San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Bosa says rookie Kinlaw taking to NFL like an experienced player

The San Francisco 49ers Nick Bosa talks about rookie offensive tackle Javon Kinlaw saying he’s one of the biggest human beings he’s ever seen (photo from 49ers Webzone)

On the 49ers podcast with J Hawkes:

#1 Nick Bosa knows talent when he sees it and he says rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw will kill it this season.

#2 After taking in video meetings and watching Kinlaw, Bosa said Kinlaw is ready and will not be too overwhelmed while taking his position with the 49ers.

#3 Bosa said that he’s impressed with Kinlaw and also his work ethic in the team meetings saying he doesn’t seem like a rookie out there and he’s adjusting with no problems.

#4 Bosa also said physically Kinlaw doesn’t look like no rookie at 6’5 and 319 lbs. Bosa said he’s one of the biggest humans that’s he’s ever seen in person.

#5 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo says the offense is coming back and it’s a great group and he’s looking forward to getting to work with them.

Join Joe Hawkes each Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers podcasts at

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Tuch scores gamer Knights get No.1 seed face Blackhawks next

Colorado Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) gives up a goal to Vegas Golden Knights’ Alex Tuch (89) during overtime in an NHL hockey playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh:

#1 The Vegas Golden Knights Alex Tuch hammered in the winning goal in overtime with just 16 seconds for the 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at Scoitabank in Edmonton. Tuch he’s reliable, dependable, skillful and he’s been doing it for them all post season.

#2 The win was huge for Vegas as it put the them as the top seed in the Western Conference as they come off a 3-0-0 start in the round robins.

#3 The Knights Jonathan Marchessault was a big contributor scoring two goals and Nicolos Roy scored and the Knights got some defense in front of the net from goalie Robin Lehner with 32 saves

#4 With the win the Knights will move onto face Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks how do you see this match up?

#5 The Avalanche with the loss of the series will move down to the number two seed and prepare for their next round against the No.7 seed the Arizona Coyotes.

Mary Lisa Walsh does the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs every other Sunday at

Slater homers twice off of Kershaw in Giants win 5-4

San Francisco Giants’ Austin Slater, left, runs to first base as he hits a solo home run while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, center, and catcher Austin Barnes, right, watch during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By Jeremy Kahn

Austin Slater joined an exclusive club in Game Two of the three-game series between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Slater became only the seventh player to hit two home runs in the same game versus Kershaw in the same game, as the Giants hung on to defeat the Dodgers 5-4 at Dodger Stadium.

Leading off the top of the third inning, Slater hit a solo home run over the center field wall to give the Giants a 1-0 lead and then two batters later, Mike Yastrzemski made it 2-0, as he hit a home run into the right field bleachers.

Just two innings later in the top of the fifth inning, Slater did it again, as he launched his second home run of the game and the season to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.

After Donovan Solano doubled to left field, Yastrzemski made it 4-0, as he doubled off of Kershaw and that was the end of the night for Kershaw.

Johnny Cueto was cruising into the bottom of the sixth inning, as he was throwing a no-hiter; however, he it was gone after the first batter of the inning after a weird play in the outfield.

Enrique Hernandez hit a fly ball to left field that should have been an easy out for Hunter Pence, but Pence lost the ball in the lights and Hernandez ended up on third base with a triple. Immediately after the Hernandez triple, Austin Barnes grounded to shortstop that allowed Hernandez to score from third base.

Both Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger walked, but inside of pulling Cueto, who was limping from an apparent leg injury, Giants manager Gabe Kapler allowed Cueto to stay in the game and face nemesis Justin Turner, who took the right-hander deep to cut the Giants down to 5-4 and that was the end of the line for Cueto, who was replaced by Tony Watson, who got Max Muncy to pop out to Chadwick Tromp.

In all, Cueto was fantastic, as he went five and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on just two hits, walking three and striking out three to pick up his first win of the season.

On the other side of things, Kershaw went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out six.

This was the second shortest start in Kershaws career against the Giants, a team that he was 23-12 with a 1.74 earned run average in his career. It was also the first time that he ever allowed three home runs to the Giants in the same game in 49 starts.

Trevor Gott walked one in the bottom of the ninth inning, but was able to get the final out for his fourth save of the season.

The quartet of Slater, Solano, Yastrzemski and Evan Longoria, the first four batters of the Giants lineup went a combined 9-for-19 with three home runs and four batted in.

