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A'S NAB 2B DURHAM: Second baseman Ray Durham, the subject of several trade rumors, finally was dealt by the White Sox to Oakland for a minor-league pitcher. Durham is expected to join the A's in Texas for tonight's game.

"He's a talent, this kid," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "It's nice to inject that kind of bat into our lineup. He's a switch-hitter with speed, he's got a lot of tools."

Durham, 30, was hitting .299 with nine homers, 48 RBIs and a .390 on-base percentage. He stole 20 bases and scored 71 runs.

ANGELS: Closer Troy Percival pitched 1 innings in a simulated game and pronounced himself ready. The right-hander has been disabled since the All-Star break with an infection near his left Achilles' tendon.

ORIOLES: The team canceled a plan to activate designated hitter Chris Richard off the disabled list and instead recalled infielder Brian Roberts from Triple-A Rochester. Richard strained his gluteus muscle during pregame fielding drills with Rochester on Wednesday night.

_ BRYAN GILMER, TIMES WIRES

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