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7/24/2014 | Hammel seeks return to top form vs. Rangers

When the A's open a three-game set against the Rangers in Arlington on Friday night, Jason Hammel will try to rediscover the form that brought him so much success earlier this year. The veteran right-hander went 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA as a Cub this season, striking out 104 batters and walking 23 in 108 2/3 innings.

7/24/2014 | Samardzija's gem, Moss' grand slam fuel A's romp

Jeff Samardzija threw eight innings in the rubber match against the Astros, allowing five hits while striking out six and walking none as the A's cruised, 13-1. Brandon Moss clubbed his third career grand slam, all of which have come this season.

7/24/2014 | A's recall Scribner to reinforce weary bullpen

After a 12-inning contest on Tuesday and a grueling eighth inning on Wednesday, the A's bullpen was in serious need of some relief. Evan Scribner is here to provide it. Oakland recalled Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, as Jim Johnson was designated for assignment.

7/24/2014 | Thumb sprain keeps Cespedes out of lineup

Yoenis Cespedes sprained his right thumb on Wednesday and was not in the A's lineup on Thursday, but manager Bob Melvin said there is a good chance that Cespedes will start Friday in Texas.

7/24/2014 | Struggling Johnson designated for assignment

The $10 million experiment is over. Veteran reliever Jim Johnson was designated for assignment by the A's on Thursday morning, marking the end of a turbulent eight-month tenure in Oakland.

7/24/2014 | Cespedes day to day with sprained thumb

Yoenis Cespedes exited Wednesday night's game against the Astros with a right thumb sprain. X-rays were negative and he is considered day to day.

7/24/2014 | A's survive late scare on Cespedes' big night

Yoenis Cespedes belted two home runs for five RBIs and Sean Doolittle notched his 15th save as the A's hung on for a 9-7 victory Wednesday night in Oakland.

7/24/2014 | Astros seek spark for finale vs. A's, Samardzija

If the Astros are going to top Jeff Samardzija and win the series Thursday afternoon against the first-place A's, they'll have to do it without rookie phenom George Springer. Houston turns to right-hander Scott Feldman in the series finale at Coliseum.

7/23/2014 | A's dish out root beer floats for charity

The A's hosted their 15th annual Root Beer Float Day on Wednesday before their game against the Astros, raising $29,189 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and pushing the 15-year total to over $414,000.

7/23/2014 | A's win challenge, earning hit for Donaldson

A's manager Bob Melvin successfully challenged an out call at second base in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Astros.

7/23/2014 | A's targeting Sunday return for Callaspo

Rehabbing infielder Alberto Callaspo is closer to returning to the A's from a right hamstring strain. "There's a chance he'll be ready by Sunday," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

7/23/2014 | Foot pain keeps Vogt from catching, not hitting

The A's Stephen Vogt has a bone bruise in his right foot that has kept him from catching lately, but he plans to continue playing through it. The issue certainly doesn't seem to be slowing Vogt down offensively.

7/23/2014 | Competitive Balance Lottery pays out 12 Draft picks

The order of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft began to take shape Wednesday when the Competitive Balance Lottery was held at the Commissioner's Office in New York. This year, the Marlins won the lottery and will receive the first pick of Competitive Balance Round A, which is held immediately after the Draft's first round. The Marlins will be followed by the Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Padres and Indians.

7/23/2014 | Samardzija reinvents himself to become elite pitcher

Now that the speculation about Jeff Samardzija's fate is over and the hoopla over his move to Oakland (and ensuing All-Star Game awkwardness) has died down, it's helpful to explore just what all the fuss is about in the first place.

7/23/2014 | A's win replay challenge in 10th inning against Astros

A's manager Bob Melvin won a replay challenge in the top of the 10th inning on Tuesday to help keep the score tied at 2 before the Astros won it, 3-2, in the 12th inning.

7/23/2014 | A's edged in extras after Kazmir's sharp start

Fernando Abad served up a 12th-inning home run to Houston's L.J. Hoes on Tuesday as the A's lost, 3-2, in extras, a rarity for an Oakland squad that tends to get better as it gets deeper into the night.

7/22/2014 | Peacock looks to rebound in matchup vs. A's

The A's and Astros continue their series on Wednesday, with Oakland's Jesse Chavez taking on Houston's Brad Peacock at Coliseum.

7/22/2014 | A's owner Wolff releases statement on lease

The Oakland A's and the City of Oakland had meetings this morning and we have come to an agreement on all outstanding points regarding a new 10-year lease at the Coliseum. The final step remaining is an approval by the Alameda County board, which will vote on the lease July 29.

7/22/2014 | Donaldson wins A's Heart and Hustle Award

Josh Donaldson may now be an All-Star, but that does not mean the third baseman's determination has waned. On Tuesday, he was recognized for his more intangible qualities, receiving the A's Heart and Hustle Award for a second consecutive year.

7/22/2014 | Milone reaches out to Melvin after requesting trade

As word leaked Monday that Tommy Milone had requested a trade, the A's lefty reached out to manager Bob Melvin. The news came just two weeks after the lefty was optioned to Triple-A amid the acquisitions of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

7/22/2014 | La Russa had guts to chase Hall of Fame glory

If Tony La Russa ever had a motto, it's "no guts, no glory," which describes his managing career in a nutshell. They are words to live by and an apt inscription for his Hall of Fame plaque.

7/22/2014 | Reddick returns from DL with right knee brace

The A's reinstated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced today. The A's also announced that infielder Andy Parrino was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento following the game Sunday.

7/21/2014 | Melvin, A's one of game's most successful unions

A's manager Bob Melvin has the respect of his peers, of his players and the media. What really underscores Melvin's strength in the dugout, however, is he has the respect of the A's front office, too.

7/20/2014 | Positive signs for Sogard in rare start

A slumping Eric Sogard has seen diminished playing time in recent weeks, but he was in the lineup Sunday for the first time this series with a chance to reverse these fortunes.

7/20/2014 | Twelve teams to receive supplemental '15 Draft picks

Major League Baseball's version of the Draft lottery doesn't attract nearly as much attention as its NBA and NHL counterparts, mostly because baseball's top picks aren't determined randomly like they are in the other sports. But for 12 big league clubs, the Competitive Balance Lottery will provide them with a valuable extra selection in 2015.

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