The Oakland Athletics have traded lefty Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert.
Travis Blackley allowed one run over six innings in a strong bounce-back performance that helped the Oakland Athletics move into a first-place tie in the AL West with Texas and set up a one-game showdown for the division title.
Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and five pitchers combined to beat the struggling Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Wednesday night.
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.
Brandon Moss homered for Oakland and left-hander Travis Blackley (2-2) picked off two runners while holding a Texas lineup filled with All-Stars to one run over seven innings.
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.
Brandon Moss homered in his fourth consecutive game, Travis Blackley earned his first victory in nearly eight years and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Friday night to extend their longest winning streak of the season.
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run double and Josh Hamilton also doubled in a run to back Derek Holland, and the Texas Rangers rebounded from an embarrassing rout a night earlier to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Tuesday.
Right-hander Ramon Ortiz has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and been invited to big league spring training.