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Oakland Athletics' Robbie Grossman catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Joseph Odom during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Canha homers in 10th inning, rallies A's past Mariners 3-1

Sep. 26, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The Mariners had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th when pinch-runner Dee Strange-Gordon – playing in his 1,000th career...

Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Stephen Piscotty (25) during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A's beat Dodgers 6-4 on Laureano's 9th-inning homer

Sep. 24, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Rámon Laureano singled. Feeling emboldened, he choked up on the bat and broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer. That gave the Oakland Athletics a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night in a matchup of West...

The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a photo after the Dodgers clinched the NL West title with a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Dodgers clinch NL's top seed, West title with win over A's

Sep. 23, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wrapping up an NL West title has become routine for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in a year in which no one was sure three months ago if there would be a baseball season, manager Dave Roberts wanted his team to still savor the moment. The Dodgers clinched the NL's top postseason seed and...

San Francisco Giants' Chadwick Tromp, right, hits a two-run home run in front of Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

After a pair of shutouts, Giants respond to rout A's 14-2

Sep. 20, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam, Chadwick Tromp and Darin Ruf added two-run homers, and the San Francisco Giants prevented the Oakland Athletics from clinching the AL West title at home with a 14-2 victory Sunday. The Giants earned their first win in six tries during this year's...

Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) is congratulated by Stephen Piscotty after scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Lamb homers, A's move closer to AL West title, beat Giants

Sep. 19, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics were more than fine waiting to celebrate a potential AL West title. They haven't won a division crown since 2013, so no rush from this happy-go-lucky group of sluggers. Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer once Oakland finally got to San Francisco's bullpen, and the...

In this Aug. 21, 2017, photo, baseball scout Gary Hughes, left, talks with Milwaukee Brewers managers Craig Counsell before a baseball game in San Francisco. Hughes' son, Michael, is married to Counsell's sister. Hughes, a beloved longtime professional scout for numerous big league organizations during a 54-year career, has died in Northern California after a battle with cancer. He was 79. Hughes was a regular at Bay Area ballparks in recent years working for the Red Sox and Diamondbacks. Arizona announced his death in a statement Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, saying he died earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)

Longtime baseball pro scout Gary Hughes dies at 79

Sep. 19, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gary Hughes, a beloved professional scout for numerous big league organizations during a 54-year career, has died in Northern California after a battle with cancer. He was 79. Hughes was a regular at Bay Area ballparks in recent years working for the Red Sox and Diamondbacks. Arizona...

Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson (28) is greeted by Marcus Semien (10) and Mark Canha (20) after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

A's clinch playoff berth with win over Giants, Mariners loss

Sep. 19, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An AL West title will mean so much more than simply clinching a playoff berth given how the past two seasons have gone for the Oakland Athletics. Then, the A’s might let loose and celebrate a little. But not just yet. They secured a third straight playoff berth with...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

LEADING OFF: Bieber starts, Verlander limbers up, deGrom OK?

Sep. 17, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: NOW AND LATER Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53 ERA) tries to get the Indians headed in the right direction when they open a series at Detroit. Cleveland has dropped eight straight, its longest slide since June 2013. Bieber, a top contender for the AL Cy Young Award and...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

LEADING OFF: Bieber starts, Verlander limbers up, deGrom OK?

Sep. 16, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday: NOW AND LATER Cleveland ace Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53 ERA) tries to get the Indians headed in the right direction when they open a series at Detroit. Bieber, a top contender for the AL Cy Young Award and perhaps the best pitcher in baseball this season, was...

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers (50) throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Fiers, lights-out bullpen help Athletics beat Rockies 3-1

Sep. 16, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings before turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid against the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 win Wednesday. Next up, a well-earned day off for the Athletics, who have played 16 games in 13 days. They finished the...