One middle infielder with a finger injury returned to the Giants’ lineup and another middle infielder had to leave the game with injured fingers.
Matt Cain struck out a season-high 10 and retired 15 San Diego hitters in a row from the first through the fifth innings.
And above all, Juan Perez.
The Giants’ rookie outfielder, in his seventh big-league game, broke a 4-4 tie with a two-out single in the eighth inning. He also picked up another assist as the Giants outlasted the Padres 5-4 at AT&T Park on Tuesday night.
- Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle
Facing Yu Darvish has been no problem for the Oakland Athletics. They have beaten the Texas Rangers’ Japanese ace four times, more than any other team.
Brandon Moss and John Jaso homered, Jarrod Parker went seven scoreless innings for his fourth consecutive victory and the AL West-leading A’s beat the Rangers 6-2 on Tuesday night.
“We may do better against him than other teams, maybe, because we see him more often being in our division and we always seem to get him,” Moss said. “But at the same time, it is really hard to face him because he’s so unique and so different.”
- Associated Press
Hayden is going to be counted on to compete for playing time early this season so it is in the best interest of both he and the Raiders to get a deal finished. Hayden will receive a four year deal with the Raiders getting an option for a fifth year.
For Watson and Wilson, their contracts have little wiggle room because picks in rounds two through seven have slotted four year deals. Once the team and the player’s agent negotiate the base salary, signing bonuses, workout bonuses, and incentives, the deal will get done. The NFL gives each team an allotment of money to be used on signing draft picks. Therefore the Raiders waited to sign these players so they know exactly how much money remains to sign their most important picks.
- Nick Gill, Raiders 101
It’s true that Ellis is flashy and can penetrate like few others in the league, but that is where his skill set ends. The league will always have its share of stat-stuffers who succeed at putting up great lines for mediocre teams. If the Kings want a band-aid solution to their problems, Monta Ellis might serve. But if new GM Pete D’Alessandro is truly intent on putting in place the pieces that could one day contend, the Kings would be wise to go flirt with other free agents.
- Doug Brockwell, Yahoo! Contributor Network