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OAKLAND, Calif. Ryan Clady Jersey . —The way Tommy Milone
was dealing in the late innings, there was little doubt he would get a chance to
finish what he started. Milone pitched a three-hitter for his first career
complete game, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and an RBI in his return to the
Oakland lineup and the Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday
night for their seventh win in eight games. “It felt like I was the closer,”
Milone said. “Its such a good feeling. Hopefully you make good pitches
throughout the game. Luckily I did and I was able to be out there in the ninth.”
Cespedes scored Oaklands first run after a double and added an RBI single in the
fifth to back another strong start at home by Milone (7-5) as the As took their
second straight from the first-place Dodgers. Milone walked one, struck out two
and retired 22 of the final 24 hitters he faced, with Jerry Hairston Jr. hitting
an infield single in the seventh and Dee Gordon reaching on an error by second
baseman Jemile Weeks in the eighth. Milone threw 112 pitches in Oaklands first
complete game of the season. He snapped a four-start winless streak and improved
to 5-1 at the Coliseum with a major league-leading 0.99 ERA at home. “Its
definitely a lot easier to pitch here just because you can leave a ball over the
plate and they hit a good fly ball like they did at times tonight and theres a
bunch of room so our guys can track it down,” Milone said. Nathan Eovaldi (0-3)
was once again a tough-luck loser for the Dodgers as he failed to get support
from his hitters and also made a defensive blunder that keyed a two-run fifth
inning for the As. After Eric Sogard singled and Coco Crisp walked, Weeks laid
down a sacrifice bunt attempt that Eovaldi fielded. He looked at third before
throwing to first with that slight hesitation allowing Weeks to beat out the
play for a hit that left Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly shaking his head in
disgust in the dugout. Josh Reddick, mired in an 0-for-19 slump, followed by
hitting into a double play that scored Sogard and gave Oakland a 2-1 lead.
Cespedes hit an RBI single to make it 3-1. “We need to take the out there,”
Mattingly said. “Thats one that he knows hes got to barehand it. With that guy
running he checks third and then its too late. As soon as he checks third were
like, Oh God. That was one. We gave them an extra base there and they end up
with two runs in that inning.” Cespedes returned to the lineup after getting
just one at-bat since June 7 because of a strained left hamstring. He had no
problems adjusting to a new role as designated hitter, hitting the ball hard all
four times, including a fly out to the wall in the eighth inning. “Every at-bat
was good,” manager Bob Melvin said. “One thing you worry about is pitch
selection and whether or not hes prepared for the breaking ball after the
layoff. Boy he was on it. It was pretty impressive to see.” Eovaldi allowed
three runs and seven hits in six innings. The Dodgers are winless in his five
starts even though he has a 2.35 ERA and hasnt allowed more than three runs in
any game. The Dodgers have been held to one run and five hits in losing the
first two games of this series. “Its baseball man, you cant hit all the time,”
Hairston said. “Its one of those things where we had a really good stretch. Its
obviously a combination of really good pitching and its just the game, thats how
it goes sometimes.” Brandon Moss added his seventh homer for Oakland in the
eighth to make it 4-1. Both teams scored their first run on doubles that hit off
the glove of an opposing outfielder. Reddick nearly made a diving catch in right
field to rob Juan Uribe in the second inning but the ball popped out of his
glove as he hit the ground and Juan Rivera scored on the RBI double. Dodgers
centre fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was unable to make a running catch in left-centre
in the fourth against Seth Smith with the ball hitting off his outstretched
glove to allow Cespedes to score the tying run. NOTES: Melvin said RHP
Tyson Ross will be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to start Saturday in place
of injured RHP Bartolo Colon (strained right oblique muscle). ... The As played
a video tribute to injured Dodgers 2B Mark Ellis, who spent parts of nine
seasons in Oakland before being traded to Colorado last year. ...
