For weeks, seemingly months, the A’s struggled to add runs on after scoring early. And suddenly, against the American League’s best team, Oakland is merrily scoring multiple runs in multiple innings.
On Tuesday night at Detroit, the A’s jumped on Justin Verlander – who almost single handedly put Oakland away in the ALDS last fall – for two runs in the first and five runs altogether, and Oakland went on to win 6-3 in a game that ended in the top of the sixth inning after an 80-minute rain delay.
– Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Brandon Belt took one step off first base, put his head down and started jogging, knowing there was no doubt about the landing spot for Hunter Pence’s latest blast.
The rest of the Giants followed suit Tuesday night, cruising to a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Pence set the tone early, crushing a Chad Bettis fastball over an entire section of seats in left field and onto a concourse at the back of the stadium. The homer traveled 476 feet, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and was the longest in the majors this season.
– Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News
Nnamdi Asomugha has edged into the lead to begin the season as the 49ers’ No. 3 cornerback, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday.
Asomugha has played well during the exhibition season to move ahead of Tramaine Brock in the competition to replace Chris Cullver, who sustained a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee during training camp. While Fangio said Asomugha is in the front-runner, he said the competition is still not completely settled.
– Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area