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LHP Pedro Figueroa was called up from Triple-Sacramento on Sunday when major-league rosters were expanded. Figueroa, who has a high-90s fastball, went 3-4 with two saves and a 4.10 ERA in a career-high 46 appearances at Sacramento, including one start. He struck out 49 batters in 59 1/3 innings. Left-handers hit just .216 against him. Figueroa made his major-league debut last season, posting a 3.32 ERA in 19 relief appearances. "I always stayed positive," Figueroa said. "I always expected to be up here."

OF Michael Choice, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday when major-league rosters were expanded. This marks Choice's first career promotion to the major leagues. Choice hit 14 home runs in 132 games for Sacramento this year. He set career highs for batting average (.302), RBIs (89), runs (90), hits (154), doubles (29), walks (69) and on-base percentage. "Recently I feel like I've been swinging the bat well," Choice said. "Kind of got into a little groove lately where I'm able to see pitches, get deeper into counts ... and overall I feel good." Choice can play all three outfield spots, but manager Bob Melvin said he'd most likely be used at a corner spot. "Michael Choice has got some thump in his bat," Melvin said. "He's a potential option against left-handed pitching." To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Choice, the A's designated minor-league C Luke Montz for assignment.

INF Andy Parrino was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday when major-league rosters were expanded. This marks his second stint with the A's this season. In nine games with the A's from April 10-24, he went 3-for-24 (.125) with a double. He hit a career-low .210 in 108 games for Sacramento with four home runs and 36 RBIs. "Andy Parrino is a true shortstop and had a great year defensively," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

RHP Dan Straily (7-7) will make his 23rd start of the season Monday afternoon when the A's open a three-game series against Texas at the O.co Coliseum. Straily snapped a career-long five-game losing streak in his last start, allowing one run on eight hits over six innings in a 14-4 win at Detroit. Straily is 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers. This year, he's made three starts against Texas, going 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA.

CF Coco Crisp led off Sunday's 5-1 win over Tampa Bay with his 16th home run of the season, tying his career high. It was Crisp's fifth leadoff homer of the season and 13th of his career, including 11 as an Athletic.

RHP A.J. Griffin (12-9) allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings Sunday in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay. Griffin won his second straight start. He struck out seven and walked one. The only run he gave up came on 1B James Loney's towering home run to right-center in the second inning. The home run was the 33rd that Griffin has allowed this season, the most in the majors. "I feel like the best thing I did was after Loney hit that home run, I didn't let it affect me," Griffin said. "I stayed under control and just kept trying to execute my game plan instead of letting that affect me, and I feel like I'd been letting that affect me way too much lately."

INF Jemile Weeks was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday when major-league rosters were expanded. Weeks appeared in 97 games with the A's in 2011 and 118 last season, when he made 111 starts. But he was sent down to Sacramento on Aug. 21, after hitting just .220. He returned to Oakland on Sept. 10 and appeared in five games, but he had spent the entire 2013 season in Sacramento until Sunday. "It's been a while," Weeks said. "Put a lot of work in down there, and it's a refreshing feeling." Weeks hit .271 with four homers and 40 RBIs in 130 games for the River Cats. He walked 80 times and had a .376 on-base percentage. He played 45 games at second, 25 in center field, 23 at shortstop and 38 at designated hitter.

C Luke Montz was designated for assignment Sunday in a move that opened a spot on the A's 40-man roster for OF Michael Choice, who was promoted to the major leagues. Montz was batting .246 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 33 games with Triple-A Sacramento before going on the disabled list July 3 with a strained shoulder. In 13 games with the A's in May, he hit .179 with one home run and five RBIs.

RF Josh Reddick (sprained right wrist) said his wrist was pain-free Sunday and he expects to test it Monday by swinging a bat for the first time since going on the 15-day DL on Aug. 26. Reddick, who had a cortisone injection earlier in the week, is eligible to come off of the DL on Sept. 10. "I'm hoping to be back at the end of my DL stint," Reddick said. He spent 23 days on the DL earlier this season with a sprained right wrist.

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