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August Results: 6-4
I've officially lost count of how many weeks in a row the Athletics have sat atop these power rankings, and with two more series wins against the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins last week, they are the clear choice for No. 1 once again.
For all that was made about giving up Yoenis Cespedes, the platoon of Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld has held down the fort in left field, and right fielder Josh Reddick has picked up the run-production slack with a terrific month of August.
"For me, the biggest thing is he’s been balanced," manager Bob Melvin told Jason Burke of SFBay.ca. "He’s using his legs and he has confidence. [Reddick] is seeing the ball well."
The A's lead in the AL West currently sits at four games over the Los Angeles Angels, and they'll look to build on that when they take on the red-hot Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves on the road this coming week.
Silver Slugger Since Trade Deadline
RF Josh Reddick (12-for-36, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)
Top Pitcher Since Trade Deadline
SP Jon Lester (2 GS, 2 W, 15.2 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K)
Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and cover games from Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 10. All injury information comes via MLBDepthCharts team pages, per Baseball Prospectus.
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