Buster breaks down Monday's slate, including another win for Oakland and a playoff atmosphere in Boston.
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Khris Davis hit a long home run after letting a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation sign his jersey, Ramon Laureano hit the first two homers of his career, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-0 on Monday night.
After asking a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign his jersey before the game, A's slugger Khris Davis hit his 37th home run of the season Monday.
The Mariners got All-Star Jean Segura back in time for the start of a three-game series with the Houston Astros. And after an anemic offensive output over the weekend, the M's also recalled Ben Gamel from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Red Sox are still No. 1 atop a pile of quality clubs in the AL, but hot hitters are powering rising challengers from the NL.
Although Houston regained the top spot in the division with Sunday's win, Oakland made a serious statement over the weekend.
Justin Verlander got a boost from the Astros' bats to collect his 200th career win as Houston retook sole possession of first place in the AL West with a 9-4 win over the A's.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Fun playoff-like game in Oakland as the A's and Astros battle for first place. The Astros lead 6-4 as Brad Peacock escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth with an eight-pitch strikeout of Mark Canha. The Astros, however, have lost seven games they've led after six innings -- including five games they've led after eight. Stay tuned.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The A's are relentless. The Astros score four in the top of the the third to take a 4-2 lead, but Khris Davis belts a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning off the top off the center-field fence, his second of the game off Justin Verlander and his 36th of the season. Verlander continues to struggle with the long ball: He's now allowed 14 in his past seven starts.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
And just like that, the A's have incredibly tied up the AL West after Trevor Cahill blanked the Astros for seven innings, allowing just one hit while mixing four pitches and getting six swinging strikeouts, four with his curve. The 74-49 record is Oakland's best through 123 games since 1992.
Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.
The Detroit Tigers have acquired minor league right-hander Nolan Blackwood from Oakland as a player to be named in the deal that sent pitcher Mike Fiers to the A's.
Matt Olson hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning after a controversial video review gave Oakland the tying run in the ninth, and the Athletics beat the Astros 4-3 on Friday night.
For the MLB teams that aren't already locks for the playoffs, there's nobody more important than these key players to their postseason odds.
Light-hitting Dee Gordon homered off Yusmeiro Petit in the 12th inning to break a scoreless tie and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Jed Lowrie hit his 100th career homer after his line drive knocked Mariners ace James Paxton out of the game, and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 3-2 on Tuesday night to move within one game of the slumping Houston Astros for the AL West lead.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
Robinson Canó is back in the Mariners lineup tonight, hitting second and playing first base. He has never played first base in an MLB regular-season game. Canó was reinstated today after serving an 80-game suspension for violating baseball's joint drug agreement.
Keith Law & Eric Karabell discuss another disastrous night for the Nationals, the AL West pennant chase and more (:15). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (22:49).
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Blake Treinen is on pace for 42 saves and a 0.90 ERA. He'd become only the fourth pitcher in history with 40-plus saves and a sub-1 ERA at that rate, joining Dennis Eckersley (1990), Fernando Rodney (2012) and Zach Britton (2016).
There's more to winning baseball games than meets the eye, so we took a deeper look for hidden reasons the best teams are so good.
Jed Lowrie drove in four runs to back Sean Manaea and the Oakland Athletics held off a late Seattle rally to beat the Mariners 7-6 on Monday night in a matchup of AL West contenders.
Before hearing from Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (32:14), Karl Ravech & Tim Kurkjian discuss the five biggest developments from the weekend, weigh in on Willie Mays' plea and more (:35). Plus, Todd Radom unveils the most notable uniform in Cardinals' history and moderates the latest uniform & logo trivia question (34:49).