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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota’s Target Field was the perfect place for Fernando Rodney to perform his patented post-save celebrations David Wright Jersey , when the 41-year-old right-hander leans back to pretend he’s pulling a bow and shoots an imaginary arrow high into the sky.There’s a bright red bulls-eye, the ubiquitous logo for the retail chain that has Target Field’s naming rights, looming on a billboard above right-center field. That gave Rodney a place to aim. His abbreviated season with the Twins was mostly a hit, too.The Oakland Athletics had bigger plans for 2018, though. They brought Rodney back to Minnesota this weekend as one of several stalwarts in their sturdy bullpen next to Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino, Jeurys Familia and Yusmeiro Petit. Treinen has 32 saves for the A’s. Rodney (25) and Familia (17) combined for 42 saves with the Twins and New York Mets before arriving in separate trades.“I’m chilling. I’m relaxing. No pressure on myself because we’ve got Familia, we’ve got all these guys that have got stuff to close the game and to beat Houston,” Rodney said in the visitors’ dugout before Thursday’s game.The A’s took a one-game deficit behind the Houston Astros in the AL West into the evening.In his first six appearances for Oakland , Rodney allowed only three hits without a run while striking out four.“He’s been absolutely terrific. For a guy that’s used to pitching the ninth inning, we’ve asked him to do some different things here and he’s had absolutely no problem with it at all,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Pitching a down game yesterday, so he just wants to come in and contribute however he can. He’s got a really good personality to him. He fit in really well with the guys and, obviously, he’s been a significant factor for us.”Rodney had six blown save chances with the Twins and had his share of shaky conversions, too, but for a $4.25 million salary the Twins were willing to sign up for that experience because they had confidence in his, well Mookie Wilson Jersey , experience.“We’re like family,” Rodney said. “We had a lot of fun together, me and those guys.”At Rodney’s request, the Twins produced a special introduction video for his appearances, set to the rap song “Live the Night .” He said he was working with the A’s to assemble a montage that could be played at the Oakland Coliseum.As for those arrows, which have been in storage now that he’s not usually working in the ninth inning?“We save the arrow for the postseason,” Rodney said.That’s the whole reason he’s with the A’s. There’s a team option on his contract for 2019 at a below-market rate of $4.25 million, so the Twins could’ve hung onto him despite their housecleaning that took place before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. But once they found a satisfactory offer from the A’s in minor-league pitcher Dakota Chalmers, they thought highly enough of Rodney to be willing to deal him to a contender.“I think I’ll keep fighting , keep playing baseball and try to come back next year,” Rodney said. “I don’t know what team, but next year I think I’ve got a chance again, and I want to do it.” A look at what’s happening around the major leagues today:FENWAY FRESHMANDodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will pitch at Fenway Park for the first time when he starts Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox. The oldest park in the majors has a lot of quirks that can present many challenges for newcomers, but Kershaw says he’s focusing on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and the lineup of a team that won 108 games.The Dodgers haven’t played an interleague game at Fenway since 2010, meaning Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy will be getting their first looks on the field. The team took turns Monday throwing balls at a small, square space in the Green Monster Gary Carter Jersey , a little fun target practice while waiting for the real games to begin.Game 1 should be a cold one. Forecasts call for the temperature to be around 50 degrees for the 8:09 p.m. first pitch, and it will cool off during the game to the high 40s. There is a 50-50 chance of rain during the afternoon, but it is expected to pass by game time.RING RINGChris Sale would rather talk about the ring he can win as a World Series champion instead of the almost certainly nonexistent navel ring that — he maintains with a straight face — scratched him from a start in the last round. The Red Sox left-hander will belly up to the mound to start against Los Angeles 10 days after his last outing and nine after he was hospitalized with what the team called a “stomach illness.” Sale joked — we think — that it was from a piercing gone bad, and he kept up the ruse back in Boston.“I’m not going to spill all of my secrets,” he said.Sale said Monday that he is back to 100 percent, and he deflected questions about the illness that melted even more weight away from his 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame. But his comment about the belly button ring has exploded like the infected wound he is pretending to have. Brock Holt said he would get a nipple or belly button ring if the Red Sox win it all; second baseman Ian Kinsler said it might become a trend.FINAL THREEYoenis Cespedes’ agent may be the next general manager of the New York Mets. Brodie Van Wagenen interviewed for the job Monday and is among three finalists along with former Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin and Tampa Bay senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom. The 44-year-old Van Wagenen has been co-head of CAA Baseball since 2010 and is familiar to the Mets as the representative for Cespedes, Jacob deGrom and Tim Tebow.“In my role as an agent, my solution is to create opportunities for players to be successful both on and off the field Dwight Gooden Jersey ,” Van Wagenen said. “My conversations with the Mets continue to be organic. I believe baseball is better when the Mets are competitive and successful.”MODERN MANBrad Ausmus is promising to blend a better appreciation of analytics with his sturdy baseball foundation as he takes over as Angels manager. Ausmus was introduced as the replacement for Mike Scioscia on Monday, becoming the first new manager for Los Angeles in this millennium. Ausmus was dropped by the Detroit Tigers last fall after four intermittently successful seasons as their manager ended with a wholesale franchise rebuild. He spent the past year working in the Angels’ front office, examining every aspect of the organization as an assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.Ausmus thinks his lack of managerial experience was an asset when Detroit hired him, as he fit into the popular mold of hiring managers shortly removed from their playing days. But he feels better prepared for his second dugout job — partly because he has a newfound appreciation for the role of analytics in the modern game.

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