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Walters and Brett Ferres for the trip
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sonny Gray came off the mound and into the Oakland dugout after the eighth inning purposely trying to avoid contact with manager Bob Melvin. Nets Jerseys 2019 . Gray, clearly the best pitcher on this night in a matchup against Rangers ace Yu Darvish, wanted to finish what he started. "I normally talk to him, share a laugh, make something up," Gray said. "I put my head down and he goes, How are you feeling? I just yelled Great!" and kept walking. ... Yeah, I wanted to go back out there." The right-hander did pitch the ninth, wrapping up a three-hitter for his first career complete game as the Athletics beat Texas 4-0 Monday night in Darvishs shortest outing in the major leagues. Grey (4-1) allowed only three singles while striking out six. He threw 73 of 108 pitches for strikes in his 16th career start. "I felt like telling him he better getting it done under 110 (pitches), but thats probably the wrong thing to tell a guy when he goes out for the ninth," Melvin said with a smile. "Usually he looks at me and has a conversation with me when hes coming in and he didnt even look at me after the eighth." Texas got only one runner to third base against the 24-year-old Gray, who threw two wild pitches in the sixth after Robinson Chirinos singled. Darvish (1-1) was gone after 3 1-3 innings, pulled after walking No. 9 batter Eric Sogard for the second time. Those were the only two walks for the right-hander, who allowed four runs and six hits while throwing 83 pitches (45 strikes). Darvish is winless his last nine home starts. "The first few innings I thought he mixed (pitches) pretty good," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "I thought he tried to throw everything at them. ... They found a way to put balls in play. They found a way to score runs." Josh Donaldson had a two-run single in the third, and the As made it 4-0 an inning later when Josh Reddick had an RBI triple and came home on Daric Bartons sacrifice fly. Oakland and Texas entered tied for the AL West lead and the leagues best record at 15-10. The Rangers, shut out for the first time this season, had swept a three-game series in Oakland last week. Grey walked Rangers leadoff hitter Michael Choice, but got out of the first with a fielders choice grounder and a 4-5-3 double play with three Oakland infielders shifted to right side against Prince Fielder. "The first couple of hitters it looked like what he usually does in the first where from time to time," Melvin said. "After that it was as well of a pitched game as Ive seen in a while." Choice grounded into an inning-ending double play in the third after the bottom two batters reached base. Darvish made his 66th start for Texas since signing from Japan before the 2012 season. His shortest previous MLB outing had been four innings at Seattle his rookie season, though he went only 1 1-3 innings in Japan start in 2006. Darvish struck out four, but three of those came in the first five batters of the game. The As are 7-1 in their nine games against Darvish, who last week got a no-decision in Oakland after going six innings and leaving a 3-3 tie before Texas won 4-3. After Donaldsons big hit, a bouncer through the left side of the infield out of the reach of diving third baseman Adrian Beltre, the As had the bases reloaded on a one-out single by Brandon Moss. Moss was thrown out retreating to first on a pitch that got away from catcher Chirinos, though the runner was originally ruled safe before Rangers manager Washington challenged and got the play overturned by replay. When Moss slid back in, his foot was against first baseman Fielders foot -- and not the base -- while being tagged. Washington lost a challenge in the eighth when thought Reddick was out on a pickoff attempt diving back to first with Barton batting. Reddick was called safe, and replay confirmed the call before Barton hit a deep flyball. Centre fielder Leonys Martin made a leaping catch on the warning back and threw to first base. Reddick was initially called safe by crew chief Jeff Nelson, who then initiated a replay and changed his call for an inning-ending double play. "Thats a first, two replays with the same guy sliding into the same base," Melvin said. "Thats part of the game now." NOTES: Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo was out of the starting lineup for the sixth consecutive game because of a left ankle sprain, but flew out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. ... As OF Yoenis Cespedes missed his fourth game in a row (strained left hamstring). Manager Bob Melvin said its 50-50 hell be back in the starting lineup Tuesday. ... Game 2 features a standout matchup of left-handers. Oaklands Scott Kazmir (3-0, 1.62 ERA) pitches against Martin Perez (4-0, 1.42), who has thrown 26 consecutive scoreless innings his last three starts. Perez has two consecutive three-hit shutouts, the last coming Wednesday in Oakland. Brooklyn Nets Pro Shop . - Mike Zimmer has brought a demanding style to the Minnesota Vikings. Custom Brooklyn Nets Jerseys .1 Sam Stosur will meet Germanys second-ranked player Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. https://www.cheapnetsonline.com/ . Grimes signed a $32 million, four-year contract to remain with Miami. The deal, which includes $16 million guaranteed, rewards Grimes for his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to miss almost all of the 2012 season.Keiron Cunningham is hoping reinforcements will help get St Helens back on track when they host Super League champions Leeds on Friday, live on Sky Sports. Cunningham, who pledged to shake up his side following their 30-12 home defeat by Catalans Dragons, welcomes back centre Mark Percival and forwards Atelea Vea and Joe Greenwood from injury.The Saints head coach also expects to give Jonny Lomax his first Super League appearance for more than 12 months after the full-backs recovery from a second knee reconstruction. Getting a few back will definitely help the cause, said Cunningham. Once you get something that resembles your starting 13 back, you know youre going to be a lot more composed in certain situations.The Rhinos, who are still without six front-line players including skipper Danny McGuire, are aiming to complete the double over Cunninghams men following their 30-18 win at Headingley last month. Keiron Cunningham and Matty Dawson expect a tough game against Leeds The champions recorded their third win of the campaign with a dramatic victory over Hull FC last Friday and Cunningham admits they are showing signs of getting back to their best.I thought they were brilliant, he said. They should have beaten Salford the week before - if there had been a video referee that night, things could have been different. Barrie McDermott previews this weeks Super League matches In their games this year they have been fighting, battling and have been edged out by a try or so.That Leeds spirit never dies, regardless of which players leave and which players come in, they are just finding a different way of playing without those players they have lost. Saints v Leeds: Key battles Two crucial head-to-heads in Fridays Langtree Park clash I think the penny sort of dropped for them a bit last Friday, I was hoping it would last another few weeks. Brooklyn Nets Store. But I enjoy these Leeds-Saints battles. Leeds coach Brian McDermott is a good friend of mine and we always look forward to these games. Highlights of Leeds 30-18 victory over St Helens at Headingley Leeds are without Ryan Hall, Tom Briscoe, Adam Cutherbertson, Stevie Ward, Josh Walters and Brett Ferres for the trip to Langtree Park.Joel Moon replaces Cameron Smith in the Rhinos 19-man squad but he faces a late fitness test on his groin injury. Have a look at the top 10 moments from the Super League over the last 25 years on Sky Sports. St Helens: Kyle Amor, Matty Dawson, Theo Fages, Joe Greenwood, Morgan Knowles, Jonny Lomax, Shannon McDonnell, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Jack Owens, Mark Percival, Greg Richards, James Roby, Andre Savelio, Lama Tasi, Atelea Vea, Alex Walmsley, Luke Walsh, Calvin Wellington, Jon Wilkin.Leeds Rhinos: Carl Ablett, Mitch Achurch, Jordan Baldwinson, Rob Burrow, Brett Delaney, Beau Falloon, Keith Galloway, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ash Handley, Zak Hardaker, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jordan Lilley, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Kallum Watkins. Watch St Helens v Leeds live on Sky Sports 2 HD on Friday from 7.30pm. Catch the match for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass. ' ' '
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