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.

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.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain recorded just his second win of the season Wednesday night. The Giants won for just the fifth time in Cain’s 15 starts. They also won for only the eighth time in their last 28 games, and the fourth time in their last 18 games at home.

OAKLAND There have been scooters in the clubhouse, pies in the face, and enough facial hair to keep the local barber in business if the players sporting the unruly beards and hairstyles suddenly decided to practice good grooming habits.

SAN FRANCISCO Never in his first eight full major-league seasons did Matt Cain go past May 21 without recording his second win. Yet as the right-hander took the mound at AT&T Park on Wednesday night, he did so with a record of 1-7 – winless since May 15 and facing the very real possibility of entering the All-Star break stuck on one victory.

The Giants have yet to play this season with the lineup they had envisioned for Opening Day, largely because of the lower back strain that has kept Marco Scutaro out the entire first half.

Jose Martinez’s two-run homer in the sixth inning tied the score, then Andy Parrino’s two-run single in the seventh inning gave the visiting River Cats the lead in their 6-2 win over Fresno.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than a week from the All-Star Break, there’s finally a target date for Marco Scutaro’s return to the Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy today said Scutaro will likely rejoin the Giants on Friday and be activated either Friday or Saturday.

OAKLAND -- Game two of this Bay Bridge series between the A’s and Giants, won by the A’s 6-1 on Tuesday night, could have been subtitled: "Variations on a bloop."

A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will defend his Home Run Derby title Monday at Target Field, it was announced Tuesday.

Tuesday afternoon, A’s manager Bob Melvin was arguing that shortstop Jed Lowrie, owner of a .228 batting average entering the night’s game against the Giants, has been the victim of “some tough luck” offensively in the first half – but that he hoped Lowrie having multiple hits in three consecutive games was a sign his luck is changing.

Adam Duvall hit a pair of three-run homers to power the Fresno Grizzlies to a 14-2 victory over the River Cats on Tuesday night at Chukchansi Park.

OAKLAND -- It was officially announced today that A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will defend his title in the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities next week. Unlike last year, Cespedes was already headed to Minneapolis as part of the American League roster for the All-Star Game, but now will be part of the five-man A.L. Derby team announced by captain Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays this afternoon.

Perhaps the unlikeliest of the A’s six All-Stars this season was absent when manager Bob Melvin announced the selections in a clubhouse meeting Sunday morning. Brandon Moss was getting an MRI on his sprained left ankle, so Melvin called Moss with the news. Moss’ wife was with him when he took the call, he said, and immediately saw “my face drop.”

As Jesse Chavez addressed reporters in the clubhouse following the A’s 5-0 win over the Giants on Monday night, his newest teammate and locker neighbor Jason Hammel stood off to the side, waiting for the media crowd to disperse. Chavez called out a playful, "Sorry, Jason!" To which Hammel responded:

Jesse Chavez continued an impressive run of A’s starting pitching with six scoreless innings, and Alberto Callaspo contributed a two-run double Monday night as Oakland beat the Giants 5-0 in the opener of the Bay Bridge Series.

Jake Elmore drove in the tying run in the seventh inning with a two-out single. After Elmore stole second base, Andy Parrino drove in the go-ahead run as the visiting River Cats beat Fresno 6-4 Monday night.

A month ago, this week’s Bay Bridge Series looked like it might feature two of the hottest teams in baseball, back when the Giants were 21 games over .500 and the A’s not far behind.

The River Cats scored four runs each in the first, third and fifth innings Sunday night en route to a 14-7 win over the host Reno Aces.

Before his team completed a four-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays behind a strong debut from its new pitching acquisition, A’s manager Bob Melvin was asked what it’s like to have the baseball world eyeing Oakland and an organization that has often operated in relative obscurity to teams farther east and south.

Friday, the A’s sent two future stars – shortstop Addison Russell, a first-round pick playing at Double-A Midland, and outfielder Billy McKinney, a first-round pick at Class-A Stockton – along with pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named (Daric Barton?) to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The deal made the best team in baseball even better.

