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Josh Donaldson said Monday that his left knee feels more stable than it has over the past couple of days.

Donaldson didn't test the knee with much running on Monday, but he's expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals. His knee has been an issue for most of the second half.
Sep 29 - 5:50 PM

Eric O'Flaherty (elbow) threw live batting practice Monday.

O'Flaherty hasn't pitched since September 20 due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. He'll need to prove his health and effectiveness to pitch this postseason.
Sep 29 - 4:18 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Sunday that Jon Lester will start for the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Royals in Kansas City.

The news doesn't come as a tremendous surprise, given his terrific track record in the postseason. Since joining the A's, the veteran southpaw has compiled a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. He'll square off against James Shields to see who gets the right to take on the Angels in the Division Series.
Sep 28 - 9:12 PM

Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in Sunday's season finale against the Rangers.

With a two-run lead in a must-win game, Lowrie provided some valuable insurance with his two RBI in the ninth inning. The shortstop took a step backward from his breakout 2013 season, batting .249/.321/.355 with just six homers and 50 RBI this season. The 30-year-old will hit the free agent market this winter.
Sep 28 - 6:30 PM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Reddick followed a Brandon Moss double with his seventh triple of the season. He came around to score on a single later in the inning. The outfielder finished strong, hitting .324 (22-for-68) with 14 RBI and 11 runs scored in September. Reddick's regular season ends with a .264/.316/.446 line and 12 homers.
Sep 28 - 6:19 PM

Brandon Moss doubled and scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Moss led off the second inning with a double, scoring on Josh Reddick's RBI triple. It was an up-and-down season for the 31-year-old, who hit .268/.349/.530 with 21 home runs and 66 RBI before the All-Star break before slumping to a .170 average and .577 OPS in the second half. It all adds up to a .234/.334/.438 line with 25 home runs and 81 RBI in 2014.
Sep 28 - 6:15 PM

Sonny Gray pitched a complete-game shutout against the Rangers Sunday, clinching a spot in the American League Wild Card for the Athletics.

Needing a win to guarantee a playoff spot, Gray took the team on his shoulders. The 24-year-old gave up just six hits, striking out five in the second complete game shutout of his career. The dominant start leaves Gray at 14-10 with a 3.08 ERA to end the season. With his first full year in the books, Gray should only get better in 2015.
Sep 28 - 6:03 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in the A's loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Donaldson was a late-insertion to the A's starting lineup after banging both of his knees on Friday and he looked gimpy running the bases on Saturday night in Texas. But his production at the plate remained unchanged. He slugged a solo shot in the top of the first inning and later added two singles. The star third baseman is batting .257/.344/.459 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
Sep 27 - 11:36 PM

Jeff Samardzija was hammered for five earned runs in seven innings Saturday in a loss to Texas.

Samardzija struck out nine and did not issue a single walk, but the Rangers pounded him for eight hits -- including two home runs. Samardzija finishes the 2014 regular season with a 7-13 record, 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 202/43 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings between the Cubs and A's.
Sep 27 - 11:31 PM

Josh Donaldson (knee) is in the Athletics' starting lineup Saturday versus the Rangers.

Donaldson banged up both of his knees in a victory against the Rangers Friday, but he is obviously feeling better. The third baseman is batting .253/.342/.452 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI this year for the A's.
Sep 27 - 4:44 PM

Josh Donaldson said after Friday's game that he banged his knees during a victory over the Rangers, but that his hamstring is fine.

Donaldson appeared to suffer a re-aggravation of his hamstring injury when diving for a ball on Friday, so it's encouraging news to hear that he merely banged his knees. Look for him to be back in the A's lineup on Saturday.
Sep 26 - 11:44 PM

Josh Reddick belted his 12th home run of the season on Friday as the Athletics topped the Rangers 6-2.

He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. He smashed his solo homer off Nick Tepesch in the fourth inning, then put the game out of reach with a two-run double in the fifth. On the season, he's hitting .256/.310/.427 with 12 long balls and 52 RBI.
Sep 26 - 11:39 PM

Adam Dunn drove home a pair of runs as the A's topped the Rangers on Friday in Arlington.

Dunn got the A's on the board with a two-run double in the third inning, and they wouldn't relinquish the lead. Since joining the A's in a deadline deal, he's hitting .217 (13-for-60) with a pair of homers and 10 RBI.
Sep 26 - 11:36 PM

Scott Kazmir hurled seven innings of one-run ball on Friday, defeating the Rangers to earn his 15th victory of the season.

The veteran left-hander allowed just four hits on the night while striking out five. The only run scored against him came around on an RBI groundout in the fifth inning. He wraps up his regular season with a 15-9 record, 3.55 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 164/50 K/BB ratio.
Sep 26 - 11:33 PM

Craig Gentry (concussion) hit off a tee and will shag some fly balls on Friday.

Gentry has made big-time progress in recent days in his recovery from post-concussion issues. He's still probably a long shot to return before the end of the regular season, but him being an option for postseason play now looks like a real possibility.
Sep 26 - 5:19 PM


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