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A's walk-offs: Pick your favorite

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A's walk-offs: Pick your favorite

Walk-off 1: April 11 vs Royals
The A's took advantage of an error to rally in the 12th inning, plating the winning run after K.C. closer Jonathan Broxton hit Jonny Gomes with a pitch.
Final Score: 4-3

Walk-off 2: April 25 vs. White Sox
The A's rallied from two down in the 14th, as Yoenis Cespedes' two-run homer tied it and Kila Ka'aihue won it with an RBI single.
Final Score 5-4

Walk-off 3: May 8 vs Blue Jays
Brandon Inge's grand slam off of Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Cordero in the ninth inning won it.
Final score: 7-3

Walk-off 4: June 21 vs. Dodgers
Yoenis Cespedes' homer off Josh Lindblom in the ninth screamed down the line just inside the foul pole to give the A's the win.
Final score: 4-1

Walk-off 5: June 24 vs. Giants
Derrik Norris' first career home run won it in the ninth off Giants closer Santiago Casilla. The blast came in just his third game with the A's.
Final score: 4-2

Walk-off 6: July 3 vs. Red Sox
Coco Crisp capped the affair with a sacrifice fly on an 0-2 pitch from Sox closer Alfredo Aceves, marking Crisp's third career game-ending RBI.
Final Score: 3-2

Walk-off 7: July 6 vs. Mariners
Chris Carter got his first career walk-off hit -- a homer in the 11th.
Final score: 4-1

Walk-off 8: July 8 vs. Seattle
Josh Reddick's double in the 13th sent A's fans home tired, but happy.
Final score 2-1

Walk-off 9: July 18 vs. Rangers
Brandon Hicks' homer to right center won it in the ninth. It was Hicks' first career homer.
Final score: 4-3

Walk-off 10: July 20 vs. Yankees
Brandon Moss' RBI single to right in the ninth off Cody Eppley scored Yoenis Cespedes. Game over.
Final score: 3-2

Walk-off 11: July 22 vs. Yankees
Coco Crisp's two-out single in the 12th inning brought home Derek Norris with the winning run, lifting the A's - who had trailed 4-0.
Final score: 5-4

Instant Analysis: Casilla blows it in ninth, denies Melvin of 1,000th win

Instant Analysis: Casilla blows it in ninth, denies Melvin of 1,000th win

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With two swings, the Blue Jays delivered an absolute gut-punch to the A’s on Wednesday night.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run game-tying homer off Santiago Casilla in the ninth. On the next pitch, Kendrys Morales swatted a walk-off shot to give Toronto a stunning 3-2 victory at the Rogers Center.

That once again denied A’s manager Bob Melvin his 1,000th career victory, which the A’s seemed poised to celebrate. Rookie Paul Blackburn also had a much-deserved victory snatched away from him after he threw seven scoreless innings.

Oakland has dropped three straight north of the border since giving Melvin career win No. 999. A lack of offense doomed them in the first two games of this four-game series, and they got precious little scoring Wedesnday. But Marcus Semien’s two-run homer in the fifth seemed to be all the offense they would need, and the A’s took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Blake Treinen handled the eighth to get the ball to Casilla, who’s had a turbulent ride as the A’s closer after signing a two-year deal to return to Oakland in the offseason. Wednesday’s meltdown accounted for his sixth blown save. He entered the night tied for third for most blown saves in the American League.

The A’s are short on late-inning options after recently trading Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals.

Former A's starter designated for assignment by Cubs

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Former A's starter designated for assignment by Cubs

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have cut left-hander Brett Anderson.

The 29-year-old Anderson had been sidelined by a lower back strain. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list before Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox and then designated for assignment.

Anderson signed a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Cubs over the winter. He went 2-2 with an 8.18 ERA in six starts.

Anderson, who has been hampered by injuries throughout his career, is 40-45 with a 3.99 ERA in 133 games with the Athletics, Rockies, Dodgers and Cubs.