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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Johnson struggled again. Chris Taylor Youth Jersey . The Oakland Athletics picked up their new closer with a strong finish. Derek Norris hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning, and the As bounced back from another blown save by Johnson to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Wednesday. "When someone doesnt come through the next guy comes up and fills in for him. ... Its a nice chemistry we have here for that to happen," Norris said. Jared Burton (0-1) gave up the one-out drive by the backup catcher Norris, who went deep on Tuesday night, too. Dan Otero (1-0) got the last eight outs for the victory in relief of Johnson, who has given up seven runs, nine hits and six walks in five appearances with the As. Hes simply been falling behind in too many counts. "Whatever hes got to do to change that he will," Norris said, adding: "Hes going to go on a roll, and this isnt going to be a matter any longer I dont think." Minnesota trailed 4-0 after a rocky first inning by Phil Hughes, who needed 40 pitches to get his first out. Jason Kubel homered in the second and Brian Dozier went deep in the eighth. Johnson, who had 50 saves for Baltimore last season, gave up the third of four hits by Kubel to start the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Johnson nearly had Eduardo Escobar struck out, but a foul tip was ruled on his two-strike swing. Escobar then poked a single into to left field to cut Oaklands lead to 4-3. A one-hop throw to third baseman Josh Donaldson nearly forced out Kurt Suzuki, who was ruled safe, and a video review ruled the call stood -- meaning there was not "clear and convincing" evidence to overturn it. Donaldson said he closed his glove on the ball before Suzukis foot hit. But As manager Bob Melvin didnt waste time arguing, instead replacing Johnson with Otero. "I just had to go get him. I didnt feel great about it, but I had to do it. Keep working to get him right," Melvin said, declining to speculate on whether Johnsons closer job was in jeopardy. Dozier hit a sacrifice fly to right field, just deep enough for Suzuki to race home and sneak a hand onto the plate in front of the tag by Norris. Another umpire-initiated review confirmed the safe call, and the crowd of 22,973 cheered loudly when the video board provided the proof. There was more drama before Norris came up again. Glen Perkins struck out Donaldson to end the 10th inning, and the Twins closer shouted some obscenities and pointed at Donaldson, who gestured and "started to red line," as Donaldson put it afterward. Donaldsons path to Perkins was cut off by the Twins, and after the dugouts mostly emptied the tension de-escalated. Donaldson nearly homered during that at-bat, but the ball drifted foul. Perkins said he thought Donaldson was admiring his drive too long. "I dont feel like I disrespected him at all. Im up there trying to win a game for our team, and hes trying to win a game for his team. Juices are flowing," Donaldson said. Said Perkins: "There were things that happened in that at-bat that we both could have done differently. So well leave it at that." Donaldson hit an RBI double after Hughes walked the first two batters of the game. Brandon Moss tacked on a two-run single, and Alberto Callaspo added an RBI single. None of the hits were particularly hard, but the damage was done. Hughes walked three and struck out three in five innings, with five hits surrendered. Twins starters have one win in eight turns, with a collective 6.43 ERA. Oakland starter Jesse Chavez pitched seven smooth innings with no walks and nine strikeouts. As starters have allowed three runs or fewer in each of their first eight games, for a 2.02 ERA. NOTES: The As held CF Coco Crisp out again following a cortisone shot he had in his left wrist and likely will do so again on Thursday. ... The Twins honoured Gardenhire before the game for his 1,000th career victory by giving him a hand-crafted humidor filled with, yep, 1,000 cigars. ... Oakland has eight straight wins over Minnesota, all with at least seven runs. ... The As will send RHP Dan Straily (0-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound for the series finale, and RHP Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 5.06 ERA) is set to pitch for the Twins. Mike Piazza Dodgers Jersey . The Tournament of Champions, which starts Friday, is his first event since a freak accident in Shanghai two months ago. Snedeker was on a Segway scooter during a corporate outing at Sheshan International when he took a tumble and injured his left knee. Jackie Robinson Youth Jersey . Toronto dropped a 7-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon, with only a pair of late runs preventing a second straight shutout loss. Josh Willingham belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Kendrys Morales hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh as the Twins took the rubber game of the three-game series. http://www.ladodgersprostore.us/Kenta-Maeda-dodgers-jersey/ .A. Dickey earned an American League Gold Glove on Tuesday to become the first Toronto Blue Jays pitcher to win the award.