by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson hit his sixth home run of the season Friday in a win over the Royals.
Donaldson hit a solo blast in the seventh inning off James Shields to score the first run of the game for the A's.
He finished 2 for 3 and is batting .323 on the year. Donaldson has hit in six straight games with three doubles, two homers and two RBI over that span.
Four hits for Josh Donaldson
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 4 for 5 in Tuesday's loss to Texas.
Donaldson doubled twice and scored a run but somehow managed to avoid even a single RBI. Donaldson is now hitting .315 after he had just a .241 mark last year. His strikeout rate has also been slashed from 20.7 percent to 15.5 percent, which suggests there's a chance some of this improvement could stick for the rest of the season.
Josh Donaldson shakes off ankle injury
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson was able to shake off an ankle injury Saturday night against the Mariners. Donaldson appeared to twist his ankle while trying to stretch a double into a single in the ninth inning.
However, he remained in the game and told reporters afterwards that he is fine.
Donaldson finished 2 for 4 with a home run and one RBI in the 4-3 win. He is hitting .265 (9 for 34) with two home runs and five RBI over the last 10 games.
Josh Donaldson homers, ends multi-hit slump
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson finally got his team on the board during Thursday's 9-2 loss to the Indians with a solo home run off Scott Kazmir with two outs in the fifth inning. Donaldson, who has four home runs, finished 2 for 3 with one walk.
Donaldson snapped his multi-hit game slump at eight games. Donaldson was batting .179 (5 for 28) with one double, one home run and three RBI in that span.
Josh Donaldson strikes out three times in ugly game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson struck out three times in a game for the first time this season Wednesday, going 0 for 4 in a loss to Cleveland. Despite the hitless game, Donaldson has still hit .294/.375/.468 with three home runs in 144 plate appearances this year.
Josh Donaldson earns weekly AL honors
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson was named American League Player of the Week for the first time in his career Monday, MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old went 12 for 22 (.545) last week with seven doubles, 10 RBI, seven walks and four runs scored. He led all AL hitters in doubles and on-base percentage (.633).
Donaldson's week raised his batting average 73 points from .246 to .319 entering Monday. He also more than doubled his RBI total.
For the year, Donaldson is batting .319 with two homers, 10 doubles and 18 RBI.
Josh Donaldson being patient at the plate
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has been walking at a high rate to begin the year.
Donaldson has upped his walk rate from 6.5 percent in 11.5 percent this season. He's also been able to cut down on his strikeouts, from 19.7 percent to 11.5 percent. Donaldson's .346 BABIP suggests his average will fall, but he could still produce a decent average once that evens out.
Most of Donaldson's slugging percentage can be attributed to his doubles-power. Given that he plays in Oakland, it's tough to know whether he'll be able to turn those doubles into home runs this year.
Josh Donaldson with 10 RBI in last nine games
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) A's third baseman Josh Donaldson entered Sunday's series finale against the Orioles with eight RBI in the previous eight contests. He added to that total by going 1 for 3 with two RBI and a pair of walks in the 9-8 win.
The 27-year-old doubled home two in the sixth inning.
Donaldson is batting .483 (14 for 29) in the last nine games.
Josh Donaldson stays hot for A's
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson turned in another impressive hitting performance Saturday against the Orioles. Donaldson matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles, in the 7-3 loss.
He also drove in two of Oakland's three runs, doubling home Brandon Moss in the second inning before driving home Seth Smith on a single in the third.
Donaldson finished 4 for 4 and has hit safely in six of his last eight games (.500). He has also eight RBI over that span.
Josh Donaldson might be for real
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/26/2013) At a position rife with underachievers like Will Middlebrooks, Pedro Alvarez, Mike Moustakas and Lonnie Chisenhall, Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson deserves to be owned in more than 48 percent of Fantasy leagues. His hot start may be an aberration.
