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National baseball writer/columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 28th year covering Giants, A's, 33rd year covering ball.

Royals at the center of squabbling since October — Giants fans might remember Game 6 of the World Series and Yordano Ventura staring down Pablo Sandoval after snagging a comebacker. Sandoval said Ventura might have been jealous of his two World Series titles. The Royals are led by first baseman Bill Laimbeer, center fielder Dennis Rodman, shortstop Isiah Thomas and gritty utility man Rick Mahorn.

Knee surgery for A’s Zobrist — Knee surgery for A's Zobrist The A's will be without their most versatile player for possibly four to six weeks. Ben Zobrist will have left knee surgery to trim a torn meniscus. Zobrist has started five games in left field, five at second and two in right.

A’s Graveman takes 9-3 loss to Astros hard — In one of their sloppiest displays of the season, the A's bowed to the first-place Astros in a 9-3 loss at the Coliseum. For years, the A's rarely had problems with these Texans and had been 28-12 against them since their arrival in the American League in 2013 after consecutive wins in Houston in mid-April.

A’s moves: Ben Zobrist to the DL, Max Muncy to the majors for first time — Ben Zobrist was placed on the disabled list with a left medial meniscus tear and is facing possible surgery, and the A's called up infielder Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville. Muncy is in the lineup today, his first big-league game. He's at third base hitting seventh. To clear a spot

A’s lose 5-4 to Astros - all scoring in extra innings — Throw nine scoreless innings? Hit a two-run double in the 10th? The Astros scored their three 11th-inning runs off Eric O'Flaherty, who walked three batters, two of whom scored on Robbie Grossman's single. In the home half, Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer, and Ike Davis singled and advanced on a wild pitch but was stranded at second.

Bob Melvin’s new A’s lineup, Ben Zobrist’s tender knee, Jarrod Parker’s first game etc. — Bob Melvin drew up a new lineup for tonight's homestand opener. Two points. Billy Butler is starting at first base for the first time, and Marcus Semien is leading off for the first time. Here's why.

Justin Maxwell lifts Giants to sweep of Dodgers — Justin Maxwell's single down the left-field line scored Angel Pagan in the 10th inning, and a team that entered the series with nine losses in 10 games suddenly celebrated a third consecutive win, the second straight in walkoff fashion. McGehee helped the Giants overcome a 2-1 deficit, opening the inning with a sharp opposite-field single.

Dream days for Giants outfielder Maxwell — Dream days for Giants outfielder Maxwell Of all of Justin Maxwell's big moments in Tuesday's victory that snapped the Dodgers' winning streak at seven games, he favored his eighth-inning catch of Yasiel Puig's foul fly - which required sliding into a wall, resulting in a sore left knee - over his first homer and first triple with his new team.

Panik’s sac fly lifts Giants past Dodgers 3-2 — Sure enough, the pitching matchup of the century - or, at least, this season - evolved into a bullpen game by the seventh inning. Each starter yielded two runs, and the tie wasn't broken until the ninth when Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly for a 3-2 Giants victory, their first walk-off win of the year and first two-game win streak since April 8-9.

Giants have nice words for Bonds after conviction overturned — Giants have nice words for Bonds after conviction overturned Tim Lincecum, one of two Giants players still around from the Barry Bonds era, said he's happy Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction was reversed Wednesday.
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Apr 26, 2015

A-Rod another homer. Here's Willie Mays' thoughts on Rodriguez about to reach 660:… via @SFGate #yankees #sfgiants

Apr 26, 2015

RT @susanslusser: Graveman emotional this morning - still feels he has let team down - but says he will go down and work on mental side of game. #Athletics

Apr 25, 2015

RT @diamond83: Warriors GM Bob Myers taking on Pelicans front office in pickup at Smoothie King before Game 4:

Apr 25, 2015

Congrats. Max Muncy's first major-league hit, a single through the middle to load bases in seventh inning. Who needs sleep? #athletics

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