The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
Jemile Weeks hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, Seth Smith later homered and the Athletics beat a split squad of San Diego Padres 11-6 on Wednesday.
Jeremy Guthrie allowed only three singles in seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 5-0 win over the Athletics on Tuesday night.
The game lasted just 2 hours, 37 minutes, a sharp turnaround from 24 hours earlier when the two teams played 15 innings in a marathon that went 5 hours, 9 minutes and ended after midnight.
Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly in the 15th inning and the Oakland Athletics outlasted the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday morning.
Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson, and the Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 on Friday night in a back-and-forth duel that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run single and the streaking Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Tuesday night for their season-best sixth win in a row.
Jemile Weeks hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh following Coco Crisp’s leadoff triple, and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 3-2 win Wednesday.
Craig Gentry’s bases-loaded triple in the eighth capped a four-run rally and Matt Harrison pitched eight strong innings to win his 11th game, lifting the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Friday night.
Brendan Ryan hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to send the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.