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The dream , probably ended Friday night at the Trop.The Rays came into the three-game series with the Oakland A’s needing what amounted to a miracle — starting with a sweep — to even make a legitimate run at a postseason berth. But that was all shattered when Khris Davis hit his major league-leading 42nd home run of the season in the 10th inning to give the A’s a 2-1 victory.The win reduced Oakland’s magic number for clinching the second wild card to seven, and upped their lead over the Rays to nine games. It also kept the A’s a game and a half behind the Yankees for home-field in the wild-card game — and moved them to within 2 1/2 games of first-place Houston in the American League West.Article continues below ...The Astros lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston on Friday night.The A’s, winning the first game of the series between the league’s two major surprise teams, improved to a MLB-best 29-12 in one-run games with their second win in five games against the Rays this season.“Khris gets to be the hero tonight,” said A’s starter Edwin Jackson. “That’s fun baseball we’re playing right now, every day it’s a different hero, a different person coming through in clutch situations.”Saturday, both teams will start “openers” in bullpen games, Oakland’s Liam Hendriks going against Ryne Stanek — the game being billed as the first-ever matchup of “openers.”Oakland manager Bob Melvin said either Frankie Montas or Chris Bassitt will follow Hendriks Anthony Santander Jersey , with Yonny Chirinos following Stanek for the Rays.The Rays come in 26-19 when using an “opener,” their ERA since manager Kevin Cash started using one at 3.22 — a league-best 3.48 in the first inning.“It’s just trying to take advantage of what you have, and they’ve done a good job of that,” said Melvin. “If the first inning was a problem, you bring a reliever in who’s a little more used to pitching one inning and go from there.“Other teams have guys coming to third base and they’re whining about how they hate the opener. In my mind, ‘Oh, that’s a bummer. We love it and you hate it.’ So, we’ll get a little extra perspective on that (tonight),” said Tampa Bay’s Matt Duffy.The A’s announced Trevor Cahill, originally scheduled to start Saturday , received a trigger point injection in his upper back and will miss at least his next start. The hope had been for him to start twice on the next homestand — he has a 1.49 ERA at home and 7.02 on the road — but that won’t happen now.Duffy returned to the Rays lineup after missing three games with a sore back.“I don’t think the pain is completely out of there, but he wants to be in there,” Cash said.The Rays came out with promotional handbills touting ace Blake Snell for the Cy Young Award — called, “Attack of the Cy Zilla!” It contains a quote from Boston manager Alex Cora saying Snell has “been great against everybody.” Snell’s nickname is “Snellzilla.” MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curtis Granderson rounded first base and kept going. He reached second, stopped and turned around to smile back toward the Milwaukee Brewers dugout.Granderson’s trademark enthusiasm is evident even in an off-day workout in the postseasonThe Brewers returned to Miller Park on Tuesday, where a handful of players including Granderson took part in a limited session. Milwaukee beat the Colorado Rockies on Sunday to advance to the NL Championship Series, when they will host the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Friday night.That means four days in between games for the surging Brewers, who have won 11 in a row.“It’s a chance to rest up a little bit, guys that are banged up get a chance to heal up,” Granderson said.There could be a down side Colby Rasmus Jersey , too. Granderson would know since he’s played in 59 games over eight postseason appearances.“Con side of it is, baseball is one of those games where you play a lot games in a row over the course of the season … so consistency in playing is a good thing,” he said.The 37-year-old Granderson speaks with an easygoing demeanor, but also with the kind of authoritative voice of someone who has played 15 years in the majors.After six years with the Detroit Tigers, the outfielder moved on to an eight-year stint in New York — four each with the Yankees and Mets.Granderson has been on the move a lot over the last two seasons, having been traded from the Mets to the Dodgers in 2017. He started this year with the Blue Jays before the Brewers acquired him on Aug. 31 for a minor leaguer.The addition of Granderson, along with the trade for Mike Moustakas from the Royals in July and the return of Lorenzo Cain via free agency in January, added three postseason veterans to a clubhouse that was relatively short on playoff experience.“Well, their biggest influence is that they’ve — I think they’ve played well. That’s their biggest influence,” manager Craig Counsell said last week. “I think for players , experience is a great teacher … and so these are guys that have used the experience to their advantage.Granderson hit .220 with two home runs and three RBIs in 19 games with Milwaukee, serving mainly as a left-handed bat off the bench. He has been impressed with the team’s ability to stay loose, while at the same time not getting too high or too low.“You have to enjoy the moment. Don’t make any (it) more pressure-sensitive than it already is. The pressure is always there . just continue to have fun,” Granderson said.Playing mainly off the bench, Granderson might benefit from the off-day workout on Tuesday more than regulars like Christian Yelich and Cain, who were not on the field.It doesn’t simulate a game situation, but any little bit will help, too, to stay fresh.“You’re trying to get ready to roll so you can be ready for those days. But it’s a similar challenge we’re going to be facing that the Dodgers are going to be facing,” he said. “They only got one extra day of rest.”He seems like he’s always to find the bright side of a situation.NOTES: Counsell said the team had a conversation about roster makeup on Tuesday Andrew Cashner Jersey , with another one coming Wednesday. Any roster changes aren’t due until Friday morning. After going with a bullpen day in Game 1 against Colorado, the Brewers may have to make some changes to their pitching staff. “There’s a potential for seven games in nine days instead of five in seven days, so that’s a different equation,” Counsell said.
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