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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.
Johnson was the team’s big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.
This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.
His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.
Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Philles 2 (44-58) – San Francisco Giants 1 (57-45)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (54-49) – Boston Red Sox 0 (47-55)
New York Yankees 4 (53-48) – Texas Rangers 2 (40-62)
Oakland Athletics 13 (63-38) – Houston Astros 1 (42-60)
Miami Marlins 3 (48-53) – Atlanta Braves 2 (55-47)
Milwaukee Brewers 9 (58-45) – New York Mets 1 (48-54)
Chicago White Sox 5 (49-54) – Minnesota Twins 2 (46-55)
San Diego Padres 13 (45-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (41-59)
Kansas City Royals 2 (51-50) – Cleveland Indians 1 (51-51) – 14 Innings
Baltimore Orioles 4 (56-45) – Seattle Mariners 0 (53-49)
Detroit Tigers 6 (57-42) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (60-41)
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Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Donaldson Hits Three-Run Walk-Off HR to Power A’s Past Orioles

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
The walk-off was the 28-year-old Donaldson’s fifth of his career.
“I enjoy those moments,” Donaldson said. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel better about it.”
The Athletics (60-36) now lead the Angels by 1 1/2 games in the AL West.
Meanwhile, The Orioles (52-43) still have a four game lead over the Blue Jays and Yankees in the AL East.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup Final: Germany 1 – Argentina 0 – F/OT
MLB: Cleveland Indians 3 (47-47) – Chicago White Sox 2 (45-51)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (44-53) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (49-47)
New York Mets 9 (45-50) – Miami Marlins 1 (44-50)
Washington Nationals 10 (51-42) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (42-53)
Kansas City Royals 5 (48-46) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-38)
Boston Red Sox 11 (43-52) – Houston Astros 0 (40-56)
Atlanta Braves 10 (52-43) – Chicago Cubs 7 (40-54) 
Milwaukee Brewers 11 (53-43) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (52-44) 
Cincinnati Reds 6 (51-44) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (49-46)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10 (57-37) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-57)
Oakland Athletics 4 (59-36) – Seattle Mariners 1 (51-44)
San Francisco Giants 8 (52-43) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (40-56)
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (54-43) – San Diego Padres 0 (41-54)
Minnesota Twins 13 (44-50) – Colorado Rockies 5 (40-55)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (52-42) – New York Yankees 1 (47-47) F/5 Innings
NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire.
Golf: Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 6 (39-52) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-43) – 12 Innings
Philadelphia Phillies 9 (41-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-41)
Boston Red Sox 4 (41-51) – Chicago White Sox 3 (44-49) 10 Innings
Oakland Athletics 6 (58-34) – San Francisco Giants 1 (50-42)
Atlanta Braves 3 (50-42) – New York Mets 1 (42-50) 
Baltimore Orioles 4 (50-41) – Washington Nationals 3 (49-41)
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (48-44) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (50-43) 
Cleveland Indians 9 (45-46) – New York Yankees 3 (46-45)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (52-42) – San Diego Padres 1 (40-52)
Minnesota Twins 4 (42-49) – Seattle Mariners 2 (49-43)
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup – Semifinals: Argentina 0 (4) – Netherlands 0 (2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (50-37) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (51-42)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (39-54) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-47) 10 innings
Los Angeles Angels 8 (53-37) – Toronto Blue Jays 7 (48-45)
Colorado Rockies 6 (39-53) – San Diego Padres 3 (40-51)
Washington Nationals 6 (49-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (49-41)
New York Mets 4 (42-49) – Atlanta Braves 1 (49-42)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-42) – Chicago Cubs 1 (38-52)
Boston Red Sox 5 (40-51) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-48)
Kansas City Royals 5 (47-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (42-52)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (40-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-40)
Houston Astros 8 (39-54) – Texas Rangers 4 (38-53)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (50-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (47-44)
New York Yankees 5 (46-44) – Cleveland Indians 4 (44-46) – 14 Innings
Minnesota Twins 8 (41-49) – Seattle Mariners 1 (49-42)
San Francisco Giants 5 (50-41) – Oakland Athletics 2 (57-34)
 
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Atheltics Option Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Atheltics Option Tommy Milone to Triple-A

