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Padres slip past Giants in 11 innings

SAN FRANCISCO — Alexi Amarista singled in the go-ahead run and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, in 11 innings Tuesday night. Brandon Maurer (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory while Craig Kimbrel earned his 18th save. Derek Norris doubled against Hunter Strickland (0-1) with one out in […]

Oakland out-slugs Rangers in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland Athletics starter Jesse Chavez has already been a hard-luck loser a couple of times this season. Manager Bob Melvin and the right-hander’s teammates feel it was only appropriate for Chavez to get a victory on a night not pitching his best. Chavez allowed five runs and eight hits over five innings, […]

Farmers miss deadline to report water cuts

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A majority of farmers and others holding some of California’s strongest claims to water have missed a deadline to confirm they stopped pumping from rivers and streams during the drought, state officials said Monday. Data show less than a third of the farmers, water districts and communities responded to the State Water […]

U.S. beats Colombia

EDMONTON, Alberta — Alex Morgan scored her first goal of the Women’s World Cup and the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over Colombia on Monday night. Abby Wambach’s penalty kick early in the second half went wide after Colombia goalkeeper Catalina Perez — a backup herself — was ejected for […]

California feels wildfire season from north to south

BIG BEAR LAKE (AP) — Hot, dry California is beginning to feel the full brunt of fire season as blazes burned throughout the state, threatening hundreds of homes, although most areas dodged serious destruction. As firefighters knocked down dozens of small brush fires from north to south, a fleet of helicopters took on what was […]

66 surfers hang 10 at once

HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) — Sixty-six surfers have set a world record for most people riding a board at once. Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom built, 42-foot board off Huntington Beach on Saturday. The Orange County Register reports the 66 surfers rode a wave for 12 seconds. […]

Giants get another win against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Maxwell and Brandon Belt hit two-run homers and the San Francisco Giants trimmed the Dodgers’ NL West lead to a half-game with a 6-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday. Tim Hudson pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning and got a key single for the Giants, who have won […]

Four runs plenty for A’s Hahn to beat Angels

OAKLAND (AP) — Jesse Hahn’s hopes of closing out the eighth inning ended when he walked Angels slugger Mike Trout on six pitches. It was about the only thing the Oakland right-hander didn’t finish — a much-needed break for the Athletics’ weary bullpen. Hahn pitched into the eighth inning for his third consecutive win, Josh […]

Medicare: House calls can help frail seniors and cut costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — An X-ray in the living room. A rapid blood test. A peek into pill bottles and refrigerators. The humble house call can accomplish a lot — and now research suggests that tailoring it to some of Medicare’s frailest patients can improve their care while cutting costs. Medicare announced Thursday that it saved […]

California farmers told to stop irrigating seek court order

FRESNO (AP) — Some California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state’s relentless drought, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The Banta-Carbona Irrigation District in Tracy wants a judge to suspend the curtailment order issued by the state Water Resources […]

Obama unleashes frustration over political gridlock

By Nedra Pickler BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — President Barack Obama is unleashing his frustration over perpetual political gridlock and his own inability to bring the change to Washington that he campaigned on, as he hit the California fundraising circuit to raise money for fellow Democrats despite their rejection of his trade agenda. Obama’s dark mood […]

San Francisco shuts out Mariners in Seattle

SEATTLE — Ryan Vogelsong and three relievers combined on a five-hitter to give San Francisco its major league-leading 11th shutout, a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Vogelsong (5-5), allowed three singles over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two as the offensively challenged Mariners were held to two runs […]

Punchless A’s fall to Padres

OAKLAND — Athletics rookie pitcher Kendall Graveman used his recent demotion to the minors as motivation to get back on track. If Oakland’s offense could do the same thing, manager Bob Melvin’s ballclub might have a chance to crawl out of the cellar in the AL West. Graveman allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings, […]

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