Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, but the Mariners rallied against Oakland's bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday.
— Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, but the Seattle Mariners rallied against Oakland's bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday and a four-game sweep that damaged the Athletics'...
Who is rising and falling as the end of the season rapidly approaches?
— Seattle manager Scott Servais has said the Mariners might need a nice winning streak during the September stretch run to make a real postseason push.
Which up-and-comers have jumped onto Kiley McDaniel's radar in 2021?
Chris Bassitt will start for the A's on Thursday, just over five weeks after being hit in the head by a 100 mph line drive.
— Marco Gonzales pitched six uneven innings and won his eighth straight decision, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 5-2 on Tuesday night, moving into a tie with the Athletics in a matchup of wild-card contenders.
— Oakland's starting pitchers had been so dominant during this recent stretch until Kyle Seager and Seattle swung away and took it to Sean Manaea.
— James Kaprielian pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Matt Olson hit his 36th home run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Saturday night.
— The Oakland Athletics committed three errors in the first two innings, stranded 10 runners through the first six and didn’t have an extra-base hit all night at the Big A.
— Salvador Perez tied Johnny Bench’s record for homers in a season by a catcher with his 45th, but Chad Pinder’s two-run single spurred a third-inning rally and the Oakland Athletics held off the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Thursday.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?
— Matt Olson hit a two-run homer, Josh Harrison drove in three runs and Elvis Andrus had four hits as the Oakland Athletics held on through a nervy ninth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 12-10 on Wednesday night.
— Salvador Perez is having the kind of season the Kansas City Royals won't soon forget.
Here are stats to know, players to watch and reasons for optimism and pessimism for each wild-card hopeful.
— Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and two RBI, Taylor Hearn won his fourth straight start and the Texas Rangers put another dent in Oakland’s playoff hopes, beating the Athletics 4-3 on Sunday.
— Jonah Heim hit a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth to cap a five-run rally, lifting the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics, 8-6, on Saturday.
— The Oakland Athletics understand the ups and downs of a season, having started 2021 with six straight losses before soon winning 13 in a row.
— Sean Manaea struck out nine in seven dominant innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday.
With teams jockeying for a limited number of spots, which squads are rising and falling?
— The consistency of Frankie Montas every fifth day has meant so much to the Oakland Athletics down the stretch.
Was Giambi really out? How did Jeter get there? Twenty years later, the players and coaches involved recall the new Hall of Famer's once-in-a-lifetime flip.
— Tony La Russa has seen his share of celebrations during all his decades in baseball. What the Chicago White Sox gave Jimmy Lambert for his first major league win ranked right up there.