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  • Mark Canha tweaks swing, makes impact for A’s as pinch hitter

    Mark Canha spends most of his time these days planted on the A's bench. That's not an easy transition for a player who has made 260 starts in his major-league career, including 97 this season. But Canha is putting his time to good use, tinkering with his swing. The results are showing on this homestand: Canha smacked a three-run double Monday night against the Angels and a two-run, pinch-hit, game-tying homer Friday night against the Twins. Canha is 5-for-12 this season as a pinch hitter. He's...

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  • Giants’ Aramis Garcia rebounds with four hits

    ST. LOUIS - Catcher Aramis Garcia grew up a Cardinals fan in Florida because of two players, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina. His room was all red and white. So imagine how the Giants rookie felt spying Molina out of the corner of his eye while hitting the past two games. "I didn't even know what to say," Garcia said. "It was surreal getting to face him today and yesterday." More surreal is how Garcia's two games at the plate played out. He became the second Giant since at least 1913 to strike...

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  • Giants blow lead, miss chances, lose on homer off Melancon

    ST. LOUIS - Can pitchers lose their concentration on the mound after they have to run the bases? Based on a minuscule sample size, two games on this trip, the Giants would have to say yes. In San Diego on Wednesday, Chris Stratton hit a three-run double in the second inning then immediately gave up five. On Saturday, it happened to their hottest pitcher, in a game the Giants lost 5-4 on Tyler O'Neill's two-out, two-strike homer against Mark Melancon in the 10th inning. Dereck Rodriguez, just...

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  • Khris Davis’ second homer of game gives A’s victory

    The A's set a franchise record Friday night, pounding out at least seven runs in an eighth consecutive home game. That could have been deemed an arbitrary stat until it came to the record-breaker. The A's needed all seven of their runs, including Khris Davis' game-winning solo shot in the 10th inning, to beat the Twins 7-6 in front of 27,558 at the Coliseum and to keep pace in their playoff chase. Houston, New York and Tampa all won before Davis launched his 45th homer of the season to leave the...

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  • Giants lose to Cardinals late, hurting Rockies’ cause

    ST. LOUIS - The Giants have always played good baseball at the third iteration of Busch Stadium since it opened in 2006. They had met the Cardinals here 44 times, playoffs included, through last season. They won 22 and lost 22. Friday night's series opener mirrored that parity, even though one team holds a National League wild card and the other is playing out the schedule. The Cardinals settled their 5-3 victory with two outs in the in the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Matt Adams squirted a ball...

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  • SF's new HIV cases hit record low, but disparities widening among groups...

    Aggressive efforts to end transmission of HIV are paying off in San Francisco, where public health officials are reporting record-low new cases, and the city is far outpacing national trends that show much narrower declines. But at both the local and national level, disparities among age, race and gender groups are becoming more pronounced. Inequalities exist among those groups in the number of new cases and also in how quickly people who are newly diagnosed are able to access care and get the...

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  • School bus carrying 11 students catches fire on Richmond Bridge

    A school bus fire Friday afternoon caused a traffic shutdown for about 40 minutes on the westbound lanes of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, authorities said. Three adults and 11 students, ages 11 to 18, got off the bus safely and without injuries. They were coming from the California School for the Deaf in Fremont and headed towards Santa Rosa, CHP officer Andrew Barclay said. CHP received a call around 2:20 p.m. with reports of a rear engine fire on a school bus. The driver of a tractor-trailer...

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  • Giants’ Belt undergoes second operation on right knee

    ST. LOUIS - Giants first baseman Brandon Belt underwent surgery in San Francisco on Friday to clean up the articular cartilage and meniscus in his right knee, a procedure that he expected and should have him ready for spring training. Team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki performed the surgery. Belt had had a similar operation on the same knee after 2015. Belt has said he needed four weeks to recover from that operation, but the medical staff plans to slow the rehabilitation now after a second...

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  • Kanye West buys full front-page ads in 9 papers ahead of latest Yeezy release

    It's no secret that Kanye has a passion for graphic design, but these nine images aren't just something he cooked up for the fun of it they're very real. Yes, Kanye West bought full-page, wrap-around ads in nine newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle.

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  • A’s wallop Angels 21-3, another big day for Stephen Piscotty

    The A's ensured their spiffy record over the past 14 home series remained pristine by pounding the Angels in the finale at the Coliseum on Thursday. Oakland scored five in the third, seven in the fourth and six in the sixth to hammer out a 21-3 victory and take the series two games to one. The A's run total was their most since Sept. 30, 2000, when they beat Texas 23-2, and their 22 hits were a season high. The A's trimmed their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six, with New York and...

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  • Man accused in San Francisco kidnapping, deadly crash ordered to stand trial

    A man accused in a violent San Francisco kidnapping that led to a fiery and fatal crash in Emeryville was ordered to stand trial on several charges, including murder, a judge ruled Thursday. Michael Brown, 42, is facing charges including kidnapping, conspiracy, assault, pimping and murder. A second defendant accused of assisting in the abduction, 26-year-old Timothy Attaway, was held to answer for a kidnapping charge. Judge Samuel Stevens' decision comes after a dramatic preliminary hearing last...

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  • Sean Manaea’s surgery “best-case scenario;” he might return to A’s next year

    Sean Manaea's shoulder surgery Tuesday was "best-case scenario," renowned orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache told the A's, and manager Bob Melvin said the left-hander might be able to pitch again sometime next year. The A's feared that Manaea, who threw a no-hitter against Boston on April 21, would be lost for all of next year, but the repairs needed were less extensive than often is the case with shoulder surgeries. "There is some hope that next year has some potential," A's manager Bob Melvin...

