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MADRID -- Former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli got off to a winning start in his coaching debut in Spain.Prandelli led Valencia to a 2-1 victory at Sporting Gijon on Sunday, which lifted the club out of the relegation zone.Playing smart football with quick transitions and efficient ball possession, Valencia topped Sporting with two goals by striker Mario Suarez at El Molinon Stadium.It was the teams third win in eight rounds as Valencia reached 14th place with nine points, two more than Sporting, now in the relegation zone after its fifth straight loss.What I liked the most was the attitude of the team, Prandelli said. Im very happy, but we still have a lot to improve, we still need to work on many things. The three points gives the team confidence to keep working.The top four teams in the league played on Saturday. Atletico Madrid thrashed Granada 7-1 to maintain its lead with 18 points. Real Madrid, which won 6-1 at Real Betis, also has 18 points, but a worse goal difference than the city rival.Barcelona defeated Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 at home in the return of Lionel Messi, staying in fourth place with 16 points, one less than Sevilla, which won 3-2 at Leganes.Valencia scored first with Suarezs right-footed shot from inside the area after a cross in the seventh minute, but Sporting striker Carlos Castro equalized with a close-range header in the 41st.Suarezs winner came with an easy shot from in front of the goal after Sporting defenders failed to clear a ball crossed into the area in the 65th.It was important to get the win, Suarez said. We have a new coach, new ideas, new concepts.The 59-year-old Prandelli, who coached Italy from 2010-14, was hired just before the international break to replace Pako Ayestaran, who began the season with four straight losses.Im trying to give the team an identity, Prandelli said. Once we get that, we can start thinking about bigger goals.Prandelli was announced as Valencias coach the day before a 2-0 loss to Atletico on Oct. 2, when the team was still led by interim coach Salvador Voro Gonzalez. The Italian is Valencias eighth full-time manager since Unai Emerys four-year stint ended in 2012.Owned by Singapore investor Peter Lim since 2014, Valencia is the last team other than Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico to win the league title, in 2004.---VILLARREAL 5, CELTA VIGO 0Roberto Soriano scored two goals in the first 12 minutes to lead fifth-placed Villarreal to a comfortable win over Celta Vigo.French striker Cedric Bakambu also scored in the first half as Villarreal earned its fourth victory, jumping to 16 points, two less than the leaders.It was the teams biggest win so far this season.---ATHLETIC BILBAO 3, REAL SOCIEDAD 2Sixth-placed Athletic got the better of Basque rival Real Sociedad to earn its fifth win in its last six games.The hosts conceded early at San Memes Stadium but rallied with three second-half goals, including a nice lob from outside the area by veteran striker Aritz Aduriz.Athletic had won four in a row before a loss at Malaga in the previous round.It trails leaders Atletico and Real Madrid by three points.---ALAVES 1, MALAGA 1Promoted Alaves was close to winning for the third time this season until conceding a late goal against Malaga.Brazilian striker Deyverson had put the hosts ahead in the ninth minute butRoberto Rosales evened the match in the 85th.Alaves, which beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the third round, is ninth with 10 points. 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Cheap NFL Jerseys . Tuesdays surgery at Atlantas Piedmont Hospital was performed by Dr. Xavier Duralde and Hawks team physician Dr. Michael Bernot. TORONTO -- Whenever his Toronto Blue Jays face the Baltimore Orioles, manager John Gibbons has a pretty good idea what kind of game its going to be.Theyre normally slugfests, Gibbons said Monday as the Blue Jays prepared to host Baltimore in the American League wild-card game.The Orioles led the major leagues with 253 home runs this season, hitting 28 in their 19 games against Toronto. The Blue Jays were fourth in baseball with 221 homers and had 29 against Baltimore.Were really very similar teams if you break it down, Gibbons said. We know everything about them, they know everything about us. When youre playing a team from your division, theres really no secrets.Still, with a berth in the best-of-five Division Series against Texas on the line, long balls might be a little harder to come by in Tuesday nights winner-take-all affair between these AL East foes.The challenge of controlling two powerful lineups will fall on the starting pitchers. Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37 ERA) gets the nod for Toronto, with fellow right-hander Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.77) going for the Orioles.I think Stro is the perfect guy, Gibbons said. Big game, weve seen him do it before. He did that a couple of times for us last year. You know hes going to come out throwing strikes. Were glad hes available.Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said choosing Tillman was a good, tough decision.We had probably three options, and Chris is one of those good options, Showalter said.The Orioles went 4-0 in Tillmans four starts against the Blue Jays this season. Last year, he was 0-4 in six starts against Toronto, posting an ugly 11.32 ERA.I dont think Ive gone out of my way to do anything different with these guys, Tillman said. Its just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Last year didnt go so well, this year has been a little better.Tillman took a no-decision against the Blue Jays in his final start of the regular season, allowing two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 2/3 innings last Wednesday..dddddddddddd. In 13 career starts at Rogers Centre, he is 2-6 with a 7.01 ERA.If the Orioles have a late lead, theyll like their chances of locking it down; closer Zach Britton was perfect in 47 save opportunities this season.Given the stakes, Showalter said hed consider using Britton for an extended outing.You dont worry about tomorrow or the next day, the manager explained. Everything is about that nine innings. 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