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    March 8, 2018 7:45 PM EST

    OAKLAND, Calif. DeMarcus Cousins Jersey . -- Elvis Andrus had been dealing with flu symptoms and kept his celebration rather subdued after the Texas Rangers clinched the AL West, so he asked manager Jeff Banister afterward to please put him in the lineup again Saturday. He promised to be ready to play.The lone veteran in the lineup a day after Texas won captured another division title, Andrus showed it by hitting a pair of two-run homers in the Rangers 5-0 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.Yesterday unfortunately it was the first time I couldnt celebrate with the guys or go after the game and celebrate, so I was like I might as well play tomorrow if I wont be able to celebrate the right way, he said.Texas wants to keep winning to earn home-field advantage.Yu Darvish (6-5) had all the run support he needed on a couple of big swings from Andrus, who had his first career multi-homer game. Andrus, who will get a break Sunday, also established career highs for homers with eight and RBI with 68.Andrus said it means a lot to have that production, and told teammates he would one day have two home runs in a game.Theyre going to laugh when I bring up a conversation about homers, for sure, I dont have too many in my career, he said. They didnt today.Darvish allowed only Stephen Vogts two-out single in the first until Yonder Alonso singled with one out in the fifth. Marcus Semien followed with a walk, but Darvish escaped unscathed.Banister rested his regulars aside from right fielder Nomar Mazara and Andrus, who had his second career four-RBI game.Robinson Chirinos added an RBI double in the ninth for Texas (92-63), which moved 29 games above .500 for the first time since exactly four years ago on Sept. 24, 2012.Darvish had been 0-3 on the road, winning for the first time in seven away starts, but he had no-decisions in his last three. Darvish allowed two hits, struck out nine and walked one in seven innings a day after Texas became the first AL team to clinch a playoff spot with its second straight division title and seventh AL West title overall.Certainly today thats as good as weve seen Darvish pitch in a while, As manager Bob Melvin said.Three relievers finished the five-hit shutout. Darvish had lost to the As his previous time out, allowing seven runs over five innings in an 11-2 loss last Saturday in Arlington.Now, ace lefty Cole Hamels and Darvish seem poised to give the Rangers a powerful 1-2 to start the playoffs.Im sure the confidence level is high, Banister said.As rookie Raul Alcantara (1-2), someone Melvin considers a candidate for the rotation next season, struck out six with one walk over six innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits and has surrendered five home runs in four major league starts.Oakland had the bases loaded in the eighth but Vogt flied out.TRAINERS ROOMRangers: RHP Tony Barnette threw 20 pitches to hitters as he works back from a strained oblique and could get into games early in the week. He has no lingering discomfort in his left side. Im ready to roll, he said. Back to normal. ... OF Shin-Soo Choo hit against Barnette. On Friday, he took batting practice for the first time since August surgery to have a plate inserted for a fracture near the left wrist. ... LHP Derek Holland is moving to the bullpen as Banister, his staff and general manager Jon Daniels evaluate how the Rangers playoff roster might look. Carrying eight relievers over the seven Texas had a year ago for a five-game division series defeat to Toronto is Banisters leaning right now.Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray threw close to 50 pitches between his warmups and a simulated game with the hopes he still can get into a game situation before seasons end. Gray hasnt pitched since Aug. 6 because of a strained right forearm. How Melvin uses him is still to be determined. I know his routine suggests hes used to starting, Melvin said. Well see.UP NEXTRangers: RHP Colby Lewis (6-3, 3.40 ERA) seeks his first win in three starts since coming off a two-month stint on the disabled list with a back strain. Lewis, projected the No. 3 playoff starter, has won four straight starts at the Coliseum since June 2014 and is 7-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 12 outings in Oakland since returning to the U.S. from Japan in 2010.Athletics: Rookie RHP Jharel Cotton (1-0, 1.50), another young pitcher chasing a rotation spot for 2017, has allowed one or fewer earned runs and pitched at least five innings in his first three major league starts. Bruno Caboclo Jersey . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. Harry Giles Jersey . