Sean Doolittle’s first appearance in nearly three months didn’t go very well. Eric Sogard and Mark Canha made it a moot point and saved Oakland’s bullpen from yet another meltdown. Sogard hit a tiebreaking two-run single and Canha had a bases-loaded triple as part of a seven-run seventh inning and the A’s beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 on Sunday.

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SEATTLE (AP) — This time around, the Seattle Mariners didn't let their lead slip away. Almost, but not quite.

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Even after hitting three home runs off Sonny Gray – a first against Oakland’s All-Star pitcher – Tampa Bay still needed another big swing late. Asdrubal Cabrera, who had one of the homers off Gray, hit a two-run double off Drew Pomeranz in the ninth to lift the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Athletics on Saturday night. It gave Tampa Bay its first ninth-inning comeback this season.

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A day after hitting a foul ball that injured a fan behind the Detroit dugout, Anthony Gose said there’s nothing a spectator in that situation can do. The Tigers said the female fan was released from the hospital Saturday. Justin Verlander and Nick Castellanos said immediately after Friday’s game that baseball needs to make changes at ballparks to keep fans safe, and Gose echoed those sentiments before Saturday night’s game against Texas.

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Drew Smyly had his full complement of pitches working, a sharp difference from the Tampa Bay pitcher’s first start since coming off the disabled list. It’s a small step in the comeback process but one that made all the difference in getting Smyly his first win in more than 11 months. Smyly pitched into the sixth inning and the Rays survived another shaky ninth inning from closer Brad Boxberger and held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and base stealers including what's going on with Glen Perkins.

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Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer gained a pair of young fans at this year’s All-Star game and gave them a shout-out after pitching a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over their father’s team on Thursday night. ”I was motivated by Haley and Kaitlin, A.J. Hinch’s two daughters, who ever since we took a selfie together at the All-Star game, they’ve adored me,” Archer said before flashing a huge grin. Archer, allowed only a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus, and struck out 11 to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Houston Astros.

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The second wild card was made for a team like the Cubs, a big-market club with a disappointing history that is sometimes good.

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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig underwent an MRI exam on his injured right hamstring Wednesday that showed a mild strain, and the medical staff doesn’t expect him to need a stint on the disabled list. Puig was held out of the lineup for the NL West-leading Dodgers in their Wednesday afternoon interleague finale against the Oakland Athletics and with Thursday’s off day will have two full days of rest. The hope is he will test out his leg Friday at Houston and play sometime during the weekend series against the Astros.

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Jesse Chavez’s record hardly tells the story of his season and first year as a full-time starter. In a rare outing when he was rewarded with enough run support, the right-hander struck out six over eight innings to win for just the second time in six starts, and the Oakland Athletics beat the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Wednesday for a two-game sweep. Billy Burns hit a tying double for Oakland in the sixth then scored the go-ahead run on Danny Valencia’s double-play grounder two batters later.

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