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  • A’s prospect Jesus Luzardo pays tribute to high school, Venezuelan roots

    WASHINGTON - A's prospect Jesus Luzardo took the mound in Sunday's Futures Game with his high school colors on one spike and the Venezuelan flag colors on the other. The A's prospect graduated in 2016 from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and faculty were killed in the Feb. 14 shootings. "After what happened, I'm glad to be here and kind of represent them," Luzardo said. "It's always good to be known I was from Stoneman...

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  • A’s, Giants prospects Jesus Luzardo, Heliot Ramos flouirsh at Futures Game

    WASHINGTON - Jesus Luzardo pitched Sunday where everyone expected him to pitch as a big-leaguer. Until the A's came calling. Drafted by the Nationals in 2016 and traded to the A's last July, Luzardo started the Futures Game at Nationals Park and showed some of the stuff he has used to dominate the Double-A Texas League. Born in Peru, raised in Florida and of Venezuelan descent, Luzardo started for the World team and threw a high 90s fastball and...

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  • ‘Bay parade’ highlights progress of pollution-fighting group

    The amazing thing about the 35 people who swam for miles in the San Francisco Bay on Sunday - besides that they swam for miles in the San Francisco Bay - is that they came out of the water soiled only by saltwater. Maybe some seaweed. No sewage clung to their hair. No oil tarred up their skin. No trash stuck between their toes. "We're all thankful that we live in a city that has clean enough water to swim in," said Wendy Kordesch, 32, who had joined the...

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  • Giants fall to A’s again, but end first half with winning mark

    Baseball has a funny way of defining its "first half." The Giants completed theirs Sunday by playing for the 98th time in a 162-game schedule. The Giants spent the entire first half redefining who they were out of necessity, starting with the moment Ty Blach, and not Madison Bumgarner, took the mound on Opening Day in Los Angeles. By the time they scattered for their break after Sunday's 6-2 loss to the A's, the Giants had used 42 players, including 23 pitchers....

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  • After taking Giants’ series, A’s charge into break in position to add players

    Oakland wrapped up a sensational first half Sunday with a 6-2 victory over the Giants, putting the A's a season-high 13 games over .500. Over the past month, they have the major's best record, at 21-6, and now they're poised to be buyers at the trade deadline rather than sellers. What? Seriously: What? Entering the season, expectations were modest. Breaking even seemed a good goal with a young team, especially after three...

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  • How A’s post-break rotation is shaping up

    Oakland's rotation coming out of the break isn't set in stone, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday, but Edwin Jackson looks a good bet to start Friday against the Giants and Trevor Cahill and Sean Manaea also are likely to start in that three-game series. When he was sent down, the plan was for Frankie Montas to return July 24 at Texas, which means that Brett Anderson is penciled in for the previous night's game against the Rangers. Daniel Mengden will be available at Triple-A...

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  • A’s Mark Canha: reactions to his theatrics mostly positive

    Mark Canha has heard a lot about his pinch-hit homer Saturday, a two-run shot that turned out to be the winning blow in Oakland's 4-3 win over the Giants. Well....not so much about the homer as the bat flip (more of an emphatic bat drop) and, especially, Canha's exclaimation as he crossed home plate: "My house!" "It was kind of heat of the moment," Canha said Sunday morning before the series finale. "This is a meaningful series for me, a kid from San Jose....

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  • Giants place Samardzija on DL for third time with shoulder injury

    Twice Jeff Samardzija has rehabbed the shoulder and pectoral injuries that have hounded him since spring training. Twice he returned and could not shake his ailments. So the Giants and the heretofore durable right-hander will try again. Samardzija went on the 10-day disabled list for the third time in 2018 on Sunday after he lasted four innings in Saturday night's 4-3 loss and again could not get loose early on. Team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki will examine...

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  • Giants prospect Shaun Anderson promoted to Triple-A Sacramento

    WASHINGTON - The decision was easy. Giants prospect Shaun Anderson would pitch in either the Eastern League All-Star Game in New Jersey or the Futures Game at Nationals Park. "It was obvious to me," said Anderson, 23, a member of the U.S. team in Sunday's Futures Game. Another Giants prospect, center fielder Heliot Ramos, 18, is on the World team. "This is more of a national stage where I could represent the San Francisco Giants. The competition is a whole...

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  • Hot conditions fuel wildfire outside Yosemite

    A deadly wildfire burning in the steep, rugged forestland along the Merced River west of Yosemite National Park quadrupled in size overnight - to 4,000 acres - and containment dropped to just 2 percent, fire officials said Sunday. High temperatures and the steep terrain made firefighting difficult and allowed the Ferguson Fire to spread, said Alex Olow, a spokesman for the National Forest Service. And fire crews expected to face tough conditions Sunday. "It is a...

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  • Minerva’s horoscope for week of July 15

    Starcast Jupiter continues to favor Scorpio as the sun adds sizzle to contemplative Cancer. Bringing challenge to the scene, Mercury poises to retrograde in racy, charge-ahead Leo. Time to batten down the hatches. Aries (March 21-April 20) Don't, repeat don't, go off and leave the shopping list on the table. And do try to be patient with people who show up late - or not at all. It's time to redo or...

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  • Mark Canha’s pinch-hit home run lifts A’s past Giants 4-3

    Mark Canha, who grew up in San Jose rooting for the Giants, played the key role in the A’s 4-3 victory at AT&T Park on Saturday night — and Canha savored every moment of it. Not that many Giants fans of 2018 would be particularly fond of his reaction. The Giants carried a 3-2 lead into the seventh. Tony Watson began the inning on the mound for San Francisco. Watson brought a 1.67 ERA into the game; his scoreless streak had ended at 18 innings Wednesday when...