Travis Blackley (1-2), coming off his first win since 2004, takes the mound for
Oakland in the series finale against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (5-3). ... The
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star athletes. NEW ORLEANS —The Hornets have matched the Phoenix Suns
four-year, $58 million offer to Eric Gordon, keeping the restricted free agent
guard in New Orleans. The move to retain Gordon on Saturday was expected, as
Hornets general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams had indicated they
hoped the 23-year-old former Indiana standout could be the centre piece of a
rebuilding effort that will also include first overall draft choice
Anthony Davis and No. 10 pick Austin Rivers. Whether the decision will be
palatable to fans remains to be seen. Last week, in the days before signing the
Suns offer sheet, Gordon said he hoped to play for Phoenix, but that did not
deter New Orleans from retaining his rights. “Eric is a phenomenal player that
we are thrilled to have in our organization,” Demps said. Gordon, meanwhile,
sounded more conciliatory in a statement released by the Hornets. “There is
always a business element to the NBA when dealing with contracts, but I never
lost my appreciation for New Orleans,” Gordon said. “I look forward to giving my
very best on the court this season to make our team successful.” Gordon was
limited to nine games last season because of a bruised right knee that required
minor surgery. However, he averaged a team-high 20.6 points, and New Orleans was
6-3 when he played. The Hornets acquired Gordon shortly before last season in a
multiplayer trade that sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles
Clippers. In four seasons in the NBA, Gordon has never averaged fewer than the
16.1 points per game he scored as a rookie. In this third season, injuries
limited him to 56 games with the Clippers, but he averaged 22.3 points. He was
invited to try out for the 2012 US Olympic team and narrowly missed the cut,
with Oklahoma Citys James Harden edging him out for one of the final spots.
Demps and Williams never wavered in saying Gordon was New Orleans best player
and a key part of the clubs long-term future. Still, Gordons first season in New
Orleans left many fans wondering if he really wanted to be in the Big Easy.
After scoring the winning basket in the Hornets season opener in—of all
places—Phoenix, he sat out ffor about two weeks while trying to recover from
his bruised knee. Ronnie Hillman Jersey. He attempted to come
back in a loss to Philadelphia on Jan. 4, but the knee was still bothering him.
He then went through a prolonged and seemingly fruitless six-week rehabilitation
period that sparked debate among fans over whether the high-scoring guard was
refusing to play. Those debates heated up further when Gordon rejected the
Hornets four-year contract extension offer at a late-January deadline for teams
to complete extensions with players who were due to become restricted free
agents after the season. In mid-February, Gordon and the Hornets finally opted
for surgery, and Gordon returned triumphantly on April 4, scoring 15 points in
an upset victory over playoff-bound Denver. New Orleans, which won only 21 games
all season, won eight of its last 13 thanks in large part to Gordons return.
Gordon was a regular at the Hornets training centre leading up to the draft,
indicating he had confidence in the clubs direction under new owner Tom Benson,
who also owns the NFLs New Orleans Saints. But when free agency began this
month, Gordon went on a tour of teams interested in his services and got an
offer from Pheonix that represented the maximum a team could pay for another
teams restricted free agent. Gordon then said he hoped to play for the Suns
because they made more of an effort to sign him than the Hornets had. Gordon
said the Hornets decision to draft Rivers, who had played Gordons position of
shooting guard in college, indicated that New Orleans was moving in a different
direction. Gordon added that the Hornets also had failed to address the need for
more front-court players. Since Gordons comments, however, the Hornets have
acquired 6-foot-10 forward Ryan Anderson, and have traded away former starting
point guard Jarrett Jack in a deal that cleared about $5 million under the
salary cap to help New Orleans seek another big man in free agency. The Hornets
also have begun training Rivers to play point guard, starting in the Las Vegas
summer league that opened this weekend. Those moves appeared to be aimed at
helping Gordon thrive in New Orleans. Time will tell if he truly is interested
in doing so. ’ ’ ’ 

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