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Disappointed A’s lose again to Astros

HOUSTON — Expectations were high for the Oakland Athletics this year after three straight postseason appearances. But injuries and inconsistent play have left the A’s with the worst record in the major leagues at 14-28. Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer to help Dallas Keuchel win his eighth straight decision, and the Houston Astros kept rolling […]

San Francisco beats L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey drove in a run, Tim Hudson allowed five hits over 6 1/3 innings and the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-0, on Tuesday night. Joe Panik and Angel Pagan had two hits each for the Giants, who have won 11 of their past […]

Majors roundup: Close games, terrific performances dot Davis Little League games

As the regular season rolls into its final week, Davis Little League Majors-division competition is at an all-time peak. Close games and some big individual efforts highlight recent local action. Here’s a look back … Yankees 10, Rangers 8: In a rematch of a season-opening outing, the Rangers opened a 6-1 lead before Jason Henkel’s four pitches recorded […]

Pro baseball roundup: Cats hold off Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The Sacramento River Cats took a big lead then survived a furious Las Vegas rally to defeat the 51s, 6-5, on Thursday night. Clayton Blackburn started and tossed six shutout innings for the Cats (18-17), who went up 6-0 after five frames. Las Vegas (24-11) scored five times in the bottom of the eighth, […]

Skujins speeds to a Stage 3 win at Tour of California

SAN JOSE — Latvian Tom Skujins pedaled to a surprising mountain stage win by more than a minute and took the lead Tuesday in the Tour of California. The 23-year-old began Stage 3 in 95th position and trailed previous race leader Mark Cavendish of Britain by 42 seconds. Skujins completed the hilly 105.7-mile road stage in […]

Sports briefs: DHS/St. Francis playoff soccer matchup set for 6:30 p.m.

The Davis High girls will continue their quest for a Sac-Joaquin Section soccer title on Wednesday when they host St. Francis in a tournament semifinal match. The start time of that game has been officially announced at 6:30 p.m. DHS field hockey Davis High coach Sandie Huckins and her staff will host a field hockey clinic/spring […]

UCD roundup: Aggie softball squad has trouble in paradise

HONOLULU — It wasn’t the way the UC Davis softball team wanted to go out — that was clear by a final-inning rally — but Hawaii beat the Aggies, 7-1, in Saturday’s season finale, completing a three-game sweep. With that result — plus 10-5 and 13-1 losses on Friday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium — […]

Pro baseball roundup: Aces double down on River Cats, 6-3

RENO, Nev. — The Reno Aces scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie, then held on for a 6-3 victory over the visiting Sacramento River Cats on Thursday. The Cats (15-12) scored all of their runs in the top of the first, as Skyler Stromsmoe led off the game […]

Pro baseball roundup: Giants blank Pads, win fifth straight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Joe Panik homered and San Francisco won its fifth consecutive game by beating San Diego, 6-0, on Tuesday. The Giants threw their third shutout in a row and second against the Padres, who came to town after scoring 26 runs in a three-game […]

Raiders/49ers roundup: San Francisco drafts Pleasant Grove’s Armstead

Uncertain whether Justin Smith will play another season, and with Ray McDonald already long gone, the San Francisco 49ers were searching for a pass-rusher with a big body. Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead brings that with a 6-foot-8, 292-pound frame. Now, his task is to become better fast at getting to the quarterback in a […]

Sports briefs: Four Aggies earn All-Big West water polo awards

A quartet of UC Davis women’s water polo players — including senior Davis High graduate Keelia Houston — were recognized on Thursday as the Big West Conference announced its year-end accolades. Houston, a senior attacker, was joined by Aggie senior goalie Jillian Wilding and junior center Allyson Hansen on the all-league second team, while sophomore utility […]

Pro baseball roundup: First-inning Dodger HRs sink S.F.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier homered off Ryan Vogelsong in the first inning and Jimmy Rollins hit another one off him in the third, powering the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Vogelsong (0-2) threw 55 pitches over three innings, giving […]

UCD roundup: Aggie baseball win streak reaches five

Junior Cameron Olson’s grand slam with nobody out in the seventh keyed a six-run UC Davis rally, erasing a three-run deficit and helping lift the Aggie baseball team to its fifth straight win, 9-7, over host Santa Clara in a nonconference clash on Tuesday at Schott Stadium. UCD improved to 26-16-1 overall heading into this weekend’s […]

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