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A's trade Kendrys Morales to Yankees for player to be named later or cash

A's trade Kendrys Morales to Yankees for player to be named later or cash

Kendrys Morales was unemployed for roughly 24 hours.

One day after the A's designated the veteran first baseman/designated hitter for assignment, Morales was traded to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The A's were forced to cut Morales with Matt Olson and Mark Canha returning from injuries.

Morales was brought to Oakland in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of March as a stopgap while Olson recovered from a fractured hamate bone. With Olson and Canha back, Morales' services were no longer needed.

Morales goes to a Yankees team that could use a warm body at first base. Starter Greg Bird is hurt once again, this time dealing with a left plantar fascia tear that has landed him on the 60-day injured list.

[RELATED: Canha homers in first at-bat back]

In 34 games with the A's, the 36-year-old Morales hit .204/.310/.259 with one double, one homer and seven RBI.

The A's will likely receive a low-level minor leaguer for Morales if that's the route they choose to go with the Yankees.

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

Bob Melvin isn't sweating A's-Rays series split, anxious for road trip

The Rays were the team to beat -- and not just for the A's who split the series against the team in Oakland after an 8-2 loss on Sunday.

Brett Anderson received starting honors, but his stuff wasn't what it has been recently and skipper Bob Melvin even said during his postgame press conference that it was the first time all season he believed Anderson didn't have his best showing.

"It's frustrating from my end we could've taken a series from a team ahead of us, but I don't really dwell on it too much," Anderson told the media scrum following his outing. 

The A's put up a heck of a fight, earning the split against a Tampa team that is off to a hot start, but they're eager to get back out on the road and create better numbers away from the Coliseum.

"You always want to play above .500 at home -- we did that and you know, it could have been a lot better," Melvin told the media. "You go out on the road -- couple tough games in St. Louis and then we got four more in our division so the guys are looking forward to getting out and trying to climb up on .500 more so than we are right now."

[RELATED: Manaea has minor setback to return]

Following the Cardinals' series, the team has a four-game stint against the Angels in Anaheim.

Rays vs. A's lineups: Mark Canha, Chad Pinder cover outfield corners in finale

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Rays vs. A's lineups: Mark Canha, Chad Pinder cover outfield corners in finale

Bob Melvin pondered giving third baseman Matt Chapman the day off on Saturday, only to turn around and say he was ever so thankful he didn't do that.

Chapman hit a go-ahead double in the latter half of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie against the Rays. The A's went on to win, 4-2.

The A's look to take the series away from Tampa on Sunday afternoon. Chapman will once again be in this lineup which was an easy decision for the skipper knowing the Green and Gold get a day off Monday. Stephen Piscotty, however, will sit this one out with Chad Pinder and Mark Canha taking over corner outfield responsibilities. 

The A's will face opener Ryne Stanek and headliner (I made that up) Ryan Yarbrough will be his replacement. 

The Rays will face Brett Anderson who didn't receive a decision in a 6-2 win over the Rays on June 12.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up on Sunday. You can follow the action on NBC Sports California or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

Oakland A's (41-37)

Marcus Semien, SS
Matt Olson, 1B
Matt Chapman, 3B
Khris Davis, DH
Ramón Laureano, CF
Mark Canha, RF
Jurickson Profar, 2B
Chad Pinder, LF
Josh Phegley, C

Brett Anderson, P (7-4, 3.69 ERA)

Tampa Bay Rays (44-33)

Travis d'Arnaud, 1B
Tommy Pham, DH
Austin Meadows, LF
Avisail Garcia, RF
Michael Brosseau, 3B
Willy Adames, SS
Joey Wendle, 2B
Guillermo Heredia, CF
Mike Zunino, C

Ryne Stanek, P (0-1, 2.53 ERA)