The Sharks feel that for most of the three games so far, they have been the better team. It seems more accurate to say that the Sharks and Kings have been equals, with the results depending on clutch plays at clutch moments. More are to come. The Sharks played half the game on guts Saturday. But they finished in style. They’ll need both qualities Tuesday and beyond.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
Yoenis Cespedes has been hitting the ball hard but has nothing to show for it. He ended a career-worst 0-for-16 skid last Sunday but was 2-for-15 entering Saturday’s game.
Over the past nine games, Cespedes was hitting .088 (3-for-34) while the A’s went 3-6. Yes, A’s fans, there is a correlation.
The good news is that Cespedes had not struck out in six straight games, matching his career best from last June.
- Rick Eymer, MLB.com
Giants’ Guillermo Quiroz was carjacked at gunpoint twice in his hometown of Maracaibo. In 1999, five gunmen took his car and his father’s SUV as the Quirozes were backing them out of a narrow driveway. In 2004, the catcher was carjacked again as he drove for food.
“Sad to say, it’s not safe there,” Quiroz said. “Crime in Venezuela has gone up these years. There aren’t many jobs. People who can’t get a job need to eat one way or another.”
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle