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A’s pitcher Frankie Montas suspended 80 games for drug violation

Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The 26-year-old right-hander is 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 13 starts. The A’s are 40-36, meaning Montas could return for the final week of the regular season, but he is ineligible for postseason play this year. Montas says he unknowingly took a contaminated supplement he bought over the counter in the United States.

A’s Stephen Piscotty undergoes surgery to remove melanoma from ear

Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty will be out until at least next week after undergoing surgery to remove a melanoma from his right ear. The 28-year-old Piscotty had the operation after the melanoma on the outer lobe of his ear was discovered during a routine spot check on May 28. A biopsy came back positive a week later.

Athletics slugger Khris Davis returns from injured list

Athletics slugger Khris Davis is back from a stint on the injured list because of a bruised left hip and oblique muscle. The designated hitter, who led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, was set to start batting cleanup for Oakland in the middle game of a weekend series against the Houston Astros. He went on the injured list May 24, retroactive to May 22, after getting hurt May 5 at Pittsburgh.

Athletics change plans, don’t place Khris Davis on injured list

Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis is undergoing an MRI on his ailing left hip in Cleveland, but the team has opted against placing him on the injured list for now. On Tuesday night, Oakland manager Bob Melvin and Davis both said the 2018 major league home run leader would be going on the 10-day IL after the injury flared up during a 5-3 win over the Indians.

Mariners belt 3 homers, beat Athletics 4-3

Daniel Vogelbach, Tim Beckham and Mitch Haniger homered, Roenis Elias pitched out of a bases-loaded jam and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 Tuesday night. Mike Leake earned the win as the Mariners sent the A’s to their third straight loss, and fourth in six games.

Blue Jays acquire Edwin Jackson, who would set record of 14 teams

Edwin Jackson was acquired by Toronto from Oakland for cash and would set a record by pitching for 14 major league teams when he makes his Blue Jays debut. A 35-year-old right-hander, Jackson would be appearing in his 17th big league season. He signed a minor league contract with Oakland last month and was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three games, two at Triple-A and one at Class A. He is expected to report to the Blue Jays.