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Youth Is Served: Acuna and Soroka lead the way in Braves’ 4-1 win over the Giants

May 21, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO–Gotta start somewhere, right? Ok, the first inning: the Giants have failed to start ballgames with any force, now a season-long theme. And the Braves’ Ronald Acuna is fast becoming a leadoff hitting, first inning sensation. Both trends were at work on Monday with the Braves powering past the Giants 4-1 […]

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A’s-Tigers suspended due to rain, game to be completed Sept. 6 in Oakland

May 19, 2019

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By Morris Phillips Gamesmanship courtesy of the groundskeepers? If you’re the Detroit Tigers trying to avoid an embarrassing, franchise record 16th consecutive loss to the Oakland A’s, why not? With a light rain falling–and the A’s sporting a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh–home plate umpire Tim Timmons stopped Sunday’s series finale with […]

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A Debut For Two: Jackson, Anderson grab the headlines in the Giants’ 4-3 win over the Blue Jays

May 15, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Five innings pitched, three runs allowed, two of them earned, and a no decision on a dreary afternoon at Oracle Park. May not sound like much, but the dueling debuts put forth by Shaun Anderson and Edwin Jackson on Tuesday were accompanied with quite a bit of notoriety. For […]

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Change Is In The Air: Last place Giants not hesitant to make moves with their season on the line

May 14, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Derek Holland didn’t take his demotion from the Giants’ starting rotation without blowing off some steam. Gathering reporters after Saturday’s game, Holland didn’t mince words. “To be honest, I have no idea what they’re doing,” Holland said. “I don’t mean (manager Bruce Bochy). It’s more from the front office.¬†We […]

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Game 2 Blues: Sharks get outworked by the desperate Blues in 4-2 loss on home ice

May 13, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN JOSE — Want to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup? You’re going to need contributions from a variety of sources. On Monday night, Robert Bortuzzo was the unlikely source that propelled the Blues in their 4-2 Western Conference Finals-tying win at the SAP Center. The veteran defenseman went the first 30 NHL playoff […]

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Home Heroics Take A Day: A’s fail to rally, lose series finale to the Indians

May 12, 2019

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By Morris Phillips OAKLAND — No longer stuck in last place after winning four of five, the A’s could have leapfrogged the Mariners, Rangers and Angels in the AL West on Sunday by sweeping the Indians at the Coliseum. Instead, they couldn’t muster a third day of last at-bat heroics, losing the series finale to […]

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Reds Smash Giants, 12-4 and Other Odd Occurences at the Great American Ballpark

May 7, 2019

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By Morris Phillips Hard to believe, but when the Giants-Reds series commenced on Friday, it was billed as a meeting of similarly struggling offenses. Four days later, no one would tab that description. The Reds capped four games of record-setting offense with three home runs in the first two innings off Drew Pomeranz on Monday, […]

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A’s On The Brink?: 1-8 road trip has team in need of an immediate turnaround

May 5, 2019

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By Morris Phillips Bad? No, actually worse. The A’s concluded a disastrous 1-8 roadtrip with a 13-inning 5-3 loss in Pittsburgh in which victory was transformed into defeat with one, powerful stroke. Sterling Marte’s three-run homer off Fernando Rodney finished a four-run rally, and erased Oakland’s comfy two-run lead at the inception of the frame. […]

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Giant Battle: Posey’s ninth inning single wins it, 2-1 over the Dodgers

May 1, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — 103 pitches into a terrific outing on Wednesday night, Madison Bumgarner found himself in a race he could not win. Facing the planet’s hottest hitter, Clay Bellinger, in a 1-2 count with Kike Hernandez at second as the potential tying run, Bumgarner was either a pitch from departing with […]

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Longoria’s Big Hit a Difference-Maker: Giants rally to beat the Dodgers, 3-2

April 30, 2019

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By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — The intensity of the North-South rivalry was eerily missing from Oracle Park from the start. Then the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda kept the Giants in check for five innings, supporting what Clay Bellinger’s been doing all season. And the Giants seven hits to that point might as well have been […]

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