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BALTIMORE — r their three-game series on Tuesday at Camden Yards headed in different directions.Oakland (87-57) has won four in a row Bud Norris Jersey , coming off a weekend sweep of Texas at home. The A’s are in good shape for the playoffs, just 2 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West and having, at the least, locked up a wild-card spot.But Oakland remains just 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the first of the two wild-card spots. So with 18 games left, the A’s still have plenty to play for. The big key for Oakland, as it was in a victory over Texas on Sunday, is the team has been finding help in so many ways.Article continues below ...That’s one reason the A’s have had such a great season so far.“You get these contributions from so many guys,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told the media. “It’s pretty cool when everybody in that clubhouse is contributing to it.”In the A’s 7-3 win over Texas, Stephen Piscotty hit his 23rd homer, and Shawn Kelley, who has been helping the bullpen since the A’s picked him up from Washington, got the win in relief.The Oakland lineup features five players with more than 20 home runs — led by Khris Davis (41 homers, 108 RBIs). The team can hurt an opponent in so many ways.Baltimore, however, is going in a completely different direction.The Orioles held a massive fire sale and got rid of a number of high-priced veterans in July as the first step in a major rebuilding project that leaves many questions unanswered. Baltimore has been fielding a very young and inexperienced lineup in recent days as management is trying to get a look at what they’ve got.It’s a big reason the Orioles have not played well for various stretches since all of the trades while hitting better. But they are coming off Tampa Bay beating them in three straight games in a series this past weekend in Florida.Overall, Baltimore went 1-8 on that road trip and now sits at 41-102 http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-jason-motte-jersey , the worst record in the major leagues. The younger players keep making mental and physical mistakes.“We’ll meet Tuesday and go over a lot of game mistakes and see if we can keep from repeating them,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media after Sunday’s loss in Tampa Bay. “We did a lot of things young players do.”The Orioles will send Alex Cobb (5-15, 4.97 ERA) to the mound against the A’s Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36). Cobb has been dealing with a blister issue and hasn’t pitched since Sept. 4.Despite the record, Cobb has been strong for the Orioles since the All-Star break. He has gone 3-1 since Aug. 1 and has pitched much better than earlier in the season. Cobb is 4-3 with a 2.25 career ERA versus Oakland.Fiers starts for the A’s. He is 11-6 with a 3.36 ERA but has pitched well since coming to Oakland in an August trade with the Tigers.Fiers is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA in six Oakland starts and has given the A’s a needed boost. He has a 2-1 record and a 2.25 career ERA against Baltimore. PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke are two of the players Arizona counts on most, and they came through when sorely needed on Sunday.Goldschmidt hit his 30th homer, Greinke won for the first time in almost a month and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of Seattle by beating the Mariners 5-2.With the victory and Colorado’s 12-3 loss to St. Louis, the Diamondbacks were back alone in first place in the NL West, a game up on the Rockies and 2½ ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1, so Seattle fell 6½ behind the Astros in the AL West.“This is an amazing game, and you can’t take anything for granted,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We fumbled a couple of balls out there and that leads to a couple of runs, but when we had to, we made pitches and made plays and won a very tough game.“When I tell you today was hard, that was probably an understatement after what we walked through last night.”Goldschmidt’s three-run shot off Mike Leake (8-8) punctuated a five-run third inning for the Diamondbacks, who bounced back from blowing a two-run lead in the ninth Saturday night and losing in 10 innings.Arizona flirted with losing this one in the ninth Yadier Molina Jersey , too. Ben Gamel and Chris Herrmann opened the inning with singles off Yoshihisa Hirano and left fielder David Peralta dropped Dee Gordon’s line drive to allow a run to score.Brad Boxberger, who blew the save Saturday night, came in and walked pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz to load the bases. But Mitch Haniger lined out sharply to third and Robinson Cano bounced into a double play to give Boxberger his 29th save in 35 tries.“We did put some pressure on them, had our chances there late,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, “just not enough.”Greinke (13-8) gave up an unearned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. He had gone 0-3 in his previous four starts.Leake fell to 0-4 in his last 10 starts and hasn’t won since June 23 despite several strong outings in that span. He was tagged for five runs and seven hits, striking out six in six innings Sunday.“It’s part of the game,” he said of the long stretch without a win. “There’s ups and downs. It’s what you learn throughout your career. It’s just part of it and you’ve just got to keep doing a good job.”Jeff Mathis, Greinke and Jon Jay loaded the bases with one-out singles in the third. A.J. Pollock brought the tying run home with a sacrifice fly and David Peralta made it 2-1 with a slow-rolling RBI infield single.Peralta’s was the key hit of the inning, Servais said, “an extra out.”That brought up Goldschmidt, who was 1-for-10 in the series before sending Leake’s pitch deep into the left field seats.It is Goldschmidt’s fourth career 30-homer season.“Honestly, it’s not something I’m thinking about,” he said. “We’re obviously here in a playoff race and just trying to find a way and go out and perform and help us win. Even if I don’t do that (hit 30 homers) and the team wins, that’s most important.”Seattle got an unearned run in the first when Haniger reached on shortstop Ketel Marte’s throwing error. With two outs http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-brett-cecil-jersey , Haniger advanced to second on Denard Span’s single and scored when Kyle Seager singled.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Leake was scratched from his last scheduled start Aug. 21 because of illness.McCAIN TRIBUTEThe Diamondbacks showed a video tribute to Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday of brain cancer. McCain was a fan of the team and a regular at games until his illness forced him to stay away. The tribute even included a repeat of McCain’s tweet after the Dodgers celebrated clinching the pennant with a dip in the Chase Field swimming pool, calling it a “no class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats.”After the video, there was a moment of silence for McCain. A No. 18 jersey with the name “McCain” hung in the Diamondbacks’ dugout.In a statement, Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said, “I am honored to consider him a friend and we will miss seeing his smiling face in the stands.”UP NEXTMariners: After a day off, the Mariners open two-game series in San Diego on Tuesday, with RHP Felix Hernandez (8-11, 5.64 ERA) on the mound against RHP Jacob Nix (1-2, 6.17).Diamondbacks: Arizona opens a three-game series in San Francisco. LHP Patrick Corbin (10-4, 3.17) starts for the Diamondbacks and RHP Chris Stratton (8-7, 5.37) pitches for the Giants.

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