After it was announced Sunday that the A’s had six players selected to the American League team for this year’s All-Star Game -- their largest contingent since they had seven in 1975 -- all six were brought to the interview room at the O.co Coliseum and lined up behind a table with four microphones. Seated on the end and looking down at the five players to his left, Brandon Moss made an admirable attempt to define the group that will represent the A’s in Minneapolis on July 15.

OAKLAND -- Hours before his first start for the A’s, right-hander Jeff Samardzija was sitting in the middle of the clubhouse chatting with teammates and, in the words of manager Bob Melvin, "walking around with a smile pasted on his face."

A six-run first inning sparked the host Reno Aces to a 12-4 victory over the River Cats on Saturday night.

If anyone didn't think that the Oakland Athletics meant business, they certainly do now.

Andy Parrino‘s three-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning that sent the River Cats to a 6-4 victory over Reno on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Aces Ballpark.

Meeting with reporters in his office instead of the usual interview room down the hallway, the longtime manager leaned back in his chair, then unloaded. He spoke softly and deliberately – this is Bochy, remember – and used terms like “awful baseball” and “disappointing” and having “too much talent for this.” With his frequent hand gestures stressing his points, he seemed particularly miffed about his team’s sloppy 7-2 loss to St. Louis that ended the 10-game homestand with a 2-8 thud.

OAKLAND From the top of the second inning on, the A’s played Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays under protest. Their 4-1 win behind right-hander Sonny Gray nullified the protest, but still featured one of the oddest episodes yet seen during this inaugural season of instant replay use.

OAKLAND -- In this inaugural season of instant replay in Major League Baseball, Thursday night’s 4-1 A’s win over the Toronto Blue Jays provided one of the oddest uses of review yet.

OAKLAND -- Eric O’Flaherty last pitched in the major leagues a little more than a year ago, on May 17 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since then, he has undergone and spent months rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Thursday, the A’s activated the left-hander from the disabled list ahead of their series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Daric Barton's double in the bottom of the 15th inning gave the Sacramento River Cats their 11th walk-off win of the season, a 3-2 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies, and new record, during the Wednesday night game at Raley Field.

SAN FRANCISCO -- After allowing two runs in seven innings against the Cardinals but falling to 5-5 as the Giants failed to score for the third time in their last nine games, Ryan Vogelsong was asked what he thought of his stuff Wednesday night.

Outside of just the zeroes on the scoreboard, Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said that watching Tim Lincecum throw eight scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night was in one key respect like seeing an extension of the right-hander’s no-hitter against the San Diego Padres six days before.

Since his baseball coach at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts was also the track coach, Nate Freiman was encouraged to stay in shape in the offseason. He became an accomplished indoor runner. But Freiman wasn’t really interested in high hurdles and middle distances. As a 6-foot-8 freshman at Duke, Freiman looked more the part of a certain successful basketball team on the Durham, N.C., campus.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said center fielder Angel Pagan’s visit to back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins today provided no new diagnoses but some potential peace of mind for Pagan, who remains sidelined with a bulging disc and nerve irritation in his lower back.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy penciled in a new name at the top of his lineup Tuesday – but not the one the Giants were hoping to have back to begin their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday, center fielder Angel Pagan instead told reporters before the game that he suffered a “minor” setback to his injured back Monday and would fly to Los Angeles today to see a specialist.

For as historic and impressive as Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter against the Padres was last week, by definition it did not require Lincecum to pitch out of any big jams -- an often difficult task for the right-hander in recent seasons.

Jake Elmore singled to right with one out to score Shane Peterson and lift the River Cats past the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4 Tuesday night at Raley Field for their 10th walk-off win this season.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants had hoped they’d have Angel Pagan back for tonight’s series opener against the Cardinals. Instead, Pagan, who hasn’t played since June 14 with a back injury, suffered a minor setback while working out on the off-day Monday and is headed to Los Angeles to see a back specialist, extending the timetable for his return.

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