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A capsule look at the Rays-Athletics playoff game

Oct. 1, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

A look at the American League wild-card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics: ___ Schedule: Wednesday, at Oakland, California, 8:09 p.m. EDT (ESPN). ___ Season Series: Athletics won 4-3. ___ Projected Lineups: Rays: 2B Joey Wendle (.231, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs in 75 games), LF Tommy Pham (.273, 21, 68,...

Low-budget Rays, A's meet in AL wild card game at Oakland

Oct. 1, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin has been counting on his young Oakland Athletics to build on last season's playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium. Gain some experience under pressure. Get a little feel for October baseball. Understand how much has to go right to win on...

Athletics beat Mariners' 1-0, will host AL wild-card game

Sep. 29, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Oakland pitcher Brett Anderson understands the importance of the Athletics hosting the American League wild-card game. "It's like a Raiders game," Anderson said Saturday night. "You get the Black Hole; you get crazy people." Anderson struck out three in five strong innings, Ramon Laureano...

A's clinch wild card spot, tied with Rays after loss to M's

Sep. 28, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Even in the aftermath of a loss that could end up costing them in the race to host the AL wild-card game, the party raged on in the Oakland Athletics clubhouse. Why not? For the second straight year, the A's have found their way into the postseason. "It feels amazing. It feels like this is...

Hernández says farewell, playoff-chasing A's top Mariners

Sep. 27, 2019 1:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — When the time finally arrived for Félix Hernández to say goodbye to Seattle and all the history of 15 seasons with one franchise, his manager had a message as he walked off the mound. "You will always be the king in this town," Scott Servais said to Hernandez as he took the ball....

Chapman HR in 9th, A's help wild-card hopes, top Angels 3-2

Sep. 26, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The pressure had been building all night for the Oakland Athletics. They knew Tampa Bay had won to pull even in the wild-card race, and had responded by stranding runner after runner. But one swing of the bat by Matt Chapman was all the A's needed to release that stress and secure a...

Rangers hit 5 HRs to halt A's surge in 8-3 win

Sep. 22, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics didn't seem too concerned after a lopsided defeat to the Texas Rangers prevented them from adding to their lead in the AL wild-card race. Tampa Bay's loss to Boston earlier in the day gave the A's a little more margin for error and made it a lot easier for...

Semien reaches base 6 times, A's roll past Rangers 12-3

Sep. 22, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien is going to need a little bit of luck to become the first Athletics player in more than 15 years to get 200 hits. Getting into the AL MVP discussion might be a little easier for the Oakland shortstop. Semien hit his 32nd home run and reached base six times, and the A's...

Yankees lose to Angels 3-2, miss chance to clinch AL East

Sep. 19, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino sailed a 30-foot throw home on Albert Pujols' tiebreaking chopper, and the sloppy New York Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Wednesday night with a chance to clinch the AL East. New York still would have locked down the division title with a Tampa Bay...

Canha hit in 11th, A's edge KC 1-0 to hold wild card lead

Sep. 18, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha knew it was just a matter of time before the right pitch would come. He waited, and his patience paid off. Canha hit an RBI double with two outs in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Wednesday to hold their lead atop the AL wild-card...