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  • 22 May
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ryon Healy was so focused on getting to second base the Athletics rookie didnt realize he had hit a game-ending home run until he looked up and saw third base coach Ron Washington celebrating.After that, the Oakland third baseman slowed up his trot to allow the players in the bullpen to join the fun.Healy homered with two outs in the ninth inning two batters after Jake Smolinski tied it with a two-run homer, and the As rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Saturday night.It was definitely a special feeling, one I havent had a ton in my life, Healy said. I dont think theres anything more fun than walk-off wins in baseball. The fact weve been able to have so many in my short eight-day career just makes winning that much better.The As have notched three walk-off wins in their last five games to improve to 6-3 since the All-Star break.Oaklands good fortunes happen to coincide with Healys call-up from the minors on July 15.Coincidence or not, manager Bob Melvin couldnt be happier.He has not been afraid of any situation that hes been in, Melvin said. He went up there with fire in his eyes.Both home runs by the As in the ninth came off closer Alex Colome, who had recorded 21 consecutive saves before giving up three runs to the As.Completely uncharacteristic of him because hes been outstanding for us all year, manager Kevin Cash said. If the same situation arises, well have all the confidence in the world in him.Khris Davis opened the ninth with a walk before pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso struck out swinging. Smolinski hit the first pitch he saw over the fence in left field to tie the game 3-3.Colome (1-3) got Marcus Semien to fly out before Healy hammered a 3-2 pitch to left-center for the winner.Its Healys second home run since being called up from the minors July 15 , the first game-ending hit of his career and the second consecutive walk-off win in as many games for the As.Kendall Graveman (7-6) pitched a complete game for his sixth consecutive win. The right-hander allowed three runs with four strikeouts and one walk, throwing 102 pitches.SMYLYS STREAK CONTINUESColomes meltdown in the ninth prevented starter Drew Smyly from ending a skid of seven straight losses, the worst of his career. Smyly allowed one run over six innings and left with a one-run lead. It really showed a lot about him to give up the early run and not cave there, Cash said. He kept battling and making some really good pitches.OUCH OSWALDOTampa Bay right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had two hits and an RBI before leaving with a mild strain in his right elbow after striking out swinging in the seventh. Cash said Arcia is expected to be back in the Rays lineup Sunday.TRAINERS ROOMRays: RHP Chase Whitley (offseason elbow surgery) will make his second rehab appearance with Class A Charlotte on Sunday. ... OF Mike Mahtook (fractured left hand) will begin hitting off a tee Sunday.Athletics: OF Josh Reddick was scratched from the lineup because of lower back soreness. ... Stephen Vogt was placed on the family medical leave list. Bruce Maxwell was called up from Triple-A Nashville before the game to replace the veteran catcher. ... LHP Rich Hill (middle finger blister) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.UP NEXTRays: LHP Blake Snell (2-4) pitches the finale of the three-game series at the Coliseum on Sunday after throwing six scoreless innings in Colorado during his most recent start.Athletics: RHP Jesse Hahn (2-4) is expected to be called up from Nashville to start against Tampa Bay. Jordan 11 Sale Canada . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Air Jordan 11 Retro Canada . "Hes going to have hip surgery on Jan. 7, and hell be expected to rehabilitate for four to six months beyond that," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said Friday in an interview. . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. Jordan Retro 11 Canada . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Air Jordan Retro 11 Wholesale . - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jordan Jones scored a jumper in the paint with 1:51 left to give Kennesaw State a 10-point lead and the Owls held on to beat Florida A&M, 76-74 on Wednesday night.Justin Ravenel drilled a three-pointer with 1:41 left and Desmond Williams added a free throw, then knocked down a jumper in the lane to cut the lead to four, 75-71, with more than a minute left to play. Ravenel cut it to two with 14 seconds left with another jumper, but the best the teams could do in the final seconds was trade a free throw.ddddddddddddIts Kennesaw States second-straight win over Florida A&M. Last year the Owls won 61-41 at Kennesaw, Ga.Kendrick Ray scored 26 points to lead Kennesaw State (3-5), with Aubrey Williams and Nick Masterson each adding another 13.Williams led Florida A&M (2-6) with 18 points. Marcus Barham added another 13. ' ' '