Omri Casspi is not a politician, lobbyist or expert on the Middle East. He is an NBA player. Occasionally, he even dabbles as an unofficial Israeli tour guide, introducing current and former Kings teammates to his homeland with the robust enthusiasm of a chamber of commerce official. The dance is delicate and fraught with nettlesome political considerations.
The 49ers place five players, including two would-be starters – running back Carlos Hyde and center Daniel Kilgore – on the team’s injury lists Tuesday. The others are linebacker Aaron Lynch, offensive tackle Trent Brown and wide receiver DeAndre Smelter.
Oakland trades Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals, continuing a midseason roster shakeup that has included dealing away pitchers Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard in the last week. The A’s also sent cash to the Royals and in return received right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks and left-handed prospect Sean Manaea.
▪ Sonny Gray pitches a three-hitter for his second shutout in July, and the A’s snap their four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jeff Levering’s view of this week’s Giants-Brewers series still feels “very surreal” to the Sacramento native and Jesuit High School alum. It comes from behind a microphone in the visitors’ radio booth at AT&T Park, where Levering is in the middle of his rookie season with the Brewers’ broadcast team. He is filling in for Hall of Famer Bob Uecker on select broadcasts this season.
▪ Wily Peralta returns from the disabled list and shuts down one of baseball’s hottest teams in his first start in more than two months, pitching the Milwaukee Brewers past the Giants 5-2.
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Las Vegas scores four runs in the first inning and three each in the fourth and sixth innings to thump the River Cats 14-2 at Raley Field.
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