From here until baseball eternity, any time a hitter launches a spectacular contract drive toward the end of his walk year people will say, “Wow, that guy is going to Pence himself into a megadeal.”
As the season draws nigh, Hunter Pence has become a kale-powered buzz saw, whose teeth cut deep into the Giants’ ancient rivals Saturday night.
Pence drove in a career-high seven RBIs and the Giants set a Dodger Stadium record for runs scored by an opponent in a 19-4 annihiliation of a team that soon will be crowned division champs. The park has stood since 1962.
– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Bartolo Colon turned back time on Saturday.OK, so we’re only talking a few months. But the A’s starting pitcher was a carbon copy of the man who buzzed through American League lineups for the entire first half of 2013.The 40-year-old right-hander was superb in a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, outdueling Yu Darvish and turning in his best start in nearly two months. He scattered seven hits over eight innings, striking out seven and walking one.
– Joe Stiglich, CSN Bay Area
A slow start is nothing new for Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden. Neither is the criticism he’s endured for the past several seasons.
Playing in a read-option offense where the quarterback gets more rushing yards than the running backs? That’s a challenge that has required a little bit more of an adjustment — and patience — by McFadden.
Terrelle Pryor’s breakout performance in last week’s opener overshadowed an otherwise disappointing day from Oakland’s running game and raised concerns about McFadden’s role in the Raiders’ new offense.
– Associated Press