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A's scratch RHP Gray due to illness

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics scratched starter Sonny Gray because of an illness and brought up right-hander Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to face Colorado.

The A's announced that Gray will miss Tuesday's game because of flu-like symptoms. Gray (9-3) is the AL leader with a 2.09 ERA.

Bassitt joins the A's for the second time this season. He had a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances earlier this season. He is 2-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 games for Nashville.


Rangers activate Hamilton, Gallo demoted

BALTIMORE (AP) Josh Hamilton is back on the Texas Rangers' 25-man roster, eager to jump-start a season that has been marred by injury.

The 34-year-old slugger was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and put in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Orioles.


Phils' Mackanin to manage through season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin will stay as their manager for the rest of the season.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made the announcement Tuesday.


Giants' Cain, Peavy to return this week

MIAMI (AP) Matt Cain and Jake Peavy are headed back to work for the San Francisco Giants. The two pitchers will start this week following lengthy stays on the disabled list.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Cain is scheduled to start Thursday against the Miami Marlins. Cain hasn't pitched since July 2014. He underwent elbow surgery last year and has been sidelined this season with a strained flexor tendon.


Maddon hires magician for slumping Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick.

Presto! He hired a magician.


Mets activate INF Murphy from 15-day DL

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets activated infielder Daniel Murphy from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and put him in the cleanup spot, hoping he will bring a much-needed jolt to an offense that has had major difficulties scoring runs.

Murphy has been out with a left quadriceps strain since June 5. He will play third base with fellow All-Star David Wright still out with stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal column in his lower back.


Castillo rejoins BoSox with Ramirez hurt

TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Rusney Castillo has rejoined the Boston Red Sox on a standby basis, just in case Hanley Ramirez's injured hand doesn't heal.

Castillo joined the team in Toronto but wasn't added to the active roster for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays.


Cards' Garcia iffy, Belisle put on DL

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia is a question mark for Thursday's start, still struggling to return from a groin cramp in his last start.

Manager Mike Matheny committed to John Lackey starting Wednesday against the White Sox but offered no further details on the St. Louis rotation going forward.


Giants designate McGehee for assignment

MIAMI (AP) Casey McGehee, the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2014, will need another comeback.

The veteran infielder was designated for assignment Tuesday by the San Francisco Giants shortly before they began a three-game series at Miami. The Giants purchased the contract of infielder Ehire Adrianza from Triple-A Sacramento.


Rays sign No. 13 overall pick Whitley

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have signed first-round pick Garrett Whitley, the 13th overall selection in this year's baseball draft.

The 18-year-old outfielder from Niskayuna High School in New York visited the club before Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians, slipped on a uniform and participated in batting practice.

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