June 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27), right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) and left fielder Andre Ethier (16) celebrate the 6-5 victory against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 7/26: Scutaro Robbed, A's Stave Off Reds, Vivek's Gameplan for Kings

Kemp Robs Scutaro of Potential Game-Winning Hit 

When the Giants packed up their equipment bags and departed Chavez Ravine following their season-opening series in April, they had won two of three against the high-priced team expected to be their most fearsome challengers in 2013.

Nearly three months later, both teams are below .500, at the bottom of the NL West. And although the Giants still float above their archrivals in the standings, they’re the ones sinking fastest.

– Andy Baggarly, CSN Bay Area

Early Surge Helps A’s Stave Off Reds

Tommy Milone endured his shortest outing of the season on Tuesday night. But thanks to his teammates, Bronson Arroyo did, too.

A rested and aggressive A’s bunch struck for seven runs over a three-inning span off Cincinnati’s Arroyo, hitting the righty hard and knocking him out after just four frames in a 7-3 Interleague victory that put them back in a first-place tie with the Rangers.

– Jane Lee, MLB.com

Uncovering Vivek Ranadive’s New Analytical Gameplan for the Sacramento Kings 

Ranadive unveiled an NBA 3.0 plan to the Board of Governors on April 3rd that targeted expanding the game overseas to markets like India, but the software tycoon’s real trailblazing will come on the technological front.

The secret sauce McDonald’s claims for the Big Mac was not hard to figure out. It’s simply Thousand Island dressing. Yet the iconic fast food chain sold it better than any of its competitors for decades.

That is what Vivek will do with his own type of analytical “secret sauce”. Other teams may have come up with the first ingredients, but it will be the new Sacramento Kings that hope to lead in the new age of the NBA.

– Rob McAllister, Cowbell Kingdom

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