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Giants: Bumgarner and Boyd team up to crush Pirates 6-4

The San Francisco Giants brought in Marlon Byrd to help an offense in serious need of a jolt. Maybe finding a way to get Madison Bumgarner in the batter’s box semi-regularly would help, too. The left-hander smashed his fifth homer of the season and newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd drilled his 20th in his first game with the defending World Series champions as San Francisco held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Friday night to climb within 1½ games of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West.

▪ Giants to play River Cats at Raley Field in March

▪ Fiers throws no-hitter against Dodgers in 3-0 win by Astros

▪ A’s fall to Tampa Bay

Furillo: The River Cats can’t catch a break

Manager Bob Mariano is more than a little miffed as Sacramento reaches .500. He says playing 53 games in 54 days is “ridiculous.”

▪ River Cats rout New Orleans for 12th straight win

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Republic: Home-field advantage taking a hit

Republic FC (10-8-4, 34 points) is 6-4-1 at Bonney Field entering Saturday night’s match against Real Monarchs SLC (2-13-7, 13 points) and battling to stay in the Western Conference race. Republic FC is in seventh place; the top six qualify for the playoffs.

49ers: What’s plan at WR? Jerome Simpson saga begs question

You know your team’s had the Grendel’s-mother of terrible offseasons when it loses its third-best wide receiver for six games and the news hardly registers among fans. Backers of the 49ers have grown numb to crummy news because, after all, losing wideout Jerome Simpson for three-eighths of the season is not nearly as bad as losing Anthony Davis for at least a year or Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Chris Borland for good.

▪ Team deals TE Derek Carrier to Washington for 2017 draft pick

▪ Today’s exhibition game: Raiders at Vikings, 1:05 p.m., Ch. 58

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