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Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
Oct 1 - 11:24 AM

Adam Dunn acknowledged after the Athletics' loss to the Royals in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday that he still plans to retire.

"That's probably it," said Dunn, who waited 14 seasons and 2,001 career games to get to the playoffs, the longest such streak of any active player. The 34-year-old didn't make an appearance in Tuesday's Wild Card Game, but he has no regrets. "Not at all," said Dunn. "Let's not make a bigger deal out of it. I love Bob [Melvin]. He's one of the best managers I've ever played for. He's as good as there is out there. You wish the best for a guy like that. He's awesome. Awesome." If this is the end for Dunn, he'll finish with 462 career home runs, tying him for 35th on the all-time list.
Oct 1 - 8:51 AM

James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Oct 1 - 1:34 AM

Sean Doolittle yielded a run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Doolittle didn't pitch poorly, as he gave up a bloop single to Josh Willingham to start the inning and then watched the Royals score following a sac bunt, stolen base and sac fly. He then stayed in to pitch a scoreless 10th inning. The A's took the lead again in the 12th inning, but Dan Otero and Jason Hammel combined to surrender a pair of runs.
Oct 1 - 1:27 AM

Jon Lester was charged with six runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Royals.

Lester really settled in after a rocky start, but A's manager Bob Melvin stuck with him too long in the eighth inning after he was well past 100 pitches. He wound up getting charged with three runs that frame, two of which that scored after he exited. It wasn't the ideal finish for the impending free agent, but Lester will still get a boatload of cash this winter.
Oct 1 - 1:22 AM

Salvador Perez made his one hit Tuesday count, as he delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning of the Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

Perez was having an awful game up to that point, going 0-for-5 with a couple strikeouts, including one in the eighth with the tying run on third base and one out. He finally came through in extras, though, pulling a ball down the third-base line just past Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon from second base. The Royals will face the Angels in the ALDS.
Oct 1 - 1:14 AM

Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's Wild Card Game win over the Athletics.

Hosmer put the Royals ahead with an RBI single in the third, scored a run to pull them within one in the eighth and scored following a leadoff triple in the 12th. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Billy Butler and Omar Infante also tallied multi-hit efforts, with Cain and Butler driving in a couple runs apiece.
Oct 1 - 1:10 AM

Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and a three-run shot in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Moss did all he could, getting the A's on board with a two-run blast in the first inning before putting them ahead with a three-run dinger in the sixth. He also drew a walk in one of his six plate appearances. It wasn't enough in the back-and-forth game, though, as the Royals ultimately prevailed in extras. Moss had just two longballs since the beginning of August before smacking a pair Tuesday.
Oct 1 - 1:03 AM

Coco Crisp left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right hamstring injury.

Crisp tweaked his hamstring on a swing in the top of the 11th. He took the field for the bottom of the frame but decided he couldn't go. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while if the A's advance, but more should be known about his status after the game.
Oct 1 - 12:14 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that the club will considering re-signing Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

Gutierrez didn't play at all this season after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He's averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues but isn't ready to call it a career. "He’s in Florida, working out. He has some interest in coming back next year. We’re going to talk to him and we’ll see what happens," Zduriencik said. "He left in a good frame of mind. We’ll have to see where it’s at, but he’s spoken to our guys more than once about his desire in coming back next year. It would be as a non-roster player."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sep 30 - 9:38 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday that pitching prospect Danny Hultzen (shoulder) "should be" 100 percent for spring training.

Making his way back from rotator cuff surgery, Hultzen threw well in his third and final instructional league outing Tuesday and will now be shut down until spring training. "They said it was really impressive," Zduriencik said. "He feels really good and is now shut down. He’s finished for the fall. He showed an average fastball, really good curve and changeup. He was confident and his delivery is sound. So he’ll go home and come back in January and be ready for Spring Training."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sep 30 - 9:33 PM

Geovany Soto left Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals with a left thumb injury.

Soto injured the thumb while making a tag at home plate in the bottom of the first inning. He remained in the game for a bit longer but eventually had to exit. The A's should update his status after the game, but it's possible he won't be able to play in the ALDS if the A's advance. Derek Norris replaced him behind the plate.
Sep 30 - 9:03 PM

Dustin Ackley will visit a specialist to have his left ankle examined.

Ackley dealt with bone spurs in the ankle down the stretch. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik doesn't think the outfielder will need surgery, but obviously more will be known after the exam. Ackley finished the season batting .245/.293/.398 with 14 homers and 65 RBI over 143 games.
Sep 30 - 6:32 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) tried throwing on Monday and didn't feel completely comfortable.

He is not on the A's active roster for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game in Kansas City and the left-hander might not be an option for the ALDS either. O'Flaherty was bothered by discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow over the final few weeks of the regular season.
Sep 30 - 5:44 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder, chest, rib cage) said Tuesday that he is ready to go for the ALDS.

Hamilton has taken batting practice, thrown long toss, and run the bases without issue each of the last two days in Anaheim. He's played in just one game for the Angels since September 4 due to shoulder, chest, and rib cage injuries, but look for him to be in the starting lineup on Thursday.
Sep 30 - 5:01 PM



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