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Chris Bassitt gave up three earned runs across seven frames in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Indians.

Bassitt surrendered six hits and one walk while punching out six. It wasn't an altogether bad outing, but life isn't fair: Bassitt has received five runs of support combined in five starts for Oakland. That helps explain why he's 0-4 despite a 3.10 ERA.
Jul 31 - 12:34 AM

Athletics released OF Dayan Viciedo.

The veteran slugger opted out of his deal and was granted his release from the Athletics. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league pact.
Jul 30 - 6:43 PM

Athletics signed INF Brent Morel to a minor league contract.

Morel elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier this week. He'll function as organizational depth for the A's.
Jul 30 - 6:12 PM

Brett Lawrie went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a homer, three runs scored and four RBI in a loss Wednesday to the Dodgers.

He also stole a bag in the monster performance. Lawrie started at third tonight, but he's expected to also draw starts at second base in the wake of Tuesday's Ben Zobrist trade. He's slashing .280/.314/.412 and is on pace for 14 homers, 67 RBI, 54 runs and eight steals.
Jul 30 - 1:49 AM

Jesse Chavez scuffled Wednesday night against the Dodgers, surrendering three runs over five innings in a no-decision.

Chavez got a gift when opposing starter Clayton Kershaw was scratched before first pitch, but he couldn't capitalize. The 31-year-old hurler hasn't completed seven innings in a month-and-a-half and he'd given up four runs in three of his four July outings before tonight, causing his ERA to jump from 3.02 to 3.53 after tonight's outing. He'll try to turn things around against the Orioles on Monday, kicking off a two-start week.
Jul 30 - 1:40 AM

Pat Venditte (shoulder) is scheduled to work back-to-back games on his minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville on Friday and Saturday.

If all goes well with each of those outings, he could then be cleared to rejoin the Athletics bullpen. Before landing on the disabled list, the 30-year-old switch-pitcher hurled 5 2/3 scoreless innings while registering a 0.53 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio.
Jul 29 - 8:11 PM

Josh Reddick went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Tuesday's shutout win against the Dodgers.

Reddick provided insurance, pushing the Athletics' lead to 2-0 after belting a solo home run to right-center in the seventh inning off of Brett Anderson. He hadn't done much since returning from the All-Star break, but still owns a productive .287/.341/.467 batting line with 13 home runs and 57 RBI.
Jul 29 - 12:39 AM

Sonny Gray tossed a three-hit shutout, beating the Dodgers on Tuesday.

The Dodgers' only hits came in the fourth inning on a two-out Adrian Gonzalez double, in the seventh when Howie Kendrick led off with a single, and in the ninth when Kendrick kept hope alive with another single. Gray issued one walk and struck out nine in a 110-pitch effort. He's the AL leader in ERA at 2.16 with a 0.97 WHIP and a 124/36 K/BB ratio over 145 2/3 innings. He'll have a good opportunity to improve on that as he gets to face the struggling Indians at home next.
Jul 29 - 12:34 AM

Aaron Brooks will be recalled to start on Saturday against the Indians.

Acquired from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal, Brooks holds a 3.71 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts -- at Triple-A this season. The A's will keep Drew Pomeranz in the bullpen.
Jul 28 - 8:23 PM

The A's will use Edward Mujica as their closer following the trade of Tyler Clippard.

He hasn't been the club's most effective reliever, but how he's been used indicated that he'd probably be the guy. Having closer experience surely helped him, too. Mujica has put up a 3.68 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings since joining the A's in May. Scoop him up in your league if he's still available.
Jul 28 - 8:11 PM

Brent Morel has elected free agency.

Morel was again outrighted off the 40-man roster and has decided to look for a job elsewhere instead of reporting back to Triple-A Indianapolis. He's hitting .266/.322/.441 with nine homers at Triple-A this season.
Jul 28 - 7:50 PM

Athletics recalled INF Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville.

He's taking Ben Zobrist's spot on the roster. Muncy has hit only .203/.273/.367 with the big club this season.
Jul 28 - 7:01 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals in the Ben Zobrist deal.

Brooks doesn't miss many bats and has struggled in his limited opportunities in the majors, but he has excellent control and has pitched well in the Pacific Coast League over the past two seasons. The 25-year-old could be a useful depth arm for Oakland, but there's not a lot of upside here.
Jul 28 - 3:02 PM

Athletics acquired LHP Sean Manaea and RHP Aaron Brooks from the Royals for INF/OF Ben Zobrist and cash considerations.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the Athletics sent $2 million to the Royals as part of the deal. Manaea is the big piece of the return for Oakland. The 23-year-old has dealt with an abdominal strain this season, but has big-time stuff and has put up a 3.23 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 over his first 32 starts in pro ball.
Jul 28 - 2:57 PM

Athletics prospect 1B Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and five RBI on Monday for Double-A Midland.

He’s batting .237/.376/.417 with 12 home runs, 25 doubles, 52 RBI and a 103/76 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 96 games in the Texas League. Olson has been on a power surge of late, as he now has four home runs in his last five games after hitting seven over his previous 91 contests at Midland. After clubbing 37 long balls last season at High-A Stockton and tallying 23 in his full-season debut the previous year, Olson’s sharp drop-off in home runs this season has been a disappointment. However, the good news is he’s continued to take walks (76) and reach base at a high clip (.376) despite facing older and more advanced pitching at the Double-A level.
Jul 28 - 2:22 PM


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