Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) elects to run escaping Chicago Bears defensive end Aston Whiteside (71) during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 8/31: Raiders Should Go With Pryor, Pagan Provides Spark, Suzuki's Triumphant Return

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Raiders Should Go With Pryor

Football coaches are funny creatures. They treat secrecy as if it were currency and cling to the concept as if it were gold. Still, you would have to be deaf (to the players), dumb (to the realities of the Raiders’ situation) and blind (to the playmaking abilities of the candidates) to believe Allen should go with anyone but Terrelle Pryor, the unpolished passer yet gifted runner who has provided the biggest spark to the offense.

– Jim Trotter, MMQB

Pagan Provides Spark in Return

Angel Pagan’s last swing of the bat for the Giants on May 25 was a memorable one — a game-winning inside-the-park homer. At the time, nobody believed it would require such a long memory to reflect on it.

After an 84-game absence caused by a left hamstring tear that required surgery, Pagan finally picked up where he left off. On his first major league swing in more than three months Friday night, he belted a double over the head of Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra.

– Carl Steward, San Jose Mercury News

Suzuki Homers in Return to Oakland

Kurt Suzuki couldn’t have scripted his return to the Oakland Coliseum any better.

A longtime fan favorite for the Athletics, he greeted his old supporters with a three-run homer in his first home game back with the club since being traded away last August, and Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

– Janie McCauley, AP

 

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