The Oakland Athletics had to stop mid-celebration and wait to find out from replay review whether they had in fact won the game on a walkoff. It was confirmed that pinch-hitter Ike Davis beat out an infield single with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the A’s past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Wednesday night. The play went to review with Oakland’s players jumping up and down near the mound.

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Sam Fuld jogs to the outfield each inning with enough gum in his back pocket to give him a quick boost of carbohydrates if his blood sugar dips. After nearly eight years in the majors, Fuld has learned to count his carbs and determine his insulin without nutritional labels on much of the clubhouse food from ballpark to ballpark, city to city. A Type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at age 10, his body requires constant attention all day long to stay in top form for the Oakland Athletics.

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Kremer is speaking Hebrew, not English. The 6-foot-2 Kremer is the golden boy of Israeli baseball, the first citizen to be selected in the major league draft and the country’s greatest hope of lifting the sport from its decades-long second-class status.

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Josh Donaldson had a little extra time to reflect on his tenure with the Athletics during his first trip back to the aging Oakland Coliseum. Toronto’s All-Star third baseman spent about two hours in a taxi from San Francisco to Oakland on Tuesday because his driver apparently took a few failed ”shortcuts.” Finally, Donaldson saw the stadium’s new video boards as the car approached and thought back to his old memories of playing for the green and gold. ”When I pulled up, my heart started fluttering a little bit seeing this place,” Donaldson said, wearing his Blue Jays uniform in the visitor’s dugout.

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Editor’s note: This week The Stew is examining candidates for MLB’s three major awards. Next up: Cy Young There is no doubt that we are currently living in a era where pitching rules. Offensive numbers have declined steeply from what we now refer to as the “steroid era,” and that has allowed pitchers to thrive. There are a number of reasons why this has happened. Some point to MLB’s strict drug testing policy as a reason for pitching dominance, others point to more specialized bullpens and the fact that pitchers are throwing harder than ever. [ On the week's StewPod: The secrets of 'Major League,' our favorite baseball movie. ] As with most things, it’s probably a mixture of all of the above.  Because of that, you just can’t look at this list as a comprehensive view of the Cy Young Award at the halfway point. We no longer live in a time where there are only four legitimate candidates for the award. There are probably at least 10 guys in each league that actually have a shot at winning the Cy Young right now. That speaks to just how crazy-bananas pitching has been lately. So, apologies to the many contenders that were left out of this piece.  Now, let’s get to the actual award races: NATIONAL LEAGUE   The Frontrunner : Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals) At this point, it has to be Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. He checks every box needed in order to win a Cy Young award. His numbers are insane, he’s pitching for one of the best teams in the game and he’s already tossed a couple signature starts this year (the one-hitter followed by the no-hitter). Though it seems like Scherzer has easily been the best pitcher in the game this season, he doesn’t have a large margin for error. A second-half slump could result in him losing out on the award, but that speaks more to the strength of the other candidates, and less about Scherzer. He’s the pick right now, and we feel pretty good about it.

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Jake Smolinski has made a big impression with his bat in less than 24 hours of his first home games for Oakland. Smolinski homered twice for four RBIs a day after driving in the tying run in the ninth as a pinch hitter, Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics slugged past the Minnesota Twins 14-1 on Sunday. It was just a fun win,” Smolinski said.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday:

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Shoddy defense, a leaky bullpen and struggles in close games left the Oakland Athletics with the worst record in the American League at the All-Star break. To be able to overcome those problems and come up with a win feels like a good omen for the A’s. Stephen Vogt hit a game-ending single in the 10th inning and Oakland rallied after blowing a lead in the ninth to beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 Saturday night.

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Ervin Santana received the game ball from Joe Mauer after his first win with Minnesota, and he waited months to finally earn it. The Twins’ power hitters provided him plenty of support, too. Trevor Plouffe hit a grand slam against All-Star Sonny Gray in the sixth inning after Brian Dozier led off the game with his 20th home run, and Minnesota beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 on Friday night.

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