It might not have been a knockout punch, but the 9-8 victory the A’s scratched out over the Rangers on Friday night at least was a kick in the shins that will have Texas limping down the stretch in the American League West.
Oakland expanded its lead in the division to 41/2 games by winning the first of a three-game series after holding off a furious late rush by the Rangers, who were down by seven runs entering the eighth inning. By holding on, the A’s gifted Dan Straily with his 10th win, his fourth in succession.
– John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News
The Giants could be in first place by 15 games, in the middle of the pack or right where they are, struggling to climb out of the National League West basement. When they beat Clayton Kershaw, it’s a big deal.
The Giants accomplished it for the first time in 2013, coming from behind with a big seventh inning against the presumpting Cy Young Award winner and beating the Dodgers 4-2 Friday night.
– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Davis was a football purist. He believed in playing one way, the Raider way. When it came to defense, an Al Davis unit played man to man, bump and run coverage and generating a pass rush from the front four defensive lineman alone. He was staunchly against blitzing in order to apply pressure on the quarterback.
But that’s exactly what the Raiders did in Week 1. The Raiders blitzed the Colts 25 times, matching their season high from 2012. Two of the four sacks tallied by the Raiders came from blitzing defensive backs. So while no one on the defensive line has shown themselves to be stand out pass rushers, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has found a way to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks, even if it makes Davis roll over in his grave.
– James Arcellana, Bay Area Sports Guy