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9/29/2014 | Melvin to stack up lefties vs. Shields

A's manager Bob Melvin made out 138 different lineups in the regular season, a reflection of this team's many moving pieces. But in determining which of those are best suited for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game matchup against Royals right-hander James Shields, expect Melvin to turn to a familiar formula.


9/29/2014 | In moments like this, Lester wants the ball

Don't look at the calendar, don't look at the uniforms and don't check the ticket stub. It doesn't matter that Jon Lester is pitching in a tense postseason elimination game Tuesday, because he doesn't need to turn it up a notch -- ever.


9/29/2014 | After a 2,001-game drought, Dunn finally reaches postseason

When Adam Dunn steps in to face Kansas City's James Shields in the first inning of Tuesday night's American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium, he'll end his career-long drought of never playing in a postseason game.


9/29/2014 | A's opt for flexible 'pen, bench on Wild Card roster

Outside of Jon Lester, the A's are expected to carry just one other starter on their 25-man roster for Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game against the Royals, ensuring plenty of flexibility in their bullpen and on the bench.


9/29/2014 | Gray, Reddick share AL's Player of the Week Award

Two players instrumental in driving the A's to the playoffs for the third straight season were recognized Monday as the American League co-Players of the Week.


9/29/2014 | Five reasons A's can win the World Series

The A's are surely not the favorites to win any postseason series, let alone the final one, after they trudged to the finish line with 20 losses in their final 30 games. That's not to say they can't get there, though.


9/29/2014 | October Confidential: Royals

How do you beat the Royals? Rival players offer an inside look at how to face the AL Wild Card winners.


9/29/2014 | A's-Royals Wild Card Game: Did you know?

The Royals and A's will square off tonight at Kauffman Stadium in a win-or-go-home AL Wild Card Game. Here's what you ought to know about the matchup:


9/28/2014 | Aces Shields, Lester to tangle as playoffs return to KC

Following 28 long years without the thrill every team covets every year, Kansas City will host its first postseason game since 1985, an October journey that ended with the only World Series title in 59 years of Major League Baseball there. The Royals will host the A's at 8:07 p.m. ET tonight on TBS, featuring a marquee mound matchup between right-hander James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) and A's left-hander Jon Lester (16-11, 2.46 ERA).


9/28/2014 | Emotional Dunn ready for first taste of postseason

Relief swept over the visitors' clubhouse at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon following the A's playoff-clenching victory over the Rangers, and it was none more apparent than on the face of Adam Dunn, who is in the postseason for the first time in his 14-year career.


9/28/2014 | For A's to advance, here are three keys

Here are three keys for the A's to stop the Royals and advance to the AL Division Series against the Angels.


9/28/2014 | Lester born for big games, ready for Royals

It was no accident when the A's plotted their rotation for the final two weeks of regular-season play that Jon Lester lined up for a potential start in a one-game playoff.


9/28/2014 | Position by position breakdown: A's-Royals

It's a matchup that was up in the air until late in the afternoon on the final day of the season, and it will be the first playoff action fans are treated to this October. The American League Wild Card game (Tuesday night at 8:07 ET on TBS) is here, ready to open the 2014 postseason.


9/28/2014 | Five reasons why A's made the postseason

From their torrid start to their slump down the stretch, the A's endured an up-and-down season. But they found a way to get it done at the end, in large part because of these five reasons:


9/28/2014 | A's have rich postseason history from Philadelphia to Oakland

The A's have a rich postseason tradition, not only in Oakland but during the franchise's time in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, they will play the Royals in the Wild Card Game, trying to reach their third consecutive ALDS.


9/28/2014 | Gray's shutout puts A's in AL Wild Card Game

With the A's needing a win or a Mariners loss to punch their ticket to the American League Wild Card Game, Sonny Gray delivered a shutout of the Rangers for a 4-0 victory on Sunday at Globe Life Park.


9/28/2014 | A's stick with Soto to combat running game

In an effort to combat the Rangers' running game in a crucial Game 162, the A's stuck with Geovany Soto behind the plate Sunday, opting to keep Derek Norris on the bench -- a formula this club would likely emulate in potential postseason play.


9/28/2014 | Start times announced for potential tiebreaker game

Major League Baseball on Sunday announced the start time for a potential tiebreaker games to be played on Monday, Sept. 29, as well as the 2014 Wild Card Games.


9/27/2014 | A's control own destiny with Gray on hill in Texas

The Athletics' season will not be over on Sunday. They will have at least one more game left to play. Sunday will simply determine whether it will be against the Mariners on Monday or in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday. The Athletics put themselves in that position after Saturday's loss to the Rangers, which was Oakland's 20th defeat in its last 29 games.


9/27/2014 | Late Rangers switch allows Dunn to reach milestone

A's designated hitter Adam Dunn played in his 2,000th career game Saturday evening at Globe Life Park, but he almost was a spectator.


9/27/2014 | So long as Donaldson can walk, he'll be playing

A's third baseman Josh Donaldson has been playing through hip issues, hamstring problems and, more recently, a left knee injury. But he can still walk, and that's all manager Bob Melvin needs to hear to keep his All-Star in the lineup.


9/27/2014 | Samardzija looks to punch A's Wild Card ticket

A spot in the AL Wild Card Game still eludes the Athletics, but they are hoping to nail that down on Saturday night, when Jeff Samardzija squares off with Derek Holland and the Rangers. Oakland needs a win or a Seattle loss to reach the postseason for a third straight year.


9/27/2014 | Donaldson plans to play despite ailing left knee

Not playing is not an option right now for A's third baseman Josh Donaldson, who refused to exit Friday night's 6-2 victory over the Rangers despite suffering what appeared to be an alarming left knee injury. Donaldson was examined after the game and deemed his prognosis "OK," saying, "We'll play it by ear tomorrow."


9/26/2014 | Reddick, Kazmir put A's on cusp of postseason

The A's reduced their magic number to clinch an AL Wild Card spot to one with a commanding 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday evening at Globe Life Park. Another win or a Mariners loss in the final two games puts Oakland in the postseason for a third straight year.


9/26/2014 | Dunn's move to two-hole gives A's a spark

A's manager Bob Melvin shook up what's been a rather lifeless lineup for Friday night's game against the Rangers, taking Adam Dunn out of the cleanup spot and inserting him behind leadoff man Coco Crisp. The slugger put Oakland on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the third inning of a 6-2 victory.




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