Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 2, Yankees 1

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Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 2, Yankees 1

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OAKLAND -- The A's are now 13-2 in July and have won the four-game series with the Yankees. Oakland is a season-best six games over .500. After getting swept here by the Bronx Bombers in May, the A's now have a chance to return the favor as they won 2-1 on Saturday night.At the PlateYoenis Cespedes is at it again. He pulled a mammoth game-tying homer into the left-field bleachers. The ball didn't merely land in the bleachers either. It crashed into the fans in the seats like a meteor. Cespedes' blast extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games.Brandon Inge displayed his power stroke as well. He blasted the go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his ninth home run and it hit the front of the bleachers over the high wall in right-center field.Derek Norris drew a walk in the sixth inning. The rookie catcher is still 0 for his last 29, but he made up for it by stealing his third base and giving the A's an opportunity with a runner in scoring position. The big man has some wheels.Starting Pitching ReportIf the A's rookie starting pitchers hadn't captured the attention of the nation yet, they certainly did after this series. Parker was the third A's rookie starting pitcher in a row to befuddle one of the best collections of hitters in the game today.Parker lasted eight innings against the vaunted Bronx Bombers lineup and got the win. He gave up just five hits and allowed one earned run. He struck out five. Like Tommy Milone last night, Parker's changeup was working well. Parker walked Curtis Granderson in the sixth inning, snapping a streak of 23 innings without a walk by a Yankee hitter in this series. What makes that start more impressive is that all three of the games in this series have been started by a rookie pitcher.Bullpen ReportWith closer Ryan Cook unavailable after pitching in three consecutive games, Sean Doolittle got to try his hand at the ninth inning. Doolittle allowed a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez, then blew a 94-mph past Robinson Cano, snapping a 23 game hitting streak in the process. He then struck out Teixeira looking on another 94-mph fastball, and got Andruw Jones swinging on -- you guessed it -- a 94-mph fastball. He earned his first career save in style.In the FieldJemile Weeks displayed his hops robbing Rodriguez on a line drive in the first inning.Coco Crisp used his legs to snowcone catch a blooper hit by Granderson in the third inning. Crisp paused as the ball was in the air, then sprinted hard after the ball reaching down and grabbing it before it touched the ground. Somehow he managed to stay on his feet.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 28,142.Dot RaceRed wins the dot race. That's three wins in a row for Red.Up NextThe A's will send Bartolo Colon (6-8, 3.88 ERA) to the mound in the series finale. It will be his 19th start of the season and he has a 2.89 ERA over his last seven starts. Colon weighs in at 265 pounds. The man opposing him, C.C. Sabathia tips the scales at 290 pounds.Sabathia (10-3, 3.27 ERA) turned 32 on Saturday. With 186 career wins he has the most wins prior to his 32nd birthday since Catfish Hunter compiled 210 wins before turning 32 in 1978.

Report: A's bringing back former slugger first baseman

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Report: A's bringing back former slugger first baseman

The A's hit a lot of home runs and they appear to be bringing back a player that hits a lot of home runs.

Chris Carter, who played for the A's from 2010 through 2012, is reportedly signing a minor league contract to return to the organization.

News of the deal was first reported by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Carter was released by the Yankees on July 10. In 62 games for New York, Carter hit .201/.284/.370 with five doubles, eight home runs and 26 RBI.

Over the previous four seasons between Houston and Milwaukee, Carter hit 131 home runs and drove in 328 runs.

Carter's high-water mark with the A's came in 2012 when he hit 16 home runs in 67 games.

Sonny Gray keeps dealing, A's avoid sweep with win over Rays

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Sonny Gray keeps dealing, A's avoid sweep with win over Rays

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OAKLAND — Sonny Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.

Matt Joyce hit a towering homer to the right-field seats in the eighth for Oakland.

Rajai Davis doubled home Oakland's first run in the fifth then Joyce followed with a tying sacrifice fly before Davis scurried home with the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Gray (6-4) won his third straight start and fourth in five. When speculation arose from the White Sox side before his Friday outing that the right-hander had been scratched because of a possible deal, the A's quickly announced that he was indeed taking the mound for his scheduled outing.

After a pair of one-run defeats to begin this series, the A's avoided being swept by the Rays in Oakland for the first time. This already marked just their third lost series at home to Tampa Bay.

Gray allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks.

The Rays got three straight singles off Gray to start the fourth inning, including an RBI single by Wilson Ramos. Brad Miller also drove in a run on a groundout.

But Oakland finally got to Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Faria (4-1) in the fifth. With seven straight quality starts to begin his career, Faria took his first big league loss.

A's All-Star Yonder Alonso hit an RBI single in the inning, when Faria had two of his four walks. He allowed six hits and four runs in five innings, striking out four.

Alonso was thrown out at home in the first when he tried to go from first on Khris Davis' double to right. The throw beat him so handily Alonso didn't even try to slide and instead ran behind the plate before turning for the dugout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RF Steven Souza Jr. exited the game in the first after straining his left hip trying to steal second after drawing a leadoff walk to start the game. Shane Peterson replaced him. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated once the team arrives home. ... Manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell would make his next turn in the rotation despite still being winless at 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 11 starts. "He's going to pitch well," Cash said.

Athletics: The A's hope to have Chad Pinder back from the DL and a strained left hamstring when they return home from an upcoming seven-game trip to the New York Mets and Toronto. Manager Bob Melvin plans to use him as a utilityman. ... RHP Kendall Graveman allowed five hits and four runs with one strikeout and a walk on 46 pitches in 2 1/3 innings with Triple-A Nashville rehabbing his strained pitching shoulder. RHP Jharel Cotton (blister on his right thumb) also pitched in the game, striking out six in 3 1/3 innings, while Pinder was 0 for 2 with a walk and strikeout for the Sounds.

UP NEXT

Rays: With the Rays back home, RHP Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.59 ERA) takes the ball in Friday's series opener against Yu Darvish and Texas having not faced the Rangers since April 6, 2014.

Athletics: After Thursday's day off following a cross-country flight, RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.83 ERA) pitches the series opener at the Mets in his fourth career start.