Sep 10, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham (16) hits a home run during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/11: Willingham Bedevils A's, Pence Shines, Raiders May Not Be Half-Bad

A’s Bedeviled by Josh Willingham Again

Oakland bucked two recent trends a bit on Tuesday at Minnesota and paid the price.

The A’s didn’t score first, as they had in 11 of their previous 14 games, and they didn’t tack on extra runs as efficiently as usual, which came back to bite them late in the game. Their biggest problem, though, as it is every time at Minnesota since Josh Willingham signed with the Twins, was their former outfielder: Willingham walloped two homers, including the game winner, in a 4-3 victory over Oakland. The A’s remained two games ahead of Texas in the AL West when the Rangers lost to the Pirates.

– Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle

Pence Shines in Loss

The Giants surely will remember Hunter Pence’s contributions Tuesday night when it comes time to make an offer to the pending free agent this offseason. The rest of the loss to the Colorado Rockies included plenty that manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants’ brain trust will try to erase from the memory banks.

Pence went 4 for 5 and drove in six runs, but it wasn’t enough in an ugly 9-8 loss at AT&T Park. The Giants coughed up an early six-run lead and then fell behind for good when Michael Cuddyer lined a solo homer off closer Sergio Romo in the top of the ninth.

– Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group

Raiders May Not Be Half-Bad

There’s hope and there should be hope: You really have nothing in the NFL if you don’t have a QB who can get you points, and suddenly the Raiders have a QB who looks like he can get them points.

It’s appropriate to look at the Raiders in a new light: If they can move the ball–and eventually get Darren McFadden blasting out 120-yard games at some point–and if their defense can tackle and cover people regularly… the Raiders might not be half-bad.

– Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News


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