Ben McLemore enters his third season with the Kings with a new name on the back of his jersey. And he has a new haircut. One thing, however, hasn’t changed. The Kings need him to emerge as a defensive stopper.
Coach Jim Tomsula understands the tendency of players to wallow in frustration after back-to-back blowout defeats. He knows there are areas that need to be fixed – especially the offensive line’s play. But as far as lineup changes? “I don’t think in those terms,” he says. “My first reaction when something’s not going right is not to throw somebody out and put somebody else in. That’s not the way I think. I don’t see it as people are disposable.”
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Mike Leake pitches a two-hitter for his first career shutout as the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on Wednesday night. A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Giants jump to an early lead, then ride Leake to beat the Dodgers for the eighth time in nine games at AT&T Park.
Barry Zito pitches four innings in perhaps the final start of his major-league career as the A’s defeat the Los Angeles Angels 8-7. The 37-year-old left-hander, a 15-year veteran and former Cy Young Award winner, spent most of this season in the minors.
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The thing about extensive winning and losing streaks is they tend to manifest significance. Schools such as De La Salle are on impressive winning streaks. On the other side, Mira Loma has lost 23 consecutive games.
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Yes, Joseph Benavidez beats people up for a living. No, he’s not a maniac. He adores his single-parent mother for showing him the value of hard work. He loves dogs and music. He will be married six days after his fight against Ali Bagautinov of Russia on Saturday in UFC 192 in Houston.
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