Found September 01, 2013 on BaySportsNet:
As the season comes to the September home stretch, the A’s continued their winning ways, clawing to within 1 game of division leader Texas on Sunday as they completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay. A.J. Griffin continued the strong starting pitching of the A’s recently, and with the help of the long ball, Oakland beat the Rays 5-1. “That’s where it all starts with us, with our starters. If they can get deep in games and pitch that well, it makes it a lot easier to finish out those games,” said Bob Melvin. Griffin got plenty deep into the game, lasting seven innings and striking out seven while allowing just a solo home run and scattering four other hits. The righty had control of all his pitches, walking just one batter, as control has been an issue in his past few starts. The A’s jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Coco Crisp continued his hot streak, launching his career high-tying 16th home run of the season. After getting a go-ahead RBI from Brandon Moss in the ...

Rays Closer Fernando Rodney Gets Trapped in Dugout Bathroom, Has to Be Rescued by Workers (Video)

The Rays were staging an exciting comeback in the eighth inning on Friday night against the A’s, but there was one integral member of the team who was missing the late-inning dramatics. Tampa Bay’s closer Fernando Rodney was stuck in the dugout bathroom for the majority of the rally, and Coliseum workers had to be called to come and rescue the pitcher. Three workers were...

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Rays Super Sam Fuld: OF, Reliever, Morale Booster

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Rays offense struggles in 2-1 loss to A's

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David Price had a miserable time getting to the Coliseum on Friday

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Rays' offensive woes continue in sweep by A's

Just when the Tampa Bay Rays are in need of a nice groove and some momentum for the final month, they are slumping and missing key scoring opportunities. ''It's just one of those things with the offense struggling, it seems like every run we score we have to scrap for,'' right fielder Wil Myers said. Myers was thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying...

Fernando Rodney got stuck in the Coliseum dugout bathroom (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Reason No. 5,422 why the A’s need a new stadium. H/T Beer Mug Sports

A's complete sweep of Rays with 5-1 win

Back in April the Rays crushed the A's in three straight games outscoring Oakland 17-4 in the process. Cut to four months later: And it's the A's taking three in a row to split the season series which could prove important a month from now. The A's topped Tampa Bay 5-1 and moved one game behind Texas in the AL West and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the race for...

A’s Sweep Rays Behind A.J. Griffin’s Gem, Timely Hitting


Alex Cobb handed first loss since April as Rays fall to A's

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Playoff Push: Yanks creep to 2.5 games back of struggling Rays

(Photo courtesy of Rich Schultz/ Getty Images) The Rays continue to tumble, as they have now lost 5 in a row and 8 of their last 9. Meanwhile, the Yankees have won 3 of their last 4 and are within 2.5 games of the Rays for that final Wild Card spot. Also, there is now a tie in the AL West between the A’s and the Rangers, which also means that we see a tie for the first Wild Card...

Rays struggle at plate again, swept by Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt homered, A.J. Griffin struck out seven in seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of fellow playoff contender Tampa Bay with a 5-1 victory Sunday. The A's pulled off a pair of one-run wins before Sunday's result against the Rays, who are right behind Oakland in the AL wild-card race. After...

Playoff Push: Yanks fall to Orioles, but stay 3.5 games back of Rays

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