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Green among four A's added to 40-man roster

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Green among four A's added to 40-man roster

OAKLAND -- The Oakland As selected right-handed pitcher Arnold Leon, infielder Grant Green and outfielder Shane Peterson from Triple-A Sacramento and right-handed pitcher Michael Ynoa from Single-A Vermont, the club announced today. To clear spots on the 40-man roster, the As outrighted right-handed pitcher Andrew Carignan to Sacramento and designated right-handed pitcher Jim Miller and infielder Brandon Hicks for assignment.

By adding them to the 40-man roster, the A's protect Leon, Grant, Peterson and Ynoa from being picked off by other teams in December's upcoming Rule 5 draft. The Rule 5 draft prevents teams from stockpiling minor leagues players that other teams would promote to the majors. Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft if they are not on their franchise's 40-man roster and either were signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for four years or were signed at age 18 or younger and have been with the team for five years.

Green batted .296 with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs in 125 games with Sacramento. He appeared in 49 games in left field, 30 in center field, 19 at second base, 19 at shortstop and 11 at third base. Green also played second base for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .273 with two home runs, 11 RBI and 10 walks in 17 games. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter was selected by the As in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft with the 13th overall pick. Originally a shortstop, Green converted to the outfield during the 2011 season at Double-A Midland. He is a .302 hitter in 388 games over four seasons in the minors.

Leon combined for a 4-1 record, one save and a 2.70 ERA in 44 relief appearances with Single-A Stockton, Midland and Sacramento. He allowed a .271 batting average and struck out 74 batters in 66.2 innings. Leon is currently pitching for Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League and is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in 12 relief appearances. The 24-year-old right-hander originally had his contract purchased by the As from Saltillo of the Mexican League March 15, 2008. He missed most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons following Tommy John surgery.

Peterson began the season at Midland and hit .274 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 48 games before he was promoted to Sacramento July 2. He went on to bat .389 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 38 games with the River Cats for a .326 average overall. Peterson added 67 walks for a .460 on-base percentage. He was originally a second round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and was traded to the As with Clayton Mortensen and Brett Wallace for Matt Holliday July 24, 2009. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter has a .286 career average in 517 minor league games.

Ynoa combined for a 1-4 record and a 6.46 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts, with the As affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League and Single-A Vermont. He allowed a .258 opponents batting average, including .203 against right-handed hitters. The native of the Dominican Republic was originally signed by the As July 2, 2008 but pitched in just three games prior to this year. Ynoa missed the entire 2009 season with a right elbow strain and made just three starts in 2010 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 21-year-old right-hander missed the 2011 season as he continued his rehab.

Carignan was on the As Opening Day roster and went 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 11 relief appearances over three stints before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow June 19. Hicks was claimed off waivers from Atlanta March 13 and spent most of the season at Sacramento where he batted .244 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 90 games. He also had two stints with the As, hitting .172 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 22 games. Miller had four stints with Oakland in 2012 and was 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA and .217 opponents batting average in 33 appearances. He also logged a 0-3 record, six saves and a 2.79 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Sacramento.

Oakland A's media services contributed to this report

A's blow it again in ninth, swept on walk-off grand slam in 10th

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A's blow it again in ninth, swept on walk-off grand slam in 10th

BOX SCORE

TORONTO  — Steve Pearce became the latest Blue Jay to hit a game-ending home run.

Pearce hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and Toronto beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep.

"Hopefully we just keep the ball rolling," Pearce said. "We're getting down to the end of the season so we've got to step it up and this was a great series to get it started."

Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks (3-2) walked the bases loaded with two outs before Pearce hooked a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the second deck. The grand slam was the second of his career and first since May 2015.

The Blue Jays won consecutive games on home runs for the first time in team history.

Kendrys Morales, who hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning Wednesday, had two more home runs Thursday. Morales connected off Sean Manaea in the fifth and added a tying blast off Blake Treinen in the ninth, the 19th multihomer game of his career.

Treinen got the ninth in place of Santiago Casilla, who blew Wednesday's game. The Athletics have blown five of their past six save opportunities.

"We're just having trouble finishing off games," manager Bob Melvin said.

Toronto has hit four game-ending home runs this season, the third-highest total in team history. They hit six in 2011.

Josh Donaldson also homered for Toronto, a solo blast in the first.

Roberto Osuna (3-0) worked one inning for the win.

Marcus Semien had three hits and a walk for the Athletics, who have lost 12 of 13 in Toronto.

In the fifth, one batter after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing ball and strikes with home plate umpire Will Little, Stroman and catcher Russell Martin were both tossed. An irate Stroman charged toward home plate to confront Little, and had to be restrained by Martin and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

Right-hander Chris Smith replaced Stroman and Miguel Montero took over for Martin.

Stroman allowed three runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking a season-high six. Asked about the ejection afterward, he had little to say.

