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Fernando Abad (2-2) pitched one inning for the win. The As have won the first two of this series after dropping two of three to the Red Sox at Fenway Park last month. Crisp entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and struck out against reliever Burke Badenhop. Both teams squandered multiple scoring opportunities. The Red Sox left two on in the fourth and failed to score after loading the bases in the fifth. The As had two on in the third, fourth and seventh but stranded them each time. Oakland starter Brad Mills struck out the side in the first before Boston loaded the bases with one out in the second following an error by Oakland second baseman Punto. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run single to drive in Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes. It could have been worse. As centre fielder Craig Gentry made a diving catch on Holts sinking liner, then threw to second to double off Stephen Drew. Boston tied it on David Ortizs RBI single in the third. 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The Flyers and Rangers play again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Simmonds scored in the first period and twice more in the second for his first career post-season hat trick. Mason survived a busy first period and stopping 31 straight shots until Carl Hagelin scored late in the third.Thistlecrack is the star name among nine entries for the bet365 Novices Chase at Newbury on Saturday. The Grade Two contest, better known as the Worcester Novices Chase, was reopened for 24 hours after having failed to attract sufficient entries on Monday.Having dominated the staying hurdle division last season, Thistlecrack has made an impressive start to his career over fences, with two comfortable victories confirming his place as ante-post favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. His potential opponents include the Paul Nicholls-trained pair of Arpege DAlene and Ibis Du Rheu and Lucy Wadhams impressive Kempton scorer Potters Legend.Emerging Force is two from two over fences for Harry Whittington, but is unlikely to chase the hat-trick at Newbury.Whittington said: We know hes a better horse on better ground and wed want to have everything iin our favour to be taking on a horse like Thistlecrack. [url=http://www.cheapislandersjerseys.com/]Cheap New York Islanders Jerseys[/url]. 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