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20 Josh Donaldson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-0/221 | Birthdate: 12/8/1985 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: Auburn | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $492,500 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 71.12
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Josh Donaldson connects for 22nd home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson connected for his 22nd home run during a 5-1 win Saturday at Texas. Donaldson led off the seventh inning with a home run off Nate Adcock to give Oakland a 4-1 lead.

Donaldson has homered four times in July and three times in his last 12 games. He is batting .295 with a .545 slugging percentage, .930 OPS, two doubles, 10 RBI and 10 runs in his last 12 games.


Josh Donaldson walks A's off with three-run homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson didn't get his first hit until the ninth inning Friday, but made it count in a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in the game, but his lone hit won the game for the A's. He slugged a three-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning, erasing a two-run deficit with one swing.

Donaldson has 21 home runs in 93 games, and is just a few long balls away from his career-high mark of 24, set in 158 games a year ago. Donaldson is hitting .238/.316/.455 in 369 at-bats this season. 


Yoenis Cespedes tops Todd Frazier to win HR Derby


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Reds third baseman Todd Frazier survived tiebreaking swing-offs in the first round before eventually meeting in the finals of Monday's Home Run Derby, where Cespedes picked up his second straight title with a 9-1 knockout of Frazier.

Cespedes' three first-round homers earned him a swingoff with Athletics teammate Josh Donaldson, and after Donaldson managed just one home run three swings, the outfielder delivered homers in each of his first two swings to advance. He defeated Orioles outfielder Adam Jones 9-3 in the second round after Jones managed four first-round shots, then took down Jose Bautista, who had a competition-best 10 homers in the first round, by a score of 7-4 in the AL Final. Twins home-field competitor Brian Dozier hit just two home runs in the first round, failing to advance.

Frazier played the role of underdog throughout, hitting just two home runs as the first batter in the competition but managing to slide into a swing-off with Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau after Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig failed to hit a single home run before recording seven outs. Frazier went first in the swing-off and managed one home run in three swings but advanced after Morneau went 0 for 3. The Reds third baseman took down Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki 6-2 after Tulowitzki hit four first-round homers. Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton earned a bye after hitting six massive blasts in the first round, but he bowed out to Frazier 1-0 after a long break.

Cespedes joined Ken Griffey as the only players to win back-to-back Home Run Derby titles. He'll likely enter the 2015 competition as the favorite to make it three in a row.


American League reveals All-Star batting order


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The American League unveiled the following batting order for Tuesday's All-Star game: Shortstop Derek Jeter, left fielder Mike Trout, second baseman Robinson Cano, first baseman Miguel Cabrera, right fielder Jose Bautista, designated hitter Nelson Cruz, center fielder Adam Jones, third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Salvador Perez.

Josh Donaldson clubs 20th home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson celebrated being named to the Home Run Derby by launching his 20th home run of the season Thursday afternoon against the Giants in San Francisco. It took him until Sept. 4 of last year to reach 20 home runs.

Donaldson took starter Tim Lincecum deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in a 6-1 win. He is hitting .241 with 65 RBI in 353 at-bats.

American League starters revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League starting lineup for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was voted as a starter, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez will take his place behind the plate for the game. Other injured players will likely be replaced on the roster moving forward.

The following players were selected as starters by the fans:

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles

RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees


Josh Donaldson slugs 19th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays Saturday.

Donaldson had managed just one home run since June 6 before knocking one out in the third inning Saturday to even the score at 1-1. He has hit .244/.323/.464 with 19 home runs and 62 RBI in 336 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson off shelf Friday for Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has returned to the lineup for the Friday game against Toronto after missing two games with back stiffness.

Donaldson hopes he can heat up at the plate. He has just one hit in his last 11 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson dealing with back stiffness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is dealing with back stiffness, according to CSN.

The injury explains why Donaldson is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday. Donaldson also missed Wednesday's game, but the team did not initially announce an injury. He will be re-evaluated Friday.

Donaldson is hitting .245/.325/.459 over 327 at-bats. 


Struggling Josh Donaldson a no-go in Motor City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is getting the afternoon off in Detroit. His has been replaced by Alberto Callaspo in the lineup.

Donaldson is hitless in his last two games. His .245 average is at its lowest point since April 14.


Josh Donaldson slams 18th homer - first since June 6


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) A five-game hitting streak heading into Friday night indicated that Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson had emerged from a long slump. His three-run homer in the first inning clinched it.

Donaldson gave his team a 3-0 lead with the blast. He added a walk later in the game, which he finished with a fine .490 slugging percentage.


Josh Donaldson gets temporary 'change of scenery'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) The Athletics dropped slumping third baseman Josh Donaldson to sixth in the batting order Sunday. He's mired in a 2-for-40 skid.

"It's just a little bit of a change of scenery, which you do from time to time just to mix things up," manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. "I talked to him about it [Saturday] night so he was aware. But he hits two, three and four for us, and it won't be long before he's back."

