The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won.

With two outs and nobody on in the top of the third inning Wednesday, New York Mets leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson hit a soft chopper off A’s starter Jeff Samardzija toward where an opposing third baseman would normally have fielded it for a routine third out – only nobody was there.

OAKLAND -- It became almost a running joke earlier this season how little run support Jeff Samardzija was getting with the Chicago Cubs, especially when the right-hander had a 1.68 ERA through 11 starts but a 1-4 record to show for it. Wednesday, Samardzija’s new team scored five runs on his start day -- a total they’ve reached only three times in their last 10 games -- but it went for naught in an 8-5 A’s loss to the New York Mets.

OAKLAND -- With the Mets starting a right-hander today in Zack Wheeler, an off-day tomorrow for the A’s and at least one regular hurting, the A’s lineup has a different look for today’s series finale against New York.

Bud Selig had some unflattering words for the Coliseum on Tuesday in his last official scheduled visit to the A’s home stadium as the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp’s two-out, bases-loaded triple in the fourth inning on Tuesday night gave the A’s a three-run lead in what had been a 1-1 game. But to a team that had lost five in a row, and an offense that has struggled to come up with clutch hits recently, manager Bob Melvin said it "felt like about 10 runs at the time."

Shane Peterson hit a two-run homer, Colin Walsh had a two-run single, and Jose Martinez collected three hits to lead the River Cats past the Oklahoma City RedHawks 7-4 Tuesday night at Raley Field.

OAKLAND -- The A’s will skip right-hander Jason Hammel’s next turn in the rotation, lining up Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Scott Kazmir to start the three games this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels, whom they’re battling for the division. But manager Bob Melvin stressed today that despite Hammel’s struggles since arriving in Oakland, the right-hander remains one of the A’s five starters.

The River Cats suffered their third straight loss, 7-0 to the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Monday night at Raley Field. Sacramento is clinging to a two-game division lead.

Tickets for the five potential River Cats home playoff games are on sale at the Raley Field ticket office and

Ruben Sosa had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run fourth, and Rudy Owens allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks over the River Cats 7-2 Sunday night at Raley Field.

Speedy Phillies center fielder Ben Revere stood on first base after leading off Sunday’s game with a single off Tim Lincecum, and behind the plate, Giants catcher Andrew Susac knew Revere would be running. Revere at the time had converted 34 of his 38 stolen-base attempts, while last week in Kansas City, Mo., the Royals had stolen six bases against Lincecum, most with Susac behind the plate.

The Giants had a special pregame visitor to their clubhouse Sunday when fan Bryan Stow was wheeled in by third base coach Tim Flannery.

Even while winning a home series for the first time since July 11-13 and recording their first back-to-back wins at AT&T Park in nearly two months, the Giants couldn’t escape Sunday without some bad news. Second baseman Joe Panik left the 5-2 win over the Phillies after dislocating his left pinkie finger in the eighth inning, and neither he nor manager Bruce Bochy could say when Panik will play next.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Hector Sanchez had to come out of his rehab game with Triple-A Fresno last night after taking another foul tip off the mask -- the same scenario that landed him on the concussion DL on July 26 in the first place. It’s a setback in his recovery, and manager Bruce Bochy said Sanchez was due to return to San Francisco today to be evaluated again by team doctors.

Note: DL-disabled list; R-released; SUS-suspended; REH-rehabilitation assignment; TIA-temporary inactive list.

Jesus Guzman’s sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead run in a five-run ninth inning to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 7-2 victory over the River Cats on Saturday night at Raley Field.

With all the new faces and turnover in the Giants’ clubhouse over the past two months, Joe Panik may seem like an established presence in comparison. In fact, Panik hasn’t been in the majors two months. But his contributions since his June 21 call-up have been enough to make an impression.

Frank Demaree was 22 when the Chicago Cubs purchased him from the Sacramento Senators midway through the 1932 season, but the Winters High School graduate played in only 23 games as the Cubs won the National League pennant.

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Giants stranded Michael Morse on third base following a leadoff triple in the second inning Saturday, it stirred memories of their recent issues with clutch hitting. When they left Pablo Sandoval and Morse standing at first and second base in the fourth, after they’d reached on a leadoff single and walk, you could almost hear the grumbling across a sold-out AT&T Park.

While the Giants let a handful of scoring chances go for naught in their 5-3 loss to the Phillies on Friday night, the botched squeeze play in the sixth inning may have drawn the most attention.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy could sense where the question was going and didn’t even wait for it to finish. Was the Giants’ 10-inning, 5-3 loss on Friday night one of the most difficult this season for the manager to swallow?

Assuming the Giants’ rotation stays the same the rest of the season, Madison Bumgarner should make four of his remaining eight starts at home including a Sept. 12 start against the Dodgers and the regular-season finale against the Padres – at which point the Giants would like to be doing more than just playing out the schedule.

