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Athletics steal series finale

  • Oakland Athletics starter Dan Straily throws to the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND — Derek Norris had a huge impact by making a couple of big plays right at home plate.

Norris scored on a passed ball with two outs in the seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Thursday.

He also put the tag on Starlin Castro trying to score, threw out a runner at second and called Dan Straily's best game as a major league pitcher.

"He was pretty much the hero of the day," Straily said. "Even when I tried to shake him off he put down the same finger and set up. We were on the same page all day — his page really and it was a good one."

Straily (5-2) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. He made the start to allow a sore Jarrod Parker to get two extra days of rest.


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