Oakland lost third baseman Brandon Inge essentially for the season just three innings after he returned from the DL, but not before Inge contributed. Inge reinjured his right shoulder in the top of the third inning Saturday against Boston when he made a throw from third to end the inning, but he remained in the game to hit -- knowing it probably would be his final at-bat of the season -- and he knocked a two-run double to right. After the game, Inge said his shoulder had come out of place again, which is what put him on the DL for the previous three weeks, and because it is his throwing shoulder, he will need surgery. He said that will happen within the next week. Until then, Inge said he is available to pinch hit or even DH for the charging A's, who won their ninth game in a row on Sunday, beating Boston 6-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Inge was a key contributor for the A's after he was released by Detroit in May. He drove in 52 runs for Oakland in 74 games, and he turned in superb defensive work at a position that had been unsettled much of the previous few years. Josh Donaldson, who had filled in well at third base after Inge first hurt his shoulder Aug. 11, missed Saturday's game with tightness in his right hip flexor, but he was back in the lineup on Saturday. He is 22-for-67 with four homers since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. The A's have won nine games in a row, their longest streak since June 2006, and they are 19 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2006 season.
- Brandon Inge