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Trade target Sonny Gray superb in A’s win over Indians

With scouts from the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays among those on hand at the Coliseum, Sonny Gray put together another strong start and in doing so probably hastened his departure from Oakland. Gray, the top starting pitcher currently believed to be available on the trade market, worked six innings and didn’t allow a runner past second base as the A’s opened the second half with a 5-0 win over the defending American League champions on Friday night. Davis, who got a start because Jaycob Brugman was out with the stomach flu, had a big night against his former team, with two hits, including a homer, and two runs, and Yonder Alonso, fresh from the All-Star Game, contributed with his 21st homer, a solo shot in the fifth. The A’s public relations department went so far as to announce that he had not been scratched from his start, as was erroneously reported by a radio announcer in Chicago on Friday evening. Over his past four starts and 21 innings, Gray has allowed 11 hits, five walks and four earned runs and has 21 strikeouts. “It’s always different coming back from the All-Star break, you have a lot of days off — eight or nine days — and sometimes you feel a little rusty,” Gray said. Sean Doolittle, coveted by many teams because he’s left-handed and signed through 2020, worked a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts. Oakland’s first hit off Carlos Carrasco came in the third, when Davis led off with an infield single. Rookie Matt Chapman put the “run” into Oakland’s final run, smacking a leadoff triple in the seventh and racing in to score when a wild pitch by Nick Goody bounced just a few feet away from Gomes.

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