Among his highlights for the month, the three-year veteran doubled, homered and drove in three runs to lead the A's past their A.L. West-rival Texas Rangers, 11-4, on September 4th in Arlington. Two days later, the Pensacola, Florida native went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as Oakland edged the Houston Astros, 7-5, at Minute Maid Park. Donaldson's fourth swipe of the season came in the sixth inning as he took third base before coming around to score the go-ahead run on an RBI-groundout. Against the Rangers on September 13th, the Auburn University product doubled, homered, drove in three and scored twice as Oakland edged Texas, 9-8, at O.co Coliseum. The three RBI marked the sixth time this season that the 48th overall selection in the 2007 Draft (by the Chicago Cubs) plated at least three runs. Donaldson put together a three-game stretch with multiple hits from September 19th-21st, all of which came in the first three tilts of a four-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins where the slugger batted .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles, one homer, three RBI and four runs scored during the series.
Others receiving votes included David Ortiz (.287, 6 HR, 21 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; Coco Crisp (.274, 7 HR, 19 RBI) and Yoenis Cespedes (.314, 6 HR, 19 RBI) of the Athletics; Adam Lind (.318, 7 HR, 20 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays; Jose Altuve (.373, 9 2B, 10 RBI) of the Astros; Robinson Cano (.340, 13 2B, 18 RBI) of the New York Yankees; Alex Rios (.294, 5 HR, 18 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; Alex Avila (.348, 2 HR, 8 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; Michael Brantley (.363, 2 HR, 14 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; and Salvador Perez (.333, 3 HR, 17 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals.
The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Josh Donaldson, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.