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ALAMEDA Greedy Williams Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr acknowledged that all the speculation about whether the Oakland Raiders would draft a quarterback this offseason to replace him as starter got annoying, even if he was confident it wouldn’t happen.The rumors were only fueled when coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock met with Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins before the draft. But they were both publicly and privately adamant that Carr was their man even if he was coming off a down season.Carr took them and owner Mark Davis at their word and tried his best to tune out all the talk.“When I watched the draft there was like negative 47% chance they would draft somebody in my mind,” Carr said Tuesday. “It wasn’t going to happen. They pretty much said that every time it came up, if it came up. We’re obviously not just playing for this year. I’m honestly going to be here for a long time.”Carr has had an up-and-down tenure with Oakland since being drafted in the second round in 2014 and starting all 16 games as a rookie. He struggled on a poor team his first year but showed signs of being the answer to the Raiders’ revolving door at quarterback.He made big steps the next two seasons, throwing for a career-high 32 touchdowns in 2015 and then leading the Raiders to a 12-3 record and the first playoff berth since 2002 the following year before going down with a broken leg in the second-to-last game of the season.Carr then took a big step back in 2017 after getting a five-year, $125 million deal in the offseason as he came back from the leg injury and was hampered at times by a back injury.In his first year under Gruden, Carr had career-bests in completion percentage and yards, but threw a career-low 19 TD passes and was sacked a career-worst 51 times during a 4-12 season that led to all the talk about a possible change.“I’m not going to critique Derek Carr in the media,” Gruden said. “I think he’s pretty well-respected as one of the best arm talents in football. He’s a lot more athletic than people think. If we can get some continuity here in this building with the system and with the supporting cast and we can improve the defense, I think he can be one of the best in football.”The Raiders got Carr the help he needs by trading for prolific receiver Antonio Brown, signing deep threat Tyrell Williams, drafting running back Josh Jacobs in the first round and signing Trent Brown to the richest contract ever for a tackle.Even more importantly, Carr gets to stay in the same offensive system in consecutive years for just the second time in his career. The last time that happened came during his most successful season in 2016 under coordinator Bill Musgrave.Carr said the difference from a year ago when he had to practice calling plays in front of a mirror is night and day.“It’s nice to know I’m speaking the same language and I don’t have to learn a whole new set of terminology,” he said. “More importantly Sione Takitaki Jersey , I know Coach Gruden and the way he thinks now. I’ve played a season with him where I know what he expects on this down and distance.”Carr didn’t have all his new toys at his disposal at the start of organized team activities. Brown was not at practice, although Gruden said he expected him back soon. Jacobs took part in stretching and walkthroughs but left before team drills as he deals with an undisclosed injury.Carr did show some early chemistry with Williams, connecting on a deep pass for a touchdown during seven-on-seven drills.“It’s exciting,” Williams said. “Hopefully we have a lot more of that.”That type of deep strike wasn’t a big part of Oakland’s offense last season under Gruden, who typically utilizes a shorter passing game. Oakland lacked reliable deep threats for much of last season and the offensive line struggled to give Carr enough time to throw deep.Over the past three years, Carr has ranked tied for third on accuracy of deep passes, according to Pro Football Focus. But he hasn’t taken many shots, ranking outside the top 20 every year in average depth of target and toward the bottom of the NFL when it comes to how often he throws deep.“Contrary to popular belief, I like throwing it down the field. We’re pretty good at it here,” Carr said. “It’s nice to have someone with that skill set. To be able to have multiple guys who can do it, there’s no doubt about it, we’ve added a lot of speed to that room. It will be fun. It’s fun for a quarterback.” Austin Bibens-Dirkx earned his first victory of the season, shutting down a struggling Kansas City Royals squad that’s wondering when it will get its next win.

Bibens-Dirkx pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Rougned Odor homered and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

Bibens-Dirkx (1-1) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for his first win since last Sept. 6 in a relief appearance at Atlanta – and sent the Royals to their ninth straight loss.

”The first two starts didn’t quite go as I had wanted Sheldrick Redwine Jersey ,” Bibens-Dirkx said, ”so to get another opportunity and to come out here and do what I feel like I can do on a pretty consistent basis was nice.”

Kansas City’s slump is its longest this season, and the Royals have dropped 15 of 16 overall and been outscored 102-38 while losing 16 of 18 in June. Their worst June in franchise history was 7-19 in 1970, the team’s second year in existence. The Royals will wind up June with nine games against the Astros, Angels, Brewers and Mariners, clubs above .500.

Bibens-Dirkx, a 33-year-old right-hander, spent 12 years in the minors, including two seasons with independent league teams before making his big league debut last year. He was called up to replace Yohander Mendez, who was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after violating team rules.

Jake Diekman worked the ninth for his second save, but not before yielding a leadoff homer to Mike Moustakas. The game ended when Hunter Dozier was thrown out at second on a delayed steal.

”It’s perfect timing,” Royals manager Ned Yost said to steal. ”You probably haven’t noticed that we’ve been having trouble bunching some hits together. It’s a chance to maybe hopefully catch them by surprise and get into scoring position and one hit will tie the ballgame up and keep us going.”

Yost acknowledged that Isiah Kiner-Falefa making his first big league start behind the plate factored into the decision to send Dozier. His throw nearly hit Diekman in the head.

”It was kind of scary, a crazy Austin Seibert Jersey , crazy way to end the game,” Kiner-Falefa said. ”It worked out. Everything worked out. That was close. I was kind of in shock that he was out. I was just glad it didn’t hit Jake, honestly. I tried to adjust my throw last second and saw it bounce, but that was close.”

Diekman just avoided being hit.

”I was shocked – that the ball was thrown, that he was running at all – but it was my bad for not getting out of the way,” Diekman said. ”It ended the game and it didn’t hit me, so we’re good.”

Odor homered into the Royals’ bullpen with two outs in the sixth on a 1-2 pitch from Royals starter Jakob Junis, who has lost his last five starts and has not won since May 18. Junis (5-8) has given up 19 home runs to tie for the American League lead. He allowed three runs and five hits with four walks and a hit batter.

”I’ve given up a lot of home runs this year,” Junis said. ”It’s something I’m conscious about. I’m trying to keep in the ball park because when I do that’s when I have more success. I can’t pinpoint on it on one exact thing.”

Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a single, extending his on-base streak to 34 games. He stole second, moved to third on Elvis Andrus‘ high chopper back to Junis and scored on Nomar Mazara’s fly out to center,

The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the second on singles by Jurickson Profar and Odor and Joey Gallo’s first of three walks. The Rangers, however, converted that into only one run when Kiner-Falefa grounded into a double play.

Alex Gordon singled with one out in the Kansas City second and scored on Dozier’s double.

HYPHENATED BATTERYMATES

Bibens-Dirkx and Kiner-Falefa became the first starting pitcher and catcher in big league history with hyphenated last names.

WHO’S CLOSING?

After the Royals traded closer Kelvin Herrera to Washington Trysten Hill Jersey , who will inherit that role? ”All of them,” Yost said of his relievers. ”Opportunity exists down there. We’ll have to see who takes advantage of it. I’ll look at different guys, but I would prefer one guy to emerge, take advantage of the opportunity. But it’s wide-open right now.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (elbow discomfort) threw batting practice to C Robinson Chirinos and OF Carlos Tocci. He is hopeful to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday. ”There were some quality pitches inside the set, like a guy that was getting ready to take the next step of the rehab process,” Banister said. … RHP Chris Martin (right calf strain) also threw to hitters. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. ”He’s close,” Banister said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Off on Thursday before opening a weekend series Friday at Minnesota with LHP Mike Minor (4-4, 5.35) starting.

Royals: Travel day on Thursday to Houston, where LHP Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.55) will start the series opener Friday.

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