The Giants lose 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Yadier Molina’s 100th career home run off of Hunter Strickland in the bottom of the eighth inning. Matt Cain ends a run of four poor starts, allowing two runs in six innings, and contributes a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. The Cardinals take two of three games from the National League West-contending Giants.
The A’s defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on the strength of an ironman start from Jesse Chavez, who has been the subject of speculation that he is prone to fatigue as the season progresses.
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The River Cats defeat New Orleans 2-0 at Raley Field to tie a franchise record with their 10th straight win. Tommy Hanson pitches seven innings and Jarrett Parker has three hits and a first-inning RBI.
New coaches, players and enthusiasm have created hope of vast improvement for the Raiders. Last Friday’s 18-3 preseason victory over the St. Louis Rams also helped, though first-year coach Jack Del Rio concedes there is a “long climb ahead.”
The 49ers will be without Jerome Simpson, perhaps the front-runner to be their No. 3 wide receiver, for the first six weeks of the season while he serves a suspension. Yet there are other options in Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington and undrafted rookie DeAndrew White.
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