Adam Dunn is in a pennant race at last, and what an impression he made on his new team as the September stretch run began. Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his debut at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders. ”We’re going to take full advantage.” Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn immediately became an imposing presence in the middle of Oakland’s order. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.

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While trying to harness the excitement of his first playoff drive, Adam Dunn will seek to keep providing some much-needed offense for the Oakland Athletics and help cut their sizable deficit in the AL West. After homering in his first at-bat with the A’s, Dunn will attempt to give his new club another boost Tuesday night while Sonny Gray looks to stay unbeaten against the Seattle Mariners in a matchup with James Paxton. Before Dunn’s debut Monday, Oakland (79-58) batted .223 in 29 games since trading Yoenis Cespedes to Boston on July 31 for pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. Oakland stayed within 4 1/2 games of the Angels with a 6-1 victory over Seattle on Monday that featured 11 hits – its most in 16 games.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Minnesota Twins intend to add eight players to their roster, including catcher Josmil Pinto and four pitchers.

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The Detroit Tigers have spent the past three weeks striving to overtake Kansas City in the AL Central, but both clubs have another team almost on their heels. While hoping to get Miguel Cabrera back, the Tigers will seek to reclaim sole possession of first place and slow down the surging Cleveland Indians on Monday. Detroit (74-62) will be alone atop the division for the first time since Aug. 10 if it wins for the seventh time in 10 games and Kansas City drops its fourth in a row Monday night. The Tigers were in line to stay tied with the Royals after a 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, but Kansas City’s game against Cleveland was suspended with the Indians leading 4-2 in the 10th inning.

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Needing a slugger, the sluggish Oakland Athletics acquired Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, hoping to boost their lineup for the final stretch. The White Sox also sent cash to Oakland while acquiring minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. Because the deal was made before Sept. 1, Dunn would be eligible for the postseason if the A’s make the playoffs. Oakland was second in the AL West after three straight losses to the division-leading Los Angeles Angels, and hadn’t scored in 22 innings going into Sunday’s series finale.

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have purchased the contract of left-hander Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo before Saturday’s split-doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

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It was just one pitch, but Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers can only hope it turns out to be a turning point in their season. Verlander turned in one of his most effective outings this year and once again beat the White Sox, leading the Detroit Tigers past Chicago 7-1 Friday night. After Verlander’s wild pickoff throw set up a sacrifice fly by Adam Dunn, Verlander reached back to strike out Tyler Flowers on a 95 mph fastball and leave the bases loaded. ”Yeah, you can’t put your team in a 3-0 deficit right away,” Verlander said.

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After putting together gems in back-to-back victories, the Kansas City Royals’ pitching imploded in the club’s series finale. The Royals (74-59) allowed a combined two runs and 10 hits in positioning itself to sweep Minnesota. Jeremy Guthrie was shaky Thursday, however, giving up five runs and nine hits over six innings. Kansas City, which lost for the fifth time in 19 home games, still leads Detroit by 1 1/2 games in the AL Central.

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