Late Rangers switch allows Dunn to reach milestone

Late Rangers switch allows Dunn to reach milestone

ARLINGTON -- A's designated hitter Adam Dunn played in his 2,000th career game Saturday evening at Globe Life Park, but he almost was a spectator.

Dunn only made it in the starting lineup less than an hour before game time, when the Rangers announced that scheduled starter Derek Holland had been scratched because of a migraine headache. Texas replaced Holland with right-hander Scott Baker, allowing the A's to get their power-hitting left-handers, including Dunn, in the game.

Dunn entered the game with the distinction of being the active player with the most career games without a postseason appearance. The next closest is Texas' Alex Rios, who has played in 1,586 games without making it to the playoffs.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.