National baseball writer/columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 29th year covering Giants, A's, 34th year covering ball.

Who can figure out the NL West?

sfchronicle.com — The National League West, unexplainable a month into the season, was supposed to be all about the Giants, Dodgers and Diamondbacks, and so far it has been about none of the above. None have flexed their muscles like the Cubs in the Central and Nationals in the East, and all we know about the NL West is that we know nothing about the NL West.

A’s lose, Khris Davis homers twice

A’s lose, Khris Davis homers twice
sfgate.com — Kendall Graveman struck out six batters through five innings but gave up 10 hits and was pulled one out into the seventh. Davis doesn't tend to hit cheapies - Monday's shots were exhibit A and B - and a study showed all of Davis' 2015 homers would have been homers at the Coliseum, give or take a wind current or temperature drop.

A’s highlight Josh Reddick’s defense

A’s highlight Josh Reddick’s defense
sfgate.com — Josh Reddick is the A's No. 3 hitter and one of the top threats in the lineup, and his first bobblehead will depict him ... in a defensive pose. "Looks great," Reddick said Monday after reviewing a model of the May 28 giveaway.

A’s to attend Tim Lincecum showcase

A’s to attend Tim Lincecum showcase
sfgate.com — Coming off hip surgery, Lincecum is seeking a rotation job and will perform in front of scouts from clubs, including the Giants, his team from 2007 to 2015. Chris Bassitt is on the disabled list with an elbow injury, has a partial ulnar collateral ligament tear and is facing possible Tommy John surgery.

Willie Mays’ heartfelt words for mentor Monte Irvin

Willie Mays’ heartfelt words for mentor Monte Irvin
sfgate.com — Willie Mays' heartfelt words for mentor Monte Irvin Monte Irvin's celebration of life was Saturday in South Orange, N.J., where he was raised. The Negro Leagues legend and baseball ambassador was one of the first two African Americans to play for the New York Giants and befriended a young Willie Mays in 1951, Mays' rookie year.

Alonso hits walkoff homer as A’s win Sean Manaea’s debut

Alonso hits walkoff homer as A’s win Sean Manaea’s debut
sfgate.com — The big smile is wiped away, the big hair is tucked in his cap and the big fastball is on display, along with a slider and changeup that set him apart as one of baseball's elite prospects.

A’s Sean Doolittle: players calling for tougher drug policy

A’s Sean Doolittle: players calling for tougher drug policy
sfgate.com — Members of the players' union are discussing possible stiffer penalties for drug cheats that could hit them where it counts most, their pocketbook. "Guys are pissed," A's closer and player rep Sean Doolittle said.

Giants’ Johnny Cueto and the artistry of his many windups

Giants’ Johnny Cueto and the artistry of his many windups
sfchronicle.com — In the spring of 2010, Johnny Cueto started becoming the Johnny Cueto that Giants fans know. "In 2010, I was just messing around throwing the ball," Cueto said, and my teammates were, like, 'Man, you're really nasty like that.'

Giants’ Jeff Samardzija on baseball’s hottest two teams . . . in Chicago?

Giants’ Jeff Samardzija on baseball’s hottest two teams . . . in Chicago?
sfchronicle.com — The land of lovable ... well, let's just say 2008 was the only year both the Cubs and White Sox were playoff teams and that the city has shared exactly one World Series title since 1918.

Bruce Bochy plans to give Buster Posey more rest this season

Bruce Bochy plans to give Buster Posey more rest this season
sfgate.com — Bochy plans to give Posey more rest this season Buster Posey was out of the lineup for the series finale against the Padres, a day game after a night game, and manager Bruce Bochy said he'll continue giving the catcher time off in an effort to keep him fresh all season and strong down the stretch.
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May 03, 2016

Valencia said he'll play one more rehab game with Class A Stockton tomorrow and, if all goes well, fly with A's to Baltimore Thursday.

May 03, 2016

RT @jphoornstra: Howie Kendrick singles, Trayce Thompson homers, #Dodgers lead 2-1.

May 03, 2016

"It was fun to watch him hit the ball a long way." Big night for Khris Davis, not so much for A's: sfchronicle.com/athletics/arti… via @sfchronicle

May 03, 2016

"It was fun to watch him hit the ball a long way.” Big night for Khris Davis, not so much for A's: sfchronicle.com/athletics/arti… via @sfchronicle

May 03, 2016

Second homer of night for Khris Davis. When he makes contact, they go a long way. His last 2-HR game 9/27 at STL

May 02, 2016

Nori Aoki doubles in seventh, second hit of game. He entered hitting .212. Graveman done, trailing 3-1. Rzepczynski in.


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