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A’s beat: Billy Burns, R.J. Alvarez recalled from minors

Billy Burns, R.J. Alvarez recalled from minors ARLINGTON, Texas — With both halves of the A’s leadoff platoon — Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry —in funks at the plate, the team brought up speedy rookie outfielder [Read entire story]

Bullpen failure leaves A’s with loss despite 6-run inning

The A’s jumped to a four-run lead over the Rangers in the seventh, but the bullpen gave it all back in the bottom of the inning. Cook walked the next two batters, R.J. Alvarez replaced Cook, and Rougned Odor sneaked [Read entire story]

A’s use seven-run eighth to beat Texas

The first seven innings at Texas, though, had a distinctly April feel, with Colby Lewis hog-tying the A’s, as he so often does, holding them to two hits in his six scoreless innings. The eighth inning spun around to [Read entire story]

1st-place Astros rally in 9th to sweep A’s

“We did a lot of good things right today, but we’re doing just enough to lose games right now, depending on which facet of the game,” said manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing balls [Read entire story]

Ryan Cook rock solid in return to A’s

Ryan Cook returned from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday and looked much more like the All-Star reliever of 2012 than the pitcher who struggled on and off last year and this spring. Cook needed just 13 pitches to retire [Read entire story]

Jesse Chavez and A’s give up 1 hit too many

ANAHEIM — Making a spot start because of Jesse Hahn’s blister, Jesse Chavez turned in an excellent outing that included just one mistake. Kole Calhoun clubbed a two-run homer off Chavez in the third inning — the [Read entire story]

Thursday is day of reckoning for A’s Ben Zobrist

Zobrist’s health status is still something of an unknown, even after the A’s multipurpose player hit in the batting cage Wednesday, from each side. Zobrist, who had a cortisone shot Monday evening, said he still [Read entire story]

Royals’ pitchers punished after weekend tiffs with A’s

ANAHEIM — Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura, who hit A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie in the elbow Saturday for Lawrie’s hard slide into second base one night earlier, was fined an undisclosed amount [Read entire story]

Dan Otero’s bullpen effort helps A’s beat Angels

Otero then did some astonishing work in relief of Kendall Graveman, and the A’s beat the defending division champion Angels 6-3 on Monday. Otero took the mound in the fourth with two on, no outs and Oakland holding a [Read entire story]

A’s beat: Suspension call could come Tuesday

A’s beat: ANAHEIM — Suspensions are expected to be announced Tuesday in the wake of the A’s series at Kansas City in which there were two hit batters, one per team, and Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera threw a 100 [Read entire story]

More plunkings, ejections in Oakland A’s 4-2 loss at KC

The increasingly testy rivalry between last year’s American League wild-card foes featured, for the third day in a row, another benches clearing moment. A day after taking a 99 mph fastball off his elbow, A’s third [Read entire story]

After hard slide night before, Brett Lawrie drilled in A’s win

Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base in the seventh inning Friday was still the primary topic of conversation before Saturday’s game at Kauffman Stadium — and then Lawrie was drilled by a 99 mph fastball [Read entire story]

A’s Billy Butler honored at old home, then plays peacemaker

Longtime Royals first baseman-designated hitter Billy Butler, now with the A’s, got a standing ovation during a pregame ceremony and another during his first at-bat, and he conducted a packed-house news conference [Read entire story]

A’s fall to Royals again amid more drama in K.C.

The last time the A’s were on this field, they fell in one of the great postseason games of the past decade, on the wrong side of an instant classic. On Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, Oakland — with only six [Read entire story]

A’s going back to scene of wild-card heartbreaker

HOUSTON — Next up for the A’s, on their very first trip of the season: a rematch with the team that knocked them out of the postseason. The A’s go to Kansas City for three games, starting Friday, and for [Read entire story]

Ex-A’s player Jed Lowrie helps Astros top Oakland

Jed Lowrie, Oakland’s shortstop the previous two seasons, drove in Houston’s first three runs — two coming on his first-inning homer off Drew Pomeranz and another on a double in the third — and starting pitcher [Read entire story]

Ex-A’s player Jed Lowrie helps Astros top Oakland

Jed Lowrie, Oakland’s shortstop the previous two seasons, drove in Houston’s first three runs — two coming on his first-inning homer off Drew Pomeranz and another on a double in the third — and starting pitcher [Read entire story]

A’s Mark Canha misses Kevin Costner connection

HOUSTON — Mark Canha didn’t get a chance to say “Hi” to Kevin Costner on Monday at Minute Maid Park, where the actor visited before playing a gig in town with his band. Canha, who delivered Costner’s “Bull [Read entire story]

Kendall Graveman earns first win for A’s

The rookie right-hander, obtained in the Josh Donaldson deal with Toronto, earned his first big-league win, working 51/3 scoreless innings at Minute Maid Park. [...] for the first time this season, the A’s recorded [Read entire story]

A’s Graveman looking to establish his sinker

HOUSTON — Kendall Graveman’s first start with Oakland was a rough one, and one thing was clear to his teammates: Catcher Stephen Vogt said after that eight-run outing against Texas that Graveman appeared to be [Read entire story]