to return

Semien has cast taken off, eager to return

OAKLAND -- Rehabbing A's shortstop Marcus Semien jet setted to Los Angeles and back Friday, returning without a cast on his surgically repaired right wrist.

Semien, who underwent a procedure to repair a fracture of the scaphoid bone April 18, was pleased to learn his CT scans showed immense healing. Cast-free, he'll ease into the next steps as he eventually readies for advanced baseball activity.

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Hendriks barely reacts to ballboy's misadventure

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Hendriks barely reacts to ballboy's misadventure

At the Oakland Coliseum, the bullpens sit along the left- and right-field lines. They aren't tucked away beyond the outfield fence or in any kind of underground facility.

As a result, pitchers sit out in the open, under the overhang on top of the bullpen area. Perched in their spot, they get a front-row vantage point for sharp line drives in the range of nearby ballboys. 

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Gray regroups to pick up first win of season

Gray regroups to pick up first win of season

OAKLAND -- The good Sonny Gray showed up at the Coliseum on Thursday evening, albeit a bit tardy. And there's plenty reason to believe he's not going anywhere.

The A's starter, minus a frightful first inning, was tremendous. He racked up eight strikeouts over six solid innings against the Red Sox to earn his first win since July 26 last season, a commanding 8-3 decision in the series opener.

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A's belt three homers to take down Red Sox

A's belt three homers to take down Red Sox

OAKLAND -- Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chad Pinder homered as the A's spoiled the Major League debut of Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez and claimed an 8-3 series-opening victory at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.

Sonny Gray was awarded his first win of 2017 with six strong innings, rebounding from a two-run, 31-pitch opening frame to allow one run the rest of the way. The A's right-hander yielded four hits, including a home run to Mitch Moreland, and struck out eight in his fourth start of the season.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Red Sox on Thursday.

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Barreto, Chapman power Nashville to win

Barreto, Chapman power Nashville to win

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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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 offense struggles in loss in series finale

A's offense struggles in loss in series finale

SEATTLE -- Christian Bergman provided a much-needed lift to the Mariners' injury-plagued rotation with a 7 1/3-inning gem on Wednesday, as Seattle rolled to a series-clinching 4-0 win over the A's at Safeco Field.

Making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, Bergman allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out a career-best nine. The right-hander pitched the previous three seasons for the Rockies, and was making just his 17th Major League start.

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Disappointing loss caps rough road trip for A's

Club goes 1-5 in swing through Texas and Seattle

Disappointing loss caps rough road trip for A's

SEATTLE -- The feel-good vibes percolating in the A's clubhouse prior to Wednesday's series finale in Seattle quickly dissipated once play resumed.

After a much-needed victory the night before halted a four-game losing streak, the A's fell, 4-0, to the Mariners, as defensive duds doomed them and their bats struggled.

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A's opening gates early for Tuesday games

Fans will be able to watch early batting practice at Coliseum

A's opening gates early for Tuesday games

SEATTLE -- As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the fan experience at the Coliseum, the A's have decided to open gates early to give fans the chance to watch the home club taking batting practice.

The promotion will be limited to Tuesdays, beginning May 23 when the A's host the Marlins. Gates are set to open one hour earlier than normal, at 4:30 p.m. PT.

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Schrock homers twice with Midland

Schrock homers twice with Midland

J.P. Crawford collected a season-high three hits on Wednesday, though none were bigger than the Phillies' top prospect's go-ahead two-run single in the top of the 11th inning that propelled Triple-A Lehigh Valley to its 12th straight victory.

Crawford, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 overall prospect, drove in a run with each of his three knocks, tallying RBI singles in his first two at-bats before coming through in extra innings and finishing with four RBIs (also a season-high) in the IronPigs' 11-8 win over Rochester.

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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 offense continues to rely on home runs

Team has scored 80 of its 154 runs on long balls

A's offense continues to rely on home runs

SEATTLE -- The A's continue to live and die by the long ball.

On Tuesday, it saved them from another embarrassing late-inning meltdown and a fifth straight loss, instead powering back for a 9-6 win over the Mariners.

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Joyce, Canha HRs power A's comeback win

Joyce, Canha HRs power A's comeback win

SEATTLE -- The A's entered Tuesday night's ninth inning looking at a fifth straight heartbreaking loss, but resilience and an extra dose of home-run power led them back to a dramatic 9-6 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

After Kyle Seager's solo home run in the eighth gave Seattle a 5-4 lead, pinch-hitter Rajai Davis led off the ninth with a single off Mariners reliever Steve Cishek., who returned from a lengthy stint on the disabled list Monday. Matt Joyce followed with the biggest hit of the night, a two-run homer into the right-field seats that gave the A's a 6-5 lead. Later in the inning, the A's padded the lead with a three-run homer by Mark Canha off lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Canha had three hits and fell a triple short of the cycle.

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Healy's long homer smashes fan's phone

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Healy's long homer smashes fan's phone

You may think that by sitting high up in the rafters at a ballpark, you wouldn't need to be on high alert for home runs. After all, the upper deck is called just that -- "upper," as in "higher and farther than the rest of the seats." But sometimes, action finds you anyway.

In the second inning of the A's 9-6 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field, Ryon Healy connected on a 3-1 pitch from Chase De Jong and sent the ball high, deep and far into the Seattle evening for a two-run homer. The ball sailed into the upper deck, where it settled into the stands ... somewhere around here.

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Manaea shows grit after rocky DL return

A's lefty struggles with command early but fans 7 over 5 innings

Manaea shows grit after rocky DL return

SEATTLE -- A wobbly beginning proved costly for Sean Manaea in Monday's 6-5 series-opening loss to the Mariners, but the A's lefty ended his night on a positive note, and with health on his side.

The A's are getting used to taking the bad with the good, but far too often this season the former has triumphed.

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A's rally falls short after Khris, Vogt go deep

A's rally falls short after Khris, Vogt go deep

SEATTLE -- The Mariners jumped out early and held on late Monday night at Safeco Field, beating the A's, 6-5, in the first of a three-game series between the American League West rivals.

A's starter Sean Manaea was wild in the first inning, leading to Seattle's first two runs, and Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each hit a two-run home run -- Cruz in the second inning and Seager in the eighth. Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo bent a bit but did not break, giving up three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gray gains confidence with outing vs. Rangers

A's right-hander throws season-high 106 pitches over six innings of two-run ball

Gray gains confidence with outing vs. Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Until Saturday, having Sonny Gray on the mound at Globe Life Park was a can't-lose scenario for the A's. He had earned the victory in each of the six games he'd started on the road vs. the Rangers over the previous four seasons.

This time, Gray didn't win, but he left the game in a position to do so, before the A's bullpen struggled in a 6-5 loss to the Rangers. Gray made his third start since returning from a back injury he suffered at the beginning of Spring Training. For the A's, the upside in an otherwise disappointing night was Gray's performance -- easily his strongest yet this season.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's hit three homers in Mother's Day loss

A's hit three homers in Mother's Day loss

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers mounted a late-inning comeback for the fourth consecutive game, clinching a three-game sweep of the A's with an 6-4 victory Sunday. Texas has now won six straight.

"The comeback wins are something I felt would come with this ballclub as we started to get our offense in shape, as the bullpen settled down and pitched better," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We knew this offense would get going at some point."

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