When your biggest concern is your pitcher’s arm stiffening in the dugout while the offense bats around in consecutive innings, you know you’re having a pretty good night.
The A’s scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and batted around again in the fifth, setting a season high with 22 hits and a season high in runs an 18-3 blowout of the Twins at Target Field on Wednesday night. With the win, the A’s took a three-game lead over the Rangers in the American League West.
– Patrick Donnelly, MLB.com
At one time this season, the games the Giants will play the next four days against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chavez Ravine looked monumental.
Now, it would appear they’re only monumental to the Dodgers. Not so, maintain the Giants, who despite their 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday at AT&T Park were completely eliminated from the postseason with Cincinnati’s win earlier in the day.
The Giants nonetheless head to Dodger Stadium on Thursday night with a clear objective. As the defending world champions, they definitely don’t want to see their chief rivals — and former closer Brian Wilson — clinching the National League West against them.
– Carl Steward, San Jose Mercury News
It’s possible the 49ers don’t need an epic game out of Kaepernick to win in Seattle; if they can run the ball against the beat-up Seahawks defensive line and maybe only get complementary work out of the passing game.
The 49ers defense also could dominate Wilson, Lynch and the Seattle offense, take the ball away and win the game that way.
But I don’t think the 49ers are going to be able to gash the Seahawks on the ground in Seattle (they ran for only 82 yards up there last year), and it’s asking a bit much of any defense to shut down the Seahawks offense in Seattle.
I think it will come down to Kaepernick for large portions of this game and I think the 49ers and Kaepernick are comfortable with that.
– Tim Kawikami, San Jose Mercury News