NEW YORK — Rookie Matt Chapman quickly atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that sent the Oakland Athletics over the Mets 3-2 Sunday, ending New York's four-game winning streak. With the July 31 trade deadline nearing and far back in the NL wild-card race, the Mets now start a 10-game trip, and there's no telling whether veterans such as Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda will remain on the team when it returns to Citi Field. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis also homered for Oakland, helping Bob Melvin post his 999th victory as a big league manager. Semien connected on the sixth pitch of the game, and Davis hit his 28th home run in the fourth. Michael Conforto
The trade deadline has a chance to be busy this season, especially because there’s a ho-hum free-agent class ahead, and teams have an even bigger incentive to find their difference-makers. Pat Neshek is attracting a lot of attention from teams that need bullpen help, but expect a number of relievers to move. Chaos will come from the teams that have tough choices to make.
TORONTO - The A’s All-Star is in his first extended funk of the season, but Yonder Alonso is not alarmed. He turned around his career with his hot hitting this season, and he knows that the way he did so was by sticking with the process. “I’m one swing away, I’m one pitch away,” Alonso said. “I’ve had good at-bats, long at-bats, I’m still getting walks, it’s just a matter of time before balls start finding holes. Two days away, three days away, I’ll be hitting .280 again, but I don’t care about that stuff as long as my work is good, my mind is healthy. I’ve just got to continue to battle.” Manager Bob Melvin said that Alonso might just be a bit tired. “Just maybe one of those periods he’s going