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BALTIMORE (AP) — Presented with an opportunity to make up ground in their playoff run http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , the Oakland Athletics were mounting a comeback against the Baltimore Orioles‘ shaky bullpen in the eighth inning of a tight game.Mychal Givens would have none of it.Givens put an end to the potential rally, and the Orioles snapped Oakland’s six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory Thursday night.Stephen Piscotty homered for the A’s, who fell 3½ games behind first-place Houston in the AL West and 1½ back of the Yankees for the top wild-card slot.Down 4-2 in the eighth, Oakland hit successive singles off Miguel Castro and loaded the bases with one out. After Paul Fry walked Matt Olson to force in a run, Givens struck out Piscotty and retired Marcus Semien on a fly ball.Jace Peterson doubled in a run in the bottom half, and Givens finished for his seventh save despite issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth.“We give ourselves opportunities a lot and typically we come through,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “We had a lot of chances, especially in the eighth inning, which was a big inning for us. We didn’t come through, especially with Stephen up at the plate.”The credit goes to Givens, who’s been closing since Baltimore traded Zach Britton in late July.“That was a pretty good pitcher they brought in, especially against righties,” Melvin said.Dylan Bundy had eight strikeouts in six solid innings for the Orioles, who snapped a six-game skid and avoided being swept for the 22nd time.Bundy (8-14) gave up two runs and six hits to earn his first win since July 29. The right-hander was 0-5 in his previous seven starts.“He made them beat his breaking ball,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He had good command of it and they didn’t seem like they were seeing it or following it.”Oakland activated lefty Brett Anderson from the 10-day disabled list to make his 14th start of the season. In his return from a forearm injury, Anderson (3-5) allowed four runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning.His night began when Cedric Mullins topped a ball down the third-base line that rolled tantalizingly close to being foul but never was. Four batters later, Tim Beckham hit a two-run single to put Baltimore ahead to stay.“Today was about as frustrating as it could get,” Anderson said. “Every groundball they hit found a hole.”Piscotty made it 2-1 in the second with his 24th home run, the major league-leading 38th allowed by Bundy.The Orioles got RBI singles from John Andreoli and Breyvic Valera in the fourth, and Oakland answered with a run-scoring single by Nick Martini in the fifth.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: RHP Trevor Cahill had an MRI on his right shoulder due to soreness in his upper back. Melvin scratched Cahill from Saturday’s start and will probably go with reliever Liam Hendriks. Melvin said that if Cahill responds to treatment, he could start twice during the Sept. 18-23 homestand.Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner had an MRI on his left knee. Showalter said no structural damage was found, but the pitcher got a cortisone shot and could miss a start. … RHP Alex Cobb won’t pitch until Sept. 21 at the soonest because of an irksome blister Maikel Franco Jersey , Showalter said.MORE THE MERRIERThe Athletics have suited up 53 players this season, one short of the Oakland record set in 2007 and matched last year.Baltimore has used 55 players this season, most since the team moved from St. Louis in 1954. That includes 28 pitchers, an Orioles record.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-3, 3.26 ERA) is on the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay.Orioles: RHP Luis Ortiz, obtained in the Jonathan Schoop trade with Milwaukee on July 31, makes his first major league start in a matchup with the visiting White Sox. We all can dream, right?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers RumorsThe Tigers won’t sign Bryce Harper, but he’d be a hell of a lot of funNew,4commentsWe all can dream, right?third of the league in most offensive statistical categories in 2018 — need an upgrade. We’ve seen what Harper is capable of doing at the plate, particularly in his stellar 2015 National League MVP campaign, though it certainly took a while until that was on display this last season. While his slow start ultimately reflected on his final .249 batting average and higher-than-usual strikeout numbers (169 strikeouts, 24.3 percent strikeout rate), Harper’s 2018 was, otherwise, business as usual. He launched 34 home runs and drove in 100 runs, and scored over 100 runs (103) for the second time in his career. And he did all of this while earning his sixth National League all-star game nod.Looking deeper, Harper registered strong numbers in many advanced statistics as well, including a .247 ISO, .376 weighted on-base average (wOBA), 116 weighted runs created (wRC) http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , and a 135 wRC+. His most valuable asset may come in his impeccable eye at the plate, as he drew a MLB-high 130 walks (only 16 of them intentional) to the tune of a .393 on-base percentage and 18.7 percent walk rate. Outside of the statistics, Harper, like my proposed pursuit of Justin Bour, would bring a left-handed bat to a Tigers lineup that heavily features right-handed personnel.Defensively, on the other hand...Harper wouldn’t be a significant upgrade over incumbent right fielder Nicholas Castellanos. While Castellanos ranked ninth in revised zone rating (.913) and last in defensive runs saved (-19), ultimate zone rating (-12.9), and defensive runs above average (-19.2) among qualifying right fielders, Harper wasn’t much better. In fact, in some areas, he was worse.Sure, Harper’s .993 fielding percentage looks promising enough on the surface. And, yes, some stats are slightly skewed due to his playing 26 fewer games in right field than Castellanos. But a deeper dive reveals some issues. Using UZR/150 to give a more comparable look, Harper stacks up short of Castellanos at a -15.4 mark. Harper also registers an unimpressive -16 defensive runs saved (DRS). His revised zone rating (RZR) of .936 is probably his best defensive measurement.With Castellanos, the main complaint comes from his defense, or lack thereof. While offensive production would be up, there would be little, if any, progress in putting Harper in right over him.Why do we want the Tigers sign him?The Tigers, after a stagnant offensive year, are in need of a catalyst. Harper Pete Rose Jersey , like Ivan Rodriguez in 2004, is a player that can provide such a presence. In addition to bringing his bat, he brings hustle, swagger, and bat flips. He’s among the younger generation of players who are making baseball fun. At 26, he is just entering his prime. If a couple of other signings are made around him, paired with the crop of pitching prospects and other up-and-comers, he could play a large part in making the longing for contention in 2020 (or shortly after) a reality.Plus, with the American League Central, an already weak division, growing weaker still, Harper, along with the right lower-priced veteran signings, could allow the Tigers an outside shot to make a bit of noise within the division as early as this coming season.At the end of the day, this won’t happenWhere Harper will go remains shrouded in mystery. It’s likely that we will see progress towards a decision at the Winter Meetings (although agent Scott Boras likes to drag these things out). But it’s almost certainly a given that the Tigers, with their burden of a $110 million payroll, will even spare a passing glance at Harper.Keep dreaming, Tigers fans. One of these days it will once again be your day to lure the big names to your baseball club.



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