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LAD@OAK: Milone overpowers Dodgers in three-hit gem

After playing each other in three of their first four series of the season, the A's and Mariners have had a long break. The last time the two teams met was to conclude a series on April 15. On Monday, they meet again to begin a three-game set at Safeco Field.

Tommy Milone, who is 7-5 with a 4.13 ERA, gets the call for Oakland. For some reason, the left-hander can't get into a groove on the road. However, he's untouchable at home, posting a 5-1 record and 0.99 ERA.

Milone is fresh off his first complete game, allowing three hits and holding the Dodgers to one run. He'll look to carry that momentum into Monday's outing.

"Pretty similar to every other one we've seen here," manager Bob Melvin said after Milone's last game. "Good cutter, good slider, enough curveballs, changeups, both sides of the plate. Really effective. Even the only run they get, [it] wasn't a hard-hit ball, and [Reddick] almost comes up with it. Terrific performance."

The Mariners will send out Erasmo Ramirez to make his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Ramirez is winless this season -- 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA -- and the 22-year-old has especially struggled since being promoted.

Ramirez allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits through four innings against the D-backs. He has allowed 11 runs and 15 hits in his past two starts.

"He's just been up in the zone too much," manager Eric Wedge said. "He has to pitch aggressively and aggressively down. When he misses, he has to have good misses. He's a guy who should be on the plate, down, pounding the zone with all of his pitches."

Mariners: Seager likely to return after precautionary day of rest
Third baseman Kyle Seager fouled a ball off his calf Saturday night and was given a day off Sunday by Wedge. Chone Figgins, who hadn't started a game since June 12, replaced him. Wedge said the move was precautionary and Seager should be back to open the series against the A's.

"We're just trying to keep everybody as sharp as we can as we work through this Interleague Play," Wedge said Sunday. "Obviously we get the DH back tomorrow."

Seager is batting .278 against Oakland this season. Overall, he is hitting .259 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs, and five of those homers have come in June.

• After being given a day off last Monday -- his second of the season -- Ichiro Suzuki has been on a tear. The 38-year-old is 11-for-22 and has raised his average from .255 to .273. Wedge said he expects to give Suzuki a rest more often.

"He's a great player and all great players are a little stubborn because they want to play every day," Wedge said. "But ultimately I think we've proven here in my short period of time, with all of the three days off I've given him in a year and a half, that he's had some success afterward.

Athletics: Youngsters anchoring pitching staff
With Bartolo Colon and Brandon McCarthy hitting the disabled list, the A's pitching staff is now made up of three rookies -- Milone, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin -- another young arm in Tyson Ross, who is 25, and Travis Blackley, who is 29 with minimal big league experience.

For most clubs, that might be the worst-case scenario. But for the A's, they consider it a good opportunity.

"I think it's important we see a lot of these guys, knowing who we're going forward with," Melvin said. "Whether or not a lot of the veteran guys are here next year or not, we're not sure. We'd like to take a look at these guys. We feel like we're trying to build a nucleus of young players that we can move forward with."

• The A's called up Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Sunday's game and optioned infielder Eric Sogard to Sacramento. The move comes after Melvin admitted to having a taxed bullpen.

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