The season opens for the three professional baseball teams about which Sacramento cares most – San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and Sacramento River Cats – beginning April 6. What the season portends for each varies as they adjust to significant changes.
Already missing their leadoff hitter and closer to injuries for all of April, the A’s learned Saturday they will also be without their most versatile defensive player and regular No. 3 hitter, Ben Zobrist, for a significant time due to a knee injury and surgery that will likely sideline him until June.
OAKLAND -- A’s right-hander Kendall Graveman is a ground-ball pitcher who Saturday was not getting ground balls. Of the 25 batters he faced in the A’s 9-3 loss to the Houston Astros, Graveman induced just three ground-ball outs. And most of the nine hits he gave up were hit hard on a line or in the air.
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Starling Marte's RBI single in the ninth inning was the difference as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 in the second of a three-game set on Saturday.
ANAHEIM, Calif.-Collin Cowgill got to know Josh Hamilton as an Angels teammate and friend the last two seasons after watching the former American League most valuable player star for the Texas Rangers.
David Lough hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning to cap a two-run rally against Koji Uehara, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Saturday night to end a five-game losing streak.