Willie Cauley-Stein’s shot-blocking attempts can be captivating but also dangerous when he lands and crashes to the floor. But coaches have never tried to reel in Cauley-Stein’s style of play for safety’s sake. And the Kings aren’t about to be the first.
Despite spurts of good play, the A’s have been unable to mount a sustained run and have remained at least seven games under .500 every day since May 7. Yet the A’s aren’t entirely out of the playoff race for two reasons. The Bee’s Matt Kawahara explains why.
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Can the starters keep it up? Is Billy Burns for real? Will Marcus Semien end the year as the A’s shortstop? Will this team look different in August? Will Barry Zito start a game in the second half? The Bee’s Matt Kawahara assesses.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LINKS
Brandon Hicks has a big night at the plate, and reliever Jeremy Affeldt pitches a scoreless inning in an injury rehab assignment as the visiting River Cats pound the Tacoma Rainiers 11-3. Hicks, batting eighth, goes 3 for 4 with a triple, a double and three RBIs to lead Sacramento’s 14-hit attack. Affeldt allows no hits but hits one batter and throws a wild pitch to another. The 36-year-old left-hander strikes out one and walks none.
Jordan Spieth plays like he has a Grand Slam to win. Dustin Johnson plays like he has a score to settle. Spieth quickly seizes on his opportunity for a third straight major with six birdies in his first 11 holes and is two shots behind the leader Johnson.
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