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Soto to catch Lester for Athletics vs Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Athletics ace Jon Lester will have Geovany Soto behind the plate for the first time when he takes the mound in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals.

A's manager Bob Melvin opted for Soto at catcher over Derek Norris, who has worked well with Lester down the stretch. The reason was simple: Soto is better at managing runners, and the Royals led the majors with 153 stolen bases.

Brandon Moss was the Athletics' designated hitter, which means Adam Dunn would probably have to pinch hit to appear in his first postseason game.

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Leaders
AVG: N. Aoki.285
HR: A. Gordon19
RBI: A. Gordon74
SB: J. Dyson36
W: J. Shields14
ERA: Y. Ventura3.20
Saves: G. Holland46
K: J. Shields180
AL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Detroit 9072.556-
Y-Kansas City 8973.5491
Cleveland 8577.5255
Chi White Sox 7389.45117
Minnesota 7092.43220
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .263 (4)
Runs: 651 (14)
Hits: 1456 (5)
Home Runs: 95 (30)
Stolen Bases: 153 (1)
OBP: .314 (15)
SLG: .376 (19)
Total Bases: 2085 (19)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.51 (12)
Runs Allowed: 624 (12)
Saves: 53 (4)
Strikeouts: 1168 (25)
OpBA: .250 (15)
OBP: .310 (14)
SLG: .377 (12)
Run Support: 4.04 (14)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/29 A. Brooks Called Up from Minors - Not to Report
9/29 P. Ciriaco Refused Minor League Assignment - Free Agent
9/29 J. Lamb Called Up from Minors - Not to Report
9/29 B. Wood Refused Minor League Assignment - Free Agent
9/28 C. Colon Removed From 15-Day DL (Fractured right middle finger)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/7 C. Colon off 15-day DL
9/6 D. Duffy Left shoulder soreness (day-to-day)
8/28 M. Mariot Strained right hamstring (on 60-day DL)
8/18 S. Perez Sore knee (day-to-day)
8/3 S. Downs off 15-day DL
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