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A's DFA Kendrys Morales after two months with team, activate Mark Canha

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A's DFA Kendrys Morales after two months with team, activate Mark Canha

This was inevitable.

A's manager Bob Melvin told MLB Network Radio Monday morning first baseman and designated hitter Kendrys Morales has been designated for assignment -- it was later confirmed by the team. This is coming off the heel of first baseman Matt Olson's return to the A's lineup after suffering a broken hamate bone in his right hand. Morales was acquired by the Green and Gold in March after Olson landed on the injured list.

In a corresponding move, the A's reinstated Mark Canha from the injured list after he suffered a sprained right wrist.

So, he's baaaaaack.

The A's head to Seattle to take on the Mariners on Monday evening with Mike Fiers starting on the hill.

Fiers earned American League MLB Player of the Week Co-honors along with Houston Astros' George Springer. Fiers threw the 13th no-hitter in A's history and 300th in MLB history on May 7 against the Reds. He's the first A's player to win the weekly award since Sean Manaea on April 22, 2018. And you remember what happened then ... 

Beau Taylor's first major league home run sparks A's blowout vs. Orioles

Beau Taylor's first major league home run sparks A's blowout vs. Orioles

Last September, A's catcher Beau Taylor was so excited to get his first career major league hit, he tripped over first base on his way to second.

On a chilly night at the Coliseum on Tuesday, Taylor just wanted to avoid doing the same thing on his first career major league home run.

"I kind of blew at it trying to get it to go,” Taylor told The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser following Oakland's 16-2 rout of the Orioles. “I was thinking, ‘Touch the base. Touch second, touch third. OK, you did good.’ Home plate was easy."

Taylor successfully completed his trip around the bases after launching a solo homer to center field in the bottom of the third inning off Baltimore starter Gabriel Ynoa. It proved to be the first of many for the A's, who took full advantage of an Orioles staff that has struggled mightily with the long ball. 

Ramon Laureano pounded a three-run homer in the fourth. Robbie Grossman's two-run shot in the sixth was followed by three-run bombs from Khris Davis and Stephen Piscotty, respectively, for Oakland's first 10-run inning at the Coliseum in nearly 23 years. And in the seventh, Chad Pinder pinch-hit for Matt Chapman and promptly deposited a two-run homer in the left field bleachers.

The six home runs were the most the A's hit in a single game since June 17, 2008, at Arizona, and their most at the Coliseum since Sept. 11, 2003.

"We’ve got the ability to do that,” Bob Melvin said of his team's penchant for the long ball. “Got some good counts, got some good swings and on a night where early on it didn’t look the ball was going anywhere, we ended up squaring a few up."

It certainly didn't hurt matters that the A's were facing Baltimore, as the Orioles have now given up a league-leading 147 home runs in 73 games this season, well on pace to break the MLB record of 258 given up by the Reds in 2016.

[RELATED: How Semien has thrived as A's leadoff hitter this season]

After struggling against last-place teams as of late, it was a promising sign to see the A's pile on against an inferior opponent Tuesday night. If they can continue hitting homers in bunches, they're bound to open up some breathing room between themselves and the .500 mark.

A's vs. Orioles lineups: Brett Anderson tries to clinch series win

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A's vs. Orioles lineups: Brett Anderson tries to clinch series win

The A's will look to do something they haven't been able to all month when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. 

Oakland has had three opportunities to move two games above .500 in June, but has lost each time. Brett Anderson has a chance to help the A's turn things around, and is coming off one of his best starts of the season. The 31-year-old threw 6 1/3 innings and struck out four in Oakland's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays his last time out, picking up a no decision. 

Gabriel Ynoa starts for the Orioles. He's still looking for his first win of the season, and will make just the 12th start of his MLB career. Ynoa has never pitched against the A's, but has limited opponents to a .258 batting average away from Camden Yards this season.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Orioles game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 7:07.

Oakland A's (37-36)
Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Khris Davis, DH
Ramón Laureano, CF
Robbie Grossman, LF
Stephen Piscotty, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Beau Taylor, C

Brett Anderson, LHP (6-4, 3.89 ERA)

[RELATED: How Semien is thriving in leadoff spot for A's]

Baltimore Orioles (21-51)
Hanser Alberto, DH
Trey Mancini, RF
Pedro Severino, C
Renato Nunez, 1B
Anthony Santander, LF
Jonathan Villar, 2B
Keon Broxton, CF
Rio Ruiz, 3B
Richie Martin, SS

Gabriel Ynoa, RHP (0-3, 5.02 ERA)