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Red Sox, Giants aren’t where they want to be, could the two, iconic franchises partner up to improve their 2020 outlook?

September 16, 2019

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By Morris Phillips Statistically, the 2019 Giants are a mixed bag of hope and despair, but one number continues to set itself apart from the group: the Giants have hit just 158 home runs, 52 fewer than the Major League average, and way fewer than anyone could envision a playoff contender subsisting on. Not hitting […]

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Texas Tough: Homerin’ A’s finish sweep of the Rangers with 6-1 win

September 15, 2019

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By Morris Phillips Winning the final six games of a seven-game road trip was exactly what the playoff-hopeful A’s needed to move clear of the Indians and Rays in the hunt for the top wild card spot in the American League. Except that it wasn’t. Now 30 games above .500 for the first time all […]

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Cutting It Close: Bears happy to be 3-0, but not happy with narrow, 23-16 win over North Texas

September 14, 2019

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — Winning is what it’s all about, but this early in the season, improvement is almost as important. The Cal Bears jumped to a 20-0 lead over Conference USA opponent North Texas, which was exactly what they wanted after falling behind 10-0 in each of their previous wins. But after […]

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Anonymous Giants not nearly established enough to top the steadier Pirates, lose 6-3

September 11, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO–A franchise record 62 players have suited up for the Giants this year, and it’s not just difficult to figure out who’s who. On nights like Wednesday, it’s difficult to determine who’s supposed to do what, and when they’re supposed to do it. The visiting Pirates had a better grasp on […]

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Thin Bullpen: Giants wilt in the ninth, Pirates win 6-4 in front of smallest crowd since 2010

September 10, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Newman maybe auditioning for a role as the Pirates’ leadoff man, but he maybe better suited as the team’s focal point. Newman knocked in a pair of runs in a four-run ninth inning and the Pirates shocked the Giants 6-4 on Monday night. The Pirates improved to 11-5 […]

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Giants get first hand lesson in St. Louis on how to grind, Cardinals win 3-1

September 3, 2019

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By Morris Phillips The Giants proved to be battlers again Monday in St. Louis, but the Cardinals handed them a first hand lesson on how the art form works. By winning 3-1, the Cardinals improved to a National League-best 33-16 since the All-Star break, and this one came under difficult circumstances, their fifth game in […]

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In A New York Minute: A’s go from winners to losers in game’s final, seven pitches, Yankees win 5-4

September 2, 2019

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By Morris Phillips In New York, the subway is ever active, and a train is always coming. In the Bronx, that same certainty exists at Yankee Stadium: Murderers Row is now a nine-man cycle with a home run off a Yankees’ bat every 21 plate appearances. Yes, a Yankees’ home run is always coming, and […]

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Cal Stays Cool: Bears shake off early adversity and deficit, squeeze past UC Davis, 27-13

August 31, 2019

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By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — Coach Justin Wilcox hates it when his club loses the turnover battle, linebacker Evan Weaver–ever the perfectionist–never minces words when assessing the Bears’ defense, and running back Christopher Brown Jr.–a new voice in the mix–was simply doing what he was taught to do, in impacting the Cal football record […]

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Stanford and Northwestern fail to meet expectations in the Cardinal’s 17-7 season-opening win

August 31, 2019

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By Morris Phillips STANFORD — Stanford wanted to regain their run-first identity, Northwestern wanted to maintain their momentum from 2018, and gain a foothold in the nation’s Top 25. Those were the plans. But neither came to fruition, and both teams need not only to forge an identity in the coming weeks, they need to […]

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Beede, Giants can’t avoid getting bit by the Snakes, Arizona takes series opener 6-4

August 27, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Three thousand at-bats into a now, surprisingly, lengthy big league career–and in the midst of a breakout season–Edwin Escobar wasn’t about to overlook the opportunity afforded him in the seventh inning on Monday. Giants’ Trevor Gott was suddenly lifted by manager Bruce Bochy after it became apparent the pitcher […]

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