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4/18/2015 | Pair of Jesses combine on A's shutout of Royals

Right-handers Jesse Hahn and Jesse Chavez combined for the A's fifth shutout of the season Saturday night, with starter Hahn collecting his first win as an Athletic and Chavez compiling a 3 2/3-innings save, the club's first save of the year. Hahn went 5 1/3 before exiting with a blister on his right middle finger.

4/18/2015 | Tension flares between A's, Royals for second straight night

For the second straight day, benches and bullpens emptied at Kauffman Stadium, first because Oakland's Brett Lawrie slid hard into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday, and second because Royals starter Yordano Ventura drilled Lawrie on Saturday and was ejected.

4/18/2015 | Lawrie, Escobar have different takes on text apology

Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses.

4/18/2015 | A's, Royals wrap contentious series with rubber game

A tense three-game set between the A's and Royals at Kauffman Stadium concludes Sunday in the rubber game. A pair of lefties will start: Scott Kazmir for Oakland and Danny Duffy for Kansas City.

4/18/2015 | Vogt, A's keep enduring Wild Card nightmare

A's catcher Stephen Vogt spent much of his postgame session with the media lamenting moments of a 6-4 loss to the Royals that "brought back a lot of memories" of last year's heartbreaking American League Wild Card Game loss.

4/17/2015 | Lawrie maintains no intent to injure Escobar

A's third baseman Brett Lawrie insists he had "no intention of hurting anybody" when sliding into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at second base while trying to break up a double play in Friday's 6-4 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

4/17/2015 | Royals sprint past A's with Orlando's RBI triple

Rookie Paulo Orlando hit his fourth triple of the season, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning off A's right-hander Dan Otero as the Royals held on for a 6-4 win on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

4/17/2015 | Butler happy to receive AL championship ring

One of the many things former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler, now with the A's, looked forward to this weekend was getting his AL championship ring, which was presented to him during pregame ceremonies on Friday.

4/17/2015 | Scribner pushing for setup role in A's bullpen

Evan Scribner's role out of the A's bullpen continues to evolve. The right-hander, no longer limited to long-relief duties, has pitched his way to a potential setup opportunity.

4/17/2015 | Ventura, Royals set for rematch with Hahn, A's

Hard-throwing right-hander Yordano Ventura and the Royals will square off against A's righty Jesse Hahn in the middle game on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

4/16/2015 | Lowrie haunts former club with 2 big hits

Jed Lowrie spent the 2013-14 seasons with the A's, but that doesn't mean he didn't want to stick it to his former club.

4/16/2015 | Pomeranz pays for mistakes in 2nd start

Drew Pomeranz was rather spoiled in his first start last week, drawing 11 runs of support while tossing seven scoreless innings against the Mariners. On Wednesday, his A's teammates mustered just one run in Houston, and by the time they got it, Pomeranz had already allowed two.

4/15/2015 | Butler returns to KC for AL Wild Card rematch

A big homecoming awaits Billy Butler in Kansas City on Friday, when the A's designated hitter makes his return to Kauffman Stadium, this time in the visitors' dugout opposing the club that selected him in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

4/15/2015 | McHugh fans 11 to lead Astros past A's

Collin McHugh struck out 11 batters and allowed one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, and Jed Lowrie torched his former team by hitting a homer and driving in three runs to lead the Astros to a 6-1 win over the A's on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

4/15/2015 | Semien calls wearing No. 42 'a real blessing'

Count A's shortstop Marcus Semien among those who consider wearing No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day "a real blessing."

4/15/2015 | Zobrist out of A's lineup due to bruised right heel

After nine consecutive starts in the third spot of the A's lineup to begin the season, Ben Zobrist handed those duties over to right fielder Josh Reddick for Wednesday's series finale in Houston, as he rested a bruised right heel.

4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

4/15/2015 | Graveman rebounds in impressive fashion for first win

Kendall Graveman earned his first big league win Tuesday, holding the Astros to four hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-0 shutout victory, bouncing back from a rocky outing in his first big league start last week.

4/14/2015 | Melvin sticking with hot-hitting rookie Canha

Right-handed-hitting rookie Mark Canha, who was expected to play in a limited role against southpaws this year, made his seventh consecutive start Tuesday for the second game of a three-game set in Houston.

4/14/2015 | Pomeranz, McHugh face off on Jackie Robinson Day

Oakland's Drew Pomeranz (1-0) and the Astros' Collin McHugh (1-0) enter Wednesday's series finale at Minute Maid Park coming off impressive starts. The Astros and A's will celebrate Jackie Robinson on Wednesday with all players and coaches wearing Robinson's retired 42 on their jerseys.

4/14/2015 | Butler, Lawrie, Semien notch 1st homers with A's in rout

The A's buried the Astros with a trio of home runs in Monday's three-game series opener, with long balls from newcomers Brett Lawrie, Marcus Semien and Billy Butler accounting for five runs in their 8-1 victory.

4/13/2015 | Rehabbing Parker nearing live game action

Rehabbing A's right-hander Jarrod Parker is nearing live game action, after throwing three simulated innings in extended spring camp on Monday.

4/13/2015 | Graveman looks to bounce back, take series in Houston

Hoping to rebound from a forgettable first outing, Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman is set to take the mound for the second game of a three-game set between the A's and Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday evening. Brad Peacock is set to oppose Graveman in his 2015 debut.

4/13/2015 | A's find power stroke as Kazmir stifles Astros

Brett Lawrie, Billy Butler and Marcus Semien each blasted their first home runs as members of the A's, with Butler hitting a three-run shot over the Minute Maid Park railroad tracks in left field in the fifth inning, in an 8-1 rout of the Astros on Monday.

4/12/2015 | Hahn undone by defensive miscues after sterling start

The first five innings of Jesse Hahn's afternoon couldn't have gone much better. But after being stung by a defensive miscue, he could only watch as his team's lead slipped away.

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