• FILE- In this July 12, 2016, file photo, NBA basketball player Kevin Durant participates in a fans meeting event in Hong Kong. Even in a jersey with “USA” on the chest, Durant got some boos from the Clippers and Lakers fans at Staples Center for an exhibition blowout of China. Durant claimed he didn’t hear it, and the Americans’ top scorer knows he’ll get nothing but love Tuesday, July 26, when he plays at Oracle Arena for the first time since joining the Golden State Warriors. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

    Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in a jersey with “USA” on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night.

  • Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, front right, stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Oakland Athletics' Billy Butler, back left, in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Rays lose third straight after Ramirez gives up HR in 8th

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Erasmo Ramirez knew immediately that Athletics slugger Billy Butler made good contact on the 0-1 fastball the Rays reliever threw.

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn is greeted in the dugout after being removed in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, July 24, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Butler home run in 8th helps A’s beat Rays 3-2

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a little more playing time these past few days, Athletics slugger Billy Butler is finally getting comfortable at the plate — even in a rare appearance against a right-hander.

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, right, is tagged out by Oakland Athletics' Yonder Alonso, center, at first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 22, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. At left is A's pitcher Sean Manaea. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Crisp’s single in the 13th lifts Athletics past Rays 1-0

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some 90 minutes after his impressive night was through, Oakland rookie Sean Manaea waited on a clubhouse couch watching the innings wear on and hoped Coco Crisp would deliver when his chance came.

  • Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray works against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Sonny Gray struggles again as Athletics fall 7-3 to Rays

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Gray hoped he had turned a corner when he snapped a long losing streak in his first start after the All-Star break. His second start after the break put him right back where he was in a frustrating first half.

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Tim Beckham celebrates after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Sonny Gray in the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Tim Beckham leads Rays to 7-3 victory over Athletics

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Getting the chance to play first base for the first time, Tim Beckham figured he might as well hit like a slugging first baseman instead of a middle infielder.

  • Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Athletics can’t sweep A’s, lose 7-0

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After winning four of five since the All-Star break, the Oakland Athletics hit a wall.

  • Houston Astros' Carlos Correa swings for a two run single in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Fister, Altuve, spark Astros in 7-0 win over A’s

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Doug Fister and catcher Jason Castro came up with a game plan before beating the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, and it wasn’t complicated.

  • Houston Astros' Evan Gattis is hit by a pitch thrown by Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden in the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Fister, Altuve, spark Astros in 7-0 win over A’s

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Doug Fister pitched seven innings and Jose Altuve continued his torrid hitting as the Houston Astros defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Wednesday.

  • Home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez, center, watches as Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez, left, is tagged out by Oakland Athletics' Matt McBride in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Athletics rally from 3 down to beat Astros 4-3 in 10

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien rounded third base on Josh Reddick’s 10th-inning infield single, and Reddick’s first thought was disbelief.