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) –The Oakland Athletics have so much starting pitching depth now after their recent blockbuster trade, they’ve optioned Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento.
Milone by no means has had a poor season for the Athletics. In 16 starts for Oakland this season, Milone went 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA.
Most teams would love to have a starter with a 3.55 ERA, but the Athletics simply have no place for him in their starting rotation.
Over the weekend, the A’s went out and traded some of their top prospects to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, both of whom have performed better thsi season.
“He was shocked,”Athletics manager Bob Melvin said when he told Milone the news.
Despite the demotion, Milone is expected to rejoin the team at some point this season.
The Athletics now have one of the best starting rotations in all of Major League Baseball, and also lead the league in runs scored.
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Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Cubs continued to revamp their farm system while the Oakland Athletics may have cemented their spot as a World Series favorite. On Friday night, the Cubs dealt starting pitchers Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija to Oakland for a trio of prospects and a player to be named later.
Samardzija is 2-7 on the year with a 2.83 earned run average. Hammel, who pitched the Cubs to a win on Friday night, has a 2.98 ERA and a 7-5 overall record. The 29-year-old Samardzija still has one year of arbitration to go before being eligible to become a free agent. Hammel’s contract expires at the end of this season. 
To complete the deal, the Athletics (53-33) gave up three of their top prospects along with a future consideration. Addison Russell, the 2012 first-round pick by Oakland, is ranked as the third best prospect in all of minor league baseball by Keith Law. Billy McKinney is hitting .241 on the year with 10 homers and 33 RBI while pitcher Dan Straily were also part of the trade.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/2/14

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(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 7 (47-39) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (51-35)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (38-49) – New York Yankees 3 (41-42)
Detroit Tigers 9 (47-34) – Oakland Athletics 3 (51-33)
Kansas City Royals 4 (44-40) – Minnesota Twins 0 (38-45)
Seattle Mariners 5 (47-38) – Houston Astros 2 (36-50)
Cleveland Indians 5 (41-43) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (48-39)
San Diego Padres 3 (38-47) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-41)
Washington Nationals 4 (46-38) – Colorado Rockies 3 (36-49)
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (44-40) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (35-51)
Atlanta Braves 3 (47-38) – New York Mets 1 (37-48)
Miami Marlins 5 (41-43) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (36-48)
Chicago White Sox 3 (40-46) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (47-36)
Chicago Cubs 16 (37-46) – Boston Red Sox 9 (38-47)
Baltimore Orioles 6 (45-39) – Texas Rangers 4 (37-47)
Saint Louis Cardinals 2 (45-40) – San Francisco Giants 0 (47-37)
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Athletics Put Josh Reddick on DL

Athletics Put Josh Reddick on DL

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) — Outfielder Josh Reddick was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after the 27-year-old aggravated a knee injury. Reddick was injured in the fourth inning of Oakland’s 7-6 victory over Miami Saturday. He left the game and had an MRI on Sunday. “Until we get the MRI we’re not sure, but regardless it was the feeling of the training staff that he wouldn’t be available,” Athletics skipper Bob Melvin said Sunday. “He’s still sore and stiff. I think it scared him pretty good last night, but he felt better than he thought he would feel this morning.” Reddick had spent three weeks on the disabled list due to a hyperextended right knee and had just been activated on Tuesday. For the season, Reddick has played in 54 games, hitting .229 with four home runs, 24 RBIs and a .296 on-base percentage. First baseman Nate Freiman was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Reddick’s place.
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A’s Have Best Record in MLB After Rolling Past Rangers

A’s Have Best Record in MLB After Rolling Past Rangers

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — For the first time since May 22, Sonny Gray allowed fewer than three runs, helping the Oakland Athletics top the Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday and grab the best record in baseball. Gray pitched seven innings allowing six hits, two runs, two walks while striking out seven.
“I don’t think there really is a difference other than I was able to make pitches,” Gray said. “That’s probably it. People sometimes forget that baseball is a pretty hard game and there’s going to be some rough patches that you’re going to go through.

Oakland (44-28) started its scoring in the third inning when John Jaso doubled to center off Rangers starter Nick Tepesch allowing Craig Gentry to score. Jaso crossed home plate just a few batters later when Josh Donaldson slapped a single to center.

