Sep 5, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (21) slides safely home for a run against Houston Astros catcher Matt Pagnozzi (44) during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/6: A’s Play Down to Astros, Sandoval Running, Curry Back in Basketball Mode


A’s Play Down to Astros

In the previous 13 days, the A’s played four of the best teams in the American League, posted a 9-4 record, and looked every bit a baseball club on an express train to the playoffs.

Thursday night, however, the train jumped the tracks a bit. Oakland played the worst team in the A.L., the Houston Astros, and looked far less full speed ahead in a 3-2 defeat before an announced Coliseum crowd of just 11,569.

- Carl Steward, San Jose Mercury News

Sandoval Running All Over the Place

Only Pablo Sandoval, of all people, got away with running on Gerardo Parra.

A day after his three home-run trots in San Diego, Sandoval was in sprinting mode in Thursday night’s 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks in the opener of a weeklong homestand. He tripled in the fourth inning, belly-flopping into third base to complete a mad 270-foot dash, and had the gall to tag and head for home on a fly to Parra in right field.

Sandoval knocked into catcher Miguel Montero and dived over the plate, never touching it. But because Sandoval was living a cherished life, he was ruled safe by umpire Tom Hallion.

- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

Curry Back in Basketball Mode

Stephen Curry shot for two days this week before he noticed a new plaque hanging above the court at the Golden State Warriors‘ practice facility recognizing his NBA-record 272 made 3-pointers last season. Then he looked at the area around the sign placed near the entrance to the locker room.

”There’s space for another one,” he said.

- Associated Press

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