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With Josh Donaldson tearing things up offensively at home, Scott Feldman might have a difficult time ending his struggles in Oakland.
Donaldson looks to stay hot and lead the Oakland Athletics to their 17th win in 20 home games Tuesday night when they host the Chicago Cubs for the first time in franchise history.
Donaldson homered and doubled in a 7-5 win over St. Louis on Sunday, leaving him 10 for 21 with four homers, three doubles and eight RBIs in his last six home games.
The third baseman has emerged as an All-Star candidate while leading Oakland (48-35) with a .316 average and 53 RBIs. He's also third on the team with 13 home runs.
"If someone wants to say that I'm having an All-Star year so far, that's fine,'' said Donaldson. "I've said it a hundred times, if I just focus on helping our team win and try to do something productive for the team, the individual stuff is going to take care of itself.''
The A's have been productive in key spots as of late, hitting .444 (16 for 36) with runners in scoring position while winning four of five on their current homestand.
Jed Lowrie has three hits in his last four run-producing situations, and is batting .457 with two homers and nine RBIs over a nine-game hit streak overall.
The man who has scored more runs than any other Oakland player is a bit banged up, however. Leadoff hitter Coco Crisp could be held out Tuesday after leaving Sunday's game in the fourth inning with back spasms.
The A's, who are an AL-best 26-13 at home, will try to keep swinging the bats well against Feldman (7-6, 3.46 ERA).
The right-hander looks to win consecutive starts for the first time early May after allowing three runs and six hits over six innings in a 5-4 win at Milwaukee on Wednesday.
The former Ranger, however, has been brutal in Oakland, going 1-5 with a 10.24 ERA in six career starts. He lasted just 1 2-3 innings while getting tagged for eight runs and seven hits in a 12-1 loss there June 4, 2012.
The A's counter with A.J. Griffin (6-6, 3.56), who hopes to build on a career-best performance in his last outing.
Griffin struck out seven while tossing a two-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday. He had been 0-3 with a 4.02 ERA over his previous five starts - all Oakland losses.
Griffin has never faced the Cubs (35-45), though he's 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA in four career starts against NL opponents.
He'll attempt to hold down a Chicago offense that has been showing signs of improvement, averaging 6.4 runs with nine homers and 22 doubles over its last seven games.
Alfonso Soriano helped the Cubs win for the fourth time in five games with a pair of doubles in Sunday's 7-6 victory at Seattle. He went 7 for 14 with two homers, three doubles and five RBIs in the series.
"Doubles are good. Runs are better,'' said second baseman Darwin Barney, who also had two doubles. "Once something good happens, good things start going through your mind, and that's the whole battle in this game."
Chicago won four of six against Oakland in two previous interleague series.
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Josh Donaldson is pushing for a spot on the American League All-Star team with his bat and glove.
Donaldson homered, reached base safely four times and made a pair of stellar defensive plays, including a tumbling catch while crashing over a roll of infield tarp in foul territory, to help preserve Oakland's 7-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs, the Orioles announced Tuesday.
The deal, first reported by ESPN's Keith Law, sends Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to Baltimore in exchange for RHP Jake Arrieta, right-handed reliever Pedro Strop and an additional $380,000 to spend in the international market.
And the trade season is officially here. We have our first significant trade of the year on July 2nd, and the timing of this move is not a coincidence.
First, the details, per Keith Law.
Orioles acquire Scott Feldman and Tony Clevenger from the Cubs for Jake Arrietta, Pedro Strop, and int'l bonus slots.
â€” keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 2, 2013
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There was a little bit of everything in the game Sunday afternoon: homeruns, errors, exceptional plays, tension, and theatrics giving the fans every bit of their moneyâ€™s worth.
Aspiring all star Josh Donaldson led the way for the Aâ€™s with his bat and his glove, and Tommy Milone recovered from a rocky start to pitch six innings in the Aâ€™s 7-5 come from behind win.
The Baltimore Orioles needed to strengthen their pitching staff to give a boost to their postseason ambitions, and the Chicago Cubs, well theyâ€™re terrible so they can afford to move some of their major-league assets.
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The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs dealt Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots from the Orioles.
Feldman signed a one-year contract with the Cubs and went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts this season...
It was only a matter of time before the Chicago Cubs started selling off assets, and with the trade deadline still a few weeks away, the word was that they were going to get started very early. It turns out, those whispers were true, as the Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a pretty significant trade on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cubs will send Scott Feldman to the Orioles...
Scott Feldman has been traded from the Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles (very excited about this one). Read more HERE. He should be slotted in as a starter.
Scott Feldman is a 30-year-old, 6â€˛7â€ł, Hawaiian-born Jewish righthander with a three-quarters deliver. He was good for the Cubs in the first half, posting a 3.46 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 15 starts. He was also bad with Texas before that (4.81, 1.42). Oh, and he punched a guy in the armpit once.
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We all knew that the Orioles needed help in the starting pitching department, and Dan Duquette made a deal to help alleviate that problem.
From ESPN: The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their starting rotation Tuesday, acquiring Scott Feldman in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Baltimore also acquired backup catcher Steve Clevenger in the deal, which sent reliever Pedro Strop,...
The Chicago Cubs dealt starting pitcher Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday and traded former All-Star Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran reliever Matt Guerrier.
The Cubs got right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots from the Orioles in exchange for Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger...
CHICAGO â€” The Chicago Cubs dealt starting pitcher Scott Feldman to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday and traded former All-Star Carlos Marmol to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran reliever Matt Guerrier.
The Cubs got right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots from the Orioles in exchange for Feldman and catcher...
The Baltimore Orioles took a step towards strengthening their starting rotation acquiring starter Scott Feldman in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.Baltimore also acquired backup catcherÂ Steve ClevengerÂ in the deal, which sent relieverÂ Pedro Strop, starterÂ Jake ArrietaÂ and international bonus slots Nos. 3 and 4 to the Cubs.The Cubs also finalized a deal that sentÂ Carlos MarmolÂ and...
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Since 2011, the Orioles have acquired Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Pedro Strop and Taylor Teagarden from the Texas Rangers.
In using Strop to acquire Scott Feldman, who pitched in Arlington from 2005-2012, the Oâ€™s are betting on another player the Texas Rangers really didnâ€™t wantâ€”he was simply a free agent signee of the Cubs last offseason.