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Blach’s heroic relief stint lifts Giants to marathon 16-inning victory

MIAMI–Fifteen years after Marlins catcher Ivan Rodríguez withstood first baseman J.T. Snow’s attempt to barrel through him at home plate on the final play of the NLDS, Rodríguez’s son Dereck attempted to return the favor on behalf of the Giants by rolling through the Marlins on Thursday. Fifteen

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Bay Area’s baseball greats celebrated in new TV documentary

“Bay Area Revelations” wants to take you out to the ballgame. NBC Bay Area’s (KNTV) award-winning documentary series is turning its attention to the diamond with its latest production, “Champions of Baseball.” Airing after the Giants-Dodgers game on Friday (June 15), the hourlong special recalls

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The Giants prospects closing in on major league opportunities

MIAMI–After sending Miami native Andrew Suárez to the mound on Wednesday, the Giants will turn to another rookie and local product, Dereck Rodríguez, in an effort to salvage their series-finale against the Marlins Thursday. Suárez and Rodríguez both ma…

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The Giants prospects closing in on major league opportunities

MIAMI–After sending Miami native Andrew Suárez to the mound on Wednesday, the Giants will turn to another rookie and local product, Dereck Rodríguez, in an effort to salvage their series-finale against the Marlins Thursday. Suárez and Rodríguez both ma…

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Giants change plans for dividing playing time in left field

MIAMI–When the Giants announced the signing of free agent Austin Jackson during the offseason, the club indicated Jackson would have a role as a versatile asset who could earn playing time at all three outfield positions. For the first time this season…

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How minor league stint helped A’s Emilio Pagan regain his stuff

OAKLAND — There was a point where Emilio Pagan might have thought he was untouchable. Getting traded over from the Seattle Mariners to the A’s this offseason in exchange for slugger Ryon Healy, Pagan was coming off a solid rookie campaign that saw him post a 3.22 ERA in 34 appearances and establish

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A Warriors concern? All-Star center says he’s hot to join Rockets

Here’s something else for the Houston Rockets to obsess about. According to a USA Today report published late last week, veteran Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan “was in the ears of multiple Rockets players throughout the 2017-2018 season, expressing his longtime desire to play in his hometown

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A Warriors concern? All-Star center says he’s hot to join Rockets

Here’s something else for the Houston Rockets to obsess about. According to a USA Today report published late last week, veteran Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan “was in the ears of multiple Rockets players throughout the 2017-2018 season, expressing his longtime desire to play in his hometown

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The ‘nice problem’ the Giants and Bruce Bochy are dealing with

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Giants aren’t leading the league in many categories, but nearly 40 percent of the way through the season, San Francisco is pacing all of baseball in team batting average. The Giants’ .265 clip is tied with the Boston Red Sox for the major league lead, and many of the team

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Long before Dwight Clark, three forgotten 49ers perished from ALS

It had been decades since anyone remembered the three 49ers who died from ALS. Then Dwight Clark revealed last year he too was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Bay Area sports icon who died Monday became the catalyst to refocus attention on Matt Hazeltine, Gary Lewis and Bob Waters. They

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Photos: Ex-San Francisco Giants star Matt Cain sells Alamo mansion

Former Giants pitcher Matt Cain has sold his Alamo, Calif. mansion for $5.425 million, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 6,750 square foot property has five bedrooms and six baths. It features a master suite with three walk-in closets and a fireplace,…

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Steve Kerr on Warriors being on the cusp of second-straight title: ‘You don’t have a lot of opportunities like this in life’

CLEVELAND –WIth the Warriors one win away from potentially sweeping the Cavaliers in The Finals to win their second-straight championship, Steve Kerr was a bit superstitious. A reporter asked him if he had a waterproof outfit planned for Friday evening — and he didn’t hesitate in his response. “That

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Athletics’ Blackburn sharp; beats Royals in 2018 debut

OAKLAND — Paul Blackburn looked as good as he ever has and maybe better. Surely after a nearly flawless six-inning performance in a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals, the 10th different starter for the Athletics this season would explain exactly how …

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A’s shuffle batting order — Fowler to leadoff, Semien batting sixth

OAKLAND — The Athletics are getting a sneak preview of the future Thursday night as Dustin Fowler bats leadoff in the first game of a three-game series at the Coliseum against the Kansas City Royals. Fowler, whose bat has come around of late after a sl…

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MLB Draft: Stanford trio taken by Cubs, Royals, Braves

Prior to this week’s MLB Draft, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility for Stanford teammates Tristan Beck, Kris Bubic and Nico Hoerner to hear their names called in the first round. For bragging rights, it’s plausible the trio made a bet about which one would go highest. “There was no

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Daniel Mengden roughed up as A’s long ball issues continue in loss to Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Daniel Mengden is wishing the calendar never flipped from May to June. Mengden was roughed up Wednesday night as the A’s fell to the Rangers 8-2 and were swept in a short two-game series. After an phenomenal month of May that saw Mengden go 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA in six starts, Mengden

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