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  • Errors by young 49ers WRs highlight challenges of Shanahan’s system

    Last year, as a rookie, 49ers tight end George Kittle had 43 catches for 515 yards and, unofficially, a million mental mistakes. Just ask Kittle, who recently said his second-season improvement is tied to his better understanding of Kyle Shanahan's advanced-calculus playbook. "I know I'm a much better player than I was last year," Kittle said, "because my head's not cut off running around and not knowing what's going on." The message wide receivers Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne can take from...

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  • Person pulled from water near SF’s Aquatic Park; 2 more rescued from cliffs

    Three people were rescued early Thursday, and one was in critical condition, after being trapped on the cliffs and in the water near Aquatic Park in San Francisco, officials said. The incident was reported just after 6 a.m., according to the San Francisco Fire Department, which sent crews to the scene. One person was rescued by the department's fireboat and was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries, officials said. Two people were removed from the cliffs by about 6:40 a.m., and were in...

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  • A’s thump Angels 10-0, big nights for Stephen Piscotty, Brett Anderson

    Oakland's offense was somewhat the worse for wear going into Wednesday's game, with many key contributors on the fritz. Then came the fourth inning, when the A's - who went down in order in each of the first three innings - broke out against Felix Peña, sending 10 men to the plate and rolling to a 10-0 victory over the Angels to snap a three-game losing streak. On the pitching side of things, Brett Anderson ended the string of Oakland starters failing to work more than six innings by going...

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  • Arrest of San Francisco activist Equipto sparks protest outside police station in Mission District

    More than 50 protesters confronted police outside of the Mission police station in San Francisco following the arrest of a Bay Area activist Wednesday who residents said was taken into custody for videoing police mistreatment of a black youth. Ilyich Sato, a rapper also known as Equipto, and the youth were arrested after 6 p.m. on Valencia Street in a chaotic scene that was filled with tense confrontations between residents and police. Sato was released hours later, as protesters crowded outside...

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  • Who’s fastest? 49ers’ Goodwin cleverly answers when asked about Hill

    In the discussion about the NFL's fastest player, two wide receivers, the 49ers' Marquise Goodwin and Chiefs' Tyreek Hill, are certainly in the conversation. On Wednesday, however, Goodwin declined to enter the discussion when asked if he was faster than Hill. Well, sort of. In response, Goodwin pulled up the sleeve on his left arm and pointed to his tattoo of Olympic rings. It was a reference to the fact he'd competed in the long jump in the 2012 Olympics and, perhaps, it was a suggestion that...

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  • Giants’ Bumgarner wants to stay, but knows decision rests with team

    SAN DIEGO - As the Giants end another disappointing season and dive into what promises to be a turbulent winter, they finally need to address one of their most critical questions in perhaps decades, which has no easy answer. What are they going to do with pitcher Madison Bumgarner, one of the greatest players to wear the uniform and one of the greatest postseason pitchers in the game's history? In an interview before the Giants' game against the Padres on Wednesday night, Bumgarner made his...

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  • Raiders WR Jordy Nelson not sweating quiet start

    Being Derek Carr's primary receiving target has resulted in a gaudy stat line in each of the Raiders' first two games. Tight end Jared Cook had nine catches for 180 yards in Week 1. Last weekend in Denver, receiver Amari Cooper had 10 catches on 10 targets for 116 yards. "So maybe I'm in the rotation this week," receiver Jordy Nelson said, grinning. "We'll see." Nelson, the Raiders' biggest free-agent acquisition this spring, is off to a quiet start with five catches for 53 yards in two games....

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  • A’s bullpen, including Lou Trivino, in a little funk

    Every bullpen has its rough spells here and there. The A's relievers were so excellent most of the season, it was almost inevitable that the unit would stumble once or twice down the stretch. The timing isn't great, with Oakland's magic number stuck at seven over a three-game stretch during which the bullpen has allowed 18 runs, but two of the three games were "bullpenning" games, with an "opener" followed by a more transitional starter. The A's are 2-4 in such games to date. Tuesday, Lou...

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  • Dreamforce is coming to San Francisco — here’s what to expect

    An average weekday in downtown San Francisco can already feel claustrophobic, so what happens when 170,000 additional people flood into a relatively small patch of the city? Congestion, and lots of it. Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual customer conference, will bring many tens of thousands of conference attendees next week, as well as thousands more workers, vendors, hangers-on, plus herds of charter buses and convention-badge-wearing pedestrians who will all converge on the area surrounding...

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  • Elderly pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by truck in Bernal Heights

    A flatbed truck towing a trailer Wednesday afternoon hit an elderly pedestrian and closed down a Bernal Heights intersection, authorities said. The incident happened around 2:49 p.m. at the intersection of Cortland Avenue and Ellsworth Street. The intersection remained closed as of 5 p.m, said San Francisco police spokesperson Giselle Linnane. The 75-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police did not release the identity of the motorist, who is...

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  • Will the just-right Jimmy Garoppolo show up for 49ers in Week 3?

    In Week 1, he was too reckless. In Week 2, he was too cautious. The question for Week 3: When will Jimmy Garoppolo be as glorious as he was last year? Perceptions change rapidly in the NFL. And that fact is neatly illustrated this week with the 49ers and Garoppolo visiting the Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes. Less than two week ago, when Garoppolo had a 7-0 record, there were jokes about him never losing a start in his career. But that crack about unsustainable perfection is so five minutes ago:...

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  • Warriors play waiting game with Patrick McCaw

    Less than a week before the start of training camp, the Warriors face at least one major personnel question: Will Patrick McCaw sign? Over the past three months, Golden State has waited for McCaw to ink its $1.7 million qualifying offer. Now, with media day four days away, McCaw is still holding out for a better offer. It is a risky approach that could take a toll on the good will McCaw and the Warriors have fostered over the past two seasons. Though Golden State remains hopeful that its...

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