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Bailey Ober tosses 4-hitter and strikes out 10 in 1st career complete game as Twins rout A's 10-2

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Bailey Ober tosses 4-hitter and strikes out 10 in 1st career complete game as Twins rout A's 10-2
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Bailey Ober tosses 4-hitter and strikes out 10 in 1st career complete game as Twins rout A's 10-2

2024-06-23 07:56 Last Updated At:08:00

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bailey Ober struck out 10 in a four-hitter for his first career complete game and the Minnesota Twins used a seven-run second inning to rout the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Saturday.

Ober (7-4) needed just 89 pitches to finish the game while tying a career high in strikeouts and walking none. It was the fewest pitches in a complete game by a Twins pitcher since Carlos Silva in 2005.

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Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) runs to third during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bailey Ober struck out 10 in a four-hitter for his first career complete game and the Minnesota Twins used a seven-run second inning to rout the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Saturday.

Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda hits a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda hits a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Satruday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Satruday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis (23) slides into home to score as Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann fields the late throw during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis (23) slides into home to score as Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann fields the late throw during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) walks off the mound after leaving the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) walks off the mound after leaving the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) shakes hands with' Manuel Margot (13) after Margot scored during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) shakes hands with' Manuel Margot (13) after Margot scored during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober celebrates after throwing a complete game for a win following a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober celebrates after throwing a complete game for a win following a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Ober allowed two runs on solo homers by JJ Bleday and Tyler Soderstrom in the first two innings. The 28-year-old threw just 19 balls, his performance eliciting a Greg Maddux-like comparison from A's manager Mark Kotsay and praise from his skipper Rocco Baldelli.

Baldelli said he looked up in the eighth inning and saw Ober had thrown under 20 balls.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that in my life, and I've seen some exceptional pitching performances," Baldelli said. “It was just nothing but effectiveness everywhere you looked.”

Ober got A's batters to swing early in the count, and his offspeed pitches were effective. Ober also faced the A's in Minnesota last week, allowing a run in 6 1/3 innings in a win, and noticed their aggressiveness — which he took advantage of Saturday.

He noted a complete game as a “personal goal,” and it was his first since pitching at the College of Charleston.

“As a starting pitcher, that’s the goal every single game, is to go out there and finish the whole game,” Ober said.

After the seventh inning, Ober told pitching coach Pete Maki: “I'm finishing this thing.” He had a lot more energy left, striking out the side in the eighth and the leadoff hitter in the ninth.

“He just got the lead, pounded the zone and made us beat him,” Kotsay said. “We didn’t have any success with that.”

Manuel Margot hit a three-run homer in Minnesota's big inning against JP Sears (4-7). Jose Miranda and Carlos Correa each had three hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game skid.

The A’s had won three of four before Saturday’s defeat in front of an announced crowd of 9,299.

Margot, who got his 700th career hit on a leadoff single in the first, blasted his three-run shot to kick off the scoring in the second. The Twins sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, with the first six reaching base and tied a season-high for runs in an inning. Every batter in the starting lineup except for Carlos Santana had a hit.

Sears, who has lost four straight starts, lasted just 1 1/3 innings while allowing eight runs and nine hits. He also hit three batters, including consecutive hitters in the first that forced in a run. Sears has struggled against the Twins, also losing to them last week when he allowed four runs in 4.1 innings.

“At one point in the game, they were firing swing after swing at balls in the zone, and we saw that throughout the game,” Kotsay said. “Real tough day for JP and one that we’ll just turn the page on.”

After Margot’s homer in the second, Miranda – who also had three RBIs – knocked in a pair to make it 6-1. Byron Buxton and Kyle Farmer each had RBI singles to cap the seven-run frame.

Bleday, whose solo homer tied it for the A’s at 1 in the first, extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.

Soderstrom's homer in the second cut Oakland's deficit to 8-2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: OF Max Kepler (neck spasms) was not in the lineup for the second straight game after leaving Thursday’s game while sliding headfirst into first base. Baldelli said Kepler felt better Friday and was available off the bench.

Athletics: IF Abraham Toro (strained right hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list and IF Armando Alvarez was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Alvarez entered the game in the eighth as a defensive replacement, making his MLB debut.

UP NEXT

LHP Hogan Harris (1-0, 2.37 ERA) is scheduled to start for the A's against RHP Pablo Lopez (6-6, 5.63 ERA) for the Twins in the final game of the three-game series.

