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A's use Brandon Moss' two-run bomb to power past Pirates

  • Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — Dan Straily knew before he went to work on Tuesday night his next start wouldn't be in the majors. The All-Star break and a quirk in the Oakland Athletics' schedule means the AL West leaders won't need a fifth starter for a couple of weeks.

Before hopping a plane for Triple-A Sacramento, the rookie right-hander left a little something to remember him by. Straily (6-2) allowed two hits over 6 1-3 innings, striking out seven and walking three to win his fifth straight decision.

"I could have thrown a perfect game and I was going to get optioned out," Straily said. "It's nothing personal. It's the situation we're in. It is what it is."

The A's called up right-hander Sonny Gray to take Straily's spot, hoping the 2011 first-round draft pick can get some work out of the bullpen over the next couple of weeks. That apparently wasn't an option for Straily.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin called having someone at the back end of the rotation with Straily's talent a "luxury," one the team can apparently live without until later in the month.

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