Drew Pomeranz and three relievers combined to allow one run and Anthony Aliotti drove in the go-ahead run as the River Cats downed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4-1 on Friday at Raley Field.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Here’s a factoid that should shock nobody: Hunter Pence is in the Giants’ lineup tonight, batting second and playing right field in the series opener against Philadelphia and left-hander Cole Hamels.

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is remembered for throwing out the Black Sox, Ford Frick for an asterisk, and Bowie Kuhn for squabbles with players and owners.

The Giants have won a lot of games and had some great celebrations with Tim Lincecum as their starting pitcher.

The Oakland Athletics placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list after a 7-3 loss Thursday to the Kansas City Royals with a hairline fracture of his right index finger.

San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.

Gordy MacKenzie, the longtime minor league manager and coach and scout who had a short stint in the majors as a catcher with the Kansas City Athletics, has died. He was 77.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said sometimes it takes "something strange" to enliven a struggling offense. On Wednesday, it was an overturned call on a play at the plate that started one of the strangest seven-run innings you’re likely to see.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat at the media room podium late Tuesday night following his team’s fifth loss in a row, and he said almost plaintively his team “could use a break.”

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yovani Gallardo and Wily Peralta in Milwaukee. James Shields and Danny Duffy in Kansas City. Chris Sale last night in their series opener against the White Sox at home.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The ball, off of Joe Panik’s bat, seemed destined for center field. A single might have tied the game. At worst, the Giants would have been down one run in the ninth, with the bases loaded, no outs and the potential game-winning run standing in scoring position.

SAN FRANCISCO Fans at AT&T Park on Tuesday night who’d last seen the Giants the last time they played at home might have felt they had some catching up to do.

Alden Carrithers homered and Phillip Humber picked up his fifth win as the River Cats extended their division lead to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday night at Raley Field as the Reno Aces lost.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had a day off Monday to put some distance between themselves and a 10-game road trip that got off to a promising start in New York but ended with the Giants losing their final four games, including a sweep in Kansas City. For one currently inactive player, the day represented a significant step forward, too.

Every Reno starter had at least one hit and all but one drove in a run as the Aces pounded the visiting River Cats 17-4 Monday night.

The River Cats drew a season-high 11 walks and took advantage of six Reno errors to beat the host Aces 15-11 Sunday night.

While not an ideal way to introduce himself to a new team and fan base, Jason Hammel said he believed his first four winless starts were “a couple bumps and bruises.” The A’s did, too, or they likely wouldn’t have traded for Hammel – acquiring him in the deal that also brought Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs – or stuck with him during his rough start, with manager Bob Melvin professing belief in Hammel’s “track record.”

The San Francisco Giants have recalled first baseman Adam Duvall and put him in the starting lineup for their series finale at the Kansas City Royals.

The A’s 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday featured two pitching outings that were very much unlike how those pitchers have performed in the past month. One was costly, but the other was nearly encouraging enough to overshadow the loss.

OAKLAND -- It has been a rough start to his A’s career for right-hander Jason Hammel -- he’s 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA going into today’s start against the Twins -- but Hammel is coming off his first win with Oakland, in which he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays five days ago.

OAKLAND -- The A’s on Saturday night were facing a 24-year-old Twins right-hander in Trevor May making his major-league debut, and experiencing the rush of nerves and adrenaline that typically accompanies such a moment. So it was a little surprising to see leadoff hitter Coco Crisp come up in the first inning and swing at the first pitch that May threw, fouling out.

The July 31 trade that brought Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox to the A’s uprooted the 30-year-old left-hander from the only professional home he had known. He made his big-league debut in Boston on a June evening in 2006. He threw a no-hitter at Fenway Park in 2008. He won two World Series rings there.

Buck Martinez (Elk Grove High School, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State) always has been considered one of baseball’s toughest players. He certainly proved it July 9, 1985. Martinez was catching for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Seattle Mariners in the Kingdome when he was the centerpiece of one of the most gruesome and greatest double plays in a major-league game.

OAKLAND -- Asked what he knows about the starting pitcher the A’s are facing tonight, manager Bob Melvin shrugged and answered: "Not a lot." It’s Trevor May, a 24-year-old right-hander, who’s making his major-league debut for the Minnesota Twins.

OAKLAND -- Thursday night, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier just missed a three-run home run when his drive off of A’s left-hander Jon Lester hooked inches outside the left-field foul pole. Friday night, with the A’s clinging to a 6-5 lead in the ninth, Twins pinch hitter Josh Willingham turned on a high fastball from closer Sean Doolittle -- and again hooked it just outside the left-field pole, missing a go-ahead, two-run homer by a few feet.

The visiting River Cats beat Reno 4-2 on Friday to end their losing streak at four games and increase their division lead over the Aces to two games.

OAKLAND -- When it was announced that Jonny Gomes was rejoining the A’s as part of the Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes trade, A’s management stressed they were getting back a player perhaps as important as any to their clubhouse dynamic. Manager Bob Melvin today offered an intriguing example as to why.

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