A’s for the second wild card as they are eight games

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CHICAGO (AP) — Although the Milwaukee Brewers still trail in the NL Central http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-dennis-eckersley-jersey , they believe the pressure has shifted to the first-place Cubs.Curtis Granderson homered, tripled and scored three runs, Lorenzo Cain added three hits and the Brewers beat Chicago 5-1 on Wednesday night to move within a game of the division lead.Granderson finished with three hits and Mike Moustakas had a two-run single for Milwaukee, which took two of three at Wrigley Field.Josh Hader (6-1) struck out three in a scoreless eighth to get the win. Six Brewers pitchers combined to hold Chicago to six hits.“We put ourselves in a spot where the division is within reach,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Now you feel like, really, take care of your own self. You play well and you have a chance to be there.”When asked if winning the series puts pressure on the Cubs, Counsell said: “For sure. That was the goal coming in.”Kris Bryant had two hits and drove in Chicago’s run.“We’re still in first place; I’m not worried about that,” infielder Javier Baez said. “We know we’ll come through as a team. Nobody is going to beat us if we go out there and play.”Granderson nearly began the game with his 48th career leadoff homer, but it was ruled a triple following an umpire review. The ball appeared to bounce off the top of the home run basket twice before falling back into the field of play.“That might be my basketball skills,” Granderson said. “If I would have gotten them in before, then I would have been playing basketball.”Two batters later, Cain singled to drive in Granderson for the game’s first run. Travis Shaw’s sacrifice fly in the third gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed just two hits in four innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. Chicago then scratched across a run in the bottom of the fifth against relievers Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel.Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella Santiago Casilla Jersey , batting for starter Kyle Hendricks (11-11), led off with an infield single against Barnes and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Hernan Perez. Three batters later, with La Stella on third, Bryant doubled off a 98 mph fastball from Knebel to make it 2-1.The Brewers gave themselves some breathing room with three runs in the ninth. Granderson led off with a homer against Steve Cishek to make it 3-1. Later in the inning, Moustakas singled through the left side with the bases loaded to make it 5-1.“Grandy starting the game off and then the homer in the ninth, those were the big moments in the game,” Counsell said.DARVISH SURGERYCubs RHP Yu Darvish underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow to clean out loose debris, the team announced. Darvish was declared out for the season last month after an MRI revealed a stress reaction in the elbow. He recently visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for a second opinion, and the surgery was recommended.The procedure, termed a debridement, was performed in Dallas by Texas Rangers physician Keith Meister.DAY TRIPPIN’Before opening a three-game home series with Cincinnati this weekend, the Cubs will play a makeup of Sunday’s rainout on Thursday in Washington. They are not happy about losing a scheduled day off because it means going 30 straight days without one.“Playing 30 consecutive days is the difficult part,” manager Joe Maddon said. “For me Clayton Richard Jersey , I don’t think that’s been discussed enough regarding whether to play or not.”The Cubs announced that Friday’s game against the Reds has been moved to 7:05 p.m. It had been scheduled for 1:20.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: RHP Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) threw a 35-pitch bullpen and his next step will be a simulated game this weekend. If all goes well, Morrow hopes to return to the active roster by the end of next week. … LHP Jon Lester (back spasms) played catch and appears ready to make his scheduled start Saturday after leaving Monday’s game in the sixth inning.UP NEXTBrewers: LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-11, 4.40 ERA) makes his second start with Milwaukee on Friday night in the opener of a home series against Pittsburgh. RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.56) pitches for the Pirates.Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-5, 3.85 ERA) takes the mound for Thursday’s makeup game at Washington. RHP Joe Ross makes his season debut for the Nationals. Mike Fiers has been nothing short of spectacular since the Oakland Athletics acquired him from the Detroit Tigers in a waiver deal Aug. 6.On Sunday, the veteran right-hander tries to put a stop to Oakland’s mini-skid when he goes against the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.By losing Saturday night, the A’s dropped their second tight decision in the last three games, which qualifies as a slump for one of the hottest teams in baseball.Article continues below ...They lost to the Rays, another hot team, meaning the series is on the line Sunday. But there’s more — a LOT more — at stake than just the series in this finale.Saturday’s loss kept the A’s from getting back to within a half-game of the losing New York Yankees for home-field advantage in the wild-card game. It also dropped Oakland 3 1/2 games back of the first-place Houston Astros in the American League West.In a game that featured the first matchup of “openers,” or relievers starting games worked by the bullpen, Oakland rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to pull into a 4-4 tie but then lost 7-5 – their fourth setback in six games against the Rays this season. Jake Bauers’ three-run homer was the winner.Diego Castillo will again be the “opener” for the Rays on Sunday — after Saturday’s game saw Tampa Bay improve to 27-19 when starting a reliever.The Rays, 19-5 in their last 24 games and 13-3 in their last 16 home games http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-manuel-margot-jersey , kept their slight chances of catching the A’s for the second wild card as they are eight games out.Fiers is 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA, has 42 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings and has the opposition batting .208 against him in seven starts with the Athletics. He is 12-6 with a 3.29 ERA overall on the season, and comes in 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in four career starts against the Rays.He has a 7.31 ERA in three starts at the Trop and has not worked against Tampa Bay this season.The A’s went to the “opener” because of Trevor Cahill’s back issue and may have to use the new system again Tuesday or Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.They rallied to tie and had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth inning before a strike-three call on Marcus Semien kept the score tied. The rally went nowhere and manager Bob Melvin was ejected by umpire Larry Vanover after the inning.“Obviously, I thought it was outside or I wouldn’t have been arguing like I did,” Melvin said. “It is what it is. … He’s trying to grind through that at-bat (nine pitches) and drive in a run, you get a call that’s not a strike and now you don’t have the advantage where we were.”Bauers snapped a 5-for-63 slump with three hits and four RBIs.Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash talked before the game about the use of the reliever in the first inning and said it has helped Castillo and Ryne Stanek.“I don’t think going into it we put the greatest emphasis on the actual opener,” he said. “I think we’ve learned as the season has kind of evolved that that’s just as important, and it’s helped those guys’ psyche when they get on the mound. And hopefully it helps their psyche when they get on the mound in the seventh, eighth and ninth inning. Ryne and Diego both, they’ve gotten big outs in different roles.”‘The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that the A’s will not be welcomed back in Nashville, with speculation on a move of their Triple-A club to Las Vegas, soon to also be the home of the Raiders. Las Vegas finished an agreement with the New York Mets this month.

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