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Jarrod Parker

A's Bassitt hounds Orioles in 5-0 whitewash

OAKLAND, Calif. What began as Groundhog Day ended up as Christmas Day as the Oakland A's gifted Chris Bassitt with five runs and let the rookie starting pitcher do the rest in a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. Bassitt had made five starts for the A's in the last five weeks, and Oakland's beleaguered offense had scored just five runs for him. It was more of the same early as the A's couldn't break through for anything more than one hit in four innings against the Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez. But the fifth inning saw Eric Sogard and Billy Burns combine for a run on a double and a single. Then the A's erupted for four more runs in the sixth,...