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Sports Laureano saves A's with glove, then hits decisive HR vs O's

04:35  03 may  2021
04:35  03 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

A's rally to beat Tigers in ninth, win eighth straight

  A's rally to beat Tigers in ninth, win eighth straight OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Olson scored from second base on a fielding error by Detroit third baseman Jeimer Candelario with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Oakland Athletics past the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday for their eighth straight win. Sean Murphy hit a tying home run in the eighth as the A’s swept the four-game series. “We feel pretty good about the way we’re playing right now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We weren’t getting a ton of good swings, but as long as we’re close we feel like we find a way to win the game." Olson hit a one-out double off Gregory Soto (1-0) when Tigers centre fielder Victor Reyes lost a high fly ball in the sun.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ramón Laureano has made so many magnificent catches by now he has a hard time ranking them. Or even remembering them all.

a baseball player swinging a bat at a ball © Provided by The Canadian Press

Same goes with impressive sequences when he might throw out someone with his powerful arm, then deliver a game-changing swing.

The centre fielder robbed the Orioles of the likely go-ahead run in the eighth inning Sunday and then hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the bottom half, sending the Oakland Athletics past Baltimore 7-5 to avoid a sweep.

“It’s hard for me to reflect during the season. It’s pretty up there,” Laureano said.

A fist-pumping, ecstatic Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) waited in front of the dugout for Laureano to run in from centre field so he could congratulate the outfielder for a terrific leaping catch on the wall to steal an extra-base hit from DJ Stewart and strand a runner on second.

Teoscar Hernández gets key hit as Blue Jays beat A's 9-4

  Teoscar Hernández gets key hit as Blue Jays beat A's 9-4 OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland's typically reliable bullpen faltered. The Blue Jays delivered with their bats despite more injuries. Teoscar Hernández hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Toronto's five-run eighth inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night. After George Springer went on the injured list earlier in the day, Toronto lost right-handed reliever David Phelps to shoulder discomfort and infielder Joe Panik, who hurt a calf muscle running out a grounder. Both were scheduled for further examination Thursday, with manager Charlie Montoyo expecting to be short-handed for the afternoon series finale.

Petit rarely shows that much emotion. A's starter Sean Manaea celebrated madly inside after his work day was done.

“The guy's a human highlight reel,” Manaea said. “Any time there's a chance of a ball in his vicinity it's more than likely going to be caught or something crazy's going to happen, or he's going to throw a guy out, whatever it is. He's unbelievable out there in centre. Each time it just impresses you a little bit more than it already has, which is insane because the bar is already crazy high. It's awesome."

Trey Mancini hit a tying, two-run single in the fifth and put Baltimore ahead two innings later with an RBI single as the Orioles capitalized on another A's mistake in this series — but Oakland rediscovered some of its late-inning magic.

Slam! Pollock 8 RBIs, Beaty 7 as Dodgers bop Brewers 16-4

  Slam! Pollock 8 RBIs, Beaty 7 as Dodgers bop Brewers 16-4 MILWAUKEE — A.J. Pollock drove in eight runs and Matt Beaty knocked in seven, with both players hitting early grand slams in a startling power show that sent the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers 16-4 on Sunday. Pollock homered twice and doubled while Beaty went 4 for 6 and scored three times. Their slams came against Alec Bettinger (0-1), who gave up 11 runs in his big league debut after never pitching above Double-A. This was thePollock homered twice and doubled while Beaty went 4 for 6 and scored three times. Their slams came against Alec Bettinger (0-1), who gave up 11 runs in his big league debut after never pitching above Double-A.

Laureano's fifth homer came against Travis Lakins (1-2). Lou Trivino escaped trouble in the ninth for his career-best fifth save.

“That's just taking over a game. It's taking away two and giving you two," A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “That's pretty dramatic stuff."

Slugging A's first baseman Matt Olson returned after a three-game absence with an injury to his eye area and hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Oakland won for only the third time in eight games after a 13-game winning streak.

