SAN FRANCISCO - Clayton Kershaw said his next start would be like any other. But as much as Kershaw tries to downplay the significance of the Dodgers' three-game series against the first-place San Francisco Giants, this is reality:
The 90th strike fired by Cole Hamels was an 85-mph changeup that darted to a precise spot, low and away from Michael Morse. The San Francisco outfielder flailed at Hamels' signature offering. Hamels, who has the innate skill every fifth day to temporarily suspend the frustration of a $190 million payroll, walked with purpose to the dugout.
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The San Francisco Giants couldn't have asked for more from Tim Hudson.
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Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance.

Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in a five-run sixth inning, as Oakland finished off Houston thanks to a 13-1 decision in Thursday's rubber match of a three-game series.
The Oakland Athletics designated former closer Jim Johnson for assignment on Thursday.
Houston righty Brad Peacock drew the ire of manager Bo Porter his last time out. Now, he'll try to lead the Astros to a series win over the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum.
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All that walkoff magic followed by whipped cream-pie celebrations the Oakland Athletics have enjoyed in recent years turned the Astros' way this time.

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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.
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.

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