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A’s bullpen falters big time against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — The A’s weren’t even close to the main news at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Los Angeles was involved all day in trade rumors, and 2014 NL MVP Clayton Kershaw was scratched early in the day from his [Read entire story]

R.J. Alvarez could help A’s in specialist role

LOS ANGELES — With the A’s bullpen a bummer much of the season, could R.J. Alvarez help turn things around? Alvarez had a tough time of it while with Oakland earlier in the season, allowing four [Read entire story]

Edward Mujica will close games for Oakland A’s

LOS ANGELES — Edward Mujica, the man in Oakland’s bullpen with the most experience pitching in the ninth inning, will take over the closer job in the wake of Tyler Clippard’s departure to the Mets. [Read entire story]

Apex of A’s trades: Ben Zobrist dealt to Royals

LOS ANGELES — Oakland’s 2015 turnover hit its zenith on Tuesday when the A’s traded super utility man Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals. The deal underscored the depth of the last-place [Read entire story]

A’s trade Tyler Clippard to Mets, shift emphasis to future

Oakland’s midseason sell-off continued Monday with the departure of closer Tyler Clippard, a move that was all but guaranteed once Scott Kazmir was dealt last week. Less easily anticipated is the [Read entire story]

A’s probable pitchers, July 28-30

On deck Tuesday at Dodgers 7:10 p.m. CSNCA Gray (10-4) vs. Anderson (5-5) [Read entire story]

Tyler Clippard could beat Ben Zobrist out of Oakland

Clippard came up with the Yankees and spent most of his career pitching for Washington. Ben Zobrist, the A’s utilityman who went 6-for-11 in the three losses to the Giants, also is expected to be traded this week, [Read entire story]

Bob Melvin had big success against the Big Unit

Bob Melvin has a special affinity for Randy Johnson, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and not merely because Melvin was Johnson’s manager in Arizona or because both men are from the Bay [Read entire story]

A’s Billy Burns much improved; Sean Doolittle making strides

Billy Burns was feeling a whole lot better Saturday than he was Friday night, but he was a little thrown by all the focus on his unfortunate injury. “I’ve gotten a lot of flak from the locker room, and it’s weird [Read entire story]

Bumgarner helps Giants down A’s 2-1

[...] it was opposing starter Bumgarner who took him deep in the third inning, and the Giants tacked on a two-out run in the sixth in a 2-1 victory over the A’s. Bassitt, though, thought he had Bumgarner struck out [Read entire story]

Josh Reddick, Ike Davis come off bench to beat Toronto

The stash of whipped cream ran out, with only half the pie tin filled — it’s unclear how, because this was just Oakland’s third walk-off win of the season — so Reddick had to empty three packages of ranch [Read entire story]

A’s probable pitchers

On deck Thursday vs. Blue Jays 12:35 p.m. CSNCA Hutchinson (9-2) vs. Kazmir (5-5) [Read entire story]

Onetime A’s star Josh Donaldson returns to Coliseum with Toronto

All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, a key part of the A’s three playoff teams the past three seasons, returned to the Coliseum on Tuesday for the first time since being traded last winter. [...] pulling up here, my [Read entire story]

A’s fight back for extra-innings win over Twins

After taking a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning Saturday, Oakland appeared to have wasted yet another outstanding starting pitching performance when an error and a bullpen malfunction put the Twins up 2-1. [...] we know [Read entire story]

Ex-A’s starter Tommy Milone set to pitch at Coliseum

Tommy Milone faces his former A’s club on Sunday, a little less than a year after being traded to Minnesota for outfielder Sam Fuld, and the left-hander is the Twins’ hottest starter. Milone actually had asked to be [Read entire story]

Rare off night for Gray part of uneven effort by A’s

Gray, who had not allowed a leadoff homer or a grand slam in his previous 63 big-league games, gave up both Friday night. Gray entered the day as the American League ERA leader and had allowed just five homers in 18 [Read entire story]

A’s beat: Hahn to be shut down for at least a month

Starter Jesse Hahn will be sidelined longer than initially thought, a somewhat alarming development for the A’s considering that Hahn is out with a forearm strain, which at times is a precursor to Tommy John [Read entire story]

All-Stars Stephen Vogt, Sonny Gray beat Indians 2-0

CLEVELAND — Stephen Vogt’s first time up on Sunday, pesky David Murphy jumped up and stuck his glove over the wall in right to steal a homer away from him. Gray, the AL ERA leader, threw his third career shutout, [Read entire story]

A’s beat: Dan Otero returns; team sets post-break rotation

CLEVELAND — Dan Otero, dubbed the “glue” in the A’s bullpen the past year-plus by closer Sean Doolittle, is back. “The last several times out, he’s been really good, going multiple innings, doing the things [Read entire story]

A’s edge Indians 5-4, end losing streak

CLEVELAND — Their offense barely humming the past two weeks, the A’s have a recent trend of scoring a run or two early, then going silent. At third after Billy Butler’s two-run double down the first-base line, [Read entire story]