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.

Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.

Charlie Brewer threw six scoreless innings and Garrett Weber and Alfredo Marte drove in runs as the Reno Aces avoided a three-game sweep by beating the River Cats 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said this weekend his team’s first half has really been "a tale of two halves."

SAN FRANCISCO -- With how the Giants have played the past month, this may be the most startling item in the team’s notes before their final game before the All-Star Break: With a win today against the Diamondbacks, they can still match the 2011 team for the most wins by a Giants team before the break in the last 11 years.

Matt Buschmann and rehabbing Drew Pomeranz limited the Reno Aces to three hits over eight innings and Alden Carrithers had two doubles to pace the River Cats to a 4-3 victory Saturday night before an announced crowd of 13,168.

In his last four starts, Vogelsong has allowed a total of eight earned runs in 242/3 innings. He has lost all four, in no small part because the Giants have not scored a single run for Vogelsong over that stretch.

J.D. Davis (Elk Grove) admits he tried to do too much early in his first minor-league season for the Houston Astros, the team that selected him in the third round of the June draft and rewarded him with a $748,600 signing bonus.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday began on a high note for the Giants, who welcomed back Marco Scutaro to his customary second spot in the lineup for the first time all season. It ended on an all too familiar one, with starter Ryan Vogelsong giving a strong outing in a losing cause, the victim of a remarkable lack of run support.

Madison Bumgarner is starting the Giants’ final game before the All-Star Break on Sunday, meaning once he does the Giants’ lone pitcher named to the N.L. All-Star team won’t be eligible to pitch in the game next week in Minneapolis.

Jake Elmore had a two-run double and Alden Carrithers and Andy Parrino added run-scoring singles in a four-run second inning to lead the River Cats past the Reno Aces 6-3 on Friday night at Raley Field before 11,095 fans.

With their 6-1 win over the Giants at AT&T Park, the A's took three of four games in the Bay Bridge series and recorded their 58th win before the All-Star break for the first time in franchise history.

Already with six representatives on the American League All-Star team, the A’s learned Thursday they’ll also have two players in the Home Run Derby as third baseman Josh Donaldson was the fifth and final competitor named to the A.L. Derby team by captain Jose Bautista.

A Sacramento man is in custody and another is sought in connection with an assault that occurred Thursday near San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

It's BYOB at the home of the Minnesota Twins for this week's All Star Game.

S Earlier this baseball season, when the Giants had the best record, Tim Hudson was the story. He was the veteran pitcher acquired during the offseason after a horrendous injury suffered last summer while pitching in Atlanta. Hudson was the reclamation project who had become the Giants’ ace and most reliable starter as they soared early to the top of the standings.

Andrew Susac hit a two-run homer and Adam Duvall a solo shot to account for host Fresno’s runs in a 3-2 victory over the River Cats. The Grizzlies had only four hits.

New A’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija is promoting his favorite sport overseas.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Donaldson might have been looked at as arguing his case for inclusion in the Home Run Derby when he hit his 20th of the season in the sixth inning of the A’s 6-1 win over the Giants on Thursday afternoon. Turns out he didn’t need to. After the game, Donaldson said the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista had already texted him extending a formal invitation to compete in this year’s Derby in Minneapolis, which Donaldson was only too happy to accept.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made a roster move after Wednesday night’s game, activating infielder Ehire Adrianza from the disabled list and optioning Juan Perez to Triple-A. Manager Bruce Bochy said this morning he’d originally considered playing Adrianza today and giving shortstop Brandon Crawford a day off. Instead, Crawford is batting second against A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir.

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