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OAKLAND, Calif. Cheap Packers Jerseys . -- The Oakland Athletics could be providing a look into their future to an American League West rival when right-hander Raul Alcantara makes his major league debut Monday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.The 23-year-old, acquired by the As along with Josh Reddick from Boston in 2011 for reliever Andrew Bailey, has been almost unhittable at Triple-A Nashville since an in-season promotion. Hes gone 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA in his last eight starts, a stretch in which hes struck out 32 and walked just three.Its his time, As manager Bob Melvin proclaimed before Sundays series finale against the Boston Red Sox. Were excited about watching him.The As also will promote another of their top prospects, right-hander Jharel Cotton, to start Wednesday against the Angels.Cotton was one of three pitchers acquired this season at the trade deadline from the Los Angeles Dodgers when the As dealt away Reddick.Alcantara will start in place of left-hander Sean Manaea, who is battling a sore back.He can only hope to be as effective as Kendall Graveman was Sunday in a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.Graveman shut out the Red Sox on six hits over 6 1/3 innings, setting the stage for a walk-off win that allowed Oakland to snap a five-game losing streak.Alcantara will be opposed by Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, who made his major league debut 10 seasons ago. He shut out the Baltimore Orioles on three hits over seven innings that night en route to an 11-2 rookie year.The 33-year-old is just 10-11 with a 5.21 ERA this season, but both marks have improved significantly in his last two starts, during which hes beaten the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds, allowing only three runs in 12 innings.Weaver has gone 14-11 with a 2.77 ERA in 36 career starts against the As. The ERA is his lowest among all teams hed faced more than 15 times.The veteran pitched a three-hit shutout in his previous visit to Oakland on June 19.Angels manager Mike Scioscia made it clear after Weavers previous start that he has no intention of replacing his top pitchers with prospects just because his club is out of playoff contention.Our philosophy and the way were going to approach every day, he said, is to go out there and win a game by starting with the first pitch of the game and winning that pitch and winning situations and going out there and playing the game the way we need to play it.The Angels flew south from Seattle on Sunday night without right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who remained hospitalized for observation after being hit in the head by a line drive in LAs 4-2 win over the Mariners.Shoemaker was diagnosed with a small skull fracture.The Angels (61-75) won two of three in the series and have opened a three-game lead over the As (58-79) in the battle to escape last place in the AL West. Packers Jerseys From China . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. Buy Cheap Packers Jerseys . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. http://www.cheappackersjerseyschina.com/ . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. LAWRENCE, Kan. -- TCU coach Gary Patterson has never lost to Kansas in four Big 12 meetings.None of them have been particularly easy.There was the 20-6 victory on the road in 2012, the Horned Frogs first year in the league, and a 27-17 win the following year. In 2015, when TCU was in the midst of a 12-1 season and headed for a No. 3 ranking in the final AP poll, it was a 34-30 squeaker at Memorial Stadium.Even last year, it took everything TCU could muster in a 23-17 win over the winless Jayhawks.Any time we play Kansas, they always give us a good game, TCU defensive end James McFarland said. We know what to expect. Weve got to be ready for it.The closeness of the meetings is, quite frankly, bizarre given the gulf that stands between the two programs. TCU won 34 games over that four-year stretch, going to three bowls, while the Jayhawks won seven games and are now on their third head coach.Patterson sees progress in Year 2 under David Beaty, though.Theyre a lot better on defense, he said. Theyre very physical and theyre playing hard. I see the difference on their special teams. I think Coach Beaty and his group has done a great job of rallying the troops. They havent had the success theyve wanted but theyve played awfully hard.The Horned Frogs (3-2, 1-1) havent exactly had the success it has wanted, either. Their double-overtime loss to Arkansas and last weeks loss to Oklahoma has sent them tumbling from the Top 25.Still, they are heavy favorites over the Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) -- not that its mattered so far.The thing our team understands and knows -- it doesnt matter what the past held. It matters what you do on that day, Beaty said. Coming off last year and the year before, I think that that serves them with some motivation, as well.As the Horned Frogs and Jayhawks prepare to meet again, here are some things to watch:WHATCHA TALKIN BOUT, WILLIS: The Jayhawks have been rotating Montell Cozart and Ryan Willis at quarterback, but Cozart has been grossly ineffective so it will be Willis who starts on Saturday. And Beaty said he could end up playing the whole game. Wholesale Packers Jerseys. His efficiency has been a little better than Montells the last couple of weeks, Beaty said, and really, when hes in there of late, hes done some things we havent seen him do.THERES NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Patterson was born in Rozel, Kansas, went to community college in Dodge City and graduated from Kansas State. His first coaching job was with the Wildcats, and later, he was an assistant coach at Pittsburg State.So every time he faces the Jayhawks or Wildcats, it is something of a homecoming for him.You have mixed emotions but I know who pays my bills, he said. What Ive learned in this whole situation is that when you go places where they pat you on the back, `Glad you came, come back again, usually youre not doing very well.GETTING HEALTHY: Two of the Jayhawks best defensive linemen, Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise, were banged up in their lopsided loss to Texas Tech last weekend. But Beaty said this week that hes optimistic both will be available against the Horned Frogs.Dorance looks really well, he said. Well have to wait a bit longer to see on Daniel.STARTING FASTER: The Horned Frogs trailed South Dakota State 17-7, fell into a 13-0 hole against Arkansas and were in a 49-24 hole against Oklahoma last week before making it close by the end.Suffice to say TCU will be trying to get off to a better start against Kansas.FINISHING BETTER: The Jayhawks actually stuck with high-flying Texas Tech into the third quarter, and trailed just 28-19 after Matthew Wyman connected on a 35-yard field goal. But the Red Raiders went on to score the final 27 points in what became a 55-19 rout.Were not good enough individually to win the game, Beaty acknowledged. Were not good enough defensively to win the game. Were not good enough offensively to win the game. ... 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