"When it comes to umpires or any of that, I'm not going to be making any comments about that," Stroman said. "I want to make my next start."

Oakland struck quickly against Stroman, scoring three runs in the first against a pitcher who had allowed just four earned runs combined in his previous four July starts. Ryon Healy drove in a run with a groundout and Bruce Maxwell followed with a two-run single.

Donaldson replied with a one-out blast in the bottom half, his 10th, and Morales connected to begin the fifth, his 19th.

Toronto tied it in the sixth when Jose Bautista hit a leadoff double and scored on Justin Smoak's two-out single.

Troy Tulowitzki tried to score from second on Darwin Barney's two-out single in the seventh, but was thrown out at home plate by a strong throw from right fielder Matt Joyce.

Manaea allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"It kind of stings a little bit," Manaea said. "We had an opportunity to win and just didn't put it together."

Oakland broke a 3-all tie against Ryan Tepera in the eighth when Semien's two-out single scored Jaycob Brugman, but Morales answered in the ninth.

GETTING THE AX

Oakland RHP John Axford, the NL saves leader in 2011, was designated for assignment. Melvin said it was tough to cut Axford, citing his veteran presence in the clubhouse. Axford went 0-1 with no saves and a 6.43 ERA in 22 appearances.

WORST IN THE FIRST

Blue Jays pitchers have an AL-worst 6.35 ERA in the first inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: C Josh Phegley (left oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL and C Ryan Lavarnway was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. ... RHP Ryan Dull (right knee) was activated off the DL, taking Axford's spot on the roster.

Blue Jays: Quality control coach Derek Shelton replaced first base coach Tim Leiper (illness) midway through the game.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (2-5, 5.40) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Minnesota. Gossett has allowed at least one homer in seven of his first eight starts. Newly acquired LHP Jaime Garcia (4-7. 4.30) goes for the Twins.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (3-7, 4.13) starts the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Happ allowed a season-high seven earned runs in his previous outing, a July 23 loss at Cleveland. RHP Parker Bridwell (4-1, 3.09) starts for the Angels.

There was so much more to Bill King’s life beyond the broadcast booth

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There was so much more to Bill King’s life beyond the broadcast booth

When the Hall of Fame presents Bill King with the Ford C. Frick award Saturday, it will be big not only for the multitude of fans that listened to him but the colleagues who worked alongside the legendary A's broadcaster.

“I think he was the very best radio sports broadcaster we’ve ever had in this country,” NBC Sports Bay Area’s Greg Papa said. “He’s just a radio genius. To me, he epitomized the Bay Area as a sportscaster because he was the Bay Area. His word choice, his vocabulary, the way he was able to describe things. In so many ways he was the perfect Bay Area radio broadcaster.”

King was the rare breed of broadcaster, someone versatile enough and knowledgable enough to excel at announcing three major sports — football with the Raiders from 1966-92, basketball with the Warriors from 1962-83 and baseball with the A’s from 1981 until his death in 2005.

It was baseball that was nearest to his heart. And while his expertise at describing a ballgame was unparalleled, there was so much more to King’s life beyond the broadcast booth. That’s something current A’s radio play-by-play man Ken Korach discovered in the decade he worked alongside King after joining the A’s in 1995.

Korach, who chronicled King’s career in the 2013 book “Holy Toledo: Lessons from Bill King, Renaissance Man of the Mic”, found himself visiting art museums with King during A’s road trips.

“He was a patron of the arts and the ballet, the opera,” Korach said. “One thing that people may not know is that he was a wonderful impressionist painter. He painted landscapes that were absolutely beautiful, breaththaking.”

Korach has one of King’s paintings hanging in his den.

Like King, Papa also announced three different sports at the same time for a period — football with the Raiders, basketball with the San Antonio Spurs and baseball with the A’s. When he joined the A’s television booth in 1990, King was a crucial resource for him.

“When I began doing A’s TV in 1990, I would listen to Bill and have a legal pad out and take notes,” said Papa, who still calls Raider games. “It was better than any research I could do. He was so meticulously prepared.”

Korach chuckled when recalling King’s idiosyncrasies in the booth, such as insisting the window always remain open regardless of the elements.

“Even if it was December in Cleveland, and it was a Raider game and snowing and 5 degrees, the window would stay open,” Korach said. “He was real meticulous with the way he would set up the table when broadcasting the game, all of the notes in a certain place. And the wind would just wreak havoc. There was one game when literally I was on the air and he just took all of his stuff and slammed it on the ground, he was so upset and frustrated.”

For many years King was bypassed for Cooperstown, his excellence in three sports probably robbing him of being appreciated in one specific sport. On Saturday, he gets the ultimate tribute in being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Korach and his wife, Denise, will be on hand for the ceremony.

“The most important thing,” Korach said, “is what it means to A’s fans, and fans in the Bay Area in general.”