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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Jason Vargas, LHP
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    Jason Vargas, last 5 years vs. OAK
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Vargas returns from the disabled list after missing more than three weeks with an appendectomy. His last start came on July 8, a 4-3 loss to the Rays, in which he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Jon Lester, LHP
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For the first time in his career on Saturday, Lester will take the mound in a non-Red Sox uniform. The left-hander will make his A's debut in the midst of perhaps his best season yet, with a 1.07 ERA over his last eight outings.

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Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
James Shields, RHP
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The selective Twins made Shields drive up his pitch count quickly on Tuesday night and when he reached 124 - just two shy of his all-time high - in the sixth inning he was through despite allowing just two runs. He hasn't won since July 7.

Scott Kazmir, LHP
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Sunday wasn't one of Kazmir's finer outings, but he still won after allowing two runs on seven hits -- including a home run -- and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings against the Rangers. He's 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his past five starts.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Alex Cobb, RHP
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Cobb was dominant for a second straight outing in his last start, tossing eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Brewers, allowing just three hits and striking out 12.

Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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Samardzija has been mostly lights out for Oakland, posting a 3.19 ERA in five starts. He allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings in Houston in his last outing.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Drew Smyly, LHP
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Smyly will make his Rays debut after coming to the team in the trade that sent David Price to the Tigers. Smyly allowed six runs in five innings in his only start against Oakland this season.

Jason Hammel, RHP
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The A's are being patient with Hammel, but he may not have many more chances to prove himself. He is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since coming to the A's.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
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Hellickson allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Angels Friday night at Tropicana Field to earn his first loss of the season. He is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in five career starts against the Athletics.

Sonny Gray, RHP
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Gray is in the midst of a remarkable stretch. He boasts a 1.07 ERA over his last six starts and is a serious candidate to be named the American League's Pitcher of the Month for July.

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