HOUSTON — Brett Anderson bent over to stuff some things into his suitcase, stood up and bumped his head into the open door at the top of his locker.
It was a fitting end to an up-and-down day for Oakland's starting pitcher who got a win against Houston, but also deflected two Astros hits off his left thumb and wrist and needed X-rays after the game.
"It doesn't feel great," Anderson said of his wrist. "I got a couple other places on my body that doesn't feel good now either with my head now and my wrist." Read More
A day that began with the Giants celebrating last year’s World Series championship quickly turned sour, as starter Matt Cain gave up nine earned runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 14-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on Sunday.
Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper asked the AT&T Park crowd a question before Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In an era when teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels are trying to buy success, the Giants have partially returned to an earlier era, developing stars from their farm system. Read More
OAKLAND — As right fielder Josh Reddick went hitless in his first three games, his Twitter feed became jammed with superstitious A’s fans asking him to shave his mountain man beard.
The beard’s here to stay, Reddick said Thursday after crushing a two-run home run in the first inning and driving in four runs in Oakland’s 8-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland Coliseum. Read More
Barry Zito is coming off his biggest season in years, a redeeming, comeback season.
Yet he sees absolutely no reason to be nostalgic about anything he accomplished during the Giants' 2012 championship run.
Not even that season-saving Game 5 win he pitched in the NL championship series against St. Louis. The Cardinals come to AT&T Park on Friday for the Giants' home opener, and Zito will be on the mound to face them once again amid much fanfare as the city celebrates another title during a festive pregame ceremony. Read More
LOS ANGELES — Tim Lincecum walked seven, matching a career worst, yet still managed to get the win when Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence homered to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night in the rubber game of their season-opening series.
Lincecum (1-0) threw 91 pitches in five innings, but limited the Dodgers to two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out four while outperforming Josh Beckett in a matchup of marquee pitchers coming off the worst season of their respective careers. Read More
SAN JOSE — Saying he hopes to keep the matter out of the courts, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has requested a meeting with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the Oakland A's pursuit of a San Jose ballpark.
Reed's letter asking for the sit-down — sent on Tuesday — said a meeting would also help "resolve any lingering issues about our commitment to having the A's home plate be located in San Jose," the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bit.ly/12el71k). Read More
OAKLAND — Michael Morse hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, Hisashi Iwakuma followed up Felix Hernandez's gem with an impressive outing of his own, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Tuesday night.Iwakuma struck out seven and didn't walk a batter as the Mariners won their second consecutive game against Oakland to begin the season. He gave up a leadoff homer by Yoenis Cespedes to the deepest part of center field in the second inning, then quickly regrouped and retired 15 of his final 16 hitters. Read More
The hoopla surrounding Opening Day is unparalleled and the electricity pulsating from AT&T Park this weekend for the home opener will be second to none.
But from a pure baseball perspective, the most intriguing game of this opening week will be today, when Tim Lincecum will take the hill to close out the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lincecum, entering his last year under contract, is coming off a disastrous season in which he posted a career-worst 10-15 record with a 5.18 ERA. That was followed by a 10.57 spring ERA. Read More