Matt Cain wrote two sequels with one performance Thursday night. The Giants liked the common ending.
Cain didn’t duplicate the wondrous effort he delivered last June 13 — the 22nd perfect game in baseball history. But he still generated plenty of zeros while allowing two hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings. Moreover, Cain provided an indication that he could be entering a new, promising chapter in his confusing season by excelling in his second straight road start as the Giants routed the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-0, at PNC Park.
– Chris Haft, MLB.com
Lateral movement has given way to full speed ahead when it comes to the Raiders running game.
As the Raiders concluded their three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday, so did an offseason of junking the zone running scheme in favor of the type of gap and power runs favored by former offensive coordinator and head coach Hue Jackson, and most notably, running back Darren McFadden.
– Jerry McDonald, San Jose Mercury News
Havlat’s inability to make a real impact on his team goes beyond injuries though, and his performance in the shortened 2013 campaign should be enough for the Sharks to cut him a sizeable check to go away. Under the NHL’s amnesty buyout rules, the team would owe Havlat $7.33 million, or two-thirds of the $11 million he’s owed over the final two seasons of his contract (whether new sole-owner Hasso Plattner is willing to open his substantial wallet for a move like that is unclear).
– Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area