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@ Hou 
W 7-4
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L 1-8
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vs. KC 
L 0-1
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(AP) -- Jon Lester walked through the Oakland clubhouse doors to quite a greeting, from the snappy, patriotic marching tune blaring from the sound system to the handshakes and hellos from every corner.

And even the familiar friendly face of his former pitching coach in Boston, Curt Young.

Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA) arrived with fanfare prior to facing the visiting Kansas City Royals on Saturday in his debut for baseball's winningest team: the small-budget Athletics (66-42), who are counting on him to be an instant ace on a rotation full of No. 1 starters and help extend their one-game lead over the surging Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.

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Leaders
AVG: C. Crisp.274
HR: J. Donaldson23
RBI: J. Donaldson76
SB: C. Gentry18
W: S. Gray12
ERA: S. Kazmir2.37
Saves: S. Doolittle16
K: S. Gray128
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
Oakland 6642.611-
LA Angels 6543.6021
Seattle 5653.51410.5
Houston 4565.40922
Texas 4366.39423.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .253 (14)
Runs: 535 (1)
Hits: 950 (14)
Home Runs: 112 (5)
Stolen Bases: 60 (16)
OBP: .328 (6)
SLG: .403 (8)
Total Bases: 1517 (8)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.17 (4)
Runs Allowed: 374 (3)
Saves: 24 (26)
Strikeouts: 825 (17)
OpBA: .231 (2)
OBP: .292 (2)
SLG: .351 (1)
Run Support: 4.88 (1)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
8/1 J. Johnson Released
8/1 E. Scribner Designated for Assignment
7/31 B. Burns Sent to Minors
7/31 J. Elmore Designated for Assignment
7/31 J. Gomes Traded Boston (w/LHP Jon Lester for OF Yoenis Cespedes)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
7/28 C. Gentry Broken right hand (on 15-day DL)
7/12 A. Callaspo off 15-day DL
7/2 J. Donaldson Back stiffness (day-to-day)
6/29 J. Reddick off 15-day DL
6/23 K. Blanks Strained left calf (on 15-day DL)
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