Outfielder Nori Aoki, who was activated from the disabled list on July 27, could be heading back to the DL. He left the Giants’ 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros after the fourth inning Wednesday.
Right-hander Aaron Brooks had allowed just two earned runs in his previous two starts with the A’s but is hit hard by the Blue Jays in the A’s 10-3 loss at Toronto. Brooks gives up a career-worst eight runs on six hits in 12/3 innings and sees his ERA rise from 2.41 to 5.75. Toronto surges to the top of the A.L. East with its 10th straight win.
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Rudy Gay can count just as well as the 33 other NBA players at this week’s mandatory Team USA minicamp at UNLV with the hope of earning credits toward a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. Gay is in the scrum of his life. The competition among guards and forwards is so ferocious, the talent pool so deep, the United States could send three teams to Rio de Janeiro and easily win three medals.
In what will be the Kings’ final season at Sleep Train Arena, the team will open their 2015-16 season at home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, Oct. 28. This is the fourth time the Sacramento Kings have opened the season against the Clippers, including their inaugural game on Oct. 25, 1985.
Colin Kaepernick blasts reports that he and former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith fought before Smith was released from the team. The quarterback says he’s “good friends” with Smith and noted that the linebacker attended a Kaepernick-led charity golf outing in June.
The Raiders host the St. Louis Rams on Friday night (7 p.m. Ch. 58) in their first exhibition of the preseason. By definition, the game shouldn’t mean much. But when you haven’t had a winning season since 2002, when the challenge is to lobotomize a losing mind-set, everything you do has meaning.
Nick Noonan has three hits and three RBIs to lead the River Cats to a 6-2 win over host Tacoma.
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