The Rangers (35-37) tied the game in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run single, but the A’s answered back in the bottom of the inning scoring twice to take the lead for good.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 3 – New York Rangers 0 (Kings lead series, 3-0.)
MLB: Seattle Mariners 3 (34-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (24-41)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (32-30) – Boston Red Sox 0 (28-35)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (30-33) – Chicago Cubs 2 (25-36)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (39-26) – Minnesota Twins 4 (29-33)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (34-31) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (29-33)
Cleveland Indians 17 (33-31) – Texas Rangers 7 (31-33)
Chicago White Sox 6 (32-33) – Detroit Tigers 5 (33-27)
Atlanta Braves 3 (33-29) – Colorado Rockies 1 (29-34)
Houston Astros 4 (29-36) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (28-38)
Washington Nationals 9 (33-29) – San Francisco Giants 2 (42-22)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (35-28) – Oakland Athletics 1 (39-25)
New York Yankees (31-31) – Kansas City Royals (31-32) Postponed due to rain
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (24-34) – Miami Marlins 3 (32-29) 13 Innings
Detroit Tigers 6 (32-25) – Boston Red Sox 2 (27-33)
Pittsburgh Pirates 15 (29-31) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (36-26)
Philadelphia Phillies 8 (25-34) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (27-32)
Toronto Blue Jays 3 (38-24) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (31-31)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (24-38) – Seattle Mariners 0 (31-29)
Oakland Athletics 4 (38-23) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (30-29) 11 Innings
New York Yankees 4 (31-29) – Kansas City Royals 2 (29-32)
Texas Rangers 6 (31-30) – Cleveland Indians 4 (30-31)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (32-30) – Colorado Rockies 2 (28-32)
Houston Astros 5 (27-35) – Minnesota Twins 4 (28-31)
San Francisco Giants 4 (40-21) – New York Mets 2 (28-33)
Atlanta Braves 5 (32-27) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (26-37)
Washington Nationals 6 (31-28) – San Diego Padres 0 (27-34)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8 (32-28) – Chicago White Sox 4 (31-31)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Matt Crafton wins the Winstar World Casino and Resort at Texas Motor Speedway
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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 3 – New York Rangers 2 (Kings lead series, 1-0.)
MLB: Seattle Mariners 2 (31-28) – Atlanta Braves 0 (31-27)
San Diego Padres 3 (27-33) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (28-31)
Oakland Athletics 7 (37-22) – New York Yankees 4 (29-29)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (36-24) – Detroit Tigers 2 (31-24)
Miami Marlins 5 (31-28) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (23-37)
San Francisco Giants 3 (38-21) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (27-30)
Los Angeles Angels 4 (31-27) – Houston Astros 0 (25-35)
Minnesota Twins 6 (28-29) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (35-25)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (31-29) – Kansas City Royals 2 (28-31) 11 Innings
Baltimore Orioles 6 (30-27) – Texas Rangers 5 (29-30)
Washington Nationals 8 (29-28) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (24-33)
Chicago Cubs 5 (22-34) – New York Mets 4 (28-31)
Arizona Diamondbacks 16 (25-36) – Colorado Rockies 8 (28-30)
Chicago White Sox 2 (31-30) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (31-30)
Cleveland Indians 7 (30-30) – Boston Red Sox 4 (27-32) 12 Innings
 
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Ramirez, Cespedes Power Teams to Victory

Ramirez, Cespedes Power Teams to Victory

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A night of offensive outbursts in Major League Baseball were highlighted by a pair of five RBI performances from Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and Los Angeles’ Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez belted two home runs in the Dodgers (30-27) 12-2 rout of Pittsburgh while Cespedes sparked a six-run seventh as the Athletics (34-22) knocked off the Angels 11-3.
For Ramirez, his offense started early with a single in the bottom of the first that scored Andre Either. He did the same thing in the third, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 advantage. In his next at-bat, Ramirez launched a two run shot to center that scored Yasiel Puig and gave the Dodgers an 8-1 lead. His final RBI came on a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth that brought the final score to 12-2.
All five of Cespedes’ RBI’s came in the seventh and eighth innings as Oakland had to come from behind to get the win. The Athletics entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-1 but Cespedes stepped to the plate with a tie score and two runners on. The outfielder tripled to right center, giving Oakland a 5-3 lead over the Angels. He added to his total with three run blast in the bottom of the eighth.
The Athletics hold the American League’s best record, leading the AL West, while the Dodgers sit six and a half games back of National League leader San Francisco.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Eastern Conference Finals – Game 6: New York Rangers 1 – Montreal Canadiens 0 (Rangers win series, 4-2)
NBA Western Conference Finals: San Antonio Spurs 117 – Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (Spurs lead series, 3-2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 5 (30-20) – Oakland Athletics 4 (32-22)
Texas Rangers 5 (28-26) – Minnesota Twins 4 (24-27)
New York Mets 4 (25-28) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (23-28)
Boston Red Sox 4 (24-29) – Atlanta Braves 3 (28-25)
Kansas City Royals 8 (25-28) – Toronto Blue Jays 6 (32-23)
Houston Astros 3 (23-32) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-26)
Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-33) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (23-29)
San Francisco Giants 6 (35-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (29-25)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (24-29) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (29-26)
Los Angeles Angels 7 (30-23) – Seattle Mariners 5 (26-27)
 
 
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings 6 – Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Series tied 1-1)
NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Finals:  San Antonio Spurs 112 – Oklahoma City Thunder 77 (San Antonio leads, 2-0)
MLB: Cleveland Indians 11 (22-25) – Detroit Tigers 10 (27-15) 13 Innings
Texas Rangers 4 (22-24) – Seattle Mariners 3 (22-23)
New York Yankees 4 (24-21) – Chicago Cubs 2 (16-28) 13 Innings
Cincinnati Reds 2 (21-24) – Washington Nationals 1 (24-22)
Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (19-26) – Baltimore Orioles 8 (23-21)
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (25-22) – New York Mets 3 (20-25)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (28-19) – Atlanta Braves 1 (25-20)
Oakland Athletics 3 (30-16) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (19-28)
Miami Marlins 14 (24-23) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (20-23)
Minnesota Twins 2 (23-21) – San Diego Padres 0 (21-26)
St. Louis Cardinals 3 (25-21) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (18-30) 12 Innings
San Francisco Giants 5 (29-18) – Colorado Rockies 1 (26-21)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (25-22) – Boston Red Sox 4 (20-25)
Kansas City Royals 3 (23-23) – Chicago White Sox 1 (23-25)
Los Angeles Angels 2 (26-20) – Houston Astros 1 (17-30)
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/13/14

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3)
Western Conference Secound Round:  Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Minnesota Wild 1 OT (Blackhawks win series, 4-2)
NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Washington Wizards 102 – Indiana Pacers 79 (Pacers lead series, 3-2)
Western Conference Semifinals:  Oklahoma City Thunder 105 – Los Angeles Clippers 104 (Thunder lead series, 3-2)
MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (23-12) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (20-17)
Los Angeles Angels 4 (20-18) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (17-20)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (20-20) – Cleveland Indians 4 (18-21)
San Diego Padres 2 (19-21) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (17-20)
Houston Astros 8 (13-27) – Texas Rangers 0 (20-20)
Milwaukee Brewers 5 (25-14) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (16-22)
Minnesota Twins 8 (18-19) – Boston Red Sox 6 (19-19)
Kansas City Royals 5 (19-19) – Colorado Rockies 1 (23-18)
New York Mets 12 (19-19) – New York Yankees 7 (19-19)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (16-26) – Washington Nationals 1 (20-19)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (20-20) – Chicago Cubs 3 (13-25) 12 Innings
Oakland Athletics 11 (25-15) – Chicago White Sox 0 (19-22)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (17-23) – Seattle Mariners 1 (20-19)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (22-19) – Miami Marlins 1 (20-20)
Atlanta Braves 5 (22-16) – San Francisco Giants 0 (25-15)
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/7/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals: Indiana Pacers 86 – Washington Wizards 82 (Series tied, 1-1)
Oklahoma City Thunder 112 – Los Angeles Clippers 101 (Series tied, 1-1)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs &nd…

Athletics Avoid Sweep, Top Red Sox in 10 Innings

Athletics Avoid Sweep, Top Red Sox in 10 Innings

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(BOSTON) — Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI infield single in the top of the tenth and Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless bottom half of the inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox Sunday.The win allowed Oakland (19-12) to avoid the sweep and remain two games ahead of Texas for first place in the AL West. The Red Sox (15-17) had a chance to do some damage in the bottom of the tenth. Will Middlebrooks opened the inning with a base hit which ended up with him at second when A’s center fielder Coco Crisp misplayed the ball. Jackie Bradley Jr. then bunted the ball down the first base line to try and advance Middlebrooks to third, but A’s first baseman Daric Barton charged the ball and threw to third to get Middlebrooks. “He made a terrific play,” Oakland skipper Bob Melvin said. “That’s a gutsy play. That’s a play that if the runner gets over, they can win the game with a hit. A gutsy play.”
Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray pitched six innings, allowing two runs and striking out three in the win.
        
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