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    April 16, 2018 8:07 AM +0430

    ANAHEIM, Calif. Red Kelly Jersey . -- Say this for Los Angeles Angels rookie Jefry Marte, he understands good timing.Playing before his mother in the United States for the first time, the 25-year-old Marte hit his first career grand slam to spark a seven-run fourth inning and lead the Angels to an 8-1 victory Tuesday over the Oakland Athletics.Im very happy, Marte said through an interpreter. I thank God for the opportunity. I feel even happier because my mom was watching from the stands.Marte said his mother, Louisa, had recently received her visa from his native Dominican Republic. It was his 13th home run of the season.Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who had struggled in his first five starts for the Angels (0-4, 5.70 ERA), allowed only one unearned in eight innings and is 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.Nolasco (8-14), who has not allowed an earned run in his last three games, said it was his last scheduled start of the season.Its tough to say it will carry over into next season, but its nice to finish this like that, Nolasco said.You always want to go into the offseason on a good note. Eight innings is nice.As rookie right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) gave up all eight runs and nine hits in just over three innings.Oakland manager Bob Melvin was nonetheless encouraged by what hes seen from the 23-year-old this season.I think he learned that he can pitch here, Melvin said. I think he learned when hes aggressive and gets ahead, he can have success. Its a little bit when hes on the run and guys are on base, and maybe he isnt as confident in his fastball or throwing the ball over the plate early in the count.He gets a little defensive with guys on base.The Angels managed 12 hits, none after the fifth inning, and seven were for extra bases. Kole Calhoun added two doubles and a triple, as the Angels won for the sixth time in seven games.Oakland third baseman Ryon Healy had three hits, including a double to drive in the As only run. The rookie had never played third base before this season and is hitting .309.Hes a tough kid, Melvin said. He can hit. Hes confident. He hasnt played the position and now he plays third base pretty well. It hasnt bothered him at all. He works hard every day. The bottom line is -- he can hit.Marte has had almost the opposite experience. He came up in May as a third baseman. Hes started 20 games at third, 28 at first and 22 in left -- a position he had never played before at any level.Hes found his power game wherever he played, with 27 of his 59 hits this season going for extra basesThe As dropped to 67-90 with the defeat, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The As have lost seven of eight.WALK THIS WAYMike Trouts walk in the fourth inning gave him 113 on the season, tying him for the Angels team record with Tony Phillips (1995) for most in a season. Trout leads the majors in walks and on-base percentage (.441).ESCOBAR LEAVES EARLYAngels 3B Yunel Escobar left the game after three innings, complaining of right shoulder stiffness.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: Originally the team said rookie infielder Renato Nunez would be out for a day or two with a sore back, but by game-time announced he was available.Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained elbow), who has made only nine starts this season, threw a bullpen session and is expected to make a brief start either Saturday or Sunday. . DH Albert Pujols is out with right Plantar Fasciitis.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Sonny Gray (5-11) is scheduled to come off the DL (strained right forearm) to make a brief start. Manager Bob Melvin said he would only throw about 30 pitches.Angels: Rookie RHP Alex Meyer (1-3) is scheduled to make his fifth start for the Angels since his Aug. 1 trade from the Twins. He is 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA with the Angels. Hap Day Jersey . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season. Felix Potvin Jersey . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. . Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. LOUDON, N.H. -- About five minutes after he stepped out of the Dale Earnhardt Jr. car following qualifying Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Alex Bowman received a phone call.It was team owner Rick Hendrick on the line. Bowman, who had a respectable qualifying effort and will start 20th on Sunday in the New Hampshire 301, thanked Hendrick for the opportunity to get into Earnhardts car this weekend while Earnhardt is treated for concussion-like symptoms.Thats the first time Ive [ever] talked to him, Bowman, 23, said after hanging up the phone. It makes me feel really good that they trust me to come do this. ... If this is the only time to drive a Hendrick Cup car, how many people get to say they got a call to drive the 88 car?It means a lot to me. Hopefully it goes really well and I open some eyes. If not, then Im still really thankful to be here.Bowman, who drives part-time in the Xfinity Series for Earnhardt and Hendrick at JR Motorsports, said he had shaken Hendricks hand in the past. The phone call was one of the many highlights for Bowman on Friday, when he received more attention than teammate Jimmie Johnson, who won the pole for the race.This many people have never taken this many pictures of me in my entire life, no matter what Ive done, Bowman said. Its been pretty incredible. Its not the situation or circumstances Ive wanted it to be under, but its the best opportunity Ivee ever had in my life. Syl Apps Jersey. I have to make the most of it and not make any mistakes.Bowmans substitute role might last only one race. Jeff Gordon will step into the car next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Earnhardt is not cleared to race. Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt would not speculate on drivers beyond that, nor would he say when Earnhardt could possibly return.So Bowman is in the position of trying not to be Superman but to show his ability. He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons driving for the underfunded BK Racing and Tommy Baldwin Racing teams. He has a career best of 13th in 71 career Cup starts.[Earnhardt] has done a lot for my career, and I couldnt be any more thankful than I am, Bowman said. I owe him a lot. Its just been an honor to get the phone call to fill in for him.Bowman knows the odds are stacked against him for having a breakout moment Sunday. He has not driven a Sprint Cup car this year, with his laps Friday being his first in the 2016 low-downforce package. The Hendrick team also has been struggling as a whole, and the flat one-mile track isnt Bowmans best.We about melted a hole in the race track last year with the [car] burning to the ground on fire, Bowman said. Hopefully we have a better day than that. Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Discount NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys NFL Cheap ' ' '