The focus for the A's since they locked up the American League West championship berth in the playoffs has been on who they'll be facing in the A.L. Division Series that starts in a week and whether they can lock down home-field advantage.
Barry Zito's final start as a Giant ended up being as unfulfilling for the home fans as his infamous $126 million contract.
Two pitchers who joined the Giants in 2007 could be making their final appearances in black and orange this week.
For much of this season, when A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had a particularly productive game at the plate, manager Bob Melvin would follow it by saying he hoped it was the beginning of the true hot streak the A's hadn't yet seen from Cespedes in his second season.
For all the talk the A's have done about avoiding scoreboard-watching, they might have a good reason to do some Saturday. After their 11-0 win over the Twins on Friday and the Rangers' 2-1 loss to the Royals, the A's magic number to clinch both the A.L. West and a playoff spot in general is two.
NEW YORK After a 2-1 win over the New York Mets, the Giants are nine games from the end of their second failed title defense in three years.
NEW YORK After a ninth-inning collapse Wednesday night, the Giants are guaranteed their first losing season since 2008.
When talk turns to the American League MVP, the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, the Orioles' Chris Davis and the Angels' Mike Trout are the names mentioned most often.
In what was one of Major League Baseball's easiest decisions of the season, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.
Forget the wild card and even just winning the American League West. The surprising A's at least to those on the East Coast who haven't been paying attention have their sights on home-field advantage for the American League Division Series and perhaps even the American League Championship Series.
The Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers entered their mid-September series separated by 19 1/2 games in the standings, but that did nothing to diminish the intensity Thursday night.
Back in April or May, the games the Giants will play the next four days against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine looked monumental.
The A's, who have a three-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the American League West, will begin selling tickets for home playoff games Tuesday at 10 a.m., the team announced Wednesday.
The A's have one clear advantage over the Texas Rangers in the battle for the American League West title.
The A's have won eight of their last 10 games, 11 of their last 14, and still lead the Rangers by 1 1/2 games in the West after beating the Astros on Sunday, 7-2. As a September surge, left-hander Brett Anderson said, it does feel a little bit like last season, "but obviously it's a different team, a different group of guys."
Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit lost his perfect game bid with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night against the Diamondbacks.
Like the A's recently, Dan Straily is doing some of his best work of the season at the right time. Straily, the rookie right-hander, threw seven scoreless innings against the Astros in the A's 2-1 win on Saturday and has now allowed just three runs over 19 innings in his last three starts. The A's have won all three -- against the Tigers, Rangers and Astros -- and have won seven of their last nine games, ensuring they will spend at least another night in sole possession of first place.
Great things are expected of the 49ers this season; predictions range from 10 to 14 wins, and anything short of winning the Super Bowl will be a disappointment.
AT&T Park was littered with unfilled seats Thursday night, and those fans who showed up were treated to another sloppy performance by the Giants.
The Rangers began Wednesday having not allowed more than five runs in a game since July 30 -- a span of 31 games that was the longest by an American League team since baseball introduced the designated hitter in 1973. They had their ace going in Yu Darvish, who came in with a 2.73 ERA and a majors-leading 236 strikeouts. Those aren't normally the ingredients for an offensive outburst like that of the A's in their 11-4 win over the Rangers that evened things -- again -- atop the A.L. West.
The Giants added eight players to their clubhouse Tuesday, but for left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the mix hasn't changed.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit AT&T Park in three weeks for the final time in 2013, Giants fans will face one of the more important questions of this lost season: How will they treat former Giants closer/sideshow Brian Wilson?
Tuesday night showed both sides of Josh Donaldson's aggressive play. He made one of the best catches you'll see this year in the sixth inning, diving headfirst over a tarp in foul ground to catch David Murphy's pop-up. He also ran the A's out of a potential two-out rally in the third, getting thrown out at the plate coming from second on Yoenis Cespedes' infield single.
Barry Zito's latest road start was just like the rest of them, and it might have been his last for the Giants.
Coco Crisp was sitting on 10 home runs in mid-August when he missed nearly a week dealing with a sore right wrist. Since returning to the A's lineup on a regular basis Aug. 19, he has hit seven in 13 games, including his career-high 17th that ended up being the difference in the A's 4-2 win over the Rangers on Monday.