A’s right-hander Sonny Gray experienced three firsts in his start against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night, and the first two weren’t good. He allowed two home runs in an outing for the first time as a major leaguer. Odder still, both home runs came on curveballs – a pitch that, according to Brooks Baseball, Gray had never surrendered a homer on while in the majors.

Jesuit’s much-anticipated season opener against Bay Area power De La Salle won’t be played at Levi’s Stadium next week because of the ongoing issues with the facility’s turf.

LaMichael James is ready to make his preseason debut Sunday, but he’ll do so without the bulky, plastic brace that he says was like wearing “a 10-pound dumbbell on my arm.”

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Floyd ‘grateful’ to return to Chargers after season-ending injury
Joe Davidson The River City High School graduate and veteran San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd was crushed on an over-the-middle pass at Philadelphia in Week 2 last season. Floyd’s head was driven back into his shoulder pads by the Eagles’ DeMeco Ryans. Floyd crumpled to the turf. While trainers attended to him, teammates surrounded him.
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