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Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) runs to third during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) runs to third during the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda hits a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Jose Miranda hits a single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Satruday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Satruday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis (23) slides into home to score as Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann fields the late throw during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis (23) slides into home to score as Oakland Athletics catcher Kyle McCann fields the late throw during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) walks off the mound after leaving the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears (38) walks off the mound after leaving the game during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics' Tyler Soderstrom (21) celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Oakland Athletics pitcher JP Sears throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) shakes hands with' Manuel Margot (13) after Margot scored during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton (25) shakes hands with' Manuel Margot (13) after Margot scored during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober (17) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober celebrates after throwing a complete game for a win following a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Minnesota Twins pitcher Bailey Ober celebrates after throwing a complete game for a win following a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif,. Saturday, June 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

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Student protesters vow 'complete shutdown' in Bangladesh as clashes continue

2024-07-18 18:09 Last Updated At:18:10

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police clashed Thursday with student protesters attempting to impose a “complete shutdown” in Bangladesh’s capital, following days of violent confrontations during demonstrations over a system of allocating government jobs.

Students have been demonstrating for weeks against a quota system for government jobs they say favors allies of the ruling party, but the protests have escalated since violence broke out between protesters, police and pro-government student activists on the campus of Dhaka University on Monday. Six people were killed on Tuesday, leading the government to ask universities across the country to close and police to raid the main opposition party’s headquarters.

As violence continued to take place on Thursday, Bangladesh’s Law Minister Anisul Huq said in the afternoon that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked him to sit with the protesters for a dialogue, and he was ready to sit down on Thursday if protesters were willling.

On Wednesday night, the protesters announced they would enforce “a complete shutdown” across the country on Thursday in response to security officials’ continued attacks on the campus demonstrators. The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party said that it would do what it could to make the shutdown a success.

Clashes continued as protesters attempted to enforce the shutdown Thursday morning. In Dhaka's Uttara neighborhood, hundreds of protesters were chased by police after they blocked the road and chanted. In other places, police fired tear gas and charged with batons disperse the protesters, who threw stones in response. Scores, including police, were injured in the violence, said a spokesperson for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Police said protesters attacked and set fire to a traffic police box and vandalized police vehicles amid clashes across the city.

Traffic was thin on Dhaka's usually clogged streets on Thursday morning, while many malls closed. Offices and banks opened, but commuters complained that transport was limited. Police set up checkpoints at the entrances to Dhaka University.

Local television reported violence in other cities including Chattogram and Khulna, while protesters also blocked some major highways.

Salma Rahman, an official at a financial institution in Dhaka, said that she left her car at home and caught a ride on a motorcycle. “Our office has alerted us to stay safe on streets, as there is fear that violence could happen during the shutdown.”

Protesters are demanding an end to a quota system that reserves up to 30% of government jobs for family members of veterans who fought in Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971. They argue that the system is discriminatory and benefits supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose Awami League party led the independence movement, and they want it replaced with a merit-based system.

Hasina’s government halted the quotas after mass student protests in 2018. But last month, Bangladesh’s High Court nullified that decision and reinstated the quotas after relatives of the 1971 veterans filed petitions, triggering the latest demonstrations. The Supreme Court then suspended the High Court’s ruling and is expected to rule on Aug. 7. The government has also appealed the High Court decision in the wake of the protest, according to the attorney general's office.

Huq said the government was seeking an early hearing.

“I have already asked the attorney general to appeal in the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking early hearing,” he told reporters. The Supreme Court had earlier set Aug. 7 to make decision on the quota issue. Friday and Saturday are parts of the weekend in Bangladesh. The court opens Sunday.

“I am requesting all to wait with patience until the verdict is delivered,” Hasina said in a televised address Wednesday evening. “I believe our students will get justice from the apex court. They will not be disappointed.”

While job opportunities have expanded in Bangladesh’s private sector, many people prefer government jobs because they are stable and well paid. Each year, some 400,000 graduates compete for 3,000 jobs in the civil service exam.

Hasina said there would be a judicial probe into Tuesday's deaths and vowed that those responsible would be brought to justice.

“Some precious lives have been lost unnecessarily,” she said. “I condemn every killing.”

U.N. Human Rights chief Volker Türk said in a post on the social media platform X that all acts of violence and deadly use of force must be investigated and the perpetrators held accountable. Türk said freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights.

Bangladesh’s ruling party blamed the BNP for the chaos, and Dhaka police raided the party’s headquarters late Tuesday. Detective Chief Harun-or-Rashid said police arrested seven members of the party’s student wing, and said detectives found 100 crude bombs, 500 wooden and bamboo sticks, and five to six bottles of gasoline in the raid.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, a senior BNP leader, said the raid was a government attempt to divert attention from the protests.

Students advocating for quota reform in public service held a mock funeral at Dhaka University in memory of those who died during clashes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Students advocating for quota reform in public service held a mock funeral at Dhaka University in memory of those who died during clashes, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

Police fire tear gas shells and rubber bullets to disperse students shouting slogans in favor of quota system in public service at the university campus, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)

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