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San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa meets with the press on Thu Jul 29, 2021 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (photo from the San Francisco Chronicle)
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On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:
#1 Joe, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said that more than 90% of the team is vaccinated now he had to work on getting Pro Bowl defensive end Nick Bosa vaccinated as Bosa said he wasn’t amongst the 90%.
#2 Bosa in an interview this week at Levi’s Stadium said he was evaluating the possibility of getting vaccinated right now and hasn’t made a decision yet.
#3 The 49ers entire coaching staff has been vaccinated and if you look at Lynch’s numbers that would mean fewer than ten players are not vaccinated.
#4 Under NFL rules unvaccinated players must be tested everyday and vaccinated players must be test every two weeks.
#5 The NFL also issued warnings that teams could end up forfeiting games if they end up getting outbreaks because of unvaccinated players.
Join Joe Hawkes for the 49ers Sunday podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Artist’s rendering of an Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark at Jack London Square in Oakland, the A’s say they will listen to Oakland Mayor Schaff and the City of Oakland and try and work with them on their offer for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal (image from Curbed SF)
WWII took Six years, A’s and City of Oakland since 2001
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
OAKLAND–On Friday, Libby Schaaf Mayor of Oakland, said the City of Oakland agreed to resume talks about the proposed new Howard Terminal ballpark with the Oakland A’s if the A’s agree to its conditions as a starting point. The A’s declined to make a comment. Refreshing our collective memories, this effort to build a new park did not began just a couple of years ago.
In 2001 NHK Sports Inc had three (3) sites in Oakland proposed for the new A’s ballpark. Uptown Oakland neighborhood, the Oakland Coliseum, the Howard Terminal, plus one outside of Oakland (20 miles south) in Fremont, which quickly struck-out.
Negotiations/Talks have been going on since 2001 to the present. That is 20 years of talking between all parties in the saga to keep the A’s in Oakland. In 2001 Jerry Brown was the Mayor of Oakland, later Ron Dellums followed by Jean Quan and since 2015 to date by Libby Schaaf. The Second World War began in 1939 and ended in 1945, about six years.
Since the latest vote on July 20 by the City of Oakland, both sides have “rested” from renegotiating the construction of the 34,000 seat Howard Terminal ballpark. Since then Mr. David Kaval, President of the Athletics has visited Las Vegas multiple times, looking for sites in the desert.
There are still a lot of issues to be resolved. Will the A’s provide hundreds of affordable homes as required by Oakland city law, plus millions of dollars out of their own pockets, which will benefit the community? There is no guarantee.
In April the Oakland Athletics non-binding financial sheet, asked the city to create two tax assessment district, one financing improvements like streets, sidewalks and cleanup of the soil to prepare for the construction on the 55-acre Howard Terminal side, plus a village of 3,000 homes, offices, hotels, performing arts center, parks and open spaces. Alameda County is needed to help cover cost of the infrastructure. The A’s believe about $860 million would be generated from property tax growth by the project.
However, The City of Oakland promised to seek state and federal funds to pay the A’s the $352 million they need for all the off-site improvements.
That offer came as a surprise to Mr.Kaval and the A’s and the team would need to review it before deciding to continue with negotiations. The City of Oakland will be able to renew and consider voting on the request by September. Will this be enough to strike a deal?
The current lease with the Oakland Coliseum expires in 2024. I consider myself a positive man, but after 20 years it presents a tremendous challenge to A’s fans and obviously the Commissioner of Baseball who already ran out of patience and gave permission to the Athletics to look elsewhere.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s Spanish radio flagship station 1010 KIQI LeGrande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
By Morris Phillips
SAN FRANCISCO–Could the power outage in the Giants’ clubhouse at Oracle Park continue for a fifth straight day?
No, and neither could Zach Greinke’s magical touch at Oracle Park.
Greinke has never lost a game at Oracle Park, posting a microscopic ERA in the process, and barely being tested in the majority of his six wins. But these days, the Giants have a brand new approach, and Greinke found out first hand that things might be different going forward. And when was Greinke notified of the change? Probably three home runs into the four homer barrage the Giants hit him with, all in the game’s first five innings.
“Three of them might have been home runs still in any situation,” Greinke said of his start, the first time he’d allowed four home runs to the Giants, and the first time he’d allowed any club that many homers since 2019. “They weren’t cheap.”
