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Franklin Barreto sent down but A’s expect him back soon, to stay

SEATTLE — Franklin Barreto was sent back to Triple-A Nashville, as planned, before Saturday’s game, but the young infielder knew the move was coming. Barreto hit .190 with two homers and four RBIs in 11 [Read entire story]

A’s Chris Smith dumbfounded over first career start

SEATTLE — When Triple-A manager Ryan Christenson told Chris Smith he was going to start against the Mariners on Saturday, the A’s oldest minor-leaguer was baffled. Do they know I’ve never started a game in the big [Read entire story]

Manaea wobbles early in A’s loss, big night for Nelson Cruz

[...] though, the Mariners had taken the lead and they — well, mostly Nelson Cruz — went on to a 7-2 win over the A’s, halting their four-game losing streak and eight-game home skid as well as Oakland’s [Read entire story]

A’s top Mariners, first win for Paul Blackburn, No. 500 for Melvin

Blackburn turned in another super outing to help Oakland beat the Mariners 7-4, earning his first big-league victory and helping Bob Melvin get his 500th win as manager of the A’s. “I was a lot more nervous this [Read entire story]

Chris Smith to be A’s oldest pitcher ever to make first big-league start

SEATTLE - At the age of 36, Chris Smith will get a spot start filling on Saturday - and in doing so will become the oldest A’s pitcher ever to make his first big-league start. Smith has made 63 big-league appearances [Read entire story]

A’s reliever John Axford struggles to find good groove

Many scouts have turned out to check out the back end of Oakland’s bullpen before the trade deadline at the end of the month, and while Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle are sure to garner interest, John Axford probably [Read entire story]

A’s offense perks up, Barreto’s blast beats White Sox

Oakland’s All-Star gave a little advice to the team’s youngest player Tuesday, and both provided all sorts of offense to a team starved for runs lately. The A’s belted four homers in a 7-6 win over the White Sox [Read entire story]

Ryon Healy potentially available off bench for A’s

[...] baseman Ryon Healy said the back spasms that have sidelined him Monday have subsided, and manager Bob Melvin said it’s possible Healy will be available off the bench during the A’s game against the White Sox on [Read entire story]

A few positives for A’s despite loss to Astros

Oakland played superbly in the field, with outstanding catches by Matt Joyce and Adam Rosales, and rookie Daniel Gossett was terrific at times in his fourth big-league start. Gossett retired the first 10 Houston hitters [Read entire story]

A few positives for A’s despite loss to Astros

Oakland played superbly in the field, with outstanding catches by Matt Joyce and Adam Rosales, and rookie Daniel Gossett was terrific at times in his fourth big-league start. Gossett retired the first 10 Houston hitters [Read entire story]

Yonder Alonso out of A’s lineup with sore knee

HOUSTON - Yonder Alonso was out of Oakland’s starting lineup Thursday after drilling a foul ball off his right knee the night before, but manager Bob Melvin didn’t rule out using him later in the game. Melvin said [Read entire story]

Yonder Alonso out of A’s lineup with sore knee

HOUSTON - Yonder Alonso was out of Oakland’s starting lineup Thursday after drilling a foul ball off his right knee the night before, but manager Bob Melvin didn’t rule out using him later in the game. Melvin said [Read entire story]

A.J. Puk to represent A’s in Futures Game

HOUSTON - A.J. Puk, the A’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft, will get some national notice next month when he pitches for the U.S. team in the Futures Game during All-Star Week in Miami. In the two levels combined, [Read entire story]

A.J. Puk to represent A’s in Futures Game

HOUSTON - A.J. Puk, the A’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft, will get some national notice next month when he pitches for the U.S. team in the Futures Game during All-Star Week in Miami. In the two levels combined, [Read entire story]

No HR Derby for Khris Davis, who goes deep twice in A’s loss

Davis then went out and blasted two more homers — he has 21 this season and 63 over the past two years — in the A’s 11-8 loss to Houston that snapped their four-game winning streak. Springer, whose nine leadoff [Read entire story]

Hendriks, Smith among A’s struggling relievers

HOUSTON - The A’s bullpen issues seem always to strike the hardest against the Astros, and so it is again this week. Tuesday night, it was Liam Hendriks, who allowed three runs in the ninth, forcing manager Bob Melvin [Read entire story]

Blister pushes Jharel Cotton next start for A’s back to Saturday

HOUSTON - Jharel Cotton, scheduled to throw in the finale against the Astros on Thursday, has been pushed back to Saturday instead. Cotton left his last start against the White Sox after five-plus innings because of a [Read entire story]

Ryon Healy’s slam fuels A’s rare win over Astros

Powered by Ryon Healy’s first career grand slam, Oakland staved off a late Astros rally and downed Houston 6-4. What will Patrick Healy tell his son after the slam? “I guarantee you he’ll say, ‘Great swing, [Read entire story]

Jed Lowrie back in A’s lineup, other injured players make progress

HOUSTON — For once, the A’s had a lot of positive news on the injury front, from Jed Lowrie bouncing back quickly from a knee sprain to Kendall Graveman and Ryan Dull pitching to Chris Bassitt on the verge of [Read entire story]

A’s get another shot at Astros; interest in Sonny Gray

HOUSTON — After the last time the A’s got red-hot, taking four games from the Yankees on their most recent homestand, the Astros doused them thoroughly, sweeping a four-game series. [...] coming off the team’s [Read entire story]