CHICAGO – Their chances of winning the AL West have pretty much slipped away. Now, the Oakland Athletics need to score some runs before they lose a playoff spot altogether. The As continued their free-fall Thursday, when Chris Sale bested Scott Kazmir in a brilliant pitchers duel, light-hitting Marcus Semien homered for the only run and the Chicago White Sox won 1-0. The As lost for the 11th time in 14 games. Their lead in the AL wild-card race dwindled to one game over Detroit and 1 1-2 over Seattle, both of which were idle. “Were playing for our lives now,” manager Bob Melvin conceded. “I mean, thats just the way it is. We put ourselves in this position.” Once leading the division, the As began the day nine games behind the Los Angeles Angels. Oakland starts a three-game showdown in Seattle on Friday night. Facing Sale, Oakland posed its only threat in the eighth, when Jed Lowrie singled and Alberto Callaspo drew a two-out walk. Coco Crisp bounced out to end the inning. Sale (12-3) gave up two hits in eight innings, both of them singles to Lowrie. Between the hits, the All-Star left-hander retired 17 batters in order. He struck out nine and walked two. Jake Petricka pitched the ninth, yielding one hit, and got his 13th save in 16 tries. Sale lowered his ERA to an AL-best 1.99, boosting his bid to become the first White Sox pitcher to lead the league in the category since Joe Horlen in 1967. “Right up there,” Lowrie said when asked where Sale ranked among starting pitchers. “Off-hand, I cant give you a number, but hes one of the better ones in the game.” Yet the Athletics have had to tip their caps too many times since the All-Star break. Theyve scored more than three runs only 15 times in the 39 games since slugger Yoenis Cespedes was traded to Boston on July 31. Melvin suggested his team might need to get back to its loose ways again. “Weve been two different teams — the one that played through July and the one thats at this point right now,” he said. “Were trying as a staff to stay positive. At times, I get upset. At times, you have to be supportive. Today they were trying. They were trying as hard as they could. Sometimes maybe you have to try a little easier,” he said. Semien hit a leadoff homer in the sixth into the left-field bleachers. He started the day with a .216 batting average and three home runs. Each pitcher had given up only one single and one walk to that point. “(The pitch) seemed to have good depth, but it stayed higher in the zone than I wanted,” Kazmir said. “It turned out to be the deciding factor. Its tough.” Kazmir (14-8) went the distance, giving up four hits, striking out seven and walking one. The left-hander entered the game with a 3-5 record and 5.89 ERA in 11 career starts against the White Sox. “Its a tough run that were facing right now,” Kazmir said. “The only way to get out of it is to stay positive and keep battling.” TRAINERS ROOM Athletics: LHP Sean Doolittle is expected to return from the disabled list on Friday. The closer has been sidelined since Aug. 24 because of a strained intercostal muscle. … OF Craig Gentry was held out of the series finale one day after he suffered a concussion on a play at first base. Hes likely to sit out the series in Seattle this weekend as well. … C Stephen Vogt continues to be slowed by what Melvin calls “a pretty significant (left ankle) sprain” and wont be available until next week at the earliest. White Sox: 1B Paul Konerko will test his fractured left hand with some dry swings on Friday then plans to hit short tosses and off a tee the next day. The veteran could return to action on the next road trip. “Im going to be back,” said Konerko, who will retire after the season. “Theres no doubt.” UP NEXT Athletics: RHP Jason Hammel (2-5, 4.70) opens the series at Seattle on Friday night. The Mariners will start LHP James Paxton (5-2, 1.87). White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana (7-10, 3.38) will oppose Twins RHP Phil Hughes (5-9, 3.55) in the opener of a three-game set in Minnesota on Friday night. 9-11 REMEMBERED The anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy brought back vivid memories for Melvin, who was an Arizona bench coach at the time. “We were in (New York on an off-day) shortly thereafter and went to Ground Zero and spoke to the first responders and saw firsthand what was going on,” he said. “Its a day that Ill never forget. … The thing that stood out to me most was the heroes who were part of cleaning it up and getting past it, the people of New York being so resilient.” Jason Kidd Jersey. 