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Fiers, A's rout Rangers 8-0, maintain 2-game wild card lead

Sep. 21, 2019 1:39 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers wants to show he can confidently take the ball in a wild-card game and pitch the Oakland Athletics into the AL Division Series. Fiers struck out five and didn't walk a batter over eight dominant innings to win for the first time in four starts. The Oakland Athletics beat...

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...

Olson's deep homer helps A's rally late to beat Royals 2-1

Sep. 18, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Olson had never hit a ball to the second level of elevated bleachers, even in batting practice. He sure found a timely moment to accomplish the feat, hitting a tying homer leading off the seventh before Seth Brown hit a go-ahead double two batters later, leading the Oakland...

A's waste late lead to Royals, lead over Tampa Bay down to 1

Sep. 17, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — There was plenty of blame to go around after Oakland's stunning loss to Kansas City, one that prevented the Athletics from adding on to their lead in the AL wild-card race. A costly error in the ninth inning by center fielder Ramon Laureano. Manager Bob Melvin's decision to lift...

Manaea throws 6 scoreless, A's beat Rangers 6-1 for sweep

Sep. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Athletics are returning home with a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL wild card race and plenty of confidence after a 6-1 trip. Sean Manaea limited Texas to three singles over six scoreless innings, Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien homered to help break the franchise record for home runs...

Four home runs carry Athletics to 8-6 win over Rangers

Sep. 15, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Oakland Athletics maintained their half-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the race for the American League's first wild card on Saturday night despite losing their No. 1 starter in the second inning thanks to what manager Bob Melvin called their "relentless offense." Mark...

Davis hits 2 HRs, A's top Rangers 14-9, keep wild-card lead

Sep. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Khris Davis will probably miss the hitter-friendly home of the Texas Rangers more than most. The Oakland slugger might not quite be finished at Globe Life Park. Davis homered twice, Ramon Laureano connected on the game's fourth three-run shot to break a tie in the sixth inning and...

Olson, Athletics top Astros 3-2, take over AL wild-card lead

Sep. 13, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Oakland Athletics left Houston feeling pretty good on Thursday night after taking three of four games from the imposing Astros as they look to lock down a playoff spot. Matt Olson hit a two-run homer to back a solid start by Homer Bailey and the Athletics beat the Astros 3-2 to take over...

Murphy, Semien HR; Luzardo sharp in debut as A's beat Astros

Sep. 12, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two players key to Oakland's future helped lead the Athletics to an important win. Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien homered, hyped pitching prospect Jesús Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut, and the Athletics beat the Houston Astros 5-3. "What we are seeing from (Luzardo) and...

Astros hit MLB-record 6 HRs in 2 innings, beat A's 15-0

Sep. 10, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros showed how powerful their lineup can be for a second straight game. Zack Greinke struck out five in six strong innings, Robinson Chirinos and Yordan Alvarez each homered twice as Houston hit a major league-record six home runs in the first two innings, and the high-scoring...