The NFL was VERY much in favor of a two-team deal. Raiders then-CEO Amy Trask was pushing for it, and it’s definitely the logical answer to two teams seeking new stadiums in Northern California.
But Al Davis and then Mark Davis never got on board (as I’ve said, Al was at least listening; Mark was much more formally opposed to the idea), and the 49ers found a way to wrap up the financial package on their own.
The 49ers don’t need the Raiders, and though there would be a fixed benefit from having 10 more events at Levi’s Stadium next year and into the coming years, hosting the Raiders as renters just isn’t seen as being worth it.
– Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News
The A’s outfield is undergoing some wholesale changes these days, changes reflected in Monday’s 8-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Josh Reddick is on the disabled list. Brandon Moss is in right field in his place. And Coco Crisp looks like a new man.
Crisp had three hits, including his 100th career homer, and first baseman Daric Barton, Reddick’s replacement on the roster, had two tiebreaking singles as the A’s jumped out to an 8-4 lead by scoring in six innings before surviving two harrowing bases-loaded situations in the late going.
– John Hickey, Bay Area News Group
Barry Zito is not finishing 2013 like he finished 2012, when the Giants won his last 11 starts, including Game 5 of the NLCS and Game 1 of the World Series.
This year, the Giants have lost 10 of Zito’s last 12 starts, including Monday night’s 6-1 decision in which Zito lasted four innings and gave up five runs on nine hits.
-John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle