3B Josh Donaldson hit his 20th home run of the season Wednesday in an 11-4 win over Texas. Donaldson hit a three-run blast in the sixth inning off Rangers LHP reliever Robbie Ross. He leads the A's in RBIs with 80 and ranks third in home runs.
RHP Sonny Gray will make his sixth major-league start Thursday when the A's open a four-game against Houston at the O.co Coliseum. Since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Aug., Gray is 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA in his five starts. Gray made his only career start against Houston on Aug. 15 and pitched eight shutout innings in a 5-0 A's win at Oakland. He allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking one. Gray won his last start, allowing one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. He struck out seven and walked one.
CF Coco Crisp hit his 18th home run of the season -- an ongoing career high -- and drove in a season-high four runs Wednesday in an 11-4 rout of Texas. He has hit four home runs over his past five games, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning Wednesday.
1B Daric Barton went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Wednesday in the A's 11-4 victory over Texas. The home run was Barton's second of this season and third since the start of the 2011 season. Barton is 8-for-25 (.320) with six RBIs in nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
1B/OF Brandon Moss, the reigning American Player of the Week, hit his team-high 26th home run of the season Wednesday, a two-run shot off RHP Yu Darvish in the first inning of the A's 11-4 victory. Moss is 4-for-13 with three home runs in his career against Darvish.
RHP Jarrod Parker won his career-high ninth straight game Wednesday, allowing two run on five hits over six innings in an 11-4 A's victory over Texas. Parker also extended his unbeaten streak to 18 games, the longest in Oakland history. He snapped a tie with Catfish Hunter (June 2-Sept. 3, 1973).
RF Josh Reddick (sprained right wrist) should be "pretty close to full go if not full go" on Sept. 10 when he's eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list, A's manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "He feels good. As a far as what he's doing in the cage, soft toss and so forth, he's had no problems with it. so when the training staff is comfortable letting him taking batting practice on the field, we'll have a better timetable with that." Reddick missed his 10th game Wednesday since going on the DL on Aug. 26. He missed 22 games while on the DL with a sprained right wrist from May 7-30.