In 53 innings pitched at Oracle Park, the 218-game winner described as a future Hall of Famer in the Astros’ media notes, had never allowed a home run. In fact, his dominance was the essence of velvet: Greinke averaged little more than six strikeouts in his previous eight starts along McCovey Cove, showing that he was content to let the Giants get themselves out without needing to display a dominant stance.
What’s new is the Giants are swinging harder. Among the few quality home run hitting teams not to feature one, standout slugger, the team’s across-the-board approach is to look for pitches to launch, swing hard, and don’t get discouraged by strikeouts or meager batting averages. Against Greinke, who’s not only unlikely to allow a big fly, but also stingy with teams trying to string together base hits, the approach works. Maybe not everytime, but during a day game in a park where the park needs ideal conditions to surrender big hits, it worked on Saturday.
“We put some really good swings on the ball. All the homers were pretty much no-doubters,” Ruf said. “Although it was a nice day to hit and the ball seemed to be traveling well, those would have been homers in any other day game.”
The Giants’ homer drought–none over the first four games of the homestand–ended with a bang. The four, consecutive games without at least one home run was a first in manager Gabe Kapler’s run of 164 games at the helm.
The Astros, considered MLB’s top-rated offensive club, attempted to keep up the pace. They homered three times, two of those from Aledmys Diaz, and during a stretch of nine half-innings in which runs were scored in eight of them, the teams went back-and-forth, wiping out any leads that one of clubs established. But that pattern broke in the sixth when Brandon Crawford singled home a run with two runners aboard to give the Giants a 7-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The only run on the afternoon the Giants would produce without hitting a home run was the difference, and it came after Greinke departed, allowing him to escape with his undefeated record in San Francisco in tact.
Alex Wood, described as the Giants’ stopper with his excellent record in games following a Giants’ loss, was anything but, allowing six hits–two of them home runs–in his abbreviated 68-pitch outing. But often, it’s better to be lucky than good, and Wood benefitted from the Giants’ offensive breakout, and a bullpen effort that saw four relievers following him and allow just one, meaningless base hit. Jake McGee capped that effort with a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save.
Ironically, the Giants played without newly acquired Kris Bryant from the Cubs, who was flying to San Francisco during the game Saturday. Bryant will be in uniform on Sunday, and will assume a lofty position in a lineup where he will lead the Giants in hits (87), be tied for the lead in home runs (18), and second in doubles (19). To say the Giants lineup will be not only loaded, but versatile, would be understatement. But the objective is to do it on the field, and not on paper, over the season’s final 59 games.
In a final move before the trade deadline the Giants reacquired Tony Watson from the Angels with Sam Selman the key piece headed to Anaheim. Watson has a recent, string of exemplary outings but he also moves into a crowded situation in the Giants’ bullpen. Currently, the Giants have relievers Dominic Leone, Jack McGee, Tyler Rogers, Jarlin Garcia and Jose Alvarez with ERA’s under 3.00. Reliable arms Caleb Baragar and Reyes Moronta could also be the mix as well at some point if they recover from injury.
On Sunday, the Giants have Logan Webb starting in a matchup with Houston’s Luis Garica at 1:05pm.
The San Jose Earthquakes celebrate their win over the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field in Seattle on Sat Jul 31, 2021 (@SJEarthquakes photo)
by Marko Ukalovic
SEATTLE–It has been a long time coming, but the streak is finally over.
Cristian Espinoza scored in the first minute of extra time in the first half to propel the San Jose Earthquakes to an upset victory over the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lumen Field.
That would be all that San Jose needed to snap an 11-game winless steak. They now have points in five straight games and moved into a tie for ninth place with Houston with 17 points. They also snapped a 14-game winless streak against their Western Conference rival. Seattle, atop of the Western Conference with 32 points, have lost two games in a row for the first time all season and back-to-back at home.
“It’s a big joy because we deserved the victory considering the quality of the opponent, Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda said after the victory. “Whenever we played this team, we were always routed. I think we played a really smart game and fortunately we got the win.”
San Jose (4-7-5) earned the game’s first scoring chance in the seventh minute. Shae Salinas serviced a ball over to a wide open Chofis. The Mexican striker’s shot sailed up and high over the net.
Seattle (9-3-5) controlled play in the opening 45 minutes from the 10th minute on. Kelyn Rowe made a nice pass into the middle where Raúl Ruidíaz one-timed a shot that was knocked up and over the net by Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski.
