Frank Thomas is one of the most physically imposing players ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. However, the 6-foot-5 slugger, whose playing weight was 240 pounds, was the only one of six inductees Sunday reduced to tears during the ceremony in front of an estimated crowd of 48,000 in the field behind the Clark Athletic Center. Immortalized along with Thomas — nicknamed “The Big Hurt” — were pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. Thomas hit 521 home runs in his 19-year career from 1990-2008 with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Sonny Gray won his sixth straight decision, helped when the Oakland Athletics hit four home runs in a six-batter span to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Saturday night.

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Seemingly every other person walking the tree-lined streets of the quaint village of Cooperstown are wearing Atlanta Braves caps, jerseys and T-shirts. The National Baseball Hall of Fame will induct six former players and managers Sunday in the field behind the Clark Athletic Center on the outskirts of town and a crowd of 60,000 or more is expected. All but one has ties to the Braves and one who does not was born and raised in Georgia and rooted for Atlanta. Manager Bobby Cox led the Braves to an unprecedented run of success with 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005 (the 1994 postseason was cancelled because of a players’ strike).

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When Drew Smyly struck out six straight Angels early on, even the Detroit Tigers were dazzled by their left-hander’s dominance. Efren Navarro and Kole Calhoun drove in runs in the sixth, and the Angels overcame Smyly’s 11-strikeout effort for a 2-1 victory Friday night. Miguel Cabrera homered and Smyly (6-9) had his career-high in strikeouts for the Tigers, who have lost seven of eight in Anaheim. After Detroit’s pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in Thursday’s series opener, Smyly struck out eight of the Angels’ first 10 hitters.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired minor league right-hander Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.

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Look at what Brandon Phillips has started !
Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel responded to a heckling fan in Oakland not with his mouth, but with a baseball. Keuchel tossed this to the heckler:
A ball @kidkeuchy tossed to a heckler sitting next to me #Astros #Athletics pic.twitter.com/rnZg5jRLwD — Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014
Well played, Dallas, well played. 
Phillips, the Cincinnati Reds second baseman, gave a signed ball to a drunken heckler in Pittsburgh last month, telling him to “shut up.” Keuchel’s ball probably isn’t as cool as Phillips’ (there’s no signature), but it’s still a clever retort that’s turned into a cool piece of memorabilia. 
The trouble with these types of keepsakes, though, is when the owner shows it off, he has to admit that he was being a butthead toward a baseball player. 
Kuechel, in case you’re wondering, is making $508,000 this season, a smidge above the MLB minimum. That works out to $3,135 per game.
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A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support. Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday. ”I didn’t realize it went over the fence,” Moss said. Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star break.

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The Oakland Athletics’ three-catcher attack of Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt is taking a bit of a hit. Vogt has battled a painful bone bruise in his right foot since late June when he hit a base awkwardly in a road game against the Miami Marlins. “It’s been going on for a while,” Vogt said Wednesday before Oakland’s 9-7 victory over the Houston Astros. Vogt spent most of his time this month either serving as the designated hitter or first baseman, although he also has played in the outfield.

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