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C Derek Norris (back spasms) left Saturday's game in the ninth inning with back spasms and he remained unavailable Sunday, leaving 3B Josh Donaldson as the A's backup catcher. The A's have no healthy fulltime catchers on their 40-man roster right now except for Stephen Vogt, who started for Oakland on Sunday. John Jaso is on the DL with a concussion and Luke Montz is on Triple-A Sacramento's DL with a shoulder injury.

2B Eric Sogard was 0-for-5 in Sunday's 6-4 win at Toronto to end his with a career-best 14-game hit streak, the longest of the season by an A's player. He batted .392 (20-for-51) during that span with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBIs. Sogard was used only as a pinch-runner in Saturday's 5-4 loss at Toronto. Sogard started Sunday's game at shortstop with SS Jed Lowrie used as designated hitter.

RHP Sonny Gray was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. He has a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings pitched for Oakland this season.

RHP Dan Straily will try to end his string of four consecutive losing starts when he faces the Blue Jays in the finale of a four-game series Monday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The longest losing streak of his career came after he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on July 20. He has an ERA of 4.95 and an opponents' batting average of .321 in that span. He is 5-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 13 starts since going 1-2 with a 7.27 ERA in his first five starts. He is 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays, both in Oakland. He took the loss on July 30 -- six hits, five runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings -- in Toronto's 5-0 victory at Oakland on July 30.

RHP A.J. Griffin did not allow a home run against the Blue Jays on Sunday after allowing a total of 10 in his previous four starts. Griffin did allow a season-high six walks (one intentional), five hits and three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. He had not walked more than two in a start since May 19 when he walked three. He did not factor in the decision in Sunday's 6-4 win. Griffin was helped by a fine catch against the screen by C Stephen Vogt on RF Jose Bautista for the final out of the fourth inning, leaving the bases loaded. "That's a tough play, a lot tougher than most people think," Griffin said. "The ball does weird stuff when it's popped straight up. A great play by Vogt." Vogt said: "I didn't know, honestly, until it was in my glove, whether it was on the other side of the net or not. It was definitely one of the tougher ones I've had and I was fortunate to come up with it. Popups for catchers, that's one of the toughest plays for us."

OF Chris Young hit an RBI single in the three-run eighth inning batting for CF Coco Crisp who was 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 6-4 win at Toronto. Young finished the game in center field. Manager Bob Melvin said Crisp had a sore left wrist. "He might need a day off tomorrow," Melvin said.

INF Adam Rosales was designated for assignment. The move is part of a hectic week that saw Rosales designated for assignment by the A's, claimed by the Texas Rangers, designated for assignment by the Rangers after three days, then reclaimed by the A's before being designated for assignment again.

RF Josh Reddick was 1-for-3 with two walks in Sunday's 6-4 win at Toronto but did not hit a home run. He hit five home runs in the first two games of the four-game series at Rogers Centre, three of them in Friday's 14-6 win over the Blue Jays. It tied the major league record for most homers over two games. He is the first A's player to hit five homers over two games since 1B Mark McGwire June 10-11, 1995.

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