ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray has left his start early because of a bruised right ankle.

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Sonny Gray was sore, but he could handle it. Gray allowed four hits in five scoreless innings before leaving with a bruised right ankle as the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 Sunday. Gray (5-2) was hit on the lower leg by James Loney’s grounder in the fourth, and stayed in for a while longer.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.

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Kendall Graveman gave the struggling Oakland Athletics a much-needed lift. Graveman gave up three hits over six innings in his return from the minors, Sam Fuld drove in two runs and the Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Saturday. Graveman (2-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville to make the start, struck out six and walked two to help the A’s win for just the third time in 17 games.

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Bartolo Colon settled in a chair and threw a rubber ball against his black glove. The right-hander gave up 11 hits, eight earned runs and – even more surprisingly – two walks in the May 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Before walking Kolten Wong in the fourth inning, Colon set a franchise record with 48 2-3 consecutive innings without a walk.

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The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp. The A’s said Friday they expect to make a decision this weekend on Crisp’s playing status. ”If you talk about surgery, that probably means a bad outcome as far as his playing career,” manager Bob Melvin said Friday.

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Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years. The A’s announced the hiring Thursday and said Washington would be with the team all season. Washington’s defensive expertise will be a key addition given the team’s struggles so far.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, David DeJesus drove in two runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the AL East.

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Ron Washington is getting back into the big leagues, rejoining the Oakland Athletics as an instructor after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers. Washington, who was a coach with the A’s for 11 years before joining the Rangers, told The Associated Press in a text message Wednesday night that he heard from general manager Billy Beane earlier in the day and would meet the club in Tampa, Florida, on Friday. Oakland (14-28) sits in last place in the AL West and leads the majors in errors with 44 errors, including 16 by shortstop Marcus Semien.

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After six consecutive losing seasons, the Houston Astros are off to their best start ever. Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer to help Dallas Keuchel win his eighth consecutive decision, and the Astros kept rolling with a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. The Astros, who were baseball’s worst team in three of the last four years, improved to an American League-best 27-14, giving them the best start through 41 games in franchise history.

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