The Sounders had their best scoring chance in the first half in the 34th minute when Ruidíaz, the league’s leading goal scorer, found a streaking Reed Baker-Whiting inside the box but the 16-year old’s point blank was stopped by Marcinkowski to keep the game scoreless.
“I think I’m just trying to be more present. Just trying to be more in the moment and focus on doing everything well, having a really positive mindset and not letting big things get out of control”, said Marcinkowski.
The Quakes took advantage of a Sounders turnover when Florian Jungwirth, who made a start in the midfield, headed the ball over to Espinoza along the right side. Espinoza dribbled into the D and buried a low line shot through the legs of Xavier Arreaga (as three Sounder defenders converged on Espinoza) to the right corner that beat Sounders goalie Stefan Cleveland for his second goal of the season.
“When the team was losing so many games in a row, there were matches in which they played well. Obviously, the results weren’t what we expected. We believe in hard work, humility, and desire. When you believe in your work and virtue, sooner or later the sun will shine”, Almeyda said.
Despite winning the possession battle 63-37%, Seattle were left frustrated heading into the intermission.
In the second half both teams traded scoring chances in the first 20 minutes.
Sounders midfielder João Paulo’s right footed shot from outside the box was just wide left of the net in the 59th minute.
Chofis had a chance to give the Quakes some insurance but his attempt from 10 yards out was easily handed by Cleveland.
Chris Wondolowki thought he had scored his 167th career MLS goal in the 89th minute when his right footed shot beat Cleveland to the right corner of the net. However after a VAR review the goal was overturned as video showed the Andy Rios did not keep the ball in play when it crossed the sideline out of bounds.
Things got chippy in the final eight minutes of stoppage with each team being issued a yellow card. Joshua Atencio (90+3) and Nathan (90+4) both earned the infraction for hard fouls they committed.
Marcinkowski finished with three saves on the day to earn his second shutout and first victory shutout of the season. Cleveland made one save on two shot attempts in the losing effort.
GAME NOTES: San Jose only had one corner kick. Seattle had seven.
This was the Quakes first win in Seattle since June 20, 2015. This was also Almeyda’s first win against the Sounders since becoming the head coach in 2018.
The Quakes are now 11-14-8 all-time vs. Seattle Sounders FC, including a 6-10-2 record on the road.
UP NEXT: The Earthquakes travel out to Portland to take on the Timbers on Saturday on Wednesday 8/4 at 7:30pm at Providence Park.
Los Angeles Angels starter Jaime Barria goes into his motion to deliver a pitch to the Oakland A’s line up in the first inning at the Big A in Anaheim on Sat Jul 31, 2021 (AP News photo)
Lack of Offense Hurts Oakland In1-0 Loss
By Barbara Mason
Saturday afternoon the Oakland A’s took on the Los Angeles Angels looking for a fourth win in a row. Oakland won the first game of this series 4-0 and yesterday evening the score was 2-0 in favor of the A’s. Two shutouts in a row and their eleventh shutout of the season.
Cole Irvin (7-9 3.62 ERA) took the mound for Oakland and for the Angels it was Jaime Barria (1-0 6.23 ERA).
It was a pitchers duel much as yesterday’s game was. For the first time in this series the Angels were first up on the scoreboard. In the third inning Shohei Otani hit a double to right center field allowing Matt Thaiss to score and thus the early lead for the Angels 1-0.
Through six innings there was not much offensively for the A’s. Mark Canha was hit, once again, and also had a double. Matt Olson had a double in the sixth inning but that was it for Oakland.through six innings.
In the seventh inning the A’s began to see more offense from players who had been quiet for most of the game. Laureano, Murphy and Kemp all had hits. Oakland had the bases loaded with two outs in the inning but could not capitalize. It’s just more of the same for this team.
With the score 1-0 this game was still up for grabs. Ramon Laureano very nearly tied up the game in the eighth inning hitting a very deep ball into left field for a double. Again Oakland came up empty in the inning.
The A’s could just not get the job done in the ninth inning. Cole Irvin had a great game with some outstanding pitching and it was very disappointing to have lost this one.
Tomorrow both teams will meet up for the final game of the four game series. First pitch is schedule for 1:07 PM.
