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Trade machine, or at least trade rumor machine, heats up

Rich Hill would like to stay with the A's, but it's likely he'll be traded in the next two weeks.

Rich Hill would like to stay with the A’s, but it’s likely he’ll be traded in the next two weeks.

The A’s will have no shortage of suitors in the next two weeks.

Whether anything comes of those inquiries or not is anybody’s guess, but there are post-season contenders with needs and the A’s have some of the goods.

And that’s before starter Sonny Gray and right fielder Josh Reddick, both of whom are highly coveted but both of whom the A’s would like to keep.

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Josh Donaldson has spread his wings since leaving the A’s; History Channel spotlights him in `The Vikings’ in August

Josh Donaldson hasn't stopped hitting since moving to the Blue Jays, and he's a part-time actor, too.

Josh Donaldson hasn’t stopped hitting since moving to the Blue Jays, and he’s a part-time actor, too.

Josh Donaldson felt almost at home in the Coliseum before Friday’s A’s-Blue Jays game.

Sitting on the couch of equipment manager Steve Vucinich, the third baseman caught up with members of the organization with which he rose to national prominence in 2012-14.

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Ryon Healy arrives and Billy Burns is demoted, so Danny Valencia, Coco Crisp can count on seeing diminished time

The A’s will begin  the second half of the season resculpting their lineup, beginning with Friday’s move to send down center fielder Billy Burns and promote 2013 third-round draft pick Ryon Healy, who is the club’s new third baseman.

The moves mean Healy is the new third baseman, with Danny Valencia relegated to part-time work as a first baseman against left-handed pitching and an occasional designated hitter.

And while Burns is gone, that doesn’t mean more playing time for the other center fielder, Coco Crisp. Instead, manager Bob Melvin the plan is to see if Jake Smolinski is up to getting regular work in center field for the 38-51 A’s.

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Ryan Madson can’t hold on for Sean Manaea

Ryan Madson couldn't close out what would have been an impressive win for Sean Manaea Sunday.

Ryan Madson couldn’t close out what would have been an impressive win for Sean Manaea Sunday.

The A’s opportunity to finish the first half with a flourish fizzled Sunday in Houston when the bullpen and the defense allowed the Astros to rally for a 2-1 10-inning victory and a split of the four-game series.

Liam Hendriks, asked to pitch the 10th inning after Ryan Madson had blown a save in the ninth, had a chance to get out of the 10th with a man at third base and two out, but a Carlos Correa grounder to third saw Danny Valencia’s throw pull Yonder Alonso off first base as Jake Marisnick scored the winning run.

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Ryan Dull qualifies for more late-inning A’s work

Ryan Dull decided to go clean shaven after getting a save but losing a streak Saturday.

Ryan Dull decided to go clean shaven after getting a save but losing a streak Saturday.

Ryan Dull, who had pitched the entire first half while wearing a close-cropped goatee, showed up in the A’s clubhouse clean shaven Sunday morning, just hours after he’d earned his first save of the season while seeing his streak of on allowing inherited runners to score ended.

He said there was no correlation between the baseball and his facial hair.

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Stephen Vogt heads to the All-Star Game on a hot streak; Ryan Dull looks like he’ll be left behind this time around

It looks like Stephen Vogt will be doing a solo number for A's at All-Star Game in San Diego.

It looks like Stephen Vogt will be doing a solo number for A’s at All-Star Game in San Diego.

It’s looking more and more like Stephen Vogt will be the A’s only representative at the All-Star Game Tuesday in San Diego, and he wants to head there on a streak.

His big day Saturday helped – a single, double and his seventh homer as he pushed his batting average to .277.

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Will Ryan Dull be a last-minute addition to All-Star team?

The A's are hoping Ryan Dull will be a late addition to AL All-Star team.

The A’s are hoping Ryan Dull will be a late addition to AL All-Star team.

It appears the American League has one last chance to add Ryan Dull to the roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game. Whether or not he is named as the replacement for Craig Kimbrel, however, is an open question.

Boston closer Kimbrel went on the disabled list Saturday. Leaving a spot open in the AL All-Star bullpen,

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A’s Daniel Mengden earns new fans in coming home

Daniel Mengden has a fan in Stephen Vogt after taking a shot off the chest Friday.

Daniel Mengden has a fan in Stephen Vogt after taking a shot off the chest Friday.

For a rookie who’d just given up a season-high six runs and let a 3-0 lead slip away, Daniel Mengden had a sizable rooting second in Minute Maid Park Friday.

We’re not just talking about the 100-plus relatives, former teammates, friends and acquaintances who were on hand for Mengden’s start against the Astros. He’s from Houston and played baseball 90 minutes away at Texas A&M.

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Apologetic Crisp takes one-game suspension in stride

Coco Crisp missed Friday's game while serving a one-game suspension he said he deserves.

Coco Crisp missed Friday’s game while serving a one-game suspension he said he deserves.

Coco Crisp took the one-game suspension he was handed by the MLB front office in stride, not only declining to appeal the suspension but saying he deserved it.

The A’s center fielder threw a bat that either hit or came very close to hitting home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in Thursday’s 3-1 Oakland win over the Astros. It was the fifth inning, the A’s were collectively unhappy with Reyburn’s definition of the strike zone and Crisp dropped his bat in the general direction of Reyburn in protest.

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