Athletics acquire pitcher Homer Bailey from Royals

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Kansas City Royals' Homer Bailey pitches during first inning MLB baseball action against the Toronto Blue Jays, in Toronto, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (Jon Blacker / CP)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals are sending Homer Bailey to the Oakland Athletics after scratching the veteran right-hander about 45 minutes before his scheduled start Sunday against Detroit.

In return, Kansas City is getting minor league infielder Kevin Merrell. He’s been playing at Double-A Midland and will report to the Royals’ affiliate at Northwest Arkansas.

The 33-year-old Bailey has rebounded this season with the Royals after signing a minor league deal in February. He is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA, but he’s been especially good over his past seven starts, giving the A’s some additional help as they seek a playoff run in the second half.

They began the day six games back in the AL West, but a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second wild-card berth.

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