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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One of the American Leagues best pitchers last year will make his first start in more than seven weeks when the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels conclude their three-game series Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray, an All-Star last year, will be activated from the disabled list to start for the first time since Aug. 6 and for just the second time since the end of July.The 26-year-old native of Nashville went on the disabled list for the second time this year when he strained his right forearm last month while pitching against the Chicago Cubs. That strain resulted in an inflamed elbow. In May, a strained right trapezius muscle put Gray on the disabled list for two weeks.All told, the right-hander has missed 57 games this season.Last year, Gray finished third in voting for the Cy Young Award after compiling the American Leagues third-best ERA (2.73) while winning 14 games and amassing 183 strikeouts.As manager Bob Melvin, who announced the decision Sunday, said Gray would be on a strict pitch limit and likely would not work more than two innings.Melvin told that the purpose for Grays brief outing will be for the left-hander to get on a mound and get after it and know youre healthy going into the offseason, he said. That is really what were looking for.Gray faced hitters in a bullpen session before Saturdays game against the Texas Rangers and said he felt no ill effects.I know in my mind Im fine to pitch next year, Gray told the San Jose Mercury News, and thats whats important.Opposing Gray will be right-hander Alex Meyer, whose past two outings provided a glimpse into the kind of potential that made him a first-round draft choice in 2013.On Sept. 18, Meyer earned his first major-league victory in a 4-0 decision over the Blue Jays. Meyer pitched five shutout innings, amassed a career-high seven strikeouts and scattered two hits and three walks while throwing a fastball that reached 98 mph.That stuff out there was electric, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said afterward. He had great angles, great velocity, and he was spinning the ball well.Then on Friday night against the Houston Astros, Meyer conceded one run, three hits and a walk in his first five innings before loading the bases on an infield single and two walks with one out in the sixth. Though Meyer was charged with four runs, the Angels used a six-run rally in the ninth inning to earn a 10-6 victory.Meyer and fellow right-hander Ricky Nolasco came to Los Angeles at the trading deadline from the Minnesota Twins in a four-player deal for left-hander Hector Santiago. Meyer follows Nolasco in the Angels rotation, so being able to consult with the 11-year veteran has proved valuable, especially since Nolasco and two relievers combined to shut the Astros out Thursday night.I was talking to him about what he did, Meyer told Being able to pitch right behind him has definitely helped. Hes a smart pitcher. Cheap World Cup Brazil Jerseys . 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The 15th-ranked Canadian men lost the opening two games of their European tour: 19-15 to No. 17 Georgia and 21-20 to No. DURHAM, N.C. -- With three big men out with injuries, top-ranked Duke is leaning on its guards for a little bit of everything.Grayson Allen had 25 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Frank Jackson added 21 points and the Blue Devils beat Grand Canyon 96-61 on Saturday.We have to rebound -- the whole perimeter has to rebound, said Allen, who finished one rebound shy of his career best. We know the big guys that we do have in the game, theyre going to be battling, boxing out the other bigs, so the perimeter, we need to crash in and rebound and clean up all the loose stuff.Amile Jefferson scored 15 points, Luke Kennard finished with 14 and Matt Jones had 11 points for the short-handed Blue Devils (2-0).Once again playing without three injured freshman post players, they kept things largely in their guards hands and shot 53 percent to win their second game in less than 24 hours.I like my team a lot. We just have to keep getting better, and then once all these injuries are taken care of in some time, we can become a different team, coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Right now, we have to be this team and not think about who we could be. Our complete focus has got to be how to win with this team.Now, with those two tuneup games out of the way, the focus squarely falls on one of the marquee matchups of the early season: a date with No. 3 Kansas on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.Shaq Carr had 18 points to lead pesky Grand Canyon (0-1), which gave Duke more of a test than Marist did in a 94-49 rout a night earlier but came up empty in its second opener against a top-ranked team in three years.BIG PICTUREGrand Canyon: The Antelopes -- who lost to No. 1 Kentucky by 40 points in 2014 -- will have to be content with making things tough on Duke for a good chunk of the first half and leading for about 7 1/2 minutes of the first half behind Carr, who repeatedly found his way through the Blue Devils defense and to the rim.I didnt know what to expect, coach Dan Majerle said about a team missing three starters. I was happy with how we started off. ... I thought maybe the firsst 12, 13 minutes, we played pretty good and were going to learn about our team as we go along.dddddddddddduke: The Blue Devils shortened their bench significantly, playing only seven players in the pre-garbage time portion of the game -- and the seventh, freshman Javin DeLaurier, logged only 6 minutes in all. Theyre trying to keep things working without injured freshman big men Harry Giles (knee), Marques Bolden (lower leg) and Jayson Tatum (foot). Krzyzewski says he doesnt anticipate having them against the Jayhawks and we may not have them all week.Whatever amount of time, whatever it is, lets just get well, Krzyzewski added. And while you guys are getting well and supporting the team, lets become a team with these nine guys. We made that a priority this past week. Were trying to figure out the system we need for this group of guys.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Blue Devils trailed for the first time this season but once again showed no reason why they should be ranked any lower than No. 1.THE COLANGELO CONNECTIONBoth coaches have strong ties to Jerry Colangelo. He was the Phoenix Suns owner when they drafted Majerle in 1988 and lured Thunder Dan to the Grand Canyon program in 2013.And with Colangelo as its chairman and Dukes Mike Krzyzewski as the coach, the U.S. national team won the last three Olympic gold medals.STAT WATCHThe Blue Devils were 21 of 31 from the free-throw line while Grand Canyon was 6 of 12. The Antelopes didnt attempt their first foul shot until just 1:44 remained in the first half -- by which point Duke had already attempted 17 and built a 39-28 lead.UP NEXTGrand Canyon: The Antelopes head to Penn State on Nov. 15 for their second game in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.Duke: The Blue Devils get their first big test Nov. 15 when they face Kansas in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.---Follow Joedy McCreary at AP college basketball: Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Stitched Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys NFL T-shirts From China Cheap Jerseys Throwback ' ' '

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