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    Lights-out relief pitching and late offense, particularly with the long ball, has been the A’s winning formula for the past month. That formula was on display at AT&T Park on Saturday night as Oakland got 52/3 innings of shutout relief from Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen and a seventh-inning homer from Mark Canha to knock off the Giants4-3. That evens the series at a game apiece. The A’s moved four games back of Seattle for...

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  • Futures Game a showcase for Giants prospects Ramos, Anderson

    A recent mlb.com report had a glowing forecast for minor-league outfielder Heliot Ramos, claiming that "while he needs a few years of development time, Ramos has the highest ceiling of any Giants prospect since Buster Posey." That's a bold statement, but Ramos has drawn raves for his five-tool talents - and he will be among the players showcased on Sunday in the Futures Game (1 p.m, MLB Network), part of All-Star week in Washington. Ramos was the Giants'...

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  • Santiago Casilla designated for assignment by A’s

    Reliever Santiago Casilla has pitched for a Bay Area team in each of the past 15 seasons, including this one. His tenure with the A's apparently has come to an end. Amid several moves by Oakland on Saturday, the most significant was the team designating Casilla for assignment. Casilla, who turns 38 on July 25, has had two stints (2004-09, 2017-18) with the A's, sandwiched around his time with the Giants (2010-16). The right-hander has a 3.16 ERA...

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  • A’s cut reliever Santiago Casilla amid several moves

    After falling to the Giants 7-1 on Friday night, the A's made several moves Saturday, the most significant: Oakland designated reliever Santiago Casilla for assignment. The former Giants right-hander has a 3.16 ERA in 311/3 innings over 26 appearances this season. He issued 20 walks and hit four batters. On Friday night, he threw two scoreless innings but looked as if he had trouble with his command. He issued a wild pitch and a walk. Casilla has had two stints (2004-09,...

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  • Missing Oregon woman survived on water from radiator at bottom of Big Sur cliff

    Angela Hernandez sat injured and dazed for seven days on a small craggy beach at the bottom of a cliff along central California's picturesque coastline, surviving on water from her wrecked Jeep's radiator, anxiously hoping someone would find her. Help came on Friday when a pair of hikers spotted the missing 23-year-old Oregon woman calling for help from the remote Monterey County beach in Big Sur after she vanished the prior Friday while driving from Portland to her sister's...

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  • State Controller Yee injured in Alameda collision

    State Controller Betty Yee was injured Friday by a suspected impaired driver in a collision in Alameda, the California Highway Patrol said. Yee and her husband were passengers in an unmarked car being driven by a CHP officer around 3:25 p.m. near the Posey Tube and Marina Village Parkway. The car was struck from behind by a sedan driven by Aaron Ba Sean George, 25, the CHP said in a statement. Yee, her husband and the CHP officer suffered non-life-threatening...

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  • Giants romp in Bay Bridge opener; A’s Lowrie injured

    The A’s were afire after winning three of four in Houston. The Giants clawed their way to a series victory against the Cubs, needing 11 and 13 innings for their two wins. “They’re trying to get to the postseason. We’re trying to get to the postseason,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said hours before the first of six straight games against their Bay rivals. “These are important games.” Behind Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and two rookies, the Giants grabbed the...

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  • Nick Martini enjoying first big-league action with A’s

    You know you're having a good year when you reach base safely in 65 consecutive games - and that's not the first thing you'd mention about the year. A's outfielder Nick Martini owns that on-base streak with Triple-A Nashville. It's an active streak, but it's on hold as Martini is in his third stint with Oakland. It's not quite at the top of Martini's list because after spending the previous seven seasons in the St. Louis organization without reaching the majors,...

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  • Missing Oregon woman found alive, taken to hospital after deputies respond to Jeep over Highway 1 cliff

    The 23-year-old Oregon woman who was last seen south of Half Moon Bay last week was found injured but alive by a pair of passersby Friday night and taken to a hospital after her Jeep went over a cliff near Big Sur, officials said. A man and woman walking near Highway 1 in an unincorporated area of Monterey County found the missing woman with an injured shoulder Friday evening and called for help, said Monterey County Sheriff's Commander John Thornburg. Just...

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  • ‘Uncharted territory’ as Oakland City Council accused of violating City Charter

    A top Oakland official accused city lawmakers of violating their oaths of office for enacting an ordinance that defies the City Charter and their own legal counsel. The dispute is over which powers the new civilian-run Police Commission should have. Last week, the Oakland City Council voted to give the commission its own lawyer - outside the city attorney's office - and authority over a civilian inspector general, who will review and audit the Police Department. ...

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  • A’s Jed Lowrie leaves game with left leg contusion

    Jed Lowrie, the A's All-Star second baseman, had to leave Friday night's game against the Giants with what the team called a left leg contusion. Lowrie got hurt in the third inning. While catching a pop-up off the bat of Alen Hanson, Lowrie collided with right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Lowrie stayed on the ground for a while, but initially remained in the game. Madison Bumgarner struck out Lowrie in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Lowrie departed, with Khris...

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  • A’s call up lefty Jeremy Bleich, Stanford alum who has spent a decade in minors

    Ten years after the Yankees selected him 44th overall from Stanford, 10 years in which he was with five organizations without reaching the big leagues, the A's called up left-hander Jeremy Bleich from Triple-A Nashville on Friday. His reaction? "A little bit of everything," said Bleich, who pitched for the Cardinal from 2006 through '08, "emotional, a little bit nervous, anxious, excited. ... "It's extremely special. I get chills every time I...

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