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OAKLAND, Calif. Jacoby Jones Super bowl Jersey . —
Josh Reddick provided a fitting ending to a promising first half of the season
for the Oakland Athletics. Reddick capped a remarkable first half by hitting a
game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning to send the As into the All-Star break
with a .500 record by beating the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. “It feels great,”
Reddick said. “This team has struggled right around the .500 mark and we seem to
just fall off every time we get close. For us to go in halfway through this
thing at .500 is huge.” Reddick has been a big reason why. Reddick came over
last December from Boston in a little-noticed acquisition but has been a big
part of Oaklands surprising success so far with 20 home runs and other clutch
hits like his game-winner Sunday. Jemile Weeks led off the 13th with a single
off Oliver Perez (0-2) and then raced around the bases to score on Reddicks
drive to left-centre field that gave the As their major league-leading eighth
walk-off win of the season and second this series. “Hes come up big in big
situations,” Weeks said. “Hes provided power, maybe even more than people
expected. Hes definitely doing his job and then some.” Jordan Norberto (2-1)
pitched a scoreless 13th for the win. He worked around a two-out double to
Michael Saunders on a fly ball to right centre that Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss
lost in the sun and a flock of seagulls that hovered over the field in the extra
innings. “You could see them,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It was like the movie
The Birds.” Oaklands Bartolo Colon was sharp in his second start back from a
strained right oblique injury, allowing one run and seven hits in 8 2-3 innings.
He struck out five, walked none and was extremely efficient, throwing just 93
pitches before being replaced after Justin Smoaks double put runners on second
and third. All-Star Ryan Cook struck out Miguel Olivo to end the threat and make
sure Colons strong outing didnt go to waste. Its that type of performance that
could make Colon a potential trade target for a contender needing a proven
starter before the July 31 deadline. The As (43-43) are much closer to
contention than almost anyone thought they would be at the break, trailing
Baltimore by just 2 1/2 games for the second AL wild-card spot. Oakland reached
the All-Star break without a losing record for the first time since 2008.
Felix Hernandez allowed an RBI infield single to Yoenis Cespedes in the first
inning and nothing else in 7 2-3 innings. Hernandez, who is headed to the
All-Star game in Kansas City, has once again been one of the few bright spots
for the Mariners (36-51). Seattle has lost nine of 14 and goes into the break
with a losing record for a third straight season as the hitters once again
struggled to generate any offence. “Thats the No. 1 area where weve got to get a
lot better and we have to damn sure be more consistent,” manager Eric Wedge
said. “They have to be ready to come back and be a better ballclub in the second
half and be a more balanced ballclub.” Colon allowed a leadoff single to
Dustin Ackley to open the game and then retired the next 17 batters he faced,
throwing 16 straight strikes at one point. But with two outs in the sixth,
Ackley singled again to start a rally. Ichiro Suzuki, who broke a career-worst
0-for-23 slump on Saturday night, then blooped a ball that landed just fair down
the left-field line for a single. Saunders lined the next pitch to right field
for an RBI single that tied the game at 1. But that is all the Mariners got,
leaving Hernandez with a no-decision “I believe in this team,” Hernandez said.
“I believe in these guys. Were going to be better. It cannot happen all the time
so were going to be better.” Cespedes left the game after the third inning with
a sprained left thumb he injured on a stolen base in the first inning. Melvin
hopes Cespedes will be ready when the second half begins Friday in Minnesota.
NOTES: The last time the As played a game of at least 13 innings without issuing
a walk was Aug. 6, 1927, against the St. Louis Browns. ... Seattle reliever
Charlie Furbush threw a wild pitch while issuing an intentional walk to
Josh Reddick in the 10th. ... Nine former members of the Oakland Oaks of the
Pacific Coast League were on hand for the turn back the clock game with the
Mariners wearing uniforms of the 1955 Seattle Rainiers and the As dressed as the
Oaks. ... Athletics LHP Brett Anderson (elbow) threw a bullpen session before
the game and will next throw a simulated game in Arizona on Wednesday. ...
Oakland OF Colin Cowgill (sprained left ankle) ran the bases before the game and
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slim chances to make the 12-man roster for the London Games.KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
Nick Blackburn shook off a slow start and pitched five effective innings,
helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Justin Morneau hit a go-ahead, two-run single with two out in the fifth as
Minnesota won for the fourth time in five games. Morneau, Ben Revere and
Ryan Doumit each had two hits. Blackburn (2-4), who was making his first start
since coming off the disabled list following a left quad strain, allowed two
runs and five hits. He threw 92 pitches while lowering his ERA from 8.37 to
7.75. Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run homer in the first, but that was it for
the Royals. Four Twins relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball, with
Matt Capps tossing a perfect ninth to log his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino faced four batters in the first inning before
leaving with a strained right groin. Paulino was injured on his 13th and final
pitch, retiring Morneau on a fly ball. He will be evaluated in the next few
days. Paulino, who began the season on the disabled list with a right forearm
strain, is 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and had not allowed a run in four of his first
six starts. Luis Mendoza (2-3) came in and pitched five innings, yielding two
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bases-loaded hit in the fifth scored Revere and Jamey Carroll, giving the Twins
a 3-2 lead. Revere also tripled and scored on Carrolls single in the seventh for
the final Minnesota run. The Twins scored an unearned run in the first after
shortstop Betancourt committed an error. Doumits double brought home Carroll,
who reached on Betancourts third error in five games. NOTES: C Joe Mauer, who
has a career .348 batting average against the Royals, did not play in the
three-game series because of a sprained right thumb. Mauer hasnt swung a bat
since the injury Sunday, but has been able to catch bullpen sessions. ... CF
Denard Span, mired in an 0-for-14 skid, was held out of the Twins lineup. ... SS
Alcides Escobar, who committed three errors in the previous four games and is
hitless in his past 11 at-bats, was not in the Royals lineup, getting a
breather. He had started 53 of the first 54 games. ... Royals 1B Eric Hosmer
singled in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to nine games. ... Twins LF
Josh Willingham is hitting .361 in his 10-game hitting streak after a
first-inning single. ... The Twins, who have the worst record in the AL, won
their third straight series. ... Both clubs are off Thursday. ’ ’ ’&nbs