Series: Game 3 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 2-1 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 8
in 12
Chi White Sox5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 9
Chi White Sox2
Game 3: Wednesday, September 10
Chi White Sox2
Game 4: Thursday, September 11
Chi White Sox1

Athletics 1

(81-64, 36-37 away)

White Sox 2

(65-80, 36-37 home)

    Coverage:  WCIU

    8:10 PM ET, September 10, 2014

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CHW 00000002 - 2 8 0

    W: Z. Putnam (5-3)

    L: L. Gregerson (4-4)

    S: J. Petricka (12)

    Athletics-White Sox Preview


    After his last start, Oakland Athletics right-hander Jeff Samardzija said the team was still trying to find a "happy zone" during a strenuous playoff push.

    The A's might have rediscovered it with an offensive outburst in Chicago, and Samardzija will try to follow that up Wednesday night with another impressive outing against the White Sox.

    Oakland (81-63) had dropped nine of 11, including a 5-4 loss in 12 innings in Monday's series opener, before slugging its way to an 11-2 victory Tuesday.

    Oakland's 11 runs and 18 hits were its most since pounding out a season-high 20 hits in an 11-3 victory in Kansas City on Aug. 12. Josh Donaldson went 5 for 6 with four RBIs to break out of a 2-for-24 slump for the A's, who were batting .219 and averaging 3.3 runs in their prior 24 games.

    Donaldson made a key change after watching video of his four-strikeout game Monday, and he's now 8 for 18 (.444) with two homers and seven RBIs in four games against Chicago (64-80) this season.

    "I think baseball is just a stupid game," he said. "It's just one of those things where last night, I didn't even come close to touching anything. Tonight, I was able to get the most hits in my career in one game. You just try to turn the page, try to forget it."

    Donaldson's performance played a major role in keeping Oakland two games ahead of Seattle for one of the AL's two wild card spots and 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit for the top spot in that race.

    Samardzija (4-5, 3.70 ERA) will try to pad that lead in his first start in Chicago since a trade from the Cubs on July 4.

    He has lost four of five starts, but had given up a combined four runs in 16 innings in his two starts before a 4-3 loss to Houston on Friday. Samardzija allowed two runs in his first five innings before giving up a two-run homer to Chris Carter in his penultimate inning, the sixth.

    "I think the last three (starts) I've had some really good stuff. The longball bit me today. That's really the best way to put it," said Samardzija, who also gave up a solo shot and struck out nine.

    Samardzija has pitched nine innings and hasn't given up an earned run in each of his last two starts against the White Sox. He gave up one unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out seven in his lone matchup this season May 5, but the Cubs lost 3-1 in 12 innings.

    Samardzija recorded his only career shutout at U.S. Cellular Field on May 27, 2013, a 7-0 victory in which he yielded two hits and fanned eight.

    The White Sox, losers in 15 of 20, will send out Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36) for his second major league start. The right-hander gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut Aug. 30, an 8-4 loss to Detroit. He also pitched an inning in relief in an 11-4 defeat in Minnesota last Wednesday.

    Because of a broken right hand, Bassitt has pitched just 50 2/3 total innings after throwing 149 in 2013.

    "I'm midseason right now. I don't feel like September," Bassitt told MLB's official website. "I'm a lot more advanced right now than everyone else with how my body feels, so I need to put up a little better results. I don't have the excuse, 'Hey, I'm tired.' Everyone knows I'm not tired."

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1L1
    Last 105-54-6

    Pitching Matchup

    J. Samardzija
    7-13, 2.99 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at TEX
    7.0 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss
    C. Bassitt
    1-1, 3.94 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at CHW
    5.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. C. Crisp, CF A. Eaton, CF
    2. S. Fuld, LF A. Ramirez, SS
    3. J. Donaldson, 3B J. Abreu, DH
    4. A. Dunn, DH C. Gillaspie, 3B
    5. J. Reddick, RF A. Garcia, RF
    6. D. Norris, C A. Wilkins, 1B
    7. B. Moss, 1B J. Phegley, C
    8. J. Lowrie, SS J. Danks, LF
    9. E. Sogard, 2B C. Sanchez, 2B