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Athletics placed C Josh Phegley on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. (Source: Athletics Nation)

Fantasy Impact: Phegley, a late scratch from the A's starting lineup on Wednesday after experiencing tightness in his left oblique, is headed to the disabled list for the next 3-4 weeks and a second stint this season. Ryan Lavarnway has been called up from Triple-A Nashville.

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Santiago Casilla surrendered three runs on back -to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth of the loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: This outing pretty much sums up Casilla's miserable season as the A's closer as it was his sixth blown save of the year (among league leaders) and his fifth loss. Entering the game in the ninth nursing a 2-0 lead, Casilla wasted no time putting Josh Donaldson aboard with a free pass before serving up a three pitch bomb to Justin Smoak to tie the game up. The very next pitch got deposited in the right field bleachers by Kendrys Morales for the walk-off. The A's readily shipped back-end studs Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle earlier in the month so rolling with the combustible, unreliable Casilla is to be expected but, for owners also turning to him for saves (undoubtedly only in the deepest formats around), it may not last much longer. Dragging a 4.66 ERA and a bloated 1.45 WHIP, Casilla is now 2-5 with 16 saves and 34 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings.

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Marcus Semien finished 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: Semien had, until the bottom of the ninth, accounted for the game's only two runs, taking starter Marco Estrada deep in the fifth. It may have been his only hit on the night but it was also his second home run in a week as he's been swinging a blistering bat as of late going 9-for-23 with the two dingers, five RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. There's solid power here as evidenced by the 27 bombs he hit last year so a nice summer after missing three months of the year with a fractured wrist may be in the cards for the shortstop.

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Sonny Gray gave up four unearned runs while striking out nine in six innings picking up the loss against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Gray has been stellar over the past month and Tuesday's start will appear consistent with that for fantasy owners as he didn't get tagged with any of the four runs he surrendered on the night. However, his throwing error in the second inning did in fact lead to all four runs the Blue Jays would score in the game and, with nothing to speak of in terms of run support, that's all it took. Gray and his 6-5 record, 3.43 ERA and 1.18 WHIP will take on the Twins next if he isn't traded by then.

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In Monday's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Rajai Davis went 0-for-2 with two walks and struck out twice at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: While Davis did, in fact, draw two walks in his latest contest that showed off some admirable skills at the plate at the lead off spot for his squad, he won't be someone who will get many at-bats for the A's when it is all said and done, more than likely, because he typically doesn't get on base well. He is, however, someone who owns 19 stolen bases in 2017 and can be a viable option to go with in any fantasy league if stolen bases and only stolen bases, for the most part, are something you're in desperate need of for your team.

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In a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Jed Lowrie went 0-for-3 at the plate for Oakland.

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie is still a viable deep fantasy league option, but steer clear of him in standard leagues.

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Ryon Healy had one hit on Monday

Tue, Jul 25th 2:35pm EDT
By CD Hill

OAK

In Monday's 4-2 loss to Toronto, Ryon Healy went 1-for-4 with one run batted in and struck out once at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Healy is now only hitting .212 in his last 10 games and hasn't hit a single home run in that same time span, but he's still a viable player to own in standard fantasy leagues. However, you might want to lean on help elsewhere for now at the third base or first base position until he gets himself right offensively.

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In a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, Yonder Alonso went 0-for-3 and struck out one time at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Alonso is in a bit of a funk right now at the plate (only hitting .167 in his last 10 games), so consider using other options that you already own or that you feel would fill in adequately right now for him in standard fantasy leagues until he starts hitting well again (hopefully).

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In a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday, Chris Smith gave up six hits, three earned runs, three walks and struck out three batters while losing his first game of the year (giving him an now 0-1 record).

Fantasy Impact: Smith is a fine option to consider in all deep leagues right now but is currently only someone to keep an eye on for standard ones.

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Khris Davis went hitless on Monday

Tue, Jul 25th 1:26pm EDT
By CD Hill

OAK

In a 4-2 loss to Toronto, Khris Davis went 0-for-3 while striking out once at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Davis had an off day offensively, but his fantasy owners should be sure to give him a start in any fantasy league they own him in moving forward. Despite his rough season batting average (currently only hitting at a .244 clip), the power numbers he provides at the plate for the A's (especially his 28 homers) are top notch.

