Dan Straily knew before he went to work on Tuesday night his next start wouldn’t be in the majors. The All-Star break and a quirk in the Oakland Athletics’ schedule means the AL West leaders won’t need a fifth starter for a couple of weeks.
Before hopping a plane for Triple-A Sacramento, the rookie right-hander left a little something to remember him by. Straily (6-2) allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three to win his fifth straight decision.
– Associated Press
The Giants reached into the “why not” bin and called up Kensuke Tanaka, hoping he could provide a spark.
The former Nippon Ham Fighters star did more than that. He put smiles on faces and brought cheer to the dugout — and more than once, too. That’s almost as rare for the Giants these days.
– Andrew Baggarly, CSN Bay Area
The 2013 Raiders face many challenges on the path to competitiveness. They have parted ways with some of their most proven and expensive talent, with quarterback Carson Palmer’s departure to Arizona the most notable move. Oakland lacks both starpower and depth, and its quarterback play is a big worry.
The 2013 Raiders are in throes of transition, and it’s impossible to project how the regular season will play out without looking ahead to next offseason. The looming question is whether the 2014 Raiders will be operating off the same blueprint they have now.
– Mike Wilkening, ProFootballTalk