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A's Spring Training: Josh Donaldson Shines In Intrasquad Game

With Scott Sizemore out for the foreseeable future, the Oakland A's are going to need a third baseman to step up. If converted catcher Josh Donaldson keeps playing like he did in Thursday's intrasquad game, it might be his job to lose.

After a rocky start, Donaldson stood out in just four innings of play (via San Francisco Chronicle):

Donaldson, who converted from catcher to third when Scott Sizemore was injured on Saturday, made an error in the top of the third inning — then two batters later, ended the inning with a nice stop near the third-base line and a long, strong throw to first to get Chris Carter.

Then, in the fourth inning, Donaldson hit a three-run homer off Jim Miller to win the game.

Manager Bob Melvin liked the way Donaldson recovered so well after an error. Donaldson added:

"If I mess up, which is going to happen sometimes this year, they’re going to count on me the next play, so I’ve got to man up and make the play."

Meanwhile, the A's have strongly denied a report in El Nuevo Herald that they might have offered Cuban Adonis Garcia a three-year, $18 million offer.

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