Remember, after a lengthy stint at Triple-A Sacremento last year, he returned to hit .290 with eight home runs and an .844 OPS over the final six weeks. Combine those numbers with his numbers so far this year, and he's batting .293 with 10 home runs over his last 256 at-bats in the majors. That's not such a small sample.
I'm not saying he'll outperform Middlebrooks, Alvarez and Moustakas all year, but he won't finish so far behind them that you should ignore him while he's clearly the hot hand.
Josh Donaldson enjoys double play
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and a walk during Oakland's 9-6 loss at Boston Monday night. Donaldson, who also scored twice, drove in two runs on his double in the eighth inning, his fifth two-base hit overall this season.
The 27-year-old was back in the lineup against the Red Sox after sitting out the previous outing, the first time he did not start a game for the Athletics this season. He is now hitting .264.
Josh Donaldson leaves eight on base
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 0 for 4 out of the fifth spot in the lineup Wednesday, leaving eight men on base in his team's 7-5 win over the Astros.
Donaldson, who has played every inning at third base for the A's this season, hit fifth for just the third time this year. The hitless day lowered his season line to .242/.299/.419 with two home runs in 67 plate appearances.
Josh Donaldson hits game-winning HR
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off solo home run in the 12th inning to give his team a 4-3 win over the Tigers Friday night. It was the second home run of the season for Donaldson, who also scored two runs and doubled for the third time this year in his five at-bats.
Are we seeing the real Josh Donaldson?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/12/2013) Through 10 games, the Athletics' Josh Donaldson is hitting .231 with a .627 OPS. Not so impressive, but what did you expect from a guy who hit .241 with a .687 OPS last year?
But it's never that simple, is it? The truth is we saw two Donaldsons last year: one who hit .153 with a .395 OPS over his first 28 games and one who hit .290 with an .844 OPS over his final 47, after a couple trips back to the minors.
In a tale-of-two-seasons situation, I tend to trust the one we saw last, particularly if it's the larger sample, so you can bet I'm watching to see where Donaldson's three straight two-hit games lead.
Hey, with Chase Headley, Aramis Ramirez, Hanley Ramirez and Brett Lawrie hurt, and Mike Moustakas and Lonnie Chisenhall not meeting expecations, third base is a position of need right now.
Josh Donaldson praised for his defense
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson received praise for his strong defensive play.
Manager Bob Melvin said though Donaldson has had a rough start at the plate, his defense has been tremendous.
Melvin added that Donaldson's performance has not gone unnoticed. While defense isn't a fantasy factor in most leagues, the fact that Melvin is satisfied with what Donaldson has done could indicate that he'll have a longer leash if he continues to struggle at the plate.
Josh Donaldson stuck in a funk
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) After driving in three runs in his last two games, Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson failed to make much of an impact during Sunday's series finale against the Astros.
He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout. Donaldson is mired in a 3-for-25 slump in his first seven games played. The A's will face the Angels and the Tigers this week. He hit .200/.226/.340 with a homer and two RBI in 50 at-bats against the Angels and .286/.375/.357 with two RBI in 14 at-bats against the Tigers last season.
Josh Donaldson homers Saturday amid slow spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson hit his first official home run of the spring off White Sox pitcher Chris Sale on Saturday. Donaldson had homered twice this spring but both games were rained out and didn't count. He's had a disappointing spring with three singles in 27 at-bats coming into Saturday.
"I actually feel pretty good about where I am right now," Donaldson told MLB.com before the game. "I think I've lined out about 15 times. It's one of those things where, by the time the season rolls around, they're falling in."
Donaldson could serve as the team's regular third baseman this season, but offseason trade acquisition Jed Lowrie could also be a factor at the hot corner for the Athletics.
Donaldson goes deep twice
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/8/2013) After accidentally wearing wearing the wrong jersey (No. 98), Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson belted a pair of home runs in Friday's Cactus League contest against the Mariners. However, Donaldson's numbers won't count since the game was washed away in the third inning. "I don't know if it was the number or not," Donaldson said. "But I might give it another shot."