A MAJOR HIRE

Texas A&M gets the man it wanted in Jimbo Fisher

It's an exciting time for Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher. Tomahawknation.com

Texas A&M has made the biggest splash possible when they officially hired Jimbo Fisher.

Fisher won a national championship with Jameis Winston in 2013 and went 83-23 at Florida State. Fisher is a grand slam hire for the Aggies, who desperately want to compete with Alabama and LSU in the SEC West. Fisher’s record at Florida State is impeccable. He won at least 10 games in six of his eight seasons, winning nine once and just six this year. He made the playoffs twice. He took over a top-level program from Bobby Bowden and kept it at a high level.

Does that make the Aggies instant contenders? Maybe not. Coaching changes do not always work. But if Fisher is the right guy, A&M has every advantage in place for Fisher to succeed. Besides his 10-year, $75 million dollar deal, Fisher has money to hire top assistants, has top-flight facilities and is set up to thrive.

Obviously, this is a great hire for the Aggies. But will it work? Fisher is moving to the toughest division in college football, and will have to match wits with Nick Saban every year. The ACC is no joke, but it is top heavy with FSU, Clemson, Louisville and Virginia Tech. Fisher was able to feast on a lot of weaklings in the ACC. That won't happen at A&M.

But if you are Texas A&M, you make this move any day of the week. The Aggies believe they should be able to compete with the best, and there simply aren’t that many national championship level coaches out there. Fisher is one of them. The money is almost immaterial; A&M is printing dollars.

It’s a great time in College Station. The Aggies have made an amazing splash, and the future is as exciting as it has ever been at A&M.

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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