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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 27th, 2014
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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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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 26th, 2014
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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 26th, 2014
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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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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 25th, 2014
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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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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 24th, 2014
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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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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 24th, 2014
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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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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 23rd, 2014
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The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels were headed in opposite directions approaching the opener Friday night of their three-game series at the O.co Coliseum. The A’s had lost eight of their past 10 games, squandering what had been a four-game lead in the American League West on Aug. 10. The Angels had won eight out of 10, passing the A’s and taking a two-game lead. For one night at least, the A’s and Angels reversed course.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 23rd, 2014
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The Oakland Athletics are checking out the possibility of building a new stadium on the same site of their current home. The A’s announced Friday that architectural consultant 360 Architecture will evaluate design options for a new ballpark which would keep the team in Oakland. Team owner Lew Wolff has been stymied in his efforts to get a new stadium. At one point Wolff tried to get approval to move the A’s 30 miles south to Fremont but met resistance by the San Francisco Giants who claim territorial rights.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on August 22nd, 2014
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