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MINNEAPOLIS -- Danny Valencia sparked the decisive rally with a slump-stopping double. Mattias Janmark Jersey . Coco Crisp gave Oakland the lead with a clutch single. Kendall Graveman gave the rotation a boost with a solid start.Still, the Athletics werent about to overlook setup man Ryan Dull and his record-setting relief.After Crisp snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, Dull got four key outs and the As ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.Graveman pitched effectively into the seventh, allowing three hits and one run to a Twins team that totaled 24 hits and 22 runs in the previous two games. As starters allowed 21 runs in 20 1/3 innings over the previous four games.Graveman (4-6) left with two outs and two runners on, but Dull had no trouble picking him up by retiring Eduardo Nunez on a fielders choice thanks to a slick play by shortstop Marcus Semien.Dull then struck out two in a perfect eighth, lowering his ERA to 2.11 in 42 2/3 innings.Hes been amazing. Hes my favorite player on the team. I tell him every day, Valencia said.The rookie right-hander stretched his streak of inherited runners stranded to 36 since the start of the season. Thats the longest in major league history since the expansion era began in 1961, according to the As. Opponents have only one hit in 47 at-bats with runners in scoring position against Dull this year.Id buy him a drink, but I dont know if hes old enough, manager Bob Melvin said.The baby-faced Dull, drafted in the 32nd round in 2012 out of UNC Asheville, is 26.I think the most incredible part is he never shows any emotion, a grateful Graveman said.Dull, through a sheepish smile, said hes aware of his historic run but hasnt been tracking the numbers. So how do all those late-game, runners-on situations make him feel inside, despite the outward stoicism?The heart gets going sometimes, Dull said. Its just how I was taught to pitch. Dont show any emotion. Dont let the other team know they got to you. Just try and be as calm as you can out there.Stephen Vogts RBI single evened the score at 1 in the seventh against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (3-7), and Crisp gave Oakland the lead four batters later. Eddie Rosarios two-out triple in the ninth was followed by a walk, but Ryan Madson recovered to earn his 16th save in 19 attempts.Valencias leadoff double in the seventh snapped his 0-for-17 streak, and he aggressively reached third on a grounder to shortstop when Nunezs high throw after a slight hesitation was a hair late. Valencia was called out on the field, but the replay challenge by Melvin brought a reversal after review.Good throw, and hes probably out by a fair margin, Twins manager Paul Molitor said.Valencias foot hit the base barely before Miguel Sanos tag on the back.Its one of those things if youre out it was the wrong read, but if youre safe everybodys happy, Valencia said.Suddenly, the roll that Nolasco was on screeched to a stop. Vogts single drove in Valencia, and Nolasco was removed for Taylor Rogers. With two outs, Crisp smacked a single up the middle on the fourth two-strike pitch he faced. Second baseman Brian Dozier made a diving attempt but just missed.Its just one of those days where one little hiccup was enough to change the course of the outcome of the game, Molitor said.TRAINERS ROOMOakland: With right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez out with a shoulder strain, the As have 11 players, including six pitchers, on the disabled list.Minnesota: Utility infielder Eduardo Escobars sore hamstring will likely keep him out until Thursday, but he is expected to avoid the DL.UP NEXTOakland rookie left-hander Sean Manaea (3-4, 5.40 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday in the middle game of the series, opposite Minnesota LHP Tommy Milone (0-2, 6.23). Manaea beat the Twins last month with eight strikeouts in six innings and only one run allowed. Milone, who won 31 games for the As over 2 1/2 seasons until he was acquired by the Twins in 2014, has not finished the fourth inning in two starts since arriving from Triple-A Rochester. Martin Hanzal Jersey . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. Esa Lindell Jersey . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. http://www.hockeystarsonline.com/adidas+bobby+smith+stars+jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. SYLVANIA, Ohio -- The commemorative sign on the main road outside Highland Meadows Golf Club reads Chella Choi Drive in honor of her breakthrough victory last year in the Marathon Classic.I cant believe like it has been one year, Choi said. Cant believe. But Im so excited come back to here. Everybody knows my name and everybody talks about my street.Last year, the South Korean player beat Ha Na Jang with a par on the first hole of a playoff.Chois father, Ji Yeon Choi, planned to end of his career as a caddie with the victory, but will be on the bag when play starts Thursday. The retired policeman is headed to the Womens British Open, too, not that he knows it.He going but he dont know that. Dont tell him, Choi said.Brittany Lang is coming off a playoff victory over Anna Nordqvist on Sunday in the U.S. Womens Open at difficult CordeValle in California.I have a lot of confidence, especially after last week, knowing that in a pressure situation I could get it done, Lang said. It gives me a lot of confidence. I know my game is in really good shape, and I know that if I happen to get into contention that I can get it done, so it definitely gives me a lot of confidence.She enjoyed being introduced on the pro-am tee as a major champion.The first time I heard it was this morning, and I was smiling so big, Lang said. They said, you know, `Solheim participate, winner, and then Manulife winner. And then they said `major champion. I was smiling teeing off. It was a dream come true. Its pretty special.Nordqvist also is in the field along top-ranked Lydia Ko, No. 2 Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Stacy Lewis, the Texan who was born in the area.Its always great. I saw a few of my family members today, Lewis said. I just got into town kind of late yesterday, so things have been a little crazy these last couple weeks, been really busy. Im just trying to get caught up on sleep and resting my energy for this week and for next week and the week after that. Theres just a lot going on, and just trying to take it one day at a time.She played alongside Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer in the pro-am.His game is pretty good, Lewis said. He actually started out pretty good, and I think we all got a littlee tired because we were out there for so long, but he made a couple putts there at the end. Brett Ritchie Jersey. He was awesome, though, just great with all the people, made sure he went up and found every kid and signed everything for all the kids. The coolest part I thought was every kid he asked what their name was and personalized everything and took time to do it. He didnt have to do that.Ko won in consecutive weeks in Southern California this year, the second the major ANA Inspiration, and tied for third last week in the U.S. Womens Open. The 19-year-old New Zealander was asked if the Zika virus was a big concern going into the Olympics.Its not something Ive been really worried about, Ko said. I believe in all the experts and everybody thats taking care of this. I truly believe that if it was so dangerous that we couldnt compete and it wasnt right that Im sure they would pull us off in the first place. Weve got the worlds best experts there handling all the situations, so as an athlete perspective, I think its right for us to believe and trust them.Henderson is making her first appearance in the event. The 18-year-old Canadian was 64th last week at CordeValle. She beat Ko in a playoff in the major KPMG Womens PGA and successfully defending her title in Portland, Oregon.I love this golf course, Henderson said. Walking in, seeing the trees and the bentgrass, it kind of reminds me of home a little bit, and courses that I tend to play well on are those tree-lined courses like the three that Ive won on the LPGA Tour. Definitely good vibes.Dukes Virginia Elena Carta, the NCAA champion this year as a freshman, is making her first start in an LPGA Tour event.Im not sure how Im going to be on the first tee. Im curious, Carta said. Its going to be great. Probably going to be shaking for sure.From Italy, she was looking forward to meeting Duke grad Lang.Im going to get to know Brittany Lang. Thats going to be great, Carta said. Im kind of nervous to get to know her especially now that she won the U.S. Open, like right after it. Its kind of, `Wow, thats unbelievable. Im excited. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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