| Last week in Oakland, things got real. It started with a devastating sweep at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, including a walk-off grand slam by Rajai Davis in one game and a shutout by Rick Porcello in another https://www.oafanstore.com/Liam_Hendriks_Jersey-66 . Justin Verlander was supposed to be bad now, but he still beat the A's handily. But then, things turned around, quickly and in a big way. Oakland rebounded to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays in four games, which was even more sweet because the Jays had swept the A's in Canada in May. Oakland managed to win the seven-game season series against Toronto despite starting 0-3, which could be relevant later in the season if any tiebreakers are needed to decide playoff seeding . While the A's were playing the Jays https://www.oafanstore.com/Mark_Mulder_Jersey-72 , though, Billy Beane was hard at work on a Friday night, and, on July 4, as our BBQ's wound down and we waited for the evening's fireworks, the news broke that the A's had traded Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, and Dan Straily to the Cubs for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Bring it on, says the American League Oh, it's been brought'en. Must Reads Billy Beane goes all-in like we've never seenAlex Hall Athletics Nation Must Reads Billy Beane goes all-in like we've never seenThe story of the week revolved around pitching. It started poorly, with Sean Doolittle serving up the come-from-behind game-winner to Davis in the ninth inning on Monday and Jesse Chavez getting smashed by the Tigers on Wednesday. But the A's allowed only four total runs to the Blue Jays over their four-game set, which is particularly impressive because the Jays have scored the fourth-most runs in the Majors this year. Scott Kazmir made two impressive starts and allowed two runs in 12?innings while striking out 15 batters. Sonny Gray threw a seven-inning, one-run, five-strikeout gem on Thursday, and Samardzija matched it exactly in his Oakland debut on Sunday. In the pen, nobody except Doolittle and Jim Johnson allowed a run. The A's 304 runs allowed are bested only by the Mariners and the Nationals . Must Reads A's Coliseum lease Selig bluffs all-in, JPA cavesLev Facher Athletics Nation Must Reads A's Coliseum lease Selig bluffs all-in, JPA cavesThe offense can be summed up with the phrase, "I believe in Stephen Vogt." The catcher-turned-right-fielder went 11-for-24 with a double and a triple, and although he walked only once he also didn't strike out a single time. Vogt has only struck out eight times in 92 plate appearances and has only swung and missed at 4.2 percent of pitches he's seen, both of which put him in Alberto Callaspo territory as far as making contact and putting the ball into play. His .372 BABIP will come down, and with it his .356 average, but as long as he keeps making contact on nine out of 10 swings and hitting line drives he'll continue to be an offensive weapon. Brandon Moss, Derek Norris, Coco Crisp, and Craig Gentry also had big weeks, hitting .333 or higher. Moss, Coco, and Josh Donaldson hit the only three homers for the week, but Jed Lowrie finally had a few doubles land in and Nate Freiman added a couple of his own https://www.oafanstore.com/Robbie_Grossman_Jersey-88 .The A's still lead the Majors in runs scored , over the Angels and the Rockies . The Blue Jays are the only other team over 400.Here are the main stories from the last week.The Shark TradeThe A's needed to bolster their starting rotation, and they did so in a big way by adding Samardzija and Hammel. The price was steep Oakland's top two propsects, Russell and McKinney, as well as a lesser starter in Straily. We've already written plenty of words on this deal and its ramifications, so to read more you can check out the StoryStream that includes all of our coverage. Must Reads Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trade coverageIn the meantime, here is some footage from Shark's debut on Sunday.Six Seven All-StarsThe Oakland A's are sending sending six players to the 2014 All-Star Game.