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

Draymond Green: ‘We’re on our way’ — The Warriors' power forward, defensive wizard and outspoken wordsmith was addressing all topics Wednesday night after he and his teammates clinched a spot in the NBA finals. In training camp, we said we have one goal, and that's to win a world championship.

Kevin McHale: ‘I don’t think this is really a physical series’ — When clotheslining Kurt Rambis, as McHale did in the 1984 finals, didn't warrant such things as a flagrant 2. [...] when he was asked moments ago in his pregame news conference about Dwight Howard and Andrew Bogut going at each other in the Western Conference finals, McHale said, I don't think this is really a physical series.

Doolittle more confident in his offspeed pitches — Doolittle more confident in his offspeed pitches Sean Doolittle said he feels "more like a complete pitcher" after working on his changeup and slider while missing the first two months of the season. With Doolittle's velocity not up to par after he suffered a strained rotator cuff, his off-speed pitches could become a bigger part of his repertoire.

A’s lose 1-0 - on unearned run, of course — Familiar faces were back in place, and A's manager Bob Melvin spoke of how two important players not only would make the A's a better team but make them feel better about themselves, especially on the heels of the team's first three-game win streak since August. [...]

A’s getting complete - Ben Zobrist in lineup, Sean Doolittle activated — A day after Ben Zobrist was activated from the disabled list, Sean Doolittle was added to the roster. Zobrist is hitting third and playing second base, his first game in a month - he had been rehabbing from left knee surgery and was 5-for-16 in a five-game rehab assignment.

Ex-A’s pitcher Dallas Braden: ‘I’d go into the bathroom and load up’ — Two pitchers got suspended in the past week for applying foreign substances to the baseball, igniting the latest debate of Rule 8.02. Though it's considered widespread, managers don't like calling out opposing pitchers because so many of their own do the same thing.

Giants coach Righetti fondly recalls Billy Martin — When Dave Righetti was in his prime pitching for the Yankees, the last thing he wanted after his playing days was to become a pitching coach. Righetti became a pitching coach, after all, and is the longest-tenured in the business, in his 16th season with the Giants and working with his third manager.

Bumgarner, Giants beat Kershaw, Dodgers - again — The left-handed aces matched up for the sixth time Thursday afternoon, and Bumgarner walked away with another victory. The Dodgers haven't scored a run in 31 innings.

Rockets after Game 1 loss: ‘It’s not going to be an easy series’ for Warriors — Rockets after Game 1 loss: 'It's not going to be an easy series' for Warriors For an underdog team that lost Game 1 of the Western Conference finals along with its biggest inside presence, the Rockets weren't feeling all that rotten about themselves.

Looks who’s leading the Giants in RBIs — Nearing the quarter mark of the season for the Giants, who host the first-place Dodgers on Tuesday night, Crawford has evolved into one of the majors' elite overall shortstops, combining expert defense (taking it to a new level this year), productive offense (look who's leading the team in RBIs) and an asset that's new to his repertoire.
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May 28, 2015

RT @Rick24Barry: Congratulations to my old team on the #WesternConferenceFinals championship. Looking forward to the match up with @KingJames and the @cavs

May 28, 2015

Sure is different driving home after covering locker room championship celebration and not reeking of champagne.

May 28, 2015

RT @Barryathree: The Golden State Warriors are in the NBA Finals! The kid in me can't stop smiling...thanks Clifford Ray

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