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A's bring back 2014 All-Star in trade with Royals

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A's bring back 2014 All-Star in trade with Royals

The young A's just added a veteran to the clubhouse, and it's a familiar face.

Brandon Moss, who played in Oakland from 2012 to 2014, was acquired from the Royals on Monday in the four-player trade.

Moss, left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter and cash considerations are coming to the A's in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.

After bouncing around from several teams, Moss found a home in 2012 with the A's and hit 21 home runs in 84 games that year. After hitting a career-high 30 home runs in 2013, Moss represented the A's in the 2014 All-Star Game. That December, they traded him to Cleveland for prospect Joey Wendle.

Last season, Moss hit .207/.279/.428 with 14 doubles, 22 home runs and 50 RBI in 118 games. He spent most of his time in Kansas City as the designated hitter, but saw limited action at first base and in left and right field.

Hahn's stay in Oakland got off to a solid start in 2014 and 2015, but the last two seasons didn't go well for the 28-year-old. Hindered by injuries, he posted a 5.59 ERA in 23 appearances during 2016 and 2017.

Buchter turned in a solid 2017 season for the Padres and Royals. He appeared in 71 games out of the bullpen and recorded a solid 2.89 ERA.

Fillmyer was a fifth-round pick by the A's in 2014 and spent the entire 2017 season with Double-A Midland where he was 11-5 with a 3.49 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 29 starts.

POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's perfect game vs Manaea's no-hitter

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POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's perfect game vs Manaea's no-hitter

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live today at 6:30 p.m. to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Giants conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (19-time winner)

(From Dallas Braden)

Well, they haven’t taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It’s still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A’s fans everywhere.

In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I’d become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that’s what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.

I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn’t be happier to share this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It’s a perfect fit if you ask me.

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2. Sean Manaea's no-hitter vs Red Sox on April 21, 2018

(From Sean Manaea)

VOTE HERE: 

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing

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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing

ANAHEIM — The Los Angeles Angels say two-way star Shohei Ohtani’s elbow ligament is continuing to heal and he has been medically cleared to begin a throwing progression.

The team said Ohtani was given a six-week evaluation Thursday by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The Angels said they would release specifics about his progress and rehabilitation schedule at another time.

Ohtani was placed on the disabled list with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain on June 8 after complaining about tightness in his right elbow following a June 6 start against Kansas City. The Japanese sensation has since returned to the roster as a designated hitter, but his prospects to pitch remain unclear.

He is hitting .283 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs. On the mound, Ohtani won four of his first five decisions before getting injured.