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OAKLAND, Calif. Rashaan Evans Jersey . -- NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta isnt quite satisfied hes recovered his dominant stuff after a pedestrian July.He didnt look far off Saturday. Arrieta pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to get his first victory in over a month and the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0.Really close, Arrieta said when asked if hes back to full strength.Arrieta (13-5) was 0-3 in his previous five starts and 1-4 since ending a 20-decision winning streak on June 22. He struck out four and walked one on 108 pitches.Emphasis (is) on sinking the ball down, middle down in the strike zone and forcing action early on, Arrieta said. Not worrying about strikeouts. Those will come in big situations. Maybe guy on third, a guy on second base, no outs, less than two, punchouts are more important. Im trying to get through the middle innings.The NL Central-leading Cubs have won five straight and 16 of 22, and they moved a season-best 27 games over .500 for a second time this season. They gave the As their seventh loss in eight games.Ben Zobrists two-out two-run single off former As teammate Sonny Gray broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third.Im watching them out there from the very first pitch ... theyre engaged, theyre present-tense, ready to go, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. The guys are very confident right now, and the pitching permits this all to happen. You cant get hot without good pitching and our starters have been fantastic.Were firing on all cylinders right now, Arrieta said. Does that mean we wont lose three in a row? Who knows? It doesnt matter to us. We want to come out tomorrow and keep the momentum on our side.Gray (5-11) left after five innings with soreness in the extensor muscle in his right forearm. He allowed two runs on five hits.He first felt the injury after striking out Dexter Fowler with a curveball in the top of the fourth.I was trying to go back out there for the sixth, Gray said. I told them after the fourth I had a little bit of an issue come up and when I went back out for the fifth it kind of felt the same.They kind of decided to shut it down there. I lobbied to go back out there. It obviously wasnt going to happen.The injury is the latest setback in a disastrous season for the 26-year-old right-hander, whos already been on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. Gray, a 2015 All-Star who last season finished third in AL Cy Young balloting, had the highest ERA in the majors (5.84) going into Saturday.Zobrist and Addison Russell had two hits each for the Cubs.ROSTER MOVEThe As sent LHP Dillon Overton to Triple-A Nashville and called up LHP Patrick Schuster. Overton had a 10.97 ERA and allowed 11 homers in five starts. Schuster was 1-0 with a 1.16 ERA and seven saves in 32 appearances (all in relief) at Nashville.BILLY-BALL COMMEMORATEDThe As commemorated the early 1980s Billy-Ball era with former players Rick Langford, Mike Heath, Dwayne Murphy, Mike Norris and Mike Davis attending a pregame ceremony and Billy Martin Jr. throwing the first pitch. Former broadcaster Roy Steele and professional cheerleader Krazy George also attended. The As wore vintage gold jerseys and the Cubs sported powder blue from the same era.TRAINERS ROOMCubs: RHP John Lackey will take RHP Jason Hammels next turn in the rotation on Tuesday. Hammel, whos been on the bereavement list since Aug. 5, will make his next start on Wednesday.Athletics: RHP Henderson Alvarez, sidelined since spring training recovering from shoulder surgery last summer, has started plyometric workouts ahead of a throwing program after a recent doctors appointment cleared him. ... LHP Sean Doolittle threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday. Hes been on the disabled list with a shoulder strain since June 26.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks has a 1.04 ERA over his last nine outings, including eight starts, since June 19. He threw 123 pitches in his last start, a shutout against Miami. Hendricks has never faced the Athletics.Athletics: Rookie LHP Sean Manaea is 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA in his last seven outings, including six starts, since coming off the disabled list June 29 with a forearm strain. Manaea is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two interleague starts. Wholesale Titans Jerseys . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Titans Jerseys Sale . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. CHICAGO -- Goaltender Antti Raanta made his second straight start for the New York Rangers on Friday night in a 1-0 overtime win over the?Chicago Blackhawks, leaving Henrik Lundqvist on the bench.Raanta made 26 saves to record his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career. It was his first game against the Blackhawks, with whom he made his NHL debut in 2013 and played two seasons. He improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.It was great to come here and play, Raanta said. A little nervous, but it was a good thing it ended like this.Raanta had 17 saves in Thursdays 2-1 victory at Winnipeg. Even with the games on back-to-back nights, Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start because of his recent play and his success in Chicago.I think everybody knows Hanks the guy,, and Hanks our No. Dane Cruikshank Jersey. 1, but at this time, I think Anttis game is just a little bit better than Hank, Vigneault told reporters before Fridays game. We need to win hockey games, and Antti played real well [Thursday] night, wasnt real busy. This is a familiar spot for him, so we just thought it was the right thing to do for the team.Afterward, Vigneault noted the importance of having two goaltenders, adding, Were very fortunate that we have two goaltenders that can do a good job for us.Lundqvist is 12-8-1 with a 2.55 GAA in 21 games. Lundqvist is New Yorks career leader with 386 wins, 60 shutouts and a .920 save percentage.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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