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Since he's probably the biggest All-Star snub in baseball this season, Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson decided to have himself an All-Star game on Sunday. His A's beat the Red Sox 3-2 in 11 innings, a match-up of the two top teams in the American League.
Donaldson was responsible for all of Oakland's runs, hitting a two-run homer that tied the game in the seventh inning, then adding the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning.
''In our hearts and minds he's an All-Star,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''Not only did he knock in the winning run, he knocked in all three runs. That's a pretty good first half but there was no room for him.''
It was a dramatic turnaround for the A's, who were getting no-hit through six innings by Brandon Workman, a rookie who was making his first career start for the Red Sox. His no-hit bid was broken up in the seventh when Coco Crisp beat out an infield single. Donaldson came up soon after, hit his two-run dinger and made everyone in Oakland forget about the no-hit threat.
The 27-year-old Donaldson goes into the All-Star break for Oakland hitting .310/.379/.522 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs. His 4.1 wins above replacement are seventh in the American League among hitters.
In other near no-no news: Baseball was still talking Tim Lincecum's no-hitter when Justin Verlander took the mound Sunday for the Tigers. He was dominating and by the sixth inning, people were wondering whether Verlander would be able to finish the third no-hitter of his career.
Not on this day, as it turned out. Mitch Moreland hit a double with two outs in the seventh to break up Verlander's attempt. Verlander still got the win, his 10th of the season as the Tigers topped the Rangers 5-0.
After the no-no was a no-go, Verlander left the game with a tight quad, a move that sound more pre-cautious than anything else.
Cardinals 10, Cubs 6: The Cards get four in the ninth to win — first a go-ahead Allen Craig single, then a three-run Yadier Molina homer (above).
Mariners 4, Angels 3: All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma gets his first win since June 10 as Mariners finish a three-game sweep of the Angels.
Rockies 3, Dodgers 1: Michael Cuddyer finishes off his great pre-All Star break campaign with two hits, including a homer and all three of Colorado's RBIs.
Brewers 5, D-backs 1: Wily Peralta, who threw a shutout his last time out, is strong again for the Brewers.Rays 5, Astros 0: Rookie Chris Archer throws a five-hit shutout for the Rays.
Phillies 4, White Sox 3: John Mayberry Jr. hits a walk-off single for the Phillies, who won in 10th after Jonathan Papelbon blew a save.
Orioles 7, Blue Jays 4: Chris Davis homers again for the Orioles, totaling 37, which ties Reggie Jackson for the before-the-All-Star-break record in the AL.
Mets 4, Pirates 2: The All-Star host Mets finish on a good note, using a strong outing from Dillon Gee and a two-run John Buck single to top the Pirates.
Reds 8, Braves 4: The Reds offense gets homers from Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo plus a two-run Brandon Phillips double to chop the Braves.
Indians 6, Royals 4: The Indians win their fourth straight to go into the All-Star break only a game and a half behind the Tigers.
Twins 10, Yankees 4: Aaron Hicks, Brian Dozer and Justin Morneau help the Twins pummel the Yanks and C.C. Sabathia.
"I just said, 'Hey, I'm going to try end this first half on a good note,''' Span said. ''I couldn't play any worse than I have this first half. I just wanted to go out feeling good. I didn't want to go home feeling in more of a stale mood than I'm already in.''
— Denard Span, on his three-hit day for the Nats.
Rays rookie Chris Archer is a happy guy after his shutout against the Astros.
• With their win Sunday, the Phillies (48-48) are at .500 for the first time since June 7. They're half a game behind the Nats for second place in the NL East and six and a half behind the Braves.
• By taking two of three from the Yankees, the Twins won their first series at Yankee Stadium since 2001.
• Evan Gattis returned to the Braves lineup, playing his first game since June 18 after a DL stint for an oblique injury. He was 0-for-4, but a run scored in the third inning when he lined out and Reds shortstop Zack Cozart followed with an error.
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