Houston Astros Jose Altuve swings for the fences here he belts a fifth inning home run against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Fri Jul 30, 2021 (AP News photo)
by Marko Ukalovic
SAN FRANCISCO—It’s not everyday that the opening game of a series between the two best teams in baseball plays second fiddle. But then again, the San Francisco Giants haven’t been a buyer at MLB’s Trading Deadline in five years.
Minutes before the end of the deadline, Farhan Zaidi and his management team pulled off a trade bringing Chicago Cubs All-Star left fielder Kris Bryant to the the team by the bay for prospects outfielder Alexander Canario and right handed pitcher Caleb Kilian.
As far as the game went, Jose Altuve powered the Houston Astros with hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning, to complete a 3-6 night with five RBI in a 9-6 victory on Friday evening at Oracle Park.
“Yeah there’s no question that was the turning point in the game,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler on Altuve’s grand slam. “A major moment. We weren’t able to recover from it.”
The game was without Astros manager, and former Bay Area icon, Dusty Baker as he served a one-game suspension, due to the three game suspension to Brooks Raley for intentionally hitting Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford with a pitch on Monday. Bench coach Joe Espada was the interim manager.
Kevin Gausman started for the Giants and suffered a shaky first inning. The Astros sent eight man to plate and had three singles and two walks. However Gausman settled down and struck out the final two batters as he escaped being down only 2-0 after throwing 43 pitches.
“Today was a really high pitch count in the first inning. Interesting at the end of that first inning he still had plenty of life on his (fast)ball. So he was able to get his pitch count under control and get through a few additional innings for us”, Kapler said on Gausman’s outing.
Gausman ran out of gas in the fifth inning. He gave up a lead off homer to Jose Altuve, then a single to Michael Brantley before striking out Yuli Gurriel to end his night. Gausman finished the game pitching 4 and one-third innings giving up three earned runs on six hits while striking out nine Astros and two walks.
“I feel like I made the adjustment I needed to make”, said Gausman. “It allowed me to throw my fast ball up in the zone a lot more. That’s a big pitch for me. So I had to kind of remind myself I was just getting a little to quick to home plate.”
Framber Valdez had the Giants batters stymied by his curve ball on the night. He finished the game pitching five innings giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out six and issued three walks on 89 pitches.
Down 7-3 in the seventh inning, the Giants rallied for two runs with an RBI sacrifice fly from William Flores and an RBI single from Brandon Crawford. Kendall Graveman came in relief of Ryne Stanek to put out the fire by striking out Donovan Solano to end the threat.
Houston tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth inning on a RBI double Carlos Correa and a solo home run by Aledyms Diaz.
Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth inning, giving up one run on on three hits.
Each team stranded 10 base runners in the game.
GAME NOTES: The Giants also brought back veteran left hand reliever Tony Watson in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Giants sent pitchers Sam Selman, Ivan Armsttrong and Jose Marte to the Angels.
Houston acquired pitcher Phil Maton and minor league catcher Yainer Diaz from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder Myles Straw.
UP NEXT: Game 2 of the Giants-Astros series is on Saturday 7/31 at 1:05pm at Oracle Park. Alex Wood faces off against Zach Greinke.
Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt delivering a pitch against the Anaheim Angels in the first inning on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at Angels Stadium (AP News photo)
A’s Record Their Second Straight Shut Out 2-0
By Barbara Mason
Thursday night the Oakland A’s started a four game series against the division rival Los Angeles Angels. The first game of the series was a good one for the A’s winning by the score of 4-0. Starting pitcher Frankie Montas recorded 10 strikeouts for Oakland. It was also a nice start for Starling Marte. The A’s took full advantage of some Angel errors in this game.
Friday night both teams were back at it with Chris Bassitt taking the mound for Oakland and for Los Angeles it was Patrick Sandoval. Neither team would score until the fourth inning. Oakland was first up on the scoreboard. Mark Canha walked with the bases loaded giving the A’s a 1-0 lead that would prevail into the seventh inning. Bassitt who has been consistent all year long lead the A’s with a 2-0 shutout in Anaheim.
There was not much offense for Oakland with Elvis Andrus, Sean Murphy and Jed Lowry coming in with singles through six innings.
Sergio Romo would relieve Bassitt to start the eighth inning. Chris Bassitt had seen seen seven innings of action. For Romo it was a quick three up three down inning.
