After getting his first chance to play professional baseball when he was drafted by the Giants in 2002, Travis Ishikawa is back with the organization for what could be his final chance to return to the major leagues.
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Buster Posey throws out John Jaso attempting to steal second base to end the game, Joe Panik’s two-run double caps a three-run sixth inning, and the Giants rally from an early five-run deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 on Wednesday night.
Daniel Mengden becomes the third pitcher in Oakland history to lose his first three career starts – joining Brady Rigby and Mike Morgan – as the A’s fall 4-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum. He also has the second-most strikeouts through the first three outings of any A’s pitcher since 1913.
Former Sheldon High standout Matt Manning is expected to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers that will pay the right-handed pitcher a $3.5 million bonus, a record for area prospects.
If you’re a Kings fan, the best approach to take for Thursday’s NBA draft is to dodge it. Nobody available at the eighth position will solve the team’s personnel and spiritual needs. Maybe during Monday’s final predraft workouts, the Kings should have given a look at the Dalai Lama, who was in town to address the California Legislature.
Six years after former the former major-league outfielder exchanged his cleats and glove for water bottles and running shoes, Eric Byrnes will participate Saturday in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, becoming the first former mainstream pro athlete to compete in the annual mountainous trek from Squaw Valley to Auburn.
Cameron Iwasa is emerging as the go-to scorer Republic FC coach Paul Buckle has sought since the departure of Rodrigo Lopez after last season. Iwasa’s first two-goal game as a pro Saturday helped Sacramento defeat the River Valley Grande FC Toros 3-2 and earned him this week’s USL Player of the Week honors.
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