Once again, the Giants bullpen was outstanding, as Watson, Trevor Rogers and Gott went the final 3.1 innings, allowing just a walk and strikeout, as the Giants put an end to their two-game losing streak.

NOTES: Cueto was forced to leave the game with blister on his toe, and Jeff Samardzija will not throw for seven to 10 days due to inflammation to his rotator cuff and will return to the Bay Area, when the Giants head to Houston.

With the two home runs versus Kershaw, Slater joined Adam Dunn of the Washington Nationals on (August 6, 2010), Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies (May 2, 2012), Jayson Werth (July 21, 2013), for the Nationals, Jay Bruce (September 8, 2013) of the Cincinnati Reds, Jose Reyes of the New York Mets (June 19, 2017) and Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays (August 20, 2019).

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman will start the finale for the Giants, as he looks for his first win of the season, while Walker Buehler will take the ball for the Dodgers.

BaseballReference.Com contributed to this report

Oakland A’s game wrap: Good pitching beats good hitting A’s win eighth straight 3-1 defeat Astros

Oakland Athletics’ Sean Murphy, Liam Hendriks (16) and Marcus Semien, from left, and teammates celebrate the 3-1 win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Charlie O

The Oakland A’s became baseball’s hottest team after they defeated the visiting Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum 3-1 winning their eighth straight game. The A’s Marcus Semien who got the game winning hit the night before in the 13th inning to send the Astros packing this time lead off the ball game on Saturday with a home run in the first inning.

The A’s also got some great pitching help from starter Frankie Montas who picked up his second win against one loss throwing seven innings of shutout ball against a Astros line up that can pound the ball. Montas was pitching out of his mind and looked like he could have completed the game if it weren’t for the pitch count.

Montas surrendered two hits and walked a hitter the seven innings of work and top it off Montas struck out five batters. For the Astros their suffering in their own right taking a fourth straight loss, they have three starting pitchers that are shelved and can’t seem to get that old magic feeling like when they won their three previous AL West division title seasons.

Semien is off to the races during the A’s eight game win streak Semien is the first A’s player in the team’s franchise history to get a get a walk off hit to win a ball game and the very next day to leadoff with a home run.

Mark Chapman also provided some offense for the club he belted an eighth inning homer and picked up an RBI when he grounded out in the sixth. The A’s scored a single run in each of the first, sixth, and eighth inning frames good enough to defeat the Astros.

This was Astros manager Dusty Baker’s first visit back to the Bay Area. Dusty worked in the San Francisco Giants front office last season before getting hired as the Astros manager for this season. Dusty is trying to weather the storm with an injured pitching staff of starters and the team in the middle of a four game losing streak.

Sunday’s starting pitchers: The Houston Astros for game three of this series will be starting right hander Cristian Javier (1-0 ERA 1.42) with 11 strikeouts on Sunday. Javier won his first major league game on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

The A’s will be starting left hander Jesus Luzardo (0-0 ERA 2.31) threw five innings of shutout ball in his major league starting debut against the Texas Rangers. Luzardo made his major league pitching  debut in releif against the Houston Astros last season.




Sac Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings take fourth loss while Nets clinch for playoffs 119-106

Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen (31) and Caris LeVert (22) react after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla (AP photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The loss to the Brooklyn Nets sets the Kings back to 1-4 since the restart with just three more games left in the regular season and pretty much puts the final touches on the Kings?

#2 Jeremiah it was pretty much a close game but that second quarter really sank the Kings chances when the Nets outscored the Kings 39-26 on Friday.

#3 The Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic 27 pts, DeAaron Fox 21 pts, and Buddy Hield 17 were the three top scorers for the Kings but it wasn’t enough.

#4 With three games left for the Kings with the Rockets, Pelicans, and Lakers do they have enough in the tank to do some damage or just expect them to go through the motions at this juncture.

#5 The Kings had that one win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night and handled them with authority 140-125 it’s their only win so far.

