Danny Valencia homered three times for the Athletics on Sunday, including the game-winner

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Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia notched the first three-homer game of his career and just his fourth multi-homer game against the Rays on Sunday. The third and final home run happened to be the game-winner, pushing the A’s to a 7-6 victory at Tropicana Field.

Valencia went yard in the first inning with the bases empty off of Matt Moore, breaking a scoreless tie. He followed up with a two-run shot in the top of the fifth off of Moore, reducing the Athletics’ deficit to 5-4. Finally, with a runner on first base and two outs against Steve Geltz, Valencia slugged a no-doubt home run to left-center field to put the A’s up 7-6.

Here’s that third home run:

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Valencia is now hitting .342/.377/.589 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 77 plate appearances on the year. He recently battled a hamstring injury, so he’s been sharing third base with Chris Coghlan and Yonder Alonso lately.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 29-year-old left-hander, went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.