SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are already playing without their starting center fielder, first baseman, workhorse starting pitcher in Matt Cain and on Friday added two infielders to their ever-expanding disabled list in Marco Scutaro and Ehire Adrianza.

With one out and the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig standing on third base following a triple, the Giants brought their infield in hoping to prevent Puig from scoring on a ground ball – in the first inning. It didn’t work, as Adrian Gonzalez lined a 2-2 pitch from Tim Lincecum into right field for an RBI single, but it did indicate the Giants felt it prudent to keep things close against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.

Three Tacoma pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Rainiers routed the River Cats 7-0 on Friday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., in the opener of a four-game series.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dan Uggla acknowledged he has "been in some dark places" in the last year and a half, referencing his struggles at the plate that culminated with the Atlanta Braves releasing him earlier this month. The Giants signed Uggla to a minor-league deal, and following a rash of infield injuries, he’s in San Francisco today and in the lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nick Buss went 3 for 6, finishing a home run shy of a cycle, and drove in four runs to lead the River Cats over the host El Paso Chihuahuas 13-2 on Thursday.

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija was watching TV in his hotel room after the A’s beat the Houston Astros late Wednesday night when he happened to catch a replay of Bob Melvin’s post-game interview, in which the manager was asked about the state of his bullpen for Thursday’s series finale.

OAKLAND -- When Jed Lowrie lined a home run into the right-field seats Wednesday night against the Astros, snapping a 40-game homerless drought, he said it was a result -- not necessarily a sign -- of his recent offensive resurgence.

The A’s cut ties with reliever Jim Johnson on Thursday, designating the struggling right-hander for assignment on the heels of his latest rocky outing.

Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance.

OAKLAND -- The Jim Johnson era in Oakland came to an ignominious end this morning as the struggling reliever was designated for assignment by the A’s. The move came on the heels of Johnson allowing four runs (three earned) while facing four batters in the A’s 9-7 win over the Astros on Wednesday night, raising his season ERA to 6.92.

OAKLAND -- It had been 25 games since Yoenis Cespedes homered for the A’s entering Wednesday night’s game against the Astros. Of course, with Cespedes defending his title in the Home Run Derby smack in the middle of that stretch, his career-long-tying drought might easily have gone overlooked.

The El Paso Chihuahuas pounded out 16 hits and scored in six of the eight innings they batted in a 16-7 victory over the visiting River Cats on Wednesday night.

For as opportunistic as the A’s have been, they’ve been just as selective. Their 56 stolen bases ranked ninth in the league entering Wednesday, and just below the major-league average. So, with speedsters like Craig Gentry and Coco Crisp, and such a high rate of success when it comes to thievery, why haven’t the A’s run more?

The A’s have the best record in baseball, but you won’t be able to watch their game today against Houston, the finale of a four-game series at O.co Coliseum, on TV.

OAKLAND -- Josh Reddick, reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, makes his first start for the A’s since June 28 tonight against Houston Astros right-hander Brad Peacock. Reddick entered Tuesday night’s extra-innings game as a late replacement and was hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout.

If the Philadelphia Phillies are planning to ship closer Jonathan Papelbon off at the trade deadline, now might not be the best time to do it.

The Oakland Athletics hit balls hard all night that stayed inside the fences, so imagine their surprise when Houston connected when it counted.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the13th inning, Shane Peterson reached on a run-scoring infield single, and the River Cats went on to a 3-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas on Tuesday night.

The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday.

Daric Barton had a two-run single in Sacramento’s three-run first inning, and the River Cats went on to beat the host El Paso Chihuahuas 6-1 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

The Giants placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list Monday, topping a flurry of transactions as the team prepares to open a three-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia today.

The River Cats scored five runs over the last three innings but suffered their third straight loss, 7-6 to the host Albuquerque Isotopes on Sunday night.

Sonny Gray left the pitcher’s mound at O.co Coliseum after the top of the second inning in a flash of exasperation. He snapped his head forward, pushed his cap back on his forehead and swung his glove abruptly at the air in front of him. This despite the fact he had just struck out the Orioles’ Manny Machado to end a scoreless inning.

OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes hadn’t had an extra-base hit since June 25 before he doubled off the wall in the sixth inning Sunday. Eric Sogard had one hit in 16 at-bats dating back to June 17. He doubled that total with singles in his first two at-bats.

