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Josh Donaldson | Third Baseman

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the Athletics' 4-1 win over the Astros on Sunday.
Donaldson hit a two-run blast, his fourth home run of the season, in the first inning. He followed with two doubles in his next three at-bats, including an RBI double in the ninth inning. The 28-year-old scuffled to start the year, but he's proving that his breakout 2013 season was no fluke with his recent hitting. Apr 20 - 8:13 PM

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Josh Donaldson extended his hitting streak to seven games with a home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's win over the Mariners.

It was his only hit in five at-bats. Donaldson started slow in his follow-up to a breakout 2013 season, but the third baseman has now homered in three of his last four games. He's also driven in six runs over his past four games and has eight RBI for the year.
Apr 13 - 7:53 PM

Josh Donaldson finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Thursday against the Twins.

Donaldson launched a two-run shot in the third inning for his first home run of the season and later added an RBI single in the sixth. The 28-year-old also struck twice and now has a 13/1 K/BB ratio through 42 plate appearances, but at least he has three straight multi-hit games to his credit.
Apr 10 - 4:22 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Monday's loss to the Indians.

Donaldson nearly hit a three-run homer to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he had to settle for a 400-foot single. He should have at least had an RBI to show for it, but Daric Barton got a bad read on the ball and failed to score.
Apr 1 - 9:51 AM

Josh Donaldson (calf) will return to action Wednesday.

Donaldson was pulled from Sunday's Cactus League game with tightness in his right calf, but it's not a major concern. He should be fine for the start of the season.
Mar 18 - 12:16 PM

Josh Donaldson (calf) will be given another day off Tuesday.

Donaldson was pulled from Sunday's Cactus League game with tightness in his right calf. He tried to talk his way into Tuesday's lineup, but the A's want to play this safe. The 28-year-old third baseman should be fine for the start of the 2014 regular season.
Mar 17 - 6:57 PM

Josh Donaldson was removed early from Sunday's Cactus League contest against the Reds due to tightness in his right calf.

The Athletics said that the injury wasn't serious, and it was purely precautionary to remove him. For now, it doesn't seem like anything for Donaldson owners to worry about, but monitor his availability closely in the coming days.
Mar 16 - 6:14 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI against the Dodgers on Monday.

The blast, a two-run shot off of Brandon League in the sixth, is Donaldson's second of the spring. It will be tough for him to replicate what he did last season for the A's, hitting 24 homers with a .301 average, but he shouldn't fall off too much and should get some extra AB's hitting second in the order.
Mar 10 - 6:33 PM

Josh Donaldson blasted his first homer of the Cactus League season as the A's and White Sox played to a 2-2 tie on Sunday.

Donaldson's blast was of the solo variety and came off Dylan Axelrod in the fifth inning. It was his lone hit in two trips to the plate on the day. Donaldson is expected to hit second in the A's lineup this year, which will make it difficult for him to replicate his solid RBI total from a season ago.
Mar 9 - 7:19 PM

Josh Donaldson is expected to bat second for the Athletics this season.

Donaldson mostly hit in the middle of the order last year, but he batted second in 23 of his final 30 starts and hit .326/.422/.581 in those games. ``I feel comfortable wherever Bob (Melvin) puts me,'' Donaldson said. ``He put me there last year some toward the end of the season and it seemed to work.'' Donaldson's RBI total will take a dip in the second spot, but he'll have the potential to score more runs.
Feb 27 - 7:46 PM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

Donaldson had an incredible year, but he did very little in the ALDS, batting just .143/.182/.143 with no extra-base hits and a 1/8 BB/K ratio. The A's managed just three hits against Justin Verlander and Joaquin Benoit, falling in the fifth game of the division series yet again.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 11:38:00 PM

Josh Donaldson is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Angels.

Donaldson will get a rest after his streak of 28 games of reaching base safely came to an end on Tuesday. Alberto Callaspo is making the start at third base.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:47:00 PM

Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning to send the A's to a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Tuesday.

In so doing the A's improved to 89-62 and cut their AL West-winning magic number to six. Donaldson finished 3-for-5. The third baseman won't win the MVP award, but he's generated deserved buzz by slashing .304/.384/.506 with 89 RBI.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 01:46:00 AM

Josh Donaldson led the A’s offensive attack in Friday’s 9-8 victory over the Rangers, going 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

Donaldson also walked twice, doubled and scored a pair of runs in the game. His solo homer off Derek Holland in the third inning was one of three A’s long balls in the game, joined by Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss. He’s been one of the biggest factors in the A’s success this season, hitting .301/.379/.503 with 22 homers, 87 RBI and four stolen bases.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:27:00 AM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three runs scored as the A's beat the Astros 9-7 on Friday.

Donaldson has shown that his strong first half was no fluke by shaking off a July slip to hit .293 with five homers and 20 RBI since the beginning of August. Maybe he's no better than the AL's fourth best third baseman, but he's going to deserve some down-ballot MVP votes this year.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 01:51:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1John Jaso
2Derek Norris
1B1Daric Barton
2B1Eric Sogard
2Alberto Callaspo
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3A.J. Griffin
4Dan Straily
5Jesse Chavez
6Tommy Milone
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Sean Doolittle
5Dan Otero
6Eric O'Flaherty
7Drew Pomeranz
8Fernando Abad
9Fernando Rodriguez