August 25, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Chris Carter (22) attempts to catch the ball at first as Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (30) is safe in the second inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Athletics Vs. Rays: Brandon McCarthy Impresses In Tampa Bay

The A's picked up a big series win in Tampa Bay. They'll get a much-needed rest day on Sunday.

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Athletics Option Pitcher Jesse Chavez to Triple-A

The Oakland Athletics have optioned recently acquired reliever Jesse Chavez to Triple-A, the team announced on Sunday.

The Athletics purchased Chavez's contract from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Chavez has spent most of his season with the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. He has appeared in nine games of the Blue Jays this year, starting twice. He is 1-1 with an ERA of 8.44.

Chavez's last appearance in the majors came against the Athletics on August 4. He picked up the win for the Blue Jays, pitching one inning.

Chavez is 7-11 with a 5.74 ERA over his five year major league career.

The Athletics have Sunday off before heading to Cleveland to finish the seven-game road trip with a four game series against the Cleveland Indians. The A's are currently six games back on the Rangers for the AL West lead, and tied with Baltimore and Tampa Bay at the top of the wild card standings.

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Athletics Vs. Rays Final Score: Brandon McCarthy Pitches Oakland To 4-2 Win

The Oakland Athletics picked up another big win with potential playoff implications on Saturday. The A's outplayed the Tampa Bay Rays thanks mostly to a big first inning in the 4-2 victory. With the win, they also took the series from their possible playoff rivals.

The A's scored their first run on a delayed double steal with runners at the corners on the first inning. In what may have actually been a missed hit-and-run, Seth Smith struck out swinging as Stephen Drew broke for second base. Jose Lobaton heaved his throw into center field, allowing Coco Crisp to score and Drew to take third. The next batter, Chris Carter, drove the first pitch he saw from Jeremy Hellickson into the left-field bleachers for a quick 3-0 Oakland lead.

That would end up being all the run support that Brandon McCarthy would need, as he held the Rays to just two runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out seven batters along the way. Lobaton got the Rays on the board in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly, but Smith got that run right back for the A's as he led off the third inning with his 12th home run of the season. Desmond Jennings added a solo run for the Rays, but Tampa Bay was unable to get any closer.

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Athletics Vs. Rays Game Recap: Jonny Gomes' Eighth-Inning Homer the Difference in 5-4 Win

Oakland Athletics' designated hitter Jonny Gomes hit a two-run blast that traveled 412 feet off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta in the top of the eighth inning. It gave the A's enough offense to bounce back from Thursday's loss in the series opener, 5-4.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and got the A's on the board in the top of the fourth inning when his single off Rays starter Matt Moore scored left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Right fielder Brandon Moss then reached on a run-scoring infield single to give Oakland the lead, 2-1.

The Rays would come back on B.J. Upton double to left that scored Jose Molina and gave the Rays a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

But after catcher Derek Norris hit an RBI double in the 7th, it was Gomes' homer that would seal the deal for the A's and put them up for good. Reliever Ryan Cook (6-2) struck out four and picked up the win for Oakland.

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Athletics Acquire RHP Jesse Chavez From Blue Jays For Cash Considerations

The Oakland Athletics have added another right-hander to their bullpen on Friday as they have acquired Jesse Chavez from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations, according to CSN Bay Area's Casey Pratt.

Chavez has seen action in just nine games for the Blue Jays this year, starting two of them. He posted a 1-1 record with a whopping 8.44 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched, allowing 25 hits and 22 runs over that span. His lone win came in his last outing on August 4, tossing one inning of scoreless ball in a 3-1 win against these Athletics.

Chavez started 17 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this year as well, earning a 8-5 mark with a 3.98 ERA and an impressive 20/86 BB/K ratio. Oakland marks the fifth team he has played for in four years of major league service.

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Athletics Vs. Rays Game Preview: Jarrod Parker Takes The Hill For Oakland

The Oakland A's needs its offense to wake up in game two of a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Tampa Bay shut out the A's 5-0 on Thursday night, holding Oakland to just four hits.

Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.48 ERA) takes the mound for the A's. Parker led the A's to victory in his last start, pitching eight shutout innings while only walking one batter and giving up six hits. The Rays send out Matt Moore (10-7, 3.57 ERA) to face the A's. Moore has only given up four total earned runs in his last three starts. In his last outing against the Los Angeles Angels, he gave up two runs and five hits over 6.1 innings of work.

These two teams last met for a three-game series at the end of July with the Rays taking two of the three games at Oakland.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PT at Tropicana Field. The game will be televised on CSNCA and broadcasted on 95.7 FM.

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Athletics Vs. Rays Final Score: Oakland Opens Series With 5-0 Loss

On Thursday, the Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays and were completely shut down at Tropicana Field by starter Alex Cobb. The A's managed just four hits in a 5-0 shutout loss.

All of the damage came in the fifth inning against Oakland starter Tyson Ross, who was recalled to replace the suspended Bartolo Colon in the rotation. Ryan Roberts hit a sacrifice fly to start the scoring. Sam Fuld hit an RBI single, Matt Joyce hit a two-run RBI double and Evan Longoria hit an RBI single to complete the rally and give Cobb all the run support he would need.

Cobb managed his first career shutout, going the full nine and allowing just four hits and two walks.

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Athletics Vs. Rays Lineups: Brandon Inge Not Being Rushed Back

For the first time, the Oakland Athletics face a future without Bartolo Colon on Thursday night when they meet the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida. Colon, who was suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone, was scheduled to pitch the series opener.

The first pitch is set for 4:10 p.m. PT on Thursday, and recently recalled Tyson Ross (2-8, 6.35) will take the mound for Oakland in Colon's place. The Rays will counter with pitcher Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.74).

Third baseman Brandon Inge remains out as manager Bob Melvin remains cautious about bringing him back too soon from a sprained shoulder.

Oakland Athletics (67-56)

1. Coco Crisp, CF

2. Stephen Drew, SS

3. Josh Reddick, RF

4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF

5. Chris Carter, 1B

6. Seth Smith, DH

7. Josh Donaldson, 3B

8. Derek Norris, C

9. Cliff Pennington, 2B

Tampa Bay Rays (69-55)

1. Sam Fuld, LF

2. B.J. Upton, CF

3. Matt Joyce, RF

4. Evan Longoria, 3B

5. Ben Zobrist, SS

6. Jeff Keppinger, 1B

7. Luke Scott, DH

8. Ryan Roberts, 2B

9. Jose Molina, C

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

The A's are hungry for more wins. They'll take on the Rays in Florida beginning on Thursday.

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