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OAK@KC: Samardzija solid through 6 1/3 innings

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Sunday morning the Astros had placed starter Scott Feldman on revocable waivers. The right-hander is expected to clear or be claimed by Monday, according to Rosenthal.

The news is even more pressing, considering Feldman is scheduled to start the Astros' series opener against the A's on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. But the idea of his potential departure from Houston hasn't rattled Feldman -- largely because he understands the frequency in which players are placed on waivers each season as the Aug. 31 deadline draws near.

"I don't think it's something to worry about," Feldman told the Houston Chronicle. "It's part of the game. If they put me on waivers and somebody wants me, it will probably be a win-win. I either stay here, and I like it here -- and if somebody claims me, it's just part of the game and it probably means they want me, too. Either way it's fine. It's kind of what we sign up for when you're a baseball player."

Feldman -- who will match up with A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Monday -- is 7-9 with a 4.37 ERA on the season. After a rough July, during which he compiled a 5.58 ERA over five starts, the right-hander responded with an improved August. Three of his four outings this month have been quality starts. His lone poor performance came on Aug. 14 against the Red Sox, when he surrendered seven runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.

His last time out against the Yankees on Wednesday, Feldman gave up two earned runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Samardzija, meanwhile, had his worst start of the season during his last outing on Wednesday, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over just 3 2/3 innings. It was the most runs the right-hander allowed and fewest innings he pitched to date in 2014.

"It was a big game today and I didn't do my part," Samardzija said on Wednesday. "I let the game get away from me, and I can't do that, right now, late in the season."

Samardzija now sports a 4.07 ERA in 10 starts since joining the A's via trade in early July.

Astros: Marisnick settling in
Moving from the National League to the American League can be tough on some players. But Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is happy to have a fresh start in Houston.

Since being acquired from the Marlins at the Trade Deadline, Marisnick has hit .299 (23-for-77) with a home run and six RBIs. Over the last two seasons with Miami, he hit just .178 (28-for-157).

"At times early [this season] or last year, there's times where you try to calm yourself down, try and relax," Marisnick said. "And just being new and you got so many things going in the box with you, you're stepping in there with your coaches and thinking about everybody watching and all that. But the more you do it, the more you're able to clear your head. Now, I've gotten to the point where it's just me and the pitcher. I'm just competing against him."

A's: Doolittle, Jaso head to DL
Oakland took several big injury blows on Sunday, including the loss of closer Sean Doolittle to a strained right intercostal.

Doolittle, who has 20 saves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, while right-hander Dan Otero took his roster spot.

Catcher John Jaso will also be placed on the seven-day concussion DL on Monday, and he will not travel to Houston.

Geovany Soto, whom the A's acquired from the Rangers for cash considerations on Sunday, will join the team as a backup catcher on Monday.

Worth noting
• Despite losing on Sunday, the Astros capped off their third .500-or-better road trip of the season.

• A's third baseman Josh Donaldson underwent an MRI on his left knee Sunday, but it showed no structural damage and he is expected to play Monday. Comments