The A’s, who score in the ninth inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 5-4, have a new toy. Pat Venditte pitches with either arm. He doesn’t get double the paychecks, though.
Brandon Belt, Justin Maxwell and Joe Panik hit home runs off a struggling Matt Harvey in the Giants’ 8-5 victory over the New York Mets. One night after they were held hitless by Giants rookie Chris Heston, the Mets hand Harvey a 4-2 lead he can’t hold.
Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro is returning to the Denver Nuggets after accepting a front-office position, according to an NBA source. He has been the team’s GM since June 2013.
For diamond talent in the Sacramento area, look no further than Elk Grove High School. Twin seniors Nick and Ty Madrigal are The Bee’s baseball Players of the Year, while senior Morgan Lamb receives softball honors.
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