Brad Hand earned his first victory as a starter since 2011 when he outpitched Tim Lincecum by a margin of one curveball.

OAKLAND -- The A’s go for a series win over the Orioles today and, given the fact they lost Saturday night, might have the right pitcher starting for them today in Sonny Gray.

Sometime in the next month, likely within his next three or four starts, A’s right-hander Jesse Chavez should surpass the highest number of innings he has thrown in a professional season. With that in mind, the A’s took advantage of the All-Star break to give Chavez a longer break than most, pushing him back in the rotation to begin the second half.

OAKLAND -- Jason Hammel’s home debut with the A’s couldn’t have gone much differently than that of fellow trade acquisition Jeff Samardzija, who introduced himself to the Coliseum crowd by allowing one run in seven innings of a win.

Carlos Triunfel’s two-out solo homer in the eighth inning gave Albuquerque an 8-7 win over the visiting River Cats on Saturday.

Darren Oliver (Rio Linda High School) spent most of his 25 professional baseball seasons, including 20 in the major leagues, standing 60 feet, 6 inches from the plate. Now, Oliver, 43, is in the Texas Rangers’ front office, working as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.

OAKLAND -- Right fielder Josh Reddick went 3-for-5 with a home run Friday night for High-A Stockton and is now 7-for-13 with two homers and seven RBIs in three games on his current rehab assignment.

OAKLAND -- Before coming up to bat in the ninth inning against Orioles closer Zach Britton on Friday night, A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson said he turned to teammate Scott Kazmir in the dugout in a moment of bluntness.

The Isoptopes scored three runs in the eighth inning Friday night with a triple, two singles, a walk and a fielder’s choice on the way to a 13-11 win over the visiting River Cats.

Jose Canseco was nervous. He repeated the fact several times Friday afternoon, twirling a pair of dark blue sunglasses in his right hand, standing in the club level at O.co Coliseum and wearing a white Athletics jersey that fitted the still-burly torso of the 50-year-old snugly.

Shane Peterson hit three home runs and Jose Martinez drove in the winning run as the visiting River Cats defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-9 in 10 innings Thursday night. Daric Barton led off the 10th with a triple, and Martinez followed with a single on a ground ball to center field.

Before Opening Day, the A’s lost two-fifths of their projected 2014 rotation to injuries that required Tommy John surgery. Yet as they’ve done the past few seasons, the A’s shuffled the pieces and kept on rolling.

Five questions facing the A’s in the second half of the season

The City Council has approved a 10-year lease extension that would keep the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum — but with several modifications opposed by A's management.

On June 3, the Giants were second in the National League in home runs with 63 in their first 56 games. In the next 39 games, they hit 23, fourth-fewest in the league during that time.

Sitting in his office in the Giants clubhouse last weekend, manager Bruce Bochy described his team’s first half as really “a tale of two halves.”

The small-budget Oakland Athletics are baseball's best team at the break in a division featuring some of the sport's highest-paid stars. The San Francisco Giants are right in the chase for the NL West title despite recent stumbles.

Two Sacramento men have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fight outside AT&T Park in San Francisco that left a woman unconscious.

Athletics owner Lew Wolff is willing to re-examine whether it would make sense to build a new ballpark at the site of Oakland Coliseum.

Aroldis Chapman wanted to interview Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers star who shaved a star on the left side of his head for the for the All-Star game.

Yoenis Cespedes knew how to pace himself in this rain-delayed home run derby, drawn out further by a new format.

Tim Hudson had planned to go fishing Monday, his 39th birthday. Instead, he'll enjoy the All-Star game festivities for the fourth time.

Felipe Alou and Orlando Cepeda knew little English when they arrived in the minor leagues in the mid-1950s, putting them among the first wave of Spanish-speaking players thrown into a different culture to play professional baseball, build new lives and send money back home.

Mike Matheny had quite the choice for the National League's All-Star starter.

When Buster Posey lifted a 1-0 fastball from Arizona left-hander Vidal Nuno into the left-field seats for a fifth-inning grand slam Sunday, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead and the kind of clutch hit that has eluded them for much of the past month, manager Bruce Bochy said it “just kind of gave a sense of relief throughout the dugout.”

During a friendly dugout chat before a game, Hector Sanchez joked about the hazards of catching for hard-throwing San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum because of the number of balls that must be stopped in the dirt.

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