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. The end of the year is almost upon us and that means its time to start unwinding from your work schedule, get ready to spend countless hours with the relatives and start consuming as much food as possible.With all of that going on, the supposed Christmas break can become more hectic than your usual working schedule. So how do you ensure that during this time you can relax?By simply switching on the TV, getting yourself positioned on the couch and watching all the sporting action unfold.Only three rounds remain in the NFL and teams are dropping out of the playoff race quicker than Usain Bolt can run. With final standings and playoff ramifications on the line in every game, you really cant afford to miss it.In the NBA a clearer picture is starting to show amongst the top brass however, below that is a picture that resembles a Picasso painting. Whilst it may not seem like a loss in December is hugely critical, in the jumbled mess that is the NBA standings; every win counts.So which games cant you afford to miss this weekend?NFLTennessee Titans v Kansas City Chiefs - Monday @ 5am live on ESPN RedZoneChiefs are top of the AFC West and the current number two seed in the AFC. The Titans sit second in AFC South and need to win along with a Houston loss to take top spot and claim a Playoff spot.In the middle of a three game home stand, the Chiefs took care of the Raiders in Week 14 behind an impressive defensive showing. The Raiders receivers just couldnt find any clear lanes as the Chiefs blocked every route.The Titans held on to down the Broncos and remain joint leaders in the AFC South. Even after a lacklustre performance from Quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans run game behind DeMarco Murray led the way.Can the Titans capitalize on the Chiefs poor rush defense or will Marcus Peters and Eric Berry cause Mariota nightmares in the air?ESPN Pick: Chiefs at home to prove too strong. 24-10Odds: Chiefs $1.40 v Titans $2.95Philadelphia Eagles v Baltimore Ravens - Monday @ 5am live on ESPN RedZoneTalk about a do or die game, if the Eagles lose this one to the Ravens; their season is effectively over. The Ravens will be praying for a Bengals victory against the Steelers and a win here to reclaim the number 1 spot in the AFC North.After a tough loss to the AFC leading New England Patriots, the Ravens led by Joe Flacco will be hoping to get back to their defensive ways and stop the Eagles on their home turf.The Eagles are currently riding a 4-game losing streak and have only won one of their last seven games. Can Carson Wentz and the Eagles defense regain their early season form or will the Ravens put an end to their season?ESPN Pick: Defensive onslaught led by Terrell Suggs. 17-9Odds:?Ravens $1.39 v Eagles $3Indianapolis Colts v Minnesota Vikings - Monday @ 5am live on ESPN RedZoneExpect nothing but an out-and-out fight in this game, both teams need the win. With Playoff hopes evaporating for both sides, a win right now is a necessity.The Vikings have struggled since Round 5, going 2-6 in their last eight games. With the Green Bay Packers breathing down ttheir necks and riding a three-game win streak, the Vikings need to right their ship at home. JaKarr Sampson Jersey. much tougher situation lays ahead of the Colts, not only do they effectively need to win their final three games they need the Titans and Texans to lose at least two games each. Can Andrew Luck carry his side over the line?ESPN Pick: Luck to have a slow start but rally the troops late. 31-23Odds:Vikings $1.50 v Colts $2.60NBAChicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks - Friday @ 12pm live on ESPN2These two sides will meet three times in a two week span, with this game being the first in a mini back-to-back series. Can the Bucks get the season series off on the right foot at home or will the Bulls steal one?After surrendering a 20-point lead before eventually falling to the Wolves, the Bulls led by Jimmy Butler will be hoping to bounce back onto the winners list. Currently one of only five sides to give up under 100 points per game, can their defense stop the Bucks?Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have shown glimpses of how good they can be. Narrow losses to the Spurs, Raptors and Warriors to go along with a victory against the Cavs shows that theyre on the verge.ESPN Pick: Giannis to do it all on the way to victory. 102-94Odds:?Bucks $1.67 v Bulls $2.20New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors - Friday @ 2.30pm live on ESPN2Were far enough into the season now that we can admit that the enigma that is the New York Knicks, has taken us all by surprise. Despite a tough overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Knicks currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 14-11 record.Everyone remembers Derrick Rose proclaiming the Knicks as a Super Team, well now they get a chance to prove their worth against an actual Super Team.The Warriors sit atop the NBA standings with a 22-4 record and as many expected, their offense is a notch above the rest of the league. With Kevin Durant and Steph Curry fuelling the scoring output can the Knicks find a way to slow them down?ESPN Pick: Knicks defense not up scratch against rampant Warriors. 123-101.Odds: Warriors $1.05 v Knicks $10Dallas Mavericks v Utah Jazz - Saturday @ 2.30pm live on ESPNSitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, Dallas Mavericks will be out to cause a major upset with a win against the Jazz, who look to be playoff bound.Without Andrew Bogut, the Mavericks have struggled mightily on the defensive end and whilst the Jazz arent a heavy scoring team, they still have major offensive weapons. The Mavs will be reliant upon marquee signing Harrison Barnes to get them across the line.The Jazz pride themselves on their defensive abilities and more often than not, they win games by shutting down opposition weapons and controlling the flow of a game. Rudy Gobert with his albatross like wingspan is a defensive player of the year contender and one the Mavs will look to avoid.ESPN Pick: Rudy Gobert to swat the Mavs challenge away. 96-78Odds: Jazz $1.35 v Mavericks $3.15 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '