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  • December 9, 2017 11:51 PM GMT

    Joey Barton has arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday for a medical at Rangers, according to Sky sources. Barton, who has been offered a new contract at Burnley, where he was named player-of-the-year after helping them win promotion to the Premier League, suggested on Twitter on Monday that he had made his mind up about where he will play next season.The 33-year-old referenced the song Penny Arcade, a favourite among Rangers supporters, writing: Tough decision but its now made. Onwards and upwards from here. #Rollupandspendyourlastdime. Barton arrives at Ibrox earlier this month And he followed that on Tuesday morning with a message to Burnley fans, tweeting: Thanks to all the Burnley fans and everyone connected to the club. Amazing support this year that will live with me for a lifetime.Toughest decision of my professional life to leave an amazing set of people and a phenomenal culture behind. Barton is poised to leave Burnley Club is in a great place on and off the pitch with great custodians at the helm. Thanks again for the opportunity to represent your club.I was presented with an opportunity and challenge the competitive animal in me just could not turn down.The midfielder, who has one England cap to his name, visited Rangers training ground nine days ago and spoke with manager Mark Warburton. On Monday, Barton gave a clue as to where his next destination may be Warburton told Sky Sports News HQ last week he was a keen admirer of Barton, adding: Joey is a very talented player. Hes a Burnley player still.  Hes a very talented individual. He offers the experience and maturity that we need to add to the squad.They are Championship team of the year after a fantastic season for Joey, Im sure he has a lot of options. All we can try and do is show him what Rangers represents, the opportunity we represent and just see where that goes. Win a trip to Kansas City, USA! 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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Even as he lay on his back looking up at plate umpire Mark Wegner calling him out, Josh Reddick thought he was safe.So did Oakland third base coach Ron Washington, who frantically gestured toward the home dugout looking for a challenge.Athletics manager Bob Melvin saw it the same way -- and he was watching from the clubhouse after being ejected earlier in the game.Turned out, all three of them were right.Reddick scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a play that was overturned by replay, and Oakland held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night.I had a good view of it on video from about 10 different angles, Melvin said. Thats a play (where) we have to be aggressive. Its the right call to send him, he was safe, made a good slide. Ended up being a good outcome for us.Reddick drew a two-out walk from Brett Cecil (0-6) and went to second on Khris Davis single. Stephen Vogt followed with a sharp single up the middle before center fielder Kevin Pillar appeared to throw out a sliding Reddick at the plate.Wegner initially called Reddick out, but As bench coach Mark Kotsay -- filling in for Melvin -- challenged the ruling. The call was overturned after a review of 2 minutes, 56 seconds.I thought I got in pretty good, but Im not the guy thats going to look back in the dugout and do the headset movement, Reddick said. I knew I was safe.Reddick, Davis and Vogt all homered for the As. Ryan Dull (3-2) retired five batters to earn the win, and Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his 18th save.The Blue Jays lost for the second time in 10 games and dropped three games out of first place in the AL East. They couldnt hold leads of 3-2 and 7-3.Reddick homered in the third. Davis and Vogt hit back-to-back shots in the fifth. All three home runs came off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman.Stroman was chased after Vogts home run in the fifth. The right-hander gaave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.ddddddddddddEarly in the game he was ball one on everybody, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Youve got to get ahead. He just wasnt as sharp, really.Oakland rookie Daniel Mengden allowed seven runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.Melvin and first baseman Yonder Alonso were ejected in the fourth for arguing balls and strikes.NEW-LOOK ASBefore the game, Melvin said the As plan to cut into the playing time of OF Coco Crisp and 3B Danny Valencia to take a look at some of the teams younger prospects like Jake Smolinski and Ryon Healy. Both started against Toronto, batting eighth and ninth in the lineup, respectively. Smolinski has appeared in only 77 major league games. Healy, called up from Triple-A Nashville before the game, made his major league debut. Crisp went 0 for 5 as the designated hitter, and Valencia entered on defense in the fifth after Alonsos ejection.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: Jose Bautistas sore left big toe is getting better but there is still no word on when he might return. Bautista has been hitting off a tee. ... RHP Marco Estrada (back) is expected to come off the disabled list in time to start against Seattle when the Blue Jays return home on July 22.Athletics: OF Billy Burns was optioned to Nashville after struggling at the plate over the past month. Burns ranks eighth in the AL with 14 stolen bases but is batting just .234. ... RHP Nick Tepesch was designated for assignment.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (7-9) starts Saturday in Oakland. The knuckleballer has allowed six earned runs over his last 21 innings.Athletics: Sonny Gray (3-8) hopes to end a seven-game losing streak that is tied for the longest in the majors. The right-hander has a 6.16 ERA over his past 12 starts. 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