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Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the A's 4-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

Donaldson hit the bomb off of Angels starter C.J. Wilson. He also doubled in the contest, finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks. He has 88 RBI to go with the 26 long balls. While Donaldson's average is down from his breakout 2013 campaign (.256 this year vs .301 in 2013), he's been an integral part of the A's offense this season, having already set a career high in home runs. He's also on-pace to set a career high for RBI. On the year, he's slashing .256/.346/.471.
Aug 29 - 2:03 AM

Sonny Gray gave up six hits and allowed three runs against the Angels on Thursday.

Gray was victimized by the bottom portion of the Angels lineup. He allowed an RBI single to Erick Aybar in the second and a few batters later, Gordon Beckham drove in two. He struck out six and walked three as he managed his way through seven innings. Following a sterling 5-0 July, Gray is just 1-4 in August. These kinds of hiccups are to be expected of a second-year pitcher, as he learns how to pace himself through a full season. Despite the rough month, Gray still boasts a 3.03 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .233 BAA. Gray will try to make his September a good one, starting with his scheduled start against the Mariners in a few days.
Aug 29 - 1:58 AM

Sean Doolittle (intercostal) has yet to resume baseball activities.

A's manager Bob Melvin did say Thursday that his closer was feeling better. The club is hopeful that Doolittle, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday, will be ready to go when his two weeks are up.
Aug 28 - 8:39 PM

The Athletics are pushing Scott Kazmir's next scheduled start back a day from Saturday to Sunday.

He's flip-flopping with Jeff Samardzija, who will now get the ball Saturday. With Jon Lester going on Friday, the A's wanted to split up their lefties.
Aug 28 - 6:47 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.

Scribner was designated for assignment by the A's on August 1, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and was then outrighted to Triple-A. Now he's back to serve as a middle reliever for the stretch run.
Aug 28 - 1:43 PM

Athletics optioned LHP Drew Pomeranz to Low-A Beloit.

Pomeranz was sharp in a spot start against the Astros on Wednesday, striking out seven batters and allowed only an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings. He'll likely return as a long reliever when rosters expand in September.
Aug 28 - 1:41 PM

Sam Fuld went 3-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth as the A's beat the Astros 5-4 on Wednesday.

Eric Sogard singled in Craig Gentry to tie the game at 3 in the ninth, and Fuld hit his third homer of the year to give the A's the lead before the Astros rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth. Fuld also doubled in the contest. He had been hitting just .231/.286/.292 with no homers and three RBI in 65 at-bats since being reacquired by the A's on July 31.
Aug 28 - 12:16 AM

Drew Pomeranz allowed just an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings and struck out seven against the Astros on Wednesday.

It wasn't enough to get Pomeranz a win, but it was a performance that could earn him more starts in September, depending on how things go with Jason Hammel. He'll probably be optioned back to Triple-A now, but he'll be worth playing in mixed leagues if he's needed again.
Aug 28 - 12:13 AM

Despite giving up a homer to Chris Carter, Eric O'Flaherty finally recorded his first career save Wednesday against the Astros.

Fortunately, O'Flaherty was able to erase Robbie Grossman on a double-play ball before the homer, since a two-run shot would have tied the game at 5. After that, O'Flaherty got Dexter Fowler to line out to end it. The outing certainly wasn't quite what the A's were hoping for when they made the surprising decision to have O'Flaherty replace the injured Sean Doolittle. However, since he got the job done, he'll likely continue to close.
Aug 28 - 12:11 AM

Jed Lowrie (finger) may begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Lowrie played catch on Tuesday, and the next step is a rehab assignment. Assuming he needs a few games to get up to game speed, Lowrie should be back in Oakland in the first few days of September.
Aug 27 - 6:22 PM

Athletics recalled LHP Drew Pomeranz from Triple-A Sacramento.

Pomeranz will start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros. He had a strong 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being demoted in July and makes for a good fantasy streamer in Houston.
Aug 27 - 4:10 PM

Athletics optioned 1B Nate Freiman to Low-A Beloit.

The move clears a roster spot for Drew Pomeranz, who will make a spot start Wednesday against the Astros. Freiman has hit .241/.293/.556 this year in the majors. He'll be back up when rosters expand in September.
Aug 27 - 4:08 PM

Jonny Gomes went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Gomes managed two of the Athletics' five hits, and his single in the first inning plated the team's first run. Gomes is hitting .237/.333/.343 and will continue to be a part-time player for the A's.
Aug 26 - 10:59 PM

Jason Hammel went seven strong innings against the Astros on Tuesday, allowing just one run, but he ended up with a no-decision.

Hammel gave up just three hits on the evening, with Dexter Fowler's solo home run serving as the only damage against him. The right-hander also struck out six. He left in line for his second win since joining the Athletics, but the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Still, it was the third promising start for Hammel in his last four outings, something he'll look to build on Sunday at the Angels.
Aug 26 - 10:53 PM

Led Lowrie (finger) will play catch on Tuesday.

If all goes well, he could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment by the end of this week. Lowrie has been on the disabled list since August 14 because of a hairline fracture in his right index finger. He's tracking toward an early-September return.
Aug 26 - 5:11 PM


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