Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games

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Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games

May 20, 2011

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As Bay Area fans know well, the Giants and As have played some great games over the years. Here is a collection of the top five Bay Bridge Series games in the history of interleague play:

June 26, 2004
Oakland 8, San Francisco 7 (10 innings)
With the A's leading 7-3 in the ninth, newly acquired Octavio Dotel entered the game to close it out. But it wouldn't be that easy.

Following a walk to Barry Bonds and a single by Pedro Feliz, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run home run to right, making the game 7-6. A sacrifice fly by Michael Tucker tied the game and forced the matchup into extra innings.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Marco Scutaro singled home Bobby Kielty for the dramatic 8-7 win in Oakland.

June 24, 2006
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7
The Giants trailed by two heading into the bottom of the ninth against A's closer Huston Street.

Mark Sweeney led off the inning with a single. Street promptly walked Barry Bonds to put the tying runs on base for Ray Durham.

Durham, instead of simply moving the runners over, blasted a three-run walk off home run into the arcade atop the right field wall.

The Giants overcame a five-run deficit and poor outing from starter Jamey Wright. Bonds hit his 719th career home run in the first inning.
June 28, 2003
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7 (10 innings)
Oakland took a six-run lead in the top of the fourth inning only to see the lead evaporate in the bottom half.

The six-run barrage by the Giants began with a solo home run from Barry Bonds and ended with an RBI single from Marquis Grissom, scoring Edgardo Alfonzo.

The game went to the 10th inning where Pedro Feliz emerged as the hero when Neifi Perez scored on his RBI single to end the ballgame.

June 29, 2003
Oakland 5, San Francisco 2
Eric Byrnes could not be stopped on this day.

Brynes hit an RBI double in the second inning and followed it up with a solo home run in the fifth. But Byrnes was not done.

Having already hit a single, double and a home run, Byrnes entered his ninth inning at bat needing only a triple to complete the cycle. And he got it off Felix Rodriguez as the Giants and A's faithful in attendance rose and cheered.

The Oakland left fielder became the 16th player in team history to hit for the cycle.
May 20, 2006
San Francisco 4, Oakland 2
Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with No. 714 in the second inning but Bonds was not the hero of the day.

A single by Ray Durham followed by a sacrifice fly by Steve Finley plated two runs in the 10th inning, giving the Giants the 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Jason Schmidt went 8 13 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

The A's tied the game in the ninth on a single by Jay Payton and forced extra innings.

Honorable mention:
May 22, 2010: Gio Gonzalez and Matt Cain each threw eight innings with no earned runs. The A's won 1-0 on an unearned run in the third inning.

June 8, 2007: Shannon Stewart hit a single, driving in two in the 10th to give the A's the 5-3 win in San Francisco.

June 12, 2009: Tim Lincecum threw a complete game shutout, while striking out eight in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the A's.

Zack Farmer is an intern with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.

 

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.