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OAKLAND, Calif. Coby Fleener Womens Jersey . —After erasing
what once appeared to be an insurmountable deficit, it has come down to this for
the Oakland Athletics—one game against the Texas Rangers to decide the AL
West title. Travis Blackley allowed one run over six innings in a strong
bounce-back performance that helped the As move into a first-place tie with
Texas by beating the Rangers 3-1 Tuesday night. “As long as we believe inside
this clubhouse and we know we can get it down, were going to do it. I honestly
believe were going to win tomorrow,” closer Grant Balfour said. “Nothing is
guaranteed, but its about as good as. I believe we can go out and get it done.”
And who would doubt these rag-tag As after the remarkable run they have had to
get to this point? A night after holding a raucous celebration after clinching
their first playoff berth since 2006, the As erased the last piece of what had
been a 13-game deficit in the division race on June 30 to take a share of first
place for the first time since March 29. Blackley (6-4) gave up three hits and
struck out five a week after the Rangers knocked him out with a five-run first
inning in the shortest start of his career. He allowed only an RBI double to
Josh Hamilton in his longest outing since July 24, just the latest surprising
performance in an improbable season for the low-budget As. “I just went out
there like I had nothing to lose and it worked out,” Blackley said. Derek Norris
gave Oakland the lead in the fifth with an RBI single that scored a second run
when right fielder Nelson Cruz bobbled the ball in right field for an error.
Jonny Gomes added a solo homer in the sixth and the bullpen did the rest in
Oaklands fifth straight win. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook each pitched a
scoreless inning and Balfour worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 26
chances. Balfour has three saves and a win in the last four days. The As will
try to cap the comeback Wednesday in game No. 162 when A.J. Griffin (7-1) takes
the mound against Ryan Dempster (7-3). Only four teams have won a division or
pennant after trailing by at least 13 games. “No one said it was going to be
easy,” Texas manager Ron Washington said. “We started out to play 162 games and
now—tomorrow—its 162. And well see what happens. We take it no different
than we have been approaching it. We just havent put our game together yet.
Tomorrow we have to put it together. If we dont put it together, we still go to
the playoffs.” The loser will go the post-season as one of the two AL wild-card
teams, needing to win a one-game playoff with Baltimore or the New York Yankees
on Friday to advance to the division series. “This isnt Game 7 of the World
Series. Its not win or go home,” Gomes said. “Were going to play loose. Were
going to have fun and just continue to pass the torch. Hopefully tomorrow we get
our pitching, defence and homers. Thats been it for us.” The Rangers, who had
held sole possession of the AL West lead since April 9, never expected to be in
that position. But now they need one more victory to win their third straight
division title. They had been counting on Matt Harrison (18-11) to wrap up the
title but now need to survive one more storm Wednesday to do it. Harrison had
been cruising along, retiring 10 straight batters before running into trouble in
the fifth. Josh Donaldson led off with a single and advanced to third on
Brandon Moss double. Norris then lined a single to right field that scored
Donaldson with the tying run. Third base coach Mike Gallego initially held up
Moss, but Cruz bobbled the ball for an error that allowed Moss to score. Oakland
tacked on an insurance run when Gomes hit his 18th homer with two outs in the
sixth to make it 3-1, delighting the crowd of 30,660. “He got two pitches up
where he probably didnt want them,” Washington said. “The one to Donaldson and
the other to Moss. They were able to put something together in that inning and
put some runs on the board. He fell behind on Gomes and he had to come in with a
fastball strike and Gomes didnt miss it. Theres the score right there. We put
just one run on the board tonight.” NOTES: The As estimated a walk-up crowd of
12,000. ... The gametime temperature of 87 degrees was the warmest of the year
in Oakland. ... The other teams to come back from at least 13 games down were
the 1914 Boston Braves, the 1951 New York Giants, the 78 Yankees and the 95
Seattle Mariners. ... Oakland reliever Pat Neshek will miss the final two games
for the birth of his first child. ... Texas RHP Mike Adams rejoined the team
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no right to bargain with NFL owners about retiree benefits because they werent
legally a union last summer.HOUSTON—Defending champion Ryan Sweeting held off
qualifier Ricardo Mello of Brazil 6-3, 7-6 (6) in a first-round match of the
U.S. Mens Clay Court Championships on Tuesday. The American is unseeded this
year as his ranking has fallen from 93 at last years event to 143. Sweeting
missed a chance to take charge of the second set when he took Mello to three
break points in the 11th ggame before Mello fought back to hold for a 6-5 lead.
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the 12th game to force the tiebreaker. In earlier opening-round matches, Igor
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