Jeremiah does the Kings podcasts each Friday at

NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers podcast with Matt Harrington: Habs upset Pens advance to next round; Isles advance on Panthers 4-3; plus much more

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a save on Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jason Zucker (16) as Canadiens defensemen Jeff Petry (26) and Xavier Ouellet (61) help out during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

On the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifier podcast with Matt:

#1 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (series is tied 2-2)

#2 New York Islanders 5 vs. Florida Panthers 1 (Isles win series 3-1)

#3 Arizona Coyotes 4 vs. Nashville Predators 3 OT (Arizona wins series 3-1)

#4 Montreal Canadiens 2 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (Montreal wins series 3-1)

#5 Chicago Blackhawks 3 vs. Edmonton Oilers 2 (Chicago wins series 3-1)

#6 Vancouver Canucks 5 vs. Minnesota Wild 4 OT (Vancouver wins series 3-1)

Matt Harrington does the Stanley Cup Playoffs podcasts each Saturday at

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants hoping to have a better go of it in LA after struggles in Colorado

The San Francisco Giants Mauricio Dubon shooshes the empty stands at Coors Field in Denver after belting a three run homer in the seventh inning but it wasn’t enough as the Giants lost by two runs to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday 6-4 (AP photo)

On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Giants have lost three out of four the the Rockies before heading to LA on Friday. The way you saw that series in Denver was it a matter of just a lot of good hitting for the Rockies or the Giants bullpen couldn’t get tracked?

#2 It’s a shame that Tyler Anderson couldn’t complete a game we know about the pitch count 66 for Anderson five innings, two hits, two walks, and three strike outs a decent start for Anderson.

#3 Talk about Brandon Belt he helped the Giants from getting swept in Colorado with a big fly to edge the Rockies on Wednesday 4-3. Belt’s been hitting .182 talk about how effective he could be in the line up?

#4 There were times that people just gave up on Pablo Sandoval in the past but he’s still durable on Wednesday he got two hits and right now Sandoval is hitting .206, no homers an RBI.

#5 Michael talk a little about catcher Chad Tromp hitting .318 and Mauricio Dubon hitting .258 with a homer on Thursday and they can help the Giants.

Michael joins Sports Talk every other Saturday at


Oak A’s Fri game wrap: Semien’s basehit scores Grossman for 13th inning 3-2 win; A’s 7th consecutive win

The Oakland A’s Marcus Semien connected for the game winning base hit in the bottom of the 13th inning of Friday night’s game at the Oakland Coliseum to score Robbie Grossman for the win (AP photo)

By Barbara Mason

The Oakland A’s had a decent start to the 2020 season. They were by no means on fire and quite frankly their bats were a bit on the sleepy side. They won a few games and then the mediocre start turned into something very special.

It started slowly, but those bats came to attention and there has been no looking back. In the last six games the A’s have outscored their opponents 34-14. The team is riding on a six game winning streak and are sitting atop the AL West two and a half games ahead of the second place Houston Astros. This 3-game series against the Astros could turn out to be a very important one in this shortened season.

The A’s Chris Bassitt was on the mound in the opening game of the series. He breezed through the first two innings allowing the Astros a single hit. The Astros Zach Greinke had two nice innings allowing only one hit by Kris Davis. It was the first for the A’s a double in the second inning. Grossman would strike out leaving Davis stranded going into the third inning.

Martin Maldonado would advance to 1st base on a walk followed by a bullet to deep center field by Myles Straw. Maldonado would score off that hit giving the Astros the first score of the game 1-0. In the bottom of the third inning the A’s managed a single by Marcus Semien but was left stranded when Ramon Laureano was thrown out at first.

After a quiet fourth inning by both teams, the A’s started to make some noise in the 5th inning. With the bases loaded and 1 out the A’s were threatening. A double play ended Oakland’s hopes to get up on the scoreboard and this game would go into the 6th inning.

It was a very frustrating 6th inning for the A’s. After a leadoff triple by Ramon Laureano the team came away empty. Offensively, the A’s were not getting the job done. They had the bases loaded in the 5th and a runner on third with no outs in the 6th but no cigar for Oakland. The only good news for the A’s through 6 innings was the slim lead for Houston.

Houston’s Josh James would take over for Greinke in the bottom of the 7th inning. It would prove disastrous for Houston as Robbie Grossman would knock the ball out of the park to tie the game 1-1. Hopefully that at bat would inject some life into the A’s offense.

Joakim Soria would come in for the A’s to start the 8th inning. Chris Bassitt had allowed only 3 hits having another solid game. The new and improved Soria took care of business stranding a single Astro player heading into the bottom of the 8th inning.

It had been a battle of the starters but now we saw the battle of the bullpen. This battle would carry into the top of the 9th inning with Liam Hendriks. Hendriks would make short work of the Astros and the A’s would head into walk off territory in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The walk off was not to be and so it was off to extra innings. Jake Diekman would start the 10th inning. Matt Chapman would make a diving play to get the third out at first and the A’s would have a second chance for a walk off.

