Successful A’s trip ends with a win

TORONTO — After a rotten start to their road trip, Hideki Matsui and the Athletics are heading home on a high. Matsui had four hits, Conor Jackson drove in three runs and Oakland beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-3, on Thursday. Swept in a three-game series at last-place Seattle to open their cross-continental journey, Oakland […]

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Giants drop out of first with another loss to Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy remembers all too well his club’s August struggles of a year ago. Ace Tim Lincecum lost a career-worst five straight starts. The Giants lacked timely hits. On Aug. 25, they were 6½ games out of first place. Then, with a sensational September — aided by the downward spirals of Colorado […]

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Klinsmann’s first U.S. game is a draw with Mexico

PHILADELPHIA — Jurgen Klinsmann sent a message in his U.S. coaching debut without saying a word. He stripped the names off the back of the jerseys and assigned Nos. 1-11 for the starters and 12-18 for the reserves. He wanted the Americans to know that all that mattered was representing their country. Klinsmann’s debut is […]

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Gonzalez hits a wall as A’s fall to Jays

TORONTO — Gio Gonzalez cruised into the sixth inning. The left-hander looked ready to put his rough stretch behind him. Then it all fell apart — in a hurry. Gonzalez allowed three consecutive batters to reach and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam off Craig Breslow, sending the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 loss at […]

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Cats come home after suffering sweep

Even ace Graham Godfrey could not engineer a Sacramento River Cats win in Iowa. Godfrey lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday at Principal Park as the Cubs completed a four-game sweep of the Cats with a 7-6 victory. The loss was the fifth straight for Sacramento (70-49), which is hoping an eight-game homestand — […]

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Sports briefs: UCD’s Runas rolls as U.S. Amateur match play opens

Demi Runas dominated Manuela Carbajo Re of Argentina 6 and 4 in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Wednesday as the UC Davis junior advanced to face Ket Preamchuen in Thursday’s second round. Aggie women’s golf assistant coach Lauren Dobashi battled second-seeded Lydia Ko before falling 4 and 3 […]

GW coaches pick Aggies a close third

If the Great West Football Conference coaches’ poll — released Wednesday — is any indication, the league’s final season will be a competitive one. Only the slimmest of margins separate the projected top three teams: defending conference champ Southern Utah (20 points), Cal Poly (19) and UC Davis (17). Not only that, but of the […]

Youth roundup: Dragons breath fire at Super Series

Playing in their first tournament, the Davis Dragons 10U baseball team, looked like veterans at the Super Series in Rancho Cordova last weekend. Davis rolled through its first three games without a loss, then fell in the championship contest by a single run. The first matchup was a high-scoring affair that saw the Dragons defeat […]

Youth soccer: Davis teams show the full Arsenal

The Davis Legacy Arsenal, a U17 boys soccer team, advanced to the quarterfinals of the recent San Diego Surf Cup tournament. After goals by Lee LeVerrier and J.P. Cruz resulted in a 2-2 tie with the Las Vegas Red, Collin Holtz scored for the locals in a 1-1 deadlock against Santa Clara Sporting. The Arsenal […]

Stewart and Huff go deep as Giants beat Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Stewart pulled the souvenir out of his locker, moving it around in his hand for all to see: a marked-up ball that took 10 years to earn. “It’s the best looking baseball I’ve ever seen,” he said. Stewart hit his first major league home run, Aubrey Huff had another solo shot […]

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MLB roundup: Diamondbacks come back to edge Houston

PHOENIX — Justin Upton had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the Houston Astros 11-9 on Tuesday night. Gerardo Parra had his fourth career four-hit game, Miguel Montero doubled and had three RBIs and Willie Bloomquist added a two-run […]

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Cubs score big to take down Cats

Even after winning the first three games of their series against the Sacramento River Cats — including a 14-7 victory on Tuesday at Principal Park — the Iowa Cubs are still just 53-65 on the season. That’s what makes it so surprising that Iowa hosted Sacramento (70-58) on Wednesday at 10:05 a.m. with a chance […]

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Homer-happy A’s win again

TORONTO — Backed by another Oakland power surge, Rich Harden finally got the best of a longtime nemesis. Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki homered, Harden pitched seven strong innings for his first career win over Toronto, and the Athletics beat the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Tuesday. The A’s have won three straight games and have […]

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Greiner Athlete of the Week (08/10/11): UCD quarterback Randy Wright

With fall practice opening up these week, the UC Davis football team looks ahead to a strong 2011 season. One of the big reasons for optimism is the Aggies’ belief that quarterback Randy Wright is set for a huge campaign. National experts seem to be in agreement as Wright, kicker Sean Kelley and punter Colton […]