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The Marlins are confident hell fully recover and be ready for spring training, and they hope to reach a long-term agreement with him. Josh Jackson Jersey. — The Toronto Maple Leafs are tightening the race for second place in the Atlantic Division.London, England – Top seed Novak Djokovic needed all five sets to win his quarterfinal match, while seven-time champion Roger Federer advanced in four and defending titlist Andy Murray was sent packing by rising Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in straights Wednesday at Wimbledon. The former champion and 2013 runner-up Djokovic trailed two-sets-to-one against 26th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic before turning things around for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2 decision on the No. 1 Court. The French Open runner-up Djokovic will meet Dimitrov in Fridays semifinals at the All England Club. It will mark the Serbian stars sixth final-four appearance at Wimbledon, where he titled in 2011 and lost to Murray in last years finale. Djokovic snuck past Cilic in 3 hours, 38 minutes with the help seven service breaks and six double faults by his Croatian counterpart. The Serb moved on despite striking 10 fewer winners (42-32) than Cilic, who had 16 more unforced errors (48-32) on Day 9. The 6-foot-6 Cilic played in his fourth career major quarterfinal (1-3) and his first one since the 2012 U.S. Open. The 27-year-old Djokovic is a six-time Grand Slam champion who has appeared in 11 of the last 15 major finals. He would replace Rafael Nadal atop the mens rankings with a title this weekend. Meanwhile, the 11th-seeded Dimitrov leveled the third-seeded Murray 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 and the fourth-seeded former No. 1 great Federer overcame Australian Open champ and fifth-seeded fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 on the famed Centre Court. Dimitrovs serve was just too tough to deal with on Day 9, as the Bulgarian popped 10 aces and was broken only once en route to a convincing victory over Murray. The gifted star used plenty of variety, with topspin, volleys and a beautiful one-handed backhand to advance. The 27-year-old two-time Grand Slam winner Murray succumbed in 1 hour, 40 minutes by tallying five double faults and striking 19 more unforced errors (37-18) than his Bulgarian counterpart. Murray had won his last 17 matches at the All Enngland Club, as he captured an Olympic gold medal here in 2012 and gave Britain its first male Wimbledon singles champion in 77 years last year.dddddddddddd He was also a Wimbledon runner-up in 2012. The 23-year-old Dimitrov, once nicknamed “Baby Fed,” will now appear in his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal. He was a quarterfinalist at this years Aussie Open. “Im excited and happy I went through in straight sets,” Dimitrov told BBC television. “Its never easy to play Andy, especially in front of his home crowd. I was pretty fortunate today. “As soon as we started warming up, I sensed his game wasnt at his highest level and I was pretty confident and playing good tennis. The first set helped me get into a good rhythm. The second set tiebreak was a key moment for me. Coming into the third set, I knew I had a lot of things under control. “I was pretty steady during the whole match and came out the winner. I have two more matches to play hopefully. Im trying to stay on course and prepare for the next one.” Dimitrov captured his first-ever grass-court title at Londons Queens Club three weeks ago and is an unblemished 9-0 on grass this year. Federer, meanwhile, improved to 14-2 lifetime against his good friend Wawrinka after dropping the first set on Wednesday. The mighty Federer righted the ship by winning the second-set tiebreak and would assume control from there. The Swiss icon moved on in 2 hours, 33 minutes with 10 aces and two breaks against Wawrinka, who settled for only one break against the all-time great. Wawrinka was playing in his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal and slowed by some physical issues over the last three sets. The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer is now 72-8 at Wimbledon, which includes a 2008 runner-up finish in addition to his seven championships. Hell now appear in his ninth Wimbledon semifinal and 35th career major semi. The 32-year-old Federer now awaits a young gun in either Canadian Milos Raonic or Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who stunned Nadal on Tuesday. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ‘ ‘ ‘