The Giants lose 5-4 to San Diego and fall eight games behind the National League West-leading Dodgers with 10 games left. Matt Duffy has three hits and Brandon Crawford homers for San Francisco.
Only sparse pockets of an announced crowd of 14,452 remained at O.co Coliseum to see the final out of the A’s 8-1 loss to the Texas Rangers. Friday night, however, those seats are expected to be full as the A’s bring their final homestand of the season to an end with a three-game interleague series against the Giants.
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With most teams opening league play, the games bear extra importance. The Bee’s Joe Davidson analyzes No. 1 Folsom at No. 5 Granite Bay, No. 2 Grant vs. No. 10 Franklin, No. 7 Oak Ridge at Woodcreek, Del Campo at No. 19 Roseville and Golden Sierra at San Juan.
Gabe Gissie knows he has 23 older brothers on Republic FC watching his back and rooting him on. The teenager with the infectious smile, friendly demeanor and solid-oak physique is the team’s youngest player – and perhaps most remarkable talent.
There were plenty of problems Sunday in Pittsburgh, especially safeties who were either late arriving on deep passes or, in the case of Antoine Bethea in the second quarter, had a Steelers wide receiver blow past him for a touchdown. The question now is how quickly Eric Mangini’s defense can find its groove.
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