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A's call up right-handed reliever Chad Smith, send down Ryan Cook after rough outing in loss

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Athletics have recalled right-handed reliever Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville and demoted righty Ryan Cook.

PHOTO: Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt, center, talks to pitcher Ryan Cook, left, as first baseman Ike Davis listens in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt, center, talks to pitcher Ryan Cook, left, as first baseman Ike Davis listens in the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)

Smith was 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA as the closer with Nashville, getting two saves in four chances. He had a blown save Saturday night at Round Rock.

The 25-year-old Smith made his major league debut with Detroit last year and had a 5.40 ERA in 10 appearances. He was claimed by Oakland in February.

Cook was sent down a day after taking the loss in Texas' 8-7 win in 10 innings. He worked a scoreless ninth but was replaced after giving up a hit and consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs in the 10th. Cook is 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA in four appearances.

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