Bay Area Buzz 8/28: A’s Beat Verlander, Pence Hits Longest HR, Asomugha in No. 3 CB Spot

Aug 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Brandon Moss (37) runs the bases after hitting a two run home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) in the fifth inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A’s Beat Verlander

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

Pence Hits Longest Homer of Season

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

Asomugha Leads Battle at Third CB

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

Topics: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants

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  • loverpoint

    I think in all his playing time in the preseason Nnambi Asomugha has allowed only one reception for 3 yards on a 3rd and 10. He even deflected a pass against Minnesota that resulted in an INT. His presence must still be felt by opposing QB’s because the seem to shy away from him. He has had several plays that tested his down field coverage. He was running step for step with the receivers and in every instance the pass was overthrown, if the passes had been close they would have been incomplete or intercepted.