Good luck finding a team that got a bigger boost when rosters expanded than the Kansas City Royals, who along with the usual September call-ups welcomed Alex Gordon back from the disabled list and Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves. Gordon has been out since July 8, when the All-Star outfielder crumpled to the warning track while chasing a fly ball against Tampa Bay. Gomes was acquired in a trade just before Monday’s deadline.

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In less than a month with Oakland, Danny Valencia has learned plenty about his ballpark’s quirks. Valencia hit a two-run double in the third inning and another RBI-double in the fifth to back Felix Doubront in his first win for Oakland, and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 on Monday night. The game was delayed for a fix of the wall after Shane Victorino ran into it on Valencia’s second double.

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Oakland’s Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien’s two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. “To get this first one was very special,” Venditte said.

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(The Sports Xchange) – Oakland’s Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics’ 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien’s two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. “To get this first one was very special,” Venditte said.

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Marcus Semien’s two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th inning sent the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Semien’s big hit came after singles by Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt. Josh Phegley was hit by a pitch from Brad Ziegler (1-1) to load the bases.

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A night after his mistakes led to another Oakland loss, Stephen Vogt found redemption at the plate. Vogt hit a splashdown homer into the Chase Field swimming pool and drove in three runs as the Athletics beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Saturday night. The catcher had two passed balls that were big factors in Oakland’s 6-4 loss in the series opener Friday night.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Austin Jackson's bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth inning capped Seattle's comeback from a five-run deficit and led the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

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For all the home runs Paul Goldschmidt has hit – he launched No. 109 in his career in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics – Friday night’s win came down to a hustle play Goldschmidt made, at least in the eyes of manager Chip Hale. Goldschmidt struck out swinging in the sixth inning, one inning before his mammoth two-run shot that sealed the Diamondbacks’ win. Goldschmidt eventually scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Welington Castillo.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit his 15th homer, Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Friday night.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the twin worlds of closers and base thievery.

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