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Sean Manaea surrendered four runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings picking up a no-decision in the A's loss to the Mets on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Manaea was scattering hits for five frames while his lineup jumped all over the Mets early, staking him to a 5-0 lead. Unfortunately, it all came unraveled in the sixth as he served up a single, a pair of doubles, a triple and a home run in the inning before exiting with two outs. Still, Manaea has been very good for the A's and for fantasy owners and will look to bounce back against the Blue Jays when he takes his 8-5 record, 3.82 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into his next start.

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Matt Joyce homers in win

Thu, Jul 20th 12:00pm EDT
By Waleed Hawatky

OAK

Matt Joyce finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs including a solo home run in Oakland's 7-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Joyce drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the decisive four run fifth inning before tacking on the seventh and final run of the game with an insurance solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. The veteran hasn't had a particularly exceptional year as evidenced by his .223/.331/.414 line but had a good June and has a productive 12 home runs and 38 RBIs on the season as the primary lead-off bat for the A's. Not necessarily very useful for most fantasy formats but nice.

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In seven innings pitched, Daniel Gossett gave up three earned runs, seven hits (two were home runs, two were doubles and three were singles) and one walk in Monday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay giving him a now 1-5 record.

Fantasy Impact: Gossett may have had a quality start in this outing, but he's not a starting pitcher to keep an eye on for fantasy leagues. He would have to string together at least three more quality starts in a row before he could even be on the fantasy radar.

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Matt Chapman went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs in the rubber match of the weekend sweep of the Indians in which he batted .555.

Fantasy Impact: Chapman caught fire with the tribe in town, hitting safely in all three games including the three hit effort where he cranked a pair of solo moon shots including one that tied the game up at three-a-piece in the bottom of the eighth. One of Oakland's more promising youngsters, seeing him put things together is a welcomed sight by the club.

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The Nationals have acquired LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Lazardo and Sheldon Neuse. (Source: Oakland Athletics on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Doolittle figures to be the favorite to close in Washington, however there will likely be some shared duty with Madson as both are fully capable of locking down the back-end of games. Either way, Madson's value should get a bit of a bump going to a better team in the Nationals. Madson owns a 2.17 ERA with a 0.80 WHIP and 35 strikeouts over 37 1/3 innings. Together with Doolittle, he will certainly provide stability to the disaster that has been Washington's bullpen thus far in 2017.

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The Nationals have acquired LHP Sean Doolittle and RHP Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Lazardo and Sheldon Neuse. (Source: Oakland Athletics on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Doolittle figures to be the favorite to close in Washington, however there will likely be some shared duty with Madson as both are fully capable of locking down the back-end of games. Doolittle, who owns a 3.54 ERA with a 0.69 WHIP and 29 strikeouts over 20 1/3 innings will certainly provide stability to what has otherwise been a dismal bullpen situation in Washington in 2017.

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Jharel Cotton placed on DL

Fri, Jul 7th 8:21am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

OAK

Jharel Cotton has been placed on the 10-day disabled list. A callous on his hand that resulted from a previous blister came open in his most recent outing.

Fantasy Impact: Cotton struggled against the White Sox allowing four runs in five innings. It was the first time he had pitched in roughly 10 days due to the blister. The A's believe Cotton will be back soon after the All-Star break, but we've seen how blister issues can linger. Given Cotton's lackluster season he's likely best left on the waiver wire.

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Bruce Maxwell went 1-for-2 with a double, a pair of walks, two RBIs, and a run scored in the A's victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Maxwell has been a solid bat for the A's behind the plate, now slashing a cool .291/.371/.345 in 55 at-bats. He hasn't displayed much pop at the big leagues level yet though he has shown to have decent gap power as he demonstrated when he laced a two-run double in the third inning of this one. Maxwell still only carries appeal in AL-only leagues so far, though.

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In a 7-6 win over Chicago (AL) on Tuesday, Franklin Barreto went 2-for-4 (one went for a home run and the other a triple) with a run, two runs batted in and struck out once at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Barreto only had two hits in his last 24 at-bats prior to this standout performance at the plate. He's still a player to keep an eye on in standard fantasy leagues but he is a viable option to go with in deep ones at the moment.

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In a 6-4 win over the Astros on Tuesday, Matt Olson went 0-for-5 and struck out three times at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: Olson is a prospect to keep an eye on and is someone to consider using but only in the deepest of fantasy leagues right now.

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