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There’s only a week left in the regular season, which may seem like an eternity for the Oakland Athletics. The AL West title has already been lost, leaving Oakland hoping for a wild card that isn’t yet assured. Seattle is two games behind the A’s – so that’s the cushion for an Oakland team that simply wants to reach the finish line without losing everything. Detroit leads the Central by 1 1/2 games over Kansas City.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland needed a big hit in the 10th inning against Philadelphia. Fortunately for the Athletics, they had Josh Donaldson at the plate.

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The San Francisco Giants probably are looking forward to leaving Petco Park, even though their next stop is Dodger Stadium. Andrew Cashner pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 3-2 Saturday night to keep the Giants from gaining ground on the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants remain 3 1/2 games behind the Dodgers, who lost 8-7 at the Chicago Cubs. San Francisco also is one game ahead of Pittsburgh in the race for the top wild-card spot.

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For months, the Oakland Athletics were among baseball’s best offensive teams. Jerome Williams beat the A’s for the third time this season with his third different team, and Oakland missed an opportunity to extend its lead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. ”We’ve been struggling for a while, and this is a guy we had really good numbers off of,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

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Jon Lester rediscovered his curveball last year, and it has been a helpful addition to an already impressive repertoire. Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing by Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards. During the second half last year I kind of figured out how it works and have been able to drop it in there.” Derek Norris and Eric Sogard also drove in runs for Oakland, which moved a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals, who were beaten by the Detroit Tigers earlier Friday. Ryan Howard hit a home run for the Phillies, who have lost five of six.

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Philadelphia Phillies minor league right-hander Shane Watson has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball’s minor league drug program. The suspension of Watson, who is on the roster of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League, will be effective at the start of the 2015 South Atlantic League season.

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A postseason appearance once seemingly guaranteed for the Oakland Athletics is looking increasingly precarious after they were swept by baseball’s worst team. Oakland looks to Jon Lester to help it avoid yet another pitfall Friday night when it continues its final nine-game homestand with the first of three against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies. The Athletics (83-69) fell 7-2 to the Rangers on Thursday, marking the first time they’d been swept at home since a May 5-7 series versus Seattle. Oakland fell a half-game behind Kansas City for the top wild-card spot less than six weeks after having a four-game cushion for baseball’s best record.

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The Oakland Athletics are stunned by their September collapse, yet stuck to find a solution. Sonny Gray and the A’s kept tumbling Thursday, falling out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep. Oakland owned the best record in the big leagues as recently as Aug. 15. We all are.” Texas roughed up Gray (13-9) for four runs in the first inning and won its season-best sixth in a row.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels felt right at home on Wednesday night. And that’s never good for the Padres.

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