SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered in his Giants debut, a two-out solo shot in the third inning, and San Francisco beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Sunday.
Darin Ruf had three hits including a home run and two RBIs.
John Lynch’s football career seemed to be nearing its conclusion in 1992 when he spent the summer as a successful starting pitcher in Class A ball for the expansion Florida Marlins.
Lynch had come to Stanford as a quarterback and was converted to a part-time safety role under coach Dennis Green when he got a phone call that summer from the assistant for new Cardinal coach Bill Walsh, who had returned to Palo Alto after leading the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles.
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Kris Bryant is expected to make his debut for the NL West-leading Giants when they host Houston.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants hit five home runs, including four off Astros ace Zack Greinke, and beat Houston 8-6 Saturday in an interleague matchup of division leaders.
Darin Ruf, Donovan Solano, Wilmer Flores and LaMonte Wade Jr.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.
That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears her breakfast-focused diner could be ruined within months by new rules that could make one of her top menu items — bacon — hard to get in California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kris Bryant was the face of the Chicago Cubs for a long time.
His new bosses in San Francisco were thrilled that joining the Giants meant so much to him, despite the emotions of leaving the only major league team he's ever known.
Houston Astros (64-40, first in the AL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (64-39, first in the NL West)
San Francisco; Saturday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.48 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 93 strikeouts) Giants: Alex Wood (9-3, 3.65 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 102 strikeouts)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants both have 64 wins, tied for most in the majors.
For two teams planning to play deep into October, their series opener Friday night provided a summer measuring stick.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging the health care giant committed Medicare fraud and pressured doctors to list incorrect diagnoses on medical records in order to receive higher reimbursements, officials said Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Astros left-handed reliever Brooks Raley was suspended for three games and fined Friday by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at and hitting Seattle's J.P. Crawford on Monday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — A dizzying trade deadline saw the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers pull off the biggest whopper of them all.
The Dodgers acquired three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner, finalizing the deal for the dynamic duo from the Washington Nationals shortly before Friday's cutoff for making swaps.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wealthy San Francisco couple notched a record nearly half-million-dollar buyout to vacate their luxury apartment of three decades, an indication of what some landlords are willing to pay for tenants to give up their longtime home in a city with strict rent control and soaring market rents.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bosa has made substantial progress over the last few months as he attempts to return from a torn ACL that kept him out nearly all of last season.
The San Francisco defensive end was a limited participant in the team’s first two practices of training camp, followed by a maintenance day Friday.
Houston Astros (63-40, first in the AL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (64-38, first in the NL West)
San Francisco; Friday, 9:45 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 60 strikeouts) Giants: Kevin Gausman (9-4, 2.21 ERA, .91 WHIP, 140 strikeouts)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The new-look Nationals have traded right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson to the San Diego Padres in a busy day of moves for retooling Washington, acquiring right-hander Mason Thompson and shortstop Jordy Barley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Janice Mirikitani, a beloved San Francisco poet laureate who together with her husband ran the city's Glide Memorial Church, which caters to the poor and homeless, has died. She was 80.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford doubled home two runs in his first at-bat after coming back from a left oblique strain and the majors-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Thursday in the rubber match of a three-game series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — His rotation in limbo with two starters missing, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts knows the defending World Series champs would be in a lot worse shape without Walker Buehler.
The All-Star right-hander pitched three-hit ball over seven dominant innings for Los Angeles to extend his mastery of the San Francisco Giants in an 8-0 victory Wednesday night.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The city of Berkeley will start serving vegan food at public events, jails, senior centers and other city buildings after the city council approved a resolution that calls for the progressive city to cut by half its spending on animal-based products by 2024.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo is still the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, but the Trey Lance questions were inevitable.
Garoppolo practiced alongside the North Dakota State rookie Wednesday morning before addressing the team’s QB situation for the first time at training camp.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signed his rookie contract Wednesday morning ahead of the team’s first practice of training camp.
Lance’s agency CAA made the announcement on Twitter before the team later confirmed it.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets kicked off their first practice of training camp without their hoped-for franchise quarterback.
Zach Wilson remained unsigned Wednesday, the only first-round draft pick to not have a deal done after San Francisco signed quarterback Trey Lance earlier in the day.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After benefiting from yet another late-game meltdown by their division rivals, Buster Posey and the Giants are starting to see a common theme.