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Jerry Hughes shakes his head in dismay and mutters, Thats crazy.The Bills defensive end has difficulty imagining how the Houston Texans were being second-guessed for selecting Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft.No offence to running back Reggie Bush or quarterback Vince Young, who went Nos. 2 and 3, but Hughes makes his case by noting the numbers Williams has consistently put up through six seasons in Houston and the past three in Buffalo.Numbers speak volume, Hughes said. Its tough to (compare) offence and defence. I get that. But just look at the guy. I dont think hes staggered off of anything.Williams hasnt.The 29-year-old defensive end is enjoying what might be his most impactful season by placing a pass-rushing stamp on a defence that ranks among the NFLs best.Williams has a team-leading 13 sacks — one off his career high — on a defence that leads the league with 49. And hes producing game-changing plays for the Bills (8-6), who have already won their most games since a 9-7 finish in 2004. They play at Oakland (2-12) on Sunday.Williams particularly made his presence felt in a 21-13 win over Green Bay last weekend. After blocking a field goal in the second quarter, Williams sealed the victory by forcing quarterback Aaron Rodgers to fumble into the end zone for a safety on what became the Packers final possession.Obviously, great play, said defensive tackle Kyle Williams. I think that kind of signifies him. We got in a position where we needed a play, and he was able to make it for us.In the process, the player nicknamed Super Mario is performing to the $100 million contract he signed in Buffalo in March 2012, and continues to affirm his draft status as a former No. 1 pick.Mario Williams isnt one for introspection or retrospection. Hell call his last game his best only because, as he put it: Youre only as good as your last game. We won.The three-time Pro Bowl selection is not one for rating his seasons. And forget asking whether hes ever been motivated to justify his draft position, or prove wrong anyone who doubted him.If I have to use something from somebody else to prove my worth, then I dont consider that being a man, Williams said, defiantly. The guys in this building, thats all that matters to me. Anytthing else anybody else says is irrelevant. Maury Wills Youth Jersey. For all the money hes made and headlines generated, Williams is a team player at heart. Since arriving in Buffalo and signing what at the time was the most expensive contract awarded an NFL defensive player, Williams insisted he couldnt do it alone.Nothing has changed since.Not one person can do it, he repeated once again on Thursday. I just wanted to be a piece of the puzzle.As puzzles go, Williams is a bigger piece than most, and not simply because of his imposing 6-foot-6, 290-pound frame.Williams drives the Bills pass-rushing attack in part because his mere presence attracts so much attention from opposing teams. As a result, hes opened holes for others, a reason why Buffalo is the NFLs only team featuring three players with at least nine sacks. Marcell Dareus has 10 and Hughes 9-1/2.Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano is all too familiar with the problems Williams poses, having faced him at several previous stops. What sticks out to Sparano is how Williams appears to be playing at an even higher level.Hes kind of helped re-energize that group defensively, Sparano said. You always have to be concerned with where he is and how to block him. And if youre not, a guy like that can wreck the game.Former Texans general manager Charley Casserly still remembers being booed by fans for drafting Williams out of North Carolina State. Young, who hasnt played a down since 2011, was a favourite because he was from Texas and had won a national title.Bush was coming off an accomplished career at Southern California that included a Heisman Trophy and a national championship.Rather than feeling vindicated for making the right choice, Casserly said Williams deserves all the credit.Im more happy for him because he took the criticism that wasnt deserved, said Casserly, now an NFL Network analyst. He should never have been criticized. He was never appreciated in Houston the way he should have been.Theyre not complaining in Buffalo.I dont think theres any think about it, Kyle Williams said of who deserved to be No. 1. Texans fans and football fans in general can look at it and know that now — the right decision was made to begin with.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '