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OAKLAND [url=][/url ] , Calif. — Right-hander Mike Fiers will look to continue his strong pitching at home while attempting to extend his dominance of the Minnesota Twins when he takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics on the middle day of a three-game series Saturday night.Seeking their 15th consecutive nonlosing series at home, the A’s got halfway there Friday night when Khris Davis smacked a walk-off home run to lead off the 10th inning and produce a 7-6 victory in the series opener.The Twins have not won a series at Oakland since 2011, and have gone just 4-17 at the Northern California site since the start of the 2012 season.Article continues below ...The win in the series opener shrunk the A’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth to four over the Tampa Bay Rays (86-67). With just two home games remaining in the regular season, Oakland (93-61) would have to sweep the Twins this weekend while the Rays are swept at Toronto in order to clinch at home.The A’s lead the Rays by 6 1/2 games in their battle for the second American League wild-card spot.The game-ender was Davis’ second homer of the night and 45th of the season, putting him four ahead of Boston’s J.D. Martinez for the major-league lead.The last time the A’s had the major-league leader in home runs at season’s end was when Jose Canseco tied Detroit’s Cecil Fielder with 44 in 1991.Davis is 0-for-2 with two walks against right-hander Chase De Jong (0-1, 3.68), who is scheduled to get the ball for the Twins on Saturday.The 24-year-old has faced the A’s twice in his career [url=]Paul DeJong Jersey[/url] , both times last season while a member of the Seattle Mariners. One of those games was a start on May 16 in which De Jong gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 9-6 loss.He’s 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA against the A’s in his two-year career.While De Jong searches for his first major-league win, Fiers hopes to demonstrate to A’s management that he can be trusted as the starting pitcher should Oakland make the single-elimination wild-card game.The A’s begin the weekend 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees (94-59) in the race for the AL’s first wild-card spot, which carries with it the home-field advantage in the win-and-advance game.The Yankees have the tie-breaker advantage should it come to that.Fiers (12-7, 3.38) has done most of his best pitching at home for the A’s. He’s gone 3-0 with a 3.21 ERA in five home starts since being acquired last month from Detroit.The 33-year-old is coming off a road loss at Tampa Bay, but pitched well at Minnesota on Aug. 25, limiting the Twins to one run in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win.Miguel Sano, who homered against Fiers in that game [url=]lex Reyes Jersey[/url] , has since hurt his knee and isn’t expected to play in this series.Fiers is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 10 career head-to-heads, including nine starts, against the Twins. CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs had hoped to use the past four days to maintain or pad their lead in the National League Central, but the weather certainly didn’t cooperate.Heading into a pivotal three-game series against the second-place Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs will attempt to again create some distance. The series opens a day after Chicago’s scheduled series finale against the Washington Nationals was washed out by rain, which was a constant throughout the weekend.The Cubs will attempt to bounce back after being swept in a Saturday doubleheader that was forced after Friday’s scheduled game was rained out as well.Article continues below ...“The bright side is just getting through (the weekend),” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Sunday [url=]Evan Longoria Jersey[/url] , according to the Chicago Tribune. “We’ve done really well through this stretch. I’ve been really pleased with it and it’s not easy to do what we’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks and how well we’ve actually played.”Despite losing their past two games, the Cubs are 4-4 in their last eight games, which had allowed the Cubs to maintain their cushion over the Brewers. But the margin has been trimmed to two games after Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday with a 6-3 victory.The Brewers will enter Monday’s series opener having won eight of their past 10 games and captured two of three from the Cubs last week. Now, with the Cubs within reach, the Brewers head to Chicago with the front-runners in their sights.“Something we’ve been talking about (is) ‘Don’t think about the wild card — think about the division,” said Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who will take the mound Tuesday. “We have the chance this week. It feels really important now.”Jon Lester will take the mound as the Cubs attempt to get back on a winning track after the wet weekend in Washington.Lester (15-5 [url=][/url ] , 3.53 ERA) has won three of his past four starts but hasn’t pitched since Sept. 2. Lester threw six scoreless innings in his last outing against the Philadelphia Phillies when he scattered six hits and struck out seven.Lester was scheduled to pitch Friday, but when the game was rained out, it allowed the Cubs ace to open the series against Milwaukee on Monday rather than pitch Wednesday’s series finale.Lester is 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers.Milwaukee will counter with Wade Miley (3-2, 2.12) as the Brewers attempt to continue to close the gap. Miley has won just won of his six previous starts but shut down the Cubs last week when he allowed just one earned run in six innings while allowing just three hits and striking out five. Miley is 5-2 with a 4.13 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs.Miley has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his 12 starts with the Brewers and, like the rest of his teammates, believe that catching the Cubs and capturing the division title is well within reach.“Why wouldn’t it be? Heck, yeah [url=]Carlos Gomez Jersey[/url] ,” Miley said after his last start, according to the Brewers’ official website. “I don’t think you quit thinking about it until you can’t think about it no more. I think that’s the way to go about it.”
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