At around age 10, Hunter Pence acquired a Barry Bonds poster from his elementary school fair. It was then that Pence started choking up on his bat just as Bonds did in that prized picture that wound up on his wall.
Pence has become one of the Giants’ most reliable hitters with his unique, funky style — and no question emulating baseball’s home run king has served him well for two decades since his days of youth baseball. Read More
PHOENIX — Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Giants rallied against Arizona’s bullpen for the third straight game, beating the Diamondbacks 9-6 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Belt hit a two-run single off Brad Ziegler in the opener and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer off Arizona closer J.J. Putz on Tuesday. Read More
A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes didn’t have a problem beating Hank Conger’s throw to second in the ninth inning.
Stopping was the issue.
The Cuban cleanup hitter slid past the bag and was tagged out, a gaffe that was magnified when Oakland put two men on base later in the same inning of a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Read More
Only in Oakland.
Could there have been any other site for Monday’s epic, 19-inning marathon game between the A’s and Los Angeles Angels?
The East Bay has been ground zero for magical moments this week. Read More
Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Belt also had a solo homer in the second inning against Ian Kennedy. The first baseman broke a 4-all tie in the eighth after Brad Ziegler (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Nick Noonan and walked two. Read More
The first time Zack Hample went to a Major League Baseball game, as a 6-year-old at Yankee Stadium, he didn’t catch a baseball. That trend continued through most of his childhood, when he and his dad would often arrive late and leave early, and he has spent most of his adult life making up for lost time. Read More
SANTA ROSA — Noah Lowry can barely hold his two young daughters with his left arm, let alone contemplate ever throwing another pitch.Even the simple task of taking the mound for a ceremonial first toss practically makes him cringe. Lowry insists that would be impossible with his troublesome left side and the regular pain he still experiences despite four surgeries. Read More
At least one team in the American League West won’t be complaining about making three trips to Houston this season.
The A’s run to the top of the division, and their league-best overall record, is thanks in part to Oakland’s success against the Astros — six of the A’s 12 wins have come against Houston, and Oakland has outscored the Astros 45-19. Read More
As Tim Lincecum fought through the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, his name started trending on Twitter. The tweets were predictable: Where’s the Cy Young award winner? What’s with the haircut? Send him to the bullpen! Read More
OAKLAND — Austin Jackson had four hits, homered and drove in three runs, Torii Hunter added two doubles and a triple, and the Detroit Tigers routed the Oakland Athletics 10-1 Sunday.Hunter had three extra-base hits for the first time since June 13, 2009, for the Los Angeles Angels Read More