The A’s would extend their lead in the eighth inning when Matt Chapman homered to center for 402 feet giving Oakland a 2-0 lead. Once again the A’s the bases loaded in this game and did not capitalize. This is happening far too much this season.
Lou Trivino would come into to try and save the game for the A’s. in the ninth inning. Trivino had a great inning giving the A’s a second straight shut out, their tenth of the season. The final score was 2-0.
The series will continue tomorrow, an afternoon game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.
The Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo who hit a two run home run against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field was dealt to the New York Yankees on Thursday night (AP News photo)
MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Washington Nationals are dealing and pitcher Max Scherzer who pitched the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers trying to make that push to win the NL West just behind the San Francisco Giants and hope that having someone like Scherzer in the rotation help make that difference.
#2 It’s a fire sale or at least that’s what the Chicago Cubs want it to be, they were as predicted sellers trading Kris Bryant and two minor leaguers to the San Francisco Giants for right hander Calib Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario.
#3 The Minnesota Twins traded Jose Berrios to the Toronto Blue Jays for two Twins propects and are looking to deal Bryon Buxton and Josh Donaldson. In this instance these players would help a club. For the Twins this would be a fire sale as the Twins are in last place in the AL Central 17 games out of first place.
#4 The New York Mets have a 78% chance of making the post season and they are considering dealing third baseman JD Davis. He could help a could club he has 25 hits, 4 homers, and is hitting .325. As of Friday night the Mets are still trying to find a taker for Davis.
#5 The Cubs kept busy who sent Javier Baez and Trevor Williams to the New York Mets. The Mets sent first round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong to the Cubs.
Larry does the MLB podcasts Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Former Chicago Cub Kris Bryant watches the flight of his home run at Wrigley Field as he joins the San Francisco Giants on Fri Jul 30, 2021 (photo from pantagraph.com)
On the Giants podcast with Michael Duca:
#1 The San Francisco Giants is a big move picked up Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant who will be playing the hot corner as regular third baseman Evan Longoria is on the 60 day injured list.
#2 Longoria got injured when he collided with teammate and shortstop Brandon Crawford and suffered a shoulder sprain and has been out since June 5th
#3 The Cubs picked up a right hander Calib Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario in exchange for Bryant and two minor leaguers. Bryant who will be a free agent at the end of this season might be at the crossroads of whether he would want to come back to the Cubs or will he stay with the Giants that is yet to be seen.
#4 Bryant is hitting .267, with 18 home runs and 51 RBIs he certainly can be expected to help the Giants at the plate.
#5 Bryant knows something about the post season he was on the 2016 Cubs Worlds Championship team his rookie season when the Cubs snapped their 108 year drought of not getting a World Series Championship.
Join Michael Fridays for the Giants podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Jonathan Kuminga the Golden State Warriors 7th overall pick in the NBA draft receives congratulations from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on Thu Jul 29, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jessica Kwong
Golden State Warriors: The 2021 NBA Draft took place Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Golden State Warriors drafted two young players: forward Jonathan Kuminga with the seventh overall pick and guard Moses Moody with the 14th overall pick.
Kuminga, from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, moved to the US in 2016 and graduated from high school at The Patrick School in New Jersey. Last season, he averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.00 steals in 32.8 minutes in 13 games for the NBA G League Ignite. Kuminga will wear No. 00.
Moody, from Little Rock, Arkansas, as a freshman at the University of Arkansas averaged 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.03 steals in 33.7 minutes. He won 2020-21 AP All-America Honorable Mention honors, All-SEC First Team and SEC Freshman of the Year. Moody will wear No. 4.
The 2021 Draft was the first time in Warriors franchise history that they had two Lottery picks since the Draft Lottery started in 1985. Golden State selected two players in the top 14 picks for the first time since 2001.
Sacramento Kings: Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings selected Neemias Queta from Utah State with the 39th overall pick. As a junior at Utah State during the 2020-21 season, Queta averaged 14.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.1 steals and 30.0 minutes per game in 29 games.
Queta was the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year in 2021 and 2019. He “brings a defensive prowess to the Kings after holding records of most career blocks (219) and blocks per game (2.5) during his three-year stint at Utah State,” the Kings stated in a press release.
The first three draft picks went as planned: the Detroit Pistons selected Cade Cunningham, the Houston Rockets took Jalen Green and the Cleveland Cavaliers nabbed Evan Mobley.