Astros pitcher Enoli Paredes would take the mound in an effort to keep his team in the game. Oakland would leave a runner on third and first heading into the 11th inning. The A’s had opportunity and just weren’t able to take advantage of those opportunities putting their winning streak on the line. J.B. Wendelken would pitch the 11th inning navigating through 3 batters the final out being Correa.

In the 11th inning, the A’s would load the bases for the second time in the game to no avail. It was off to the 12th inning. The Astros with runners on 3rd and 1st with no outs had an opportunity to bury the A’s. Houston was unable to cash in on the opportunity and the A’s had yet another chance to put this one away. They simply had to put the ball into play. A very frustrating game for both managers. The A’s would load the bases for the 3rd time in the game and come up empty yet again.

It was just a matter of time when one of these teams would take advantage of the missed opportunities. The Astros would be that team as Stubbs crossed home plate taking a 2-1 lead. The A’s would have one last chance in this game. With the bases loaded again the A’s finally broke through to even the score 2-2. Would this game continue or could the A’s finally finish it in the 13th inning? Apparently Marcus Semien was frustrated enough to belt a deep ball center field winning the game for Oakland in a marathon. “For us we just wanted to play our game. We’re hot right now. This was a tough game,” Semien said post game.. So the Oakland A’s keep their win streak intact at 7 in a row. It sure makes for another interesting game tomorrow as these two rivals meet for the second game of their series.

Defensive miscue costs Giants in 7-2 loss to LA

Fresh Prince of Home Run: The Los Angeles Dodgers Will Smith hits one deep that eludes San Francisco Giants left fielder Darrin Ruf’s glove over the Dodgers bullpen in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium (AP photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

It seems that the San Francisco Giants defense is not getting any better and once again it cost them a game in the long run.

Justin Turner singled to left field immediately following a fielding error by Darrin Ruf in left field that Cody Bellinger to advance to second in the bottom of the third inning, and then scored on the Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers took a 2-1 lead on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

The error by Ruf was their major league leading 18th error of the season in 15 games this season.

Mookie Betts continues to get better as the shortened season continues, as he hit a solo home run off of Jeff Samardzija that tied up the game. It was the first home run for Betts at Dodger Stadium.

Donovan Solano gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, as he singled in Mike Yastrzemski, who doubled to left-center field with one out in the inning.

The Dodgers broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Max Muncy hit a solo home run into the right field pavilion and then three batters later, Will Smith launched a two-run home run into the left field pavilion that gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead over their longtime rivals.

Samardzija did not make it out of the fifth inning, as the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out after Samardzija walked Bellinger and then hit Turner and Enrique Hernandez before being replaced by Sam Selman, who was able to get Muncy; however, the Dodgers added another run, when Chris Taylor grounded into a fielders choice to score Bellinger.

The right-handed throwing Samardzija went four innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, walking two and striking out three, as his record fell to 0-2 on the season.

Wilmer Flores homered off of Dennis Santana in the top of the sixth inning for the Giants final run of the evening, and are now 1-4 on their road trip.

Dylan Floro picked up the win for the Dodgers, his first of the season after he replaced starter Julio Urias, who gave up one run in four innings of work.

UP NEXT: Johnny Cueto will take the mound for the Giants on Saturday evening, while Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers.

Kings lose momentum fall to 1-4 in bubble 119-106

Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert (22) looks to pass the ball as Sacramento Kings’ Alex Len, left, and Harrison Barnes defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings played a solid game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. They came out of the gate strong and didn’t really look back taking their first game in the bubble. It was a glimmer of hope for Kings fans who hope the Kings can get to the 9th spot for a chance to play in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Kings could not keep that momentum going.

The Kings played an unfortunately typical Kings game this year. The Kings have been notorious for giving up a big quarter. For this team it has mostly been in the first quarter of the game. On Friday afternoon, it was e second quarter. The Kings were leading after the first quarter 27-24. However, the tide would turn in the second. The Kings and their sloppy defense would be out scored 39-26. At that point, the Kings had mailed in the game.

The rest of the game the Kings would battle but not be able to make up the ground lost in the second quarter. The Kings would lose 119-106. A bright spot for the Kings was the continued good play Bogdan Bogdanovic. After a career high 35 points in Thursday, Bogdan scores 27 points on Friday.

The Kings fall to 1-4 in the bubble and playoff hopes are slim to none.

Up next: The Kings take on the Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon.