Found September 04, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland's record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday. Parker (11-6) allowed two runs in six innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 18 straight starts, eclipsing Catfish Hunter's Oakland mark set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. Parker also has won his last nine decisions, the most by an A's pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 in a row in 2007. Brandon Moss, Daric Barton and Coco Crisp each hit two-run homers and Josh Donaldson added a three-run drive for Oakland. The A's handed Yu Darvish (12-7) a loss in consecutive starts for the first time all season. Darvish gave up five runs -- matching a season-high -- and walked six -- tying a career-high -- in five-plus innings. He is 1-5 with 4.82 ERA against Oakland. Darvish also made a pointed gesture that appeared to signal catcher A.J. Pierzynski to ...

Josh Donaldson dives over tarp for fantastic catch (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Oakland A's third baseman Josh Donaldson made a fantastic catch of a foul ball as he dove over the tarp in front of the third base stands to make the catch during Tuesday night's game at the Coliseum. It happened in the top of the sixth inning as Texas Rangers batter David Murphy hit a high popup foul that drifted to the edge...

Oakland A’s 3B Josh Donaldson makes incredible diving catch over tarp (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson made one of the best catches of the year against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Typically the infield tarp can be an obstacle for fielders, but Donaldson actually used it to his advantage. Rangers outfielder David Murphy hit a pop-up in foul […]

Rangers activate Ogando from DL

The Texas Rangers have activated right-hander Alexi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list. Texas also recalled right-hander Ross Wolf and outfielders Engel Beltre and Joey Butler from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, giving them 36 players on the active roster. Ogando began his third DL stint of the season on Aug. 20 because of an inflamed nerve in his right shoulder. He threw a...

Rangers hoping Elvis Andrus will return today

The Texas Rangers held shortstop Elvis Andrus out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game yesterday as he continues to deal with stiffness in his lower back. While he's still dealing with the discomfort, Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters -- including T.R. Sullivan of -- that he's hoping to get Andrus back in the lineup today. Andrus...

Josh Donaldson.....swallowed up by the tarp on this sweet diving catch

Oakland's Josh Donaldson makes an unbelievable catch in foul territory...getting swallowed up by the tarp in the sixth inning against the Rangers. Your browser does not support iframes. **Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return to BobsBlitz.comFollow us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to Bob's Blitz.

Josh Donaldson makes unbelievable catch between tarp and a hard wall (VIDEO)

Some are already calling it the best catch of the 2013 MLB season. And, after seeing the incredible grab pulled off by Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, you might have to agree. With one out and a runner at first, Rangers left fielder David Murphy lifted a high pop fly that drifted...

Say Goodbye: Vladimir Guerrero Retires From Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has lost one of its greats.  On September 3rd, 2013, from his home country of the Dominican Republic, 16 year MLB veteran Vladimir Guerrero has announced his retirement from the majors. The 38 year old Guerrero, a native of the town Don Gregorio, Nizao, has stated that his retirement is due in part to a couple of injuries he has in his right knee, as well as...

A's rout Rangers 10-4; A.L. West deadlocked again

The A's and Texas Rangers went their separate ways Wednesday afternoon in the wake of Oakland's 11-4 win at the Coliseum knowing that nothing has been decided. The promised land of the postseason in the American League West is completely up for grabs as it was on April 1. The caveat is that the other three teams in the division are non-qualifiers. Both the A's and Rangers...

A’s Blast Rangers, Regain Division Lead Tie

After falling back a game behind the Rangers in the standings Tuesday night, the A’s whipped out their power bats Wednesday afternoon to put an exclamation point on regaining a tie for first place in the AL west. Four home runs and another solid starting pitching effort lifted Oakland to their 80th victory of the season with an emphatic 11-4 win over division rival Texas. Jerrod...

Astros-Athletics Preview

After tightening up the AL West race, the Oakland Athletics have a chance to take a slim lead if they can avoid a letdown against the lowly Houston Astros. The A's have dominated the Astros for much of this season and the starter for Thursday night's series opener, Sonny Gray, played a part with a stellar outing last month. Oakland (80-59) moved into a tie with Texas atop...

Trade Target: Elvis Andrus

It seems a bit far-fetched to view Elvis Andrus as a trade target, but he fills a pressing need at shortstop and is a young under-control player for the future. Sandy Alderson went on WFAN and talked to Mike Francesa yesterday and mentioned that it was like “pulling teeth” to get Ruben Tejada to do the little things to get better. And it’s very clear that Omar Quintanilla is...
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