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A's will keep exploring moves in August

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The Oakland A's were expected to be among the big wheelers and dealers before Tuesday's trade deadline, but the team was quiet, failing to obtain a shortstop.

The team's only move was Sunday's acquisition of catcher George Kottaras, who made his Oakland debut Tuesday in an 8-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at the Coliseum. Kottaras had one of the Athletics' three hits off James Shields.

Oakland assistant general manager David Forst told reporters that the team was trying to show respect to the current group of players -- which just compiled a franchise-best 19-5 record in July -- by not moving any of the main contributors, particularly any of the good young players.

Forst also emphasized that the team will continue to look for opportunities to upgrade during August, looking at the waiver-trade market.

The Athletics' biggest need is for a shortstop; Cliff Pennington is on the disabled list due to a sore left elbow, and he's batting .197.

Oakland's July was the best by an AL team since 1956, when the Yankees went 23-6.

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