Athletics Vs. Blue Jays: Oakland Splits Series, Still In Second Place

The A's saw a bit of their magic run out over the past two days. On Sunday, they lost their series finale to the Blue Jays and had to settle for a series split.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Oakland Loses Finale, 6-5

The Oakland Athletics started their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays in confident fashion, but eventually had to settle for a series split. On Sunday, the Blue Jays pulled off a 6-5 win as starter Tom Milone had his roughest start of the season.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a sacrifice bunt for a quick 1-0 lead. Derek Norris hit a two-out RBI double in the second to tie things up for Oakland.

In the bottom of the third, the A's took a 4-1 lead as Josh Reddick belted his 24th home run of the season. Toronto answered right back in the top of the fourth, however, as Edwin Encarnacion hit his 29th homer to cut the Oakland lead to 4-3.

In the top of the fifth, the Blue Jays hit a pair of two-out RBI singles -- from Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson -- to take a 6-4 lead. The A's got one run closer in the bottom of the seventh thanks to an RBI double from Coco Crisp, but couldn't get any more runners home.

Milone gave up all six runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings of work. He also struck out four batters.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Oakland's Magic Runs Out In 3-1 Loss

The Oakland Athletics suffered a heartbreaker of a loss on Saturday afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays finally picked up a win in the third game of the two teams' four-game series. After 11 innings, the Blue Jays wound up with the 3-1 win after a slew of unlucky breaks late in the game.

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin had to leave the game in the second inning with tightness in his shoulder. The Oakland bullpen did a masterful job in relief, including Jordan Norberto, who pitched 3.2 perfect innings.

Derek Norris put the A's on the board with a two-out RBI double in the second inning and the A's pitchers held things right there until the ninth inning, when David Cooper hit a solo home run to tie things up at 1-1. In the bottom of the 10th, it appeared as though the A's were destined to pick up their 14th walk-off win of the year, as the bases were loaded for Josh Reddick. Unfortunately, Reddick was called out on strikes to end the inning.

In the top of the 11th, the Blue Jays broke through in the most frustrating way possible. With runners on first and second and one out, Jeff Mathis struck out swinging as the runners took off. Oakland catcher George Kottaras threw to third base and had Edwin Encarnacion dead to rights, but third baseman Brandon Inge whiffed on the catch, allowing Encarnacion to score the go-ahead run. The next batter, Moises Sierra, then hit a two-out double off the left-field wall for the insurance run.

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A's Vs. Blue Jays: AJ Griffin Leaves Game In 2nd Inning

A.J. Griffin has left Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with tightness in his left shoulder, as per a report from the team's official Twitter. That only adds to the strain on Oakland's bullpen, who already took the team through a 15 inning game on Friday. Griffin threw just 32 pitches over 1 2/3 innings.

He was relieved by Jordan Norberto, who did not pitch in Friday's game. Norberto's longest outing of the year was 2 1/3 innings on July 22 in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees. Travis Blackley, the team's long reliever who they would normally turn to in such a situation, pitched three innings on Friday and is thought to be unavailable.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Another 15-Inning Game Ends In Win For Oakland

The Oakland Athletics played the second game of their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night at the Toronto Blue Jays. By now, the outcome seems almost routine: a 15-inning affair resulting in a 5-4 walk-off victory for Oakland.

Brandon Inge kept his hot streak going by driving in a run in the second inning with an RBI single to give the A's a quick 1-0 lead. Jonny Gomes hit a solo home run in the third inning; his 11th of the season.

The Blue Jays made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly from Rajai Davis in the top of the fourth, but the A's got that run right back in the bottom of the inning with a Chris Carter home run. Josh Reddick added what appeared to be an insurance run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.

Oakland starter Dan Straily was great in his MLB debut, going six innings and allowing one run on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Grant Balfour also had one of his strongest outings of the season with two perfect innings of relief.

Things all went south in the bottom of the ninth as closer Ryan Cook blew the save with one out to go. After striking out the first two batters he faced, Cook allowed a pair of singles before giving up a Jeff Mathis homer that tied up the game, 4-4.

In the top of the 11th, Omar Vizquel hit a one-out single, which was followed by a Colby Rasmus double, but Brandon Moss made a perfect relay to Inge, who gunned out Vizquel at home.

The teams trudged along into the 15th inning -- the second such game in as many weeks for the A's. Jemile Weeks led off the inning with a triple and Coco Crisp promptly hit a sacrifice fly to end the game and give the A's their 13th walk-off win. Travis Blackley, who pitched three innings of one-hit baseball out of the bullpen, was awarded the decision.

The A's loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the tenth, but were unable to bring a run home. Perhaps even worse, Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a right wrist sprain in the top of the 11th inning. Hopefully this will not mean yet another DL stint for the Oakland outfielder.

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Athletics Trade C Kurt Suzuki To Nationals For Prospect C David Freitas

As the Washington Nationals look to keep their lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, the Nats acquired some more immediate backstop help as they have traded Class-A catcher David Freitas to the Oakland Athletics for catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to the Nationals official twitter feed.

Suzuki, the five-year veteran and native of Hawaii has spent his entire career with the Athletics, owning a career .254 batting average, 54 home runs and 302 RBI. His numbers have declined significantly in 2012, hitting just .218 with a .254 OBP in 75 games played this year for the Green and Gold.

As for Freitas, he was the Nats 15th round selection in the 2010 first-year player draft out of the University of Hawaii, and was batting .271 with five homers and 46 RBI for the Potomac Nationals of the Class-A Carolina League. He'll likely join Oakland's Class-A affiliate, the Burlington Bees.

Oakland will likely recall catcher Derek Norris from Triple-A Sacramento. He and George Kottaras will form the catching platoon for the Athletics now with Suzuki gone.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays Final Score: Oakland Kicks Off Series With 4-1 Win

The Oakland Athletics got their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays started on the right note on Thursday night, picking up a key 4-1 win.

The A's broke through with a three-run third inning. Seth Smith hit an RBI single to drive in Eric Sogard and open the scoring. Josh Reddick then followed that up with a home run to make it 3-0. It was Reddick's 23rd home run of the year.

Brandon Inge hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to give Oakland a big insurance run. The Blue Jays managed to scratch out a run in the top of the ninth on a fielder's choice, but Ryan Cook picked up the save.

Bartolo Colon picked up the win with eight innings of shutout baseball, giving up seven hits and one walk. With the win, Oakland moves a half-game in front of the Los Angeles Angels and sit in second place, 4.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West.

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Athletics Call Up RHP Dan Straily From Triple-A Sacramento, Will Start Friday

The Oakland A's are adding one of the best arms in all of baseball at the moment as the team announced on Thursday that they have called up RHP Dan Straily from Triple-A Sacramento, who will make his major league debut on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Straily is 5-2, with a 1.36 ERA in eight games with Sacramento this season, tossing 53 innings for the River Cats. Over that span Straily has amassed 67 strikeouts compared to just 14 walks , along with a very tidy 0.77 WHIP. The 23-year old leads all of professional baseball with 175 strikeouts so far this season.

Straily began the year in Double-A Midland, being selceted as a Texas League All-Star before being promoted to Triple-A on June 21.

The Athletics have not made a corresponding roster move as of yet, though infielder Adam Rosales is also returning to the Green and Gold as well. Straily's addition to the rotation likely means Travis Blackley returning to the bullpen as a long reliever.

Oakland is currently 4.5 games back of Texas in the AL West, but are tied with the Angels atop the AL Wild Card.

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Athletics Vs. Blue Jays Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The A's continue their homestand with a four-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays. They'll be trying to get back to their second-half winning ways.

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