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RHP Sonny Gray joined the Athletics on Wednesday night and pitched two scoreless relief innings in a 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh after having his contract selected from Triple-A Sacramento late Tuesday night when RHP Dan Straily was optioned to the same club. Gray allowed one hit, struck out three and had no walks. Gray started each of his 49 minor-league games over three seasons but will be used as a reliever by the Athletics. Not surprisingly, Gray said his biggest challenge will be learning how to warm up quickly. The Athletics' first-round draft pick in 2011, Gray was 8-5 with a 2.81 in 16 stars at Sacramento. "I thought he was really good," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "You can have some nerves and sometimes that shows up in command -- but he was on it right away."

LHP Tommy Milone (8-8) lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs and seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in a 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Milone needed 80 pitches to get eight outs, including 48 in the third inning. Milone has a 6.33 ERA in his last five starts, giving up 19 runs in 27 innings, though he is 2-2 in that span.

RHP Bartolo Colon told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he has not been contacted by Major League Baseball investigators concerning the Biogenesis case and knows nothing about their investigation. Colon was suspended 50 games by MLB last season for testing for high testosterone levels. A second performance-enhancing drug suspension would result in a 100-game ban. Colon is 12-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 18 starts and has been selected to play for the American League in the All-Star Game on July 16 at New York.

CF Coco Crisp broke out of an extended slump by going 3-for-4 on Wednesday night in a 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh. Crisp was 9-for-65 (.138) in his previous 17 games, a skid that had dropped his batting average to .260.

RHP Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04) will face Boston on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series. Parker is on the longest winning streak of his career -- 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last eight starts. He also has allowed five or fewer hits in each of those starts for a .172 opponent batting average. Parker is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA against the Red Sox in two career starts.

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