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Game 2 pitching duel will be a matchup worth remembering

Long, long before Saturday’s Game 2 of the Division Series was decided in the 18th inning on Brandon Belt’s homer, the Giants’ Tim Hudson and the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann hooked up for one of the most [Read entire story]

Stephen Strasburg comes out 2nd best in NLDS pitching duel

Strasburg (league co-leading 242 strikeouts) will be followed by Jordan Zimmermann (no-hitter in the season finale) and Doug Fister. Why didn’t rookie manager Matt Williams pull Strasburg sooner? (Three straight lefty [Read entire story]

Matt Williams: Former Giants fan favorite now a foe

When the Giants take the field against the Washington Nationals in Friday’s divisional playoff game, a familiar face will await them in the opposing dugout. “You have no idea how excited I am for Matt,” Rosen, 90, [Read entire story]

A’s GM Beane stands by trade for Lester

Simply put,” he said Wednesday in manager Bob Melvin’s Coliseum office, “if we don’t have Jon Lester, I don’t think we make the playoffs. A team that went from dominant to docile at about the time Beane traded [Read entire story]

Giants’ comeback win offers reason to cheer clinching berth

[...] it didn’t matter how it happened or where it happened. The Giants were going to celebrate after Thursday’s game even if they lost, but they made the party much more pleasant by beating the Padres 9-8 in the [Read entire story]

Giants, A’s would face hungrier teams in wild card

Fans in these communities might be a little more appreciative of their teams’ 2014 play than fans in the Bay Area, given how the Giants won two recent World Series and the A’s won back-to-back division [Read entire story]

Jon Lester’s presence a big plus for A’s

Nearly eight weeks after the deal that divided a fan base and sent Yoenis Céspedes to Boston, Lester has a 2.20 ERA and 1.062 WHIP in 10 starts. Lester’s final regular-season start is Wednesday, the finale of the [Read entire story]

A’s Melvin tips cap to Angels’ surge to AL West title

Expect Angels manager Mike Scioscia to use an A lineup throughout, the Angels needing to finish ahead of the Orioles to assume home-field advantage through the AL playoffs. A day after the clinching, Scioscia drew up a [Read entire story]

Once a Giants fan, Scully has made Dodgers his passion

He grew up in New York a Giants fan, walking 20 blocks to the Polo Grounds to watch his childhood idol, Mel Ott. He sat in the center-field bleachers dreaming of someday broadcasting games in the press box. But the [Read entire story]

Yusmeiro Petit stellar as Giants shut down Diamondbacks 5-1

A glance at the pitching probables for the weekend Dodgers series shows two fabulous matchups and a one-sided one: Petit was as efficient as it gets Tuesday night, requiring all of 84 pitches to complete nine innings [Read entire story]

Giants beat: Bochy gets to manage his son, Brett

Giants beat: C’mon, dad, play your kid, for goodness sakes. Brett Bochy, with the Giants for a week, is still looking to make his big-league debut. With Bruce Bochy’s busy baseball schedule, he rarely got to see [Read entire story]

A’s, Giants in dueling collapses

Which team has had the worse meltdown: Giants or A’s? That’s like saying, what do you want for dessert: zwieback or pandowdy? Such a tough call. Not long ago, the Giants and A’s ranked 1-2 in the overall standings, [Read entire story]

Class-A shortstop Daniel Robertson helped A’s boost rotation

At this time of year, a 20-year-old A-ball shortstop is an afterthought for a major-league team eyeing the playoffs. A nonstory. A kid like that, after all, couldn’t help you now. Oh, but Daniel Robertson already [Read entire story]

Eavesdropping at the Home Run Derby festivities

-- Brandon Moss said Hunter Pence, a fellow big swinger, should have been in the Home Run Derby, recalling a Pence batting practice for the ages when both were Phillies in 2011. The A's and Dodgers' outfielder from [Read entire story]

Overlooked A’s keep defying the odds

Baseball prognosticators, who often happen to be beat writers, national writers and columnists who dig making predictions (who doesn't?) but wouldn't bet a buck on what they foresee, already got their reason to not pick [Read entire story]