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Athletics Vs. Red Sox Game Recap: A’s Bleach Red Sox 7-1 For Eighth Straight Win

How ’bout them Oakland A’s? The team that the world seems to have forgotten about just won their eighth-straight game on Saturday against the (spiraling out of control) Boston Red Sox. This 7-1 victory by the A’s gives Boston a streak of its own – five straight losses. Ouch. Oakland is now 3.5 games behind Texas in the AL West and holds one of the wild card playoff spots.

Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront was chased out of the game after only three innings. Doubront gave up five earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts. His replacement, Alfredo Aceves, also lasted three innings, giving up one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts. The rest of the bullpen for Boston would give up only one more run.

The Athletics sent A.J. Griffin to the mound. Griffin had a seven inning, one earned run game taking his record to 4-0. Teammates Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with one lead-off home run, Brandon Inge was 1-for-2 with two RBI’s and Derek Norris went 2-for-4 driving in two runs. Coco Crisp was thiiiis close to hitting for the cycle, but was unable to get a triple to complete it.

It wouldn’t be a Red Sox game without a little controversy. A’s pitcher Griffin was carrying a perfect game into the fifth inning when Boston manager Bobby Valentine gave hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia the go-ahead to put a first-pitch bunt down the third base line. When asked about the move after the game, Valentine gave a very ‘Bobby Valentine answer’, “Who cares?

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UCLA Vs. Rice: Bruins Defensive Depth Chart

UCLA released it’s probable depth chart for Saturday’s game versus Rice. The Bruins defense is coming in with a new look, moving to a three-lineman, four-linebacker scheme under new head coach Jim Mora. Mora isn’t concerned with how the Bruins defense performed last season because he wasn’t there to coach it. Hopefully the coach’s adjustments have made the defensive corps less of a liability for UCLA.

The Defensive Line is headed up by true senior defensive end Datone Jones and true junior Cassius Marsh on the left and right sides, respectively. True junior Seali’i Epenesa will be at nose tackle and starting for the first time. Left Outside Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt played in 13 of 14 games last season with four starts and to his right is Anthony Bar. Right Inside linebacker Eric Kendricks is one of two redshirt sophomores on the defense. On his left side is redshirt senior Damien Holmes, a returning 14-game starter.

For the Secondary, true senior cornerback Sheldon Price was tied for 17th in the Pac-12 in passes defensed (0.67/g) last season. Right Cornerback Aaron Hester started 12 of 14 games last season for the Bruins. In 2011, Strong safety, redshirt senior Andrew Abbott was tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in interceptions with 0.31 per game. Rounding out the defense is free safety, redshirt sophomore Tevin McDonald. McDonald represented UCLA in Yahoo! Sports first team list for Freshman All-Americans.

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Ned Colletti: Dodgers Searching For Another Pitcher

Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is excited, but it’s a tempered excitement realizing that there is a lot more baseball to be played. Speaking to the Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show, Colletti revealed that now he’s got the new bats in the lineup, he’s looking for another pitcher to help sure-up the roster. That search became compounded with Chad Billingsley going on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow.

“We’re trying to do one more if we can, but it’s more precarious than ever down to the last few days,” Colletti said. “We’re still on the phone with a lot of clubs heading up to the 31st of August.”

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies has been rumored to be on the trading block in the past few weeks. Before Dodger fans start salivating at the thought of adding the pitcher, Colletti told Patrick that earlier talks to acquire Hamels ‘went nowhere’.

The GM wouldn’t give up any information beyond acknowledging things are still churning LA. Colletti realizes that acquiring big-name talent isn’t going to be easy down the stretch; however, since coming to the Dodgers, he has been able – or just lucky – to find diamond-in-the-rough talent to carry the team in September.

2012 New Haven Open: WTA No. 2 Ranked Agnieszka Radwanska First Match Today

If Caroline Wozniaki wants to defend her New Haven title, she’s likely going to have to get through the tournament’s top seed and second-ranked WTA player in the world, Agnieszka Radwanska. After a first-round bye, Radwanska takes to the court tonight against Olga Govortsova starting at 7:00 p.m. ET in the Stadium Court.

Prior to Radwanska’s debut at New Haven, there are three matches during the day on Tuesday. Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on the Stadium court is Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain facing fourth-ranked Sara Errani of Italy. Suarez Navarro is coming off a straight-set victory over Agnes Szavay of Hungary. Errani dispatched American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.

Seeing their first action of the tournament at noon on the Grandstand court are Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Jie Zheng of China. Pironkova represented Bulgaria in the 2012 Olympics and eliminated in the second round by Flavia Pennetta of Italy. This is Zheng’s first tournament since withdrawing from the Montreal Cup in early August with a back injury.

Following the conclusion of the Suarez Navarro/Errani match, Marion Bartoli of France plays Sloan Stephens. Bartoli is the fifth-ranked player of the tournament. Stephens is an up-and-coming 19 year-old from Florida. She went as far as the fourth round at the French Open and the third round at Wimbledon earlier this year.

The day is closed out by the seventh-ranked Maria Kirilenko of Russia versus Mona Barthel of Germany. Kirilenko represented Russia at the London Olympics, losing in the bronze medal match to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Barthel’s last play came in the Montreal Cup where she was bounced in the second round by Agnieszka Radwanska.

Levi Brown’s Injury Has Cardinals Looking For Left Tackle

Levi Brown, left tackle for the Arizona Cardinals, is set to miss his first football game since 2007 after tearing his right triceps in Friday’s game versus the Oakland Raiders. Cardinals fans remain optimistic that the tackle won’t miss the entire season, but the prognosis is grim. Until a timetable is set for his return, the Cardinals will need to begin the search for Brown’s replacement.

Following Brown’s injury in the game, he was replaced by D.J. Young. Young spent a majority of 2011 on the Cardinals practice squad. The Cardinals are giving him what he wants — a chance to prove himself — by starting him at left tackle in Thursday’s game versus the Tenessee Titans.

Should the experiment with Young not pan out, other in-house possibilities include moving vets Jeremy Bridges and D’Anthony Batiste over to the left side.

With a few more weeks left in the preseason, the Cardinals will likely play the waiting game before coming to a decision on Brown’s replacement. Teams are still cutting their rosters down to 52. If Arizona gets lucky, they may be able to snag an experienced veteran to be the stop-gap until (and if) Brown returns.

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