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
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
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