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20 Josh Donaldson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 12/8/1985 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Auburn | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $492,500 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 21.20
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Blue Jays decision to hit Josh Donaldson in No. 2 spot pays off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with his decision to move third baseman Josh Donaldson to second in the batting order Wednesday against the Rays.

Donaldson, who spent the first eight games of the season in the No. 5, singled in the opening frame and scored on a two-run homer by Jose Bautista. He finished 3 for 5 with two singles, a double, two runs scored and three RBI in a 12-7 victory over the Rays.

"Donaldson I thought might be a good guy there, thought we'd give him a try now," Gibbons said of moving Donaldson from the fifth spot. "You always like your top hitters there. They might get that extra at-bat. He's up there setting the table. He's a threat."

Donaldson has four games with at least two hits, including two in as many days. He is hitting .286 with three doubles, three walks and six RBI in nine games.


Blue Jays move Josh Donaldson to second spot in batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons moved third baseman Josh Donaldson to second in the batting order Wednesday against the Rays. Donaldson -- who hit fifth in the first eight games -- was batting behind Jose Reyes and in front of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Donaldson is batting .167 (2 for 12) with one home run and three RBI in his career against Erasmo Ramirez, who is starting for the Rays on Wednesday.

Donaldson has a career .275 average, .473 slugging percentage, five home runs, nine doubles and 19 RBI in 34 games batting second.


Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson totals 3 RBI in win over Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson came up with three RBI during Friday's 12-5 win over the Orioles. 

Donaldson went 2 for 3, scored a run and drew a walk. Donaldson entered the game just 2 for 11 through three games.

Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run double in the fifth. Those were his first three RBI of the season. 


Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson connects for third spring HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson homered for the third time this spring and second time in three games Tuesday against the Twins. He hit a solo home run off Ricky Nolasco in the fifth inning.

Donaldson has homered off Nolasco, David Buchanan and Seth Rosin this spring. He is batting .364 (12 for 33) with six RBI in 13 spring games.


Josh Donaldson loses arbitration case with Blue Jays, to earn $4.3M


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Third baseman Josh Donaldson lost his arbitration case with the Blue Jays and will receive $4.3 million in 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Donaldson, heading into his first season in Toronto, was seeking $5.75 million while the Blue Jays were offering $4.3 million. Donaldson hit .255 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 2014 for the Athletics.


Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays likely heading for arbitration


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays are likely headed for arbitration after failing to agree on a deal before the deadline Friday. Donaldson reportedly submitted a $5.75 million request, while the Blue Jays submitted a $4.3 million request, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Donaldson was traded to Toronto in Novemeber for Brett Lawrie and Kendall Graveman. He hit .255 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 2014.


Blue Jays 3B Donaldson expecting more homers in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) New Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has predicted a power surge in 2015, greatly as a result to the move to a new home ballpark.

"(There were) 14 balls I hit in Oakland this year I thought would go out for homers but didn't," he told Sportsnet. "I'm looking forward to hitting in Rogers Center."

Donaldson still blasted 29 home runs with the Athletics last season.


A's deal Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Athletics have dealt third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, according to FoxSports.com. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

Pitcher Sean Nolin and shortstop Franklin Barreto are also heading to Oakland, according to Yahoo! The 28-year-old Donaldson is entering his first year of arbitration. He's under team control until 2019. Lawrie is also entering his first year of arbitration, but will become a free-agent in 2018. Lawrie is entering his age-25 season. Graveman sky-rocketed through Toronto's farm system last year, jumping multiple levels. The 23-year-old posted a 1.83 ERA in 27 starts over four levels. He made his major-league debut as well, coming out of the bullpen five times at the end of the year. 

The 24-year-old Nolin posted a 3.43 ERA over three levels in the minors last season. He tossed one inning in the majors last season, giving up one run. The 18-year-old Barreto hit .311/.384/.481 over 328 at-bats in Class A ball. 


A's will listen on Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Athletics will listen to offers for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir, according to FoxSports.com.

The team isn't actively looking to shop either player, but would listen if any offers came in. Both Samardzija and Kazmir are entering the final years of the their contracts. Samardzija will likely be too expensive to remain in Oakland once his deal ends, while Kazmir could price his way off the team with another solid year. 

The club is adamant about keeping third baseman Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, and should receive a healthy raise, but he's too valuable a piece for the team to trade. 


Josh Donaldson says his knee feels more 'stable'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/29/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been dealing with a knee injury, said he's encouraged because it feels more "stable" than it did the past couple days, reports CSNCalifornia.com. Donaldson should be in the lineup when Oakland visits the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card game.

Josh Donaldson in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rangers.

Donaldson suffered a knee injury in Friday's game but managed to stay in and finish the game. He was examined after the game and expressed hope he'd be able to play Saturday. Donaldson has hit .251/.340/.452 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI in 593 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson plays despite knee injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Athletics infielder Josh Donaldson appeared to suffer a knee injury Friday against the Rangers.

Despite the injury, Donaldson managed to stay in the game. He was examined after the game, and said he was "OK." Donaldson admitted that there's a chance he won't play Saturday, but remains optimistic he'll be in there. "Obviously they’re going to look at it," Donaldson said. "But how I felt at the end of the game, it didn’t get any worse, which was good. So hopefully I’ll be in there tomorrow.”

Donaldson singled in his first at-bat after suffering through the injury, but was not at 100 percent running the bases.


Josh Donaldson homers, reaches four times in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson had gone more than two weeks since his last home run before going deep in a 4-3 loss to the Angels Friday.

Donaldson tied the game with his sixth inning solo home run, a shot that eventually sent the game into extras. He went 2 for 3 overall in the game, while added a pair of walks in the loss.  

Donaldson has found his swing again in the month of August, though he has just three home runs in 85 games. He is still hitting .294/.419/.482 with 12 RBI and nine runs scored in the month.


MRI shows no structural damage for Josh Donaldson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson underwent an MRI on his injured knee Sunday, which revealed no structural damage, the Bay Area News Group reports. He is expected to return to the lineup Monday against the Astros in Houston.

Josh Donaldson undergoes MRI on knee Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson underwent an MRI on his injured knee Sunday, MLB.com reports.

Donaldson suffered the injury in his last at-bat of Saturday's game. He wanted to play Sunday, but the team wanted him to undergo precautionary testing. Donaldson has hit .249/.335/.458 with 25 home runs and 84 RBI in 478 at-bats.


Josh Donaldson a no-go Wednesday against Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Slumping Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Donaldson has just three hits in 21 at-bats since slugging two home runs in Kansas City on Aug. 12.


Josh Donaldson homers twice in win vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI in his team's 11-3 win over the Royals Tuesday.

Donaldson has racked up at least one hit in nine straight games but hadn't homered since the calendar turned to August before doing so twice Tuesday. He managed to deliver an RBI single in the third inning and a second RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth before smashing solo home runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Donaldson owns a .255/.341/.475 line with 25 home runs, 84 RBI and seven stolen bases in 451 at-bats.


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 | Senior Analyst
(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.