A's lineup: Donaldson up and in

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A's lineup: Donaldson up and in

Brandon Inge was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder on Tuesday. As a result the A's have re-called Josh Donaldson to take his place. Donaldson will be joining the A's for his third time. He only hit .153 with Oakland, but is hitting .335 in 51 games with the River Cats this year. Oakland Athletics (61-53) lineupCoco Crisp, CF
Jemile Weeks, 2B
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chris Carter, 1B
Brandon Moss, DH
George Kottaras, C
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Cliff Pennington, SS
Instant AnalysisChris Carter is at first base with Brandon Moss serving as the DH. Getting them both in the lineup provides solid middle of the order power. The bottom of the lineup gets a shake-up with George Kottaras getting the start at catcher. Josh Donaldson bats eighth and is starting at third base, and Cliff Pennington is batting ninth.Top of the OrderJemile Weeks is hitting .220 this season which is the fourth lowest batting average amongst regulars in the American League. Weeks has been good against the Royals with a .400 (18 for 45) career average against them. Heart of the OrderBrandon Moss is 2 for 3 in his career against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. Both of his hits were home runs. Moss has been struggling lately offensively. He is batting .174 (11 for 63) with two homers and six RBIs in his last 24 games. Bottom of the OrderCliff Pennington is batting .364 (4 for 11) in his four games since returning from the DL. He is 2 for 11 with a homer in his career against Guthrie. Kansas City Royals (49-65) lineupAlex Gordon, LF
Alcides Escobar, SS
Billy Butler, DH
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Salvador Perez, C
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Lorenzo Cain, CF
Chris Getz, 2B

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.

Rzepczynski's deal is fo $11 million over two years. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first reported details of the contract

The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.

The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season. He then pitched three times in the NL playoffs for the Nationals.

Rzepczynski has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three years. He's also pitched for Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego in an eight-season career.

The 33-year-old Fien was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 39 games for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 27-year-old Kiekhefer made his major league debut last season and pitched 26 times in relief for the Cardinals. Seattle claimed him off waivers from St. Louis last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Report: Beltran agrees to one-year deal with AL West team

Report: Beltran agrees to one-year deal with AL West team

Houston's offseason shopping spree got a little richer on Saturday.

More than 12 years after going to the Astros in a trade deadline deal, nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran has reportedly agreed to return to Houston.

According to multiple national reports, the pact is a one-year, $16 million deal.

News of an agreement was first reported by ESPN. Terms were first reported by Fox Sports.

Beltran, who will be 40 years old in April, joins outfielder Josh Reddick and catcher Brian McCann as new Astros this offseason.

In 151 games between the Yankees and Rangers in 2016, Beltran hit .295/.337/.513 with 33 doubles, 29 home runs and 93 RBI.

During the 2004 season, the Royals traded a then-27-year-old Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal that involved the A's. Oakland sent third baseman Mark Teahan and pitcher Mike Wood to Kansas City, while the A's received reliever Octavio Dotel from Houston. Kansas City also received catcher John Buck from the Astros.

Beltran's brief run with the Astros in 2004 was highlighted by one of the greatest postseason performances in MLB history. In 12 games, Beltran collected 20 hits and hit eight home runs.