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Local sports scene heating up this weekend, too

It’s going to feel a lot like summer this weekend, and there are plenty of reasons for sports fans to get off the couch and go outside. Here are five things to help you stay away from the TV:

1. High school baseball: Elk Grove High School is going for its sixth Sac-Joaquin Section Division I baseball championship since 2002. The best-of-three series against St. Mary’s of Stockton opens Friday at 7 p.m., with the second game Saturday at noon. The third game, if needed, will follow. Daily admission at Sacramento City College’s Union Stadium is $10 for adults and $5 students.

2. Rowing: The Sacramento State Aquatics Center at Lake Natoma hosts the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships for Division I, II and III on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Competition begins each day at 8:30 a.m.; admission is $15, and parking is $10. Bring your coolers, food and camping chairs, but leave the alcohol at home.

3. Soccer: Republic FC hosts Real Monarchs SLC at Bonney Field on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It will be its first home USL match since a 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2 on May 9. Republic FC lost to Real Monarchs SLC 1-0 in Salt Lake City last month.

4. Motor sports: Cal Expo hosts the 50th running of the Sacramento Mile on Saturday, with the first heats at 6:45 p.m. Kenny Coolberth Jr., leads the GNC1 standings, seven points ahead of Jared Mees. Tickets start at $29 for standing room if purchased in advance and $40 at the gate; the cheapest seats are in the bleachers ($35/$46).

5. Major-league baseball: If you want to get away from the heat, the Giants and A’s are home for night games Friday and Saturday and day games Sunday, with the Braves at AT&T Park and the Yankees at O.co Coliseum. Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ starter Saturday, has a 2.76 ERA in 15 starts against Atlanta. For the A’s, Sonny Gray will start Friday for the first time since being hit by a ball at Tampa Bay on Sunday and leaving the game.

Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097 @tomcouzens


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