Kelby Tomlinson didn’t realize at first that the scoreboard at AT&T Park was giving him a close-up after the Giants’ rookie second baseman hit his first major-league home run, a grand slam in the eighth inning Thursday afternoon en route to a 9-1 rout of the Chicago Cubs.
Madison Bumgarner isn’t waiting around for another October. While his Giants teammates have been limping to emergency rooms for MRIs and X-rays and physical therapy on assorted ailing body parts, the sturdy left-hander puts his foot on the gas and drives one of his trucks right through the month of August. If he isn’t the best pitcher in the National League right now, who is?
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Ahmad Brooks flies back to California after being charged with misdemeanor sexual battery Wednesday, and he won’t be with the 49ers at least through Saturday. How long his banishment lasts or whether it becomes permanent has not been decided, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke says.
For the second straight night, the River Cats struggled with runners in scoring position.
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