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The Oakland Athletics are back? Possibly? The team that sported the best record in the majors for most of the summer fell into disarray early in August, and appeared to be playing its way out of the postseason as recently as Sunday. However, a stirring walk-off victory against the Phillies, and a semi-authoritative one against the Los Angeles Angels seem to have righted the ship. The specific indicators are: The walk-off monster home run by Josh Donaldson against Philly on Sunday, and the magical sleight-of-hand play at third base he made against the Angels on Monday night. A's right-hander Jeff Samardzija has suggested that Donaldson doesn't even realize how good of a player he can be all-around:   Samardzija jokes that Donaldson must have been getting bored, giving self high degree of difficulty on play vs. Ianetta. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 23, 2014 Not only was the play he made against Chris Iannetta good — juggling a short-hop grounder high into the air, having the presence of mind to stay with it, barehand the ball and make a strong throw to first in time to get him — but also it was lucky. Luck is a ballplayer's best friend, and a team's, at this time of year.  The best put themselves in position to benefit from the freaky bounce or occurrence. You certainly won't win in the playoffs without it.  Donaldson's big-time plays don't prove the A's are going to win the World Series, they're just a good sign. The A's lead the American League wild-card race by a game against the Kansas City Royals and three against the Seattle Mariners. That's not as encouraging as saying they've "clinched home-field advantage already," but with six games left, most teams in Major League Baseball envy Oakland's position. And while reaching the wild card only guarantees a sudden-death spot in the World Series tournament, at least the A's kind of look like themselves again after playing such ugly ball for nearly two months. They look good — and lucky. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  
A Kennewick man is facing 30 years behind bars after a jury Monday convicted him of putting a gun to the head of a young teen girl and raping her inside an SUV.
In the world of firefighting, saving seconds can save lives.
The crash happened shortly after noon Monday on Highway 124 about two miles west of Highway 12. Initial reports say there are minor injuries.
The crash happened shortly after noon Monday on Highway 124 about two miles west of Highway 12. Initial reports say there are minor injuries.
BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has regained a slight edge in Brazil's presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who is losing some voter support in the campaign's homestretch, a poll showed on Tuesday.


WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.








OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Yara and Chicago-based CF Industries are in talks about a merger of equals that would create a $27.5 billion global fertilizer producer to rival world No.1 Potash Corp in an oversupplied and fragmented market.


BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama before turning the gun on himself, police said.








The Tri-Cities reached its 17th consecutive month of year-over-year job growth in August, prompted by added construction, retail, food services, professional and business services and health care jobs.
A handful of big companies pursuing overseas mergers to lower their tax bills came under pressure Tuesday after the U.S. unveiled rules to discourage them.
An American woman embarks on the next journey of her professional soccer career, with a club team in Cyprus.







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