Look, I want to see Denver-Baltimore, and I’d love to be there when Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis. But there’s nothing out there this year that compares to what we get with San Francisco and Seattle — which is all-out war, reminiscent of the contests that the 49ers and Dallas had in the early-to-mid 1990s, when they combined for four straight Super Bowl championships.
- Clark Judge, CBS Sports
This is not Giants baseball, at least not in the championship era.
The starters, particularly Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, are giving up loads of runs and a lot of big innings, forcing the Giants to play catch-up. They could not do it in three games at Milwaukee and were swept, losing 7-2 Thursday under a barrage of home runs against Cain.
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland Athletics Fifth Outfielder Playing an Important Role
While the media chose to focus on the A’s four outfielders, manager Bob Melvin made sure that everyone knew it was a five-man outfield, with the fifth man being Seth Smith.
Between Smith’s hot bat and Cespedes being on the disabled list, Smith likely won’t be out of the A’s lineup any time soon. In the past, Melvin might have been forced to find a replacement for Smith against left-handed starting pitching, but the A’s aren’t scheduled to see lefties any time soon. Even if they do, Smith is crushing them lately.
- John Hickey, Bay Area News Group