The River Cats gave out 1,500 T-shirts reading “Susacramento” on Friday in honor of hometown catcher Andrew Susac. But the Jesuit High School graduate can’t be totally enthralled, not when he’s dipped his toe in the waters of the major leagues, starting 55 games over two years for the Giants in relief of Buster Posey.
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Brandon Crawford hit a three-run homer, Madison Bumgarner survived a shaky second inning, and the Giants ended a three-game losing streak to Colorado, beating the Rockies 6-4 on Friday night. Bumgarner won his third consecutive start, retiring 15 of 17 after giving up all four runs in the second.
The Baltimore Orioles and the A’s will play a split doubleheader Saturday after Friday’s game was postponed by rain. Officials called off the game about a half-hour before the scheduled starting time.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum picked up a ball, started his motion and let it fly as radar guns rose behind the plate. A series of camera clicks followed, then a pop of the glove. The 31-year-old right-hander mixed up his pitches and hit most of his spots during his showcase. He hopes to catch on with a big-league team soon, preferably as a starter.
Don Jackson wore the stigma of being a tough guy from the streets of south Sacramento like a badge of honor. The troubled youth who was going nowhere signed last week with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free-agent running back out of Nevada.
The Los Angeles Galaxy II enters Saturday night’s USL match against visiting Republic FC as the Western Conference leader at 4-0-4 with a league-high 17 goals. Republic FC has lost its past three matches and hasn’t scored in the past four. But Sacramento has had the upper hand in the series, going 6-3-1 all-time against the Galaxy II.
Aaron Burbridge had 85 catches for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns for Michigan State last season, but it didn’t translate into a high draft pick. Twenty four receivers were taken before the 49ers selected him at the end of the sixth round, adding him to a deep but undistinguished group.
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