Giants hold off Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — So used to playing close games, the San Francisco Giants almost didn’t know what to do with big early lead. Leading by five runs after becoming the first team to rough up Arizona’s Josh Collmenter, the Giants escaped some shaky moments by starter Matt Cain and closer Brian Wilson to hold off the […]

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Altidore’s early goal sends U.S. into Gold Cup quarters

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The United States is marching on in the Gold Cup. It sure wasn’t easy. Jozy Altidore scored in the ninth minute off an assist from Michael Bradley, and the U.S. hung on to beat Guadeloupe 1-0 on Tuesday night and reach the tournament quarterfinals after a loss earlier in the group […]

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Cats get 10 runs to back DiNardo

Sacramento’s six-run second inning gave it all the offense it needed to win at Salt Lake’s Spring Mobile Ballpark for the second straight day. The 10-2 victory on Tuesday improved the first-place River Cats to 42-24 on the season. Thirty-one-year old starting pitcher Lenny DiNardo (1-3) was the beneficiary of the big offensive day by […]

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Taylor’s home runs lead Cats to win

Michael Taylor’s first home run of the game put Sacramento up by two runs. Minutes after Salt Lake came back to tie the contest, his second big fly gave the River Cats a lead they would not give up on Monday in a 4-2 road win over the Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark. After being […]

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Bruins jump all over Canucks to force Game 7

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins put Roberto Luongo and the Stanley Cup back on the shelf. After another home scoring spree against Vancouver’s wildly inconsistent goalie Monday night, the Bruins are making one last trip west for the big finish to these dramatic Stanley Cup finals. Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference scored in […]

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Sports briefs: Taylor is the subject of talk at Hall of Fame

African-American cyclist Major Taylor was truly one of the pioneers of the sport. But despite winning the 1899 World Sprint Championship and becoming the highest-paid and most famous athlete in what was then the world’s most popular and lucrative sport, even he was not immune to the racism that was all too common in America […]

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Post 77 gets two more wins Sunday

Following a five-game losing streak, Yolo Post 77 used an ultra-successful weekend of American Legion baseball to get back over .500. The locals piggy-backed on an eventful doubleheader sweep on Saturday, by taking both games of a twinbill from Manhart on Sunday at the Christian Brothers High School field. Post 77 (7-5, 2-2 District 6) […]

DLL playoffs see relentless performances by several teams

Leading into title game, the majors-division American League champion Twins had to battle back through the bottom bracket to claim that crown. Here’s a look at the week’s playoff action, leading into Sunday’s finale — won by the National League champion Pirates, 3-0. Twins 9, Orioles 5: Sean Finerty clubbed two home runs and a […]

Pirates win Davis Little League championship

With more than 300 fans looking on, Griffin Duisenberg pitched a doozy of a game as the National League Majors Division Pirates took a 3-0 decision from the AL Twins in the Davis Little League City Championship game on Sunday. Duisenberg pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, striking out seven and walking but three. […]

Blue Jays roll out heavy hitters in AAA victory

Using 12 well-placed hits and terrific starting pitching from Jackson Satterlund, the American League Blue Jays of the Davis Little League AAA division took the City Championship, 15-5, on Sunday over the National League Reds. Satterlund, who started all of the unbeaten Jays’ playoff games, went four innings, struck out seven and allowed only two […]

From the ridiculous to sublime, Post 77 wins 2

WOODLAND — In a twin bill that went from the ridiculous to the almost-out-of-control, then ended in sublime fashion for pitcher Alec Miramontes, Yolo Post 77 managed a pair of American Legion baseball victories over San Mateo on Saturday at Clark Field. In the opener, won by the locals, 10-9, Yolo allowed six runs in […]

Miller powers River Cats to victory

Jai Miller hit a home run and two doubles as Sacramento snapped a three-game losing streak by pounding Tacoma, 11-4, on Saturday at Raley Field. Miller scored three runs, drove in four and was a triple short of the first cycle in River Cats history. The center fielder’s home run was his team-leading 14th of […]

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MLB roundup: Lackey gets revenge on Blue Jays as Red Sox roll

TORONTO — John Lackey made up for a terrible first start in Toronto this season, No. 9 hitter Jason Varitek homered and drove in four runs and the Boston Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays, 16-4, on Saturday. Lackey (4-5) delivered six strong innings in his second start since going on the disabled list […]

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White Sox edge A’s, Gonzalez

CHICAGO — Gio Gonzalez issued seven walks against the White Sox and the last one was most costly. The Oakland Athletics’ left-hander lost his third straight start on Saturday as Chicago beat the A’s 3-2. Gonzalez took the mound in the sixth inning and issued a one-out walk to Brent Lillibridge before being relieved by […]

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