When the Oakland Athletics optioned first baseman Nate Freiman to Class A Beloit on Wednesday, it was with the understanding that Freiman will return soon, perhaps as early as Sept. 1 when major league rosters expand to 40 players. The Athletics needed to make room for left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 5-4 win over the Astros on Wednesday. Freiman was a logical choice to be sent down, with Oakland carrying just 11 pitchers and ample infield depth. Stephen Vogt, Alberto Callaspo and Brandon Moss are all capable options at first base.

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The top tiers of the reliever rankings are thinning.

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When Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson capped a three-hit night with a two-run double in the ninth inning Monday, the Athletics reclaimed a comfortable lead that an inning earlier appeared tenuous. The Athletics scored five runs in the ninth, pulling away from the Houston Astros for an 8-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Donaldson finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and a stolen base. His ninth-inning hit to left field off Houston right-hander Jose Veras extended the lead to 6-2 and stymied the Astros for good.

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Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is probably finished for this season because of an elbow injury. That’s what Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during a radio interview on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News. Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 13 because of elbow inflammation, but there seems to be little chance that the Rangers will have him pitch again this season. He last pitched on Aug. 9, when he allowed nine hits, four walks and six runs (five earned) in just four innings against the Houston Astros.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 25th, 2014
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Just about everything is going right for the Kansas City Royals these days. The Royals played their last nine games against teams currently in last place – and they’ll play 10 of their final 33 against last-place Minnesota, Texas and Boston. Manager Ned Yost, however, is taking nothing for granted. Second-place Detroit had to fight back over the weekend just to salvage a four-game split against the Twins.

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After another rough start, two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is in danger of falling out of the San Francisco Giants’ starting rotation as they make a late-season playoff push. Lincecum was roughed up in his start Saturday against Washington, lasting just 2 2/3 innings while giving up six runs, four of them earned. And that is why Giants manager Bruce Bochy is considering taking Lincecum out of the rotation, although he is still debating the topic. —The Colorado Rockies activated right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman from the 60-day disabled list and placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day DL.

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The Oakland Athletics are hardly relishing being back in a first-place tie with the rival Los Angeles Angels. Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run on Joe Smith’s wild pitch with two outs in the eighth inning, and the A’s beat the Angels 2-1 on Saturday night to move into a share of the lead atop the AL West. ”We can’t get caught up in the standings or the playoff picture,” closer Sean Doolittle said. The Angels lost their fifth straight game this season at the Oakland Coliseum.

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Sean Doolittle couldn’t find much fault with his latest outing, which was strange considering the Athletics’ closer nearly ruined Sonny Gray’s best start in more than four weeks. Doolittle gave up two hits and a walk in the ninth inning, but recorded the final two outs for his 19th save Friday night, preserving Oakland’s 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a matchup of AL West rivals. There was a lot of Adrenalin flowing.” Coco Crisp hit his 15th career leadoff home run and Stephen Vogt added a solo shot for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning and the A’s pulled within one game of the division-leading Angels.

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