NEW YORK (AP) — Austin Riley hit a grand slam and a two-run homer to set a career high with six RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 12-5 rout of the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Ozzie Albies and Abraham Almonte also had two-run homers for the Braves, who have won two of the first three in a five-game series as they chase the first-place Mets in the NL East.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco school board violated state law when it voted to cover up a 1930s mural that critics said is racist and degrading in its depiction of Black and Native American people, a judge ruled Tuesday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the San Francisco 49ers immediately became a bit cloudy when the San Francisco 49ers traded up to draft Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick.
Los Angeles Dodgers (61-40, second in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (62-37, first in the NL West)
San Francisco; Tuesday, 9:45 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Dodgers: Julio Urias (12-3, 3.63 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 127 strikeouts) Giants: Logan Webb (4-3, 3.54 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 65 strikeouts)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Phyllis Gould, one of the millions of women who worked in defense plants in World War II and who later relentlessly fought for recognition of those “Rosie the Riveters,” has died.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LaMonte Wade Jr. homered twice and the San Francisco Giants avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Sunday.
Wilmer Flores and Thairo Estrada also went deep for San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right hip inflammation.
In a corresponding move, the Dodgers activated right-hander Jimmy Nelson from the injured list after he recovered from a left lumbar strain.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 2 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.22 per gallon.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that gas supply is abundant, which could keep prices from spiking further.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gregory Polanco homered, drove in three runs and scored twice, and Kevin Newman matched his career high with four hits for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants 10-2 Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Barnes homered early, Kenley Jansen preserved the lead late and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (6-10)
CAMP SITE: Santa Clara, California
LAST YEAR: The Niners' bid to return to the Super Bowl was derailed early last season when stars Nick Bosa, George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo all went down with injuries in the first two weeks.
Pittsburgh Pirates (37-60, fifth in the NL Central) vs. San Francisco Giants (61-36, first in the NL West)
San Francisco; Saturday, 9:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Wil Crowe (1-5, 6.12 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 53 strikeouts) Giants: Kevin Gausman (9-3, 1.84 ERA, .84 WHIP, 138 strikeouts)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bryan Reynolds homered, Adam Frazier drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when Pittsburgh scored three times without a hit, and the Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Friday night.
Pittsburgh Pirates (36-60, fifth in the NL Central) vs. San Francisco Giants (61-35, first in the NL West)
San Francisco; Friday, 9:45 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Chad Kuhl (3-5, 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 45 strikeouts) Giants: Johnny Cueto (6-5, 4.01 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 70 strikeouts)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top health official in Los Angeles County on Thursday implored residents to get vaccinated as the LA area sees a coronavirus surge similar to last summer’s, while authorities in three San Francisco Bay Area counties urged employers to enforce mask-wearing for any workers who haven’t received shots.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died Thursday of injuries suffered in an accident when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Saturday near his home in California. He was 58.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even without three of their biggest bats, Will Smith and the Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to rally for a big victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Smith connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Dodgers rallied from five runs down to defeat the Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night in the second game of a pivotal series between NL West rivals.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland City Council on Tuesday approved preliminary terms for a new $12 billion waterfront ballpark project for the Oakland Athletics, but it's unclear if the vote will be enough to keep the baseball team at the negotiating table instead of leaving the San Francisco Bay Area city.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Veteran defensive end Alex Okafor has signed a one-year deal to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, just days before the first players begin reporting for training camp.
The Chiefs did not disclose financial terms in announcing the deal Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in California in a “horrific” crash over the weekend.
Knapp was struck Saturday in the city of San Ramon, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buster Posey picked up right where he left off.
The star catcher hit a two-run homer his first time up Monday night after missing two weeks with a bruised left thumb, and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 in the opener of a pivotal four-game series between the NL West rivals.
San Francisco Giants (59-34, first in the NL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (58-37, second in the NL West)
Los Angeles; Tuesday, 10:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Giants: Alex Wood (8-3, 3.67 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 87 strikeouts) Dodgers: TBD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco's injury woes have now hit arguably its best player during the first half of the season.
The Giants placed All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford on the 10-day injured list Monday due to an oblique strain.
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Scott Kazmir allowed two runs over five innings, San Diego minor leaguer Patrick Kivlehan hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, and the U.S. began its prep for the Olympics with an 8-3 win over a collegiate national team on Sunday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader put St. Louis ahead with a checked-swing single off the glove of Giants first basemen LaMonte Wade Jr. in the seventh inning, and the Cardinals went on to a 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Sunday.
PETROLIA, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck off the Northern California coast late Saturday.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake just before midnight was about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) west of Petrolia in Humboldt County and 56 kilometers (35 miles) southwest of Eureka.