Isn’t that convenient? The Texas Rangers are coming to town for a three-game series beginning Monday afternoon. And the A’s, after winning seven of their last nine, now trail the first-place Rangers by only one game. This means the A’s could be in first place by Tuesday night with two victories. And if the Athletics win two of three, it would put them in a tie with Texas heading into the season’s final 31/2 weeks.
But last season was so mystically perfect for the A’s. Can they really duplicate that stretch run of a year ago that vaulted them over Texas in the last few days of the season?
– Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
The Giants have a new candidate for the 2014 rotation.
For a last-place team, there’s no better time to look to the future than the present, and Yusmeiro Petit is trying to show Giants management he should be considered for a starting role next season. At 28, he’s peaking and earning the right to showcase himself the rest of the season.
Petit won both his starts on the trip, at Coors Field and Chase Field, hitter-friendly parks that weren’t friendly to hitters on Petit’s watch. Sunday, he collected a career-high 10 strikeouts over six-plus innings and added an RBI single in the Giants’ 8-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
– John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle
It’s tough to envision a scenario where the Sharks simply let Thornton walk as a free agent. If they throw in the towel next season and decide to enter something of a rebuild, then perhaps they move him during the season. But short of that, we’ll likely see the Sharks approach him about a new deal at some point before or during the season. Anything else would be a surprise.
– Randy Holt, Rant Sports