It was Donaldson's first time batting sixth since Aug. 19, 2013. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI, and is hitting .250 with 17 homers and 51 RBI.


Josh Donaldson ejected after another hitless performance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson was ejected from Saturday's 5-1 win over the Yankees for arguing balls and strikes at the end of the seventh inning after going 0 for 4 at the plate.

Donaldson has been absymal over the last week-plus, going 0 for 29 in his last seven games. After finishing May with a .280/.375/.550 line, the third baseman has now hit .250/.338/.493 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 268 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson grabbing some pine Wednesday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Athletics have given slumping third baseman Josh Donaldson the night off for their Wednesday night game against the host Angels.

Donaldson, who told the media before the game that he wouldn't mind the break, is hitless in his last 21 at-bats to drop his average from .284 to .260.


Josh Donaldson goes deep in three-hit game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson continued his strong play Wednesday against the Yankees, as he put together his fifth multi-hit effort in nine games in a 7-4 win.

Donaldson went 3 for 5 in the game, with a solo home run. He added a pair of runs scored, increasing his American League lead to 50. He is now hitting .284/.375/.552 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI in 58 games. 


Josh Donaldson goes deep twice, drives in four Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson came up big at the dish on Friday, belting a pair of home runs in his team's 9-5 victory over the Angels.

Donaldson launched a solo home run in the second inning and singled in a run in the third, all coming off Wade LeBlanc. He got the best of LeBlanc again in the fifth, belting a two-run blast to extend the lead.

Donaldson finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored and four RBI. He has five home runs over his last six games. He is hitting .285 with 15 homers and 45 RBI in 214 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson wins it with late home run


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The Athletics offense struggled for much of Wednesday's game against the Tigers, but third baseman Josh Donaldson did enough with one swing to earn a 3-1 win.

Donaldson was the only player for the Athletics to have two hits, and it was his second that provided the big blow. He clubbed a three-run home run off Joe Nathan to win the game in the ninth inning, finishing 2 for 4 with one run scored and three RBI.

Donaldson is now hitting .277/.370/.529, with 13 RBI and 41 RBI in 52 games. He ranks fifth in the American League in home runs and sixth in RBI. 


Josh Donaldson homers in three-hit performance Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Athletics first baseman Josh Donaldson went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 10-0 win over the Tigers Monday.

Donaldson went back-to-back on solo home runs with cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning, and his shot was one of five home runs in the win. He has hit .276/.370/.523 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 199 at-bats after homering in each of his last two games.


Josh Donaldson caps huge series


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Third baseman Josh Donaldson stayed red hot Sunday, going 1 for 2 with three walks, four runs scored and an RBI in the Athletics' 13-3 win over the Indians. Donaldson had seven RBI and seven runs scored in the series.

He has three homers and 11 RBI over his past seven games.


Josh Donaldson drives in three


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson drove in three runs Saturday against the Indians.

Donaldson collected three hits during the game. He singled in his first and second at-bats. Donaldson grounded out in his third at-bat, but came back strong in the seventh inning. Donaldson tripled, scoring two runs.

Through 173 at-bats, Donaldson hit .277. 


Josh Donaldson homers for third time in as many days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson homered for the third time in as many days during Friday's win over the Indians in Cleveland.

Donaldson launched a towering shot over the left field wall for a three-run home run the second inning, part of an eight-run outburst by the A's. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and three RBI in an 11-1 victory. He is hitting .266 with 10 homers and 31 RBI in 169 at-bats.

Josh Donaldson cranks ninth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-2 loss to the White Sox Wednesday.

Donaldson's fourth-inning home run put his team up 2-1, and it was a lead they would enjoy until the ninth inning, when a White Sox home run put the A's down for good. Donaldson has hit .267/.344/.491 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 165 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson hits another home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson hit another home run Friday against the Astros.

Donaldson waited until the ninth inning to get things going. With one man on in the inning, Donaldson hit a 95 mph cutter from Anthony Bass out to left. It was his only hit of the game, though he walked in two other plate appearances.

Donaldson finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. He has now hit three home runs in his last two games. 


Josh Donaldson registers first career multi-home run game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson turned in his first multi-home run game of his career on Thursday against the Astros in Houston.

Donaldson took starter Brett Oberholtzer deep for a two-run home run in the opening frame and reliever Anthony Bass in the seventh for another two-run shot. He added a double and finished 3 for 4 with two walks, three runs scored and four RBI in a 10-1 win. He is hitting .289 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 97 at-bats.

Josh Donaldson puts 2-for-22 slump behind him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson started the season mired in a 2-for-22 slump, but his struggles at the plate appear to be a thing of the past.

Donaldson collected his third straight multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to four games during a 6-1 win Thursday against the Twins.

Donaldson homered for the first time this season -- connecting for a two-run homer off Mike Pelfrey in the third inning to give Oakland a 3-1 lead. Donaldson added an RBI single in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 6-1.

Donaldson is batting .368 (7 for 19) over his last four games, raising his season average from .091 to .220. He has five RBI in nine games -- all coming in his last four games.