All was not hunky-dory with the A’s on Tuesday night, but the way they’re going at home, they still managed to beat the Yankees.
Left fielder Yoenis Céspedes exited after two innings with a left hamstring strain, and Señor Strike, Bartolo Colon, walked a bunch of hitters, something he almost never does. He still pitched effectively, and Oakland weathered a hiccup by the bullpen to defeat New York 6-4.
– Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
The Giants started their title defense with the familiar triumvirate of Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval atop the lineup. By the end of Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the only space the three shared was the trainer’s room.
Scutaro became the latest key Giant to go down when he was hit on the left hand by a 94-mph sinker in the seventh inning. Scutaro looked down, saw a crooked pinkie finger and assumed it was broken. X-rays were negative, but Scutaro will see a hand specialist Wednesday to determine if he has any tendon damage. Scutaro’s finger was in a splint Tuesday night, and he said he cannot fully straighten it.
– Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News
The most interesting “Can they sustain this?” test case in the league right now might be the Golden State Warriors. That sounds pessimistic, considering that (a) the Nuggets exist in a whirlwind of uncertainty, and (b) the Warriors just reinvigorated an entire NBA city with their longest playoff run in six seasons — a run in which Stephen Curry announced himself as a postseason superstar, Andrew Bogut played actual basketball again, Harrison Barnes outperformed even unreasonably optimistic projections, and the Splash Brothers were christened. The Warriors’ brass doesn’t necessarily want you to notice this, lest you get too hyped up on Golden State Kool-Aid, but they racked up more playoff wins against the Spurs this season than the Heat, Grizzlies, and D-Fenders combined.
– Zach Lowe, Grantland