Olson had a scare during batting practice Thursday when he got hit near his left eye by a ball that ricocheted off a screen, and he was a late scratch.

Austin Hays tied the game at 2 in the third with a solo homer after Freddy Galvis hit an RBI single off Manaea. The lefty allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts, no walks and two wild pitches in five innings.

After losing his first start of the season, Manaea had gone 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA over his last four outings.

Judge returns with 2 HRs, including slam as Yanks top Tigers

  Judge returns with 2 HRs, including slam as Yanks top Tigers NEW YORK — Aaron Judge homered twice, including a grand slam, Gerrit Cole struck out 12 and the New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 10-0. The frequently injured Judge was held out of New York’s starting lineup in its previous two games with what the Yankees described as lower body soreness. Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks and Rougned Odor also homered, and Giancarlo Stanton had three hits. The Yankees set highs for runs, hits (15) and homers (five). Cole (4-1) allowed four hits and no walks during six innings, and New York pitchers had 18 strikeouts to tie a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Tarik Skubal (0-4) allowed four runs in three innings.

Bruce Zimmermann took a no-decision after three straight losing starts for the Orioles and is making strides with all his pitches. He allowed seven hits, four runs — three earned — and two walks with four strikeouts and two hit batters over 4 2/3 innings.

“I thought he threw some nice secondary pitches. Being able to locate your fastball both sides against good lineups is important,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.

PISCOTTY'S Defence

A's right fielder Stephen Piscotty didn't commit an error for his 210th straight game, a franchise record by an outfielder. That broke the previous mark set by Ryan Sweeney from Aug. 17, 2009, to Sept. 14, 2011.

OUCH!

In the second, Mark Canha got hit by pitch for the 60th time in his career, breaking the Oakland record of 59 set by Sal Bando.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RF Anthony Santander, nursing a sprained left ankle, will soon begin baseball activities and is making good progress, according to Hyde. “We're about a week and a half into this and he's kind of right on schedule,” Hyde said. ... RHP Hunter Harvey (left oblique) is expected to return on time when eligible to come off the 60-day injured list.

di Maria close to Messi

 di Maria close to Messi © provided by Sports.fr author of his 4th decisive pass of the season in C1. Author of the Corner who has allowed Marquinhos to open the score (15th) at the semifinal go to PSG Champions League against Manchester City, Wednesday night at Princes Park, Angel Di Maria gave his 4th decisive pass of the season in the competition.

Athletics: Playing a video game before his Saturday start, Oakland LHP Jesús Luzardo bumped his pitching hand on the table and went out and took the mound anyway. An X-ray after the game showed a hairline fracture in his pinkie and he went on the 10-day injured list Sunday. ... RHP J.B. Wendelken also went on the IL with a strained left oblique. Oakland recalled RHP Jordan Weems — he relieved Manaea — from its Stockton alternate training site to take Wendelken's roster spot, and LHP Adam Kolarek was called up to replace Luzardo.

UP NEXT

RHP Dean Kremer (0-2, 8.40 ERA) pitches for Baltimore on Monday to begin a series at Seattle still seeking his first win of the season in his fifth start.

RHP Frankie Montas (2-2, 6.20) takes the mound for Oakland on Monday in the series opener with the Blue Jays. He is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA over his last two outings.

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Oshie has a hat trick, Capitals beat depleted Rangers 4-2 .
NEW YORK — T.J. Oshie had a hat trick, Vitek Vanecek made 19 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the depleted New York Rangers 4-2 in a fight-filled game Wednesday night. Oshie beat Alexandar Georgiev 12 seconds into the middle period with a shot from the right circle with Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich in the penalty box. Oshie scored again at 8:26 of the second — again with Buchnevich penalized for a high-sticking major — his 20th goal of the season. Nic Dowd also scored for Washington at 14:48 of the second with assists to defenceman John Carlson and Dmitri Orlov, his second of the game.

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