A's hope to maintain home advantage vs. Giants

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A's hope to maintain home advantage vs. Giants

June 18, 2011

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(AP) -- AT&T Park and the O.co Coliseum sit just across the San Francisco Bay from each other, but lately it seems home-field advantage has meant everything when the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics get together.The host has won the last 10 games in the Bay Bridge Series, which should be good news for the A's as they try to match a season high with a fourth straight overall win Saturday night against the visiting Giants.Only twice in the rivalry's last 16 games since 2009 has the road team come away with a victory, an advantage San Francisco (39-31) made count with a three-game sweep last month on the west side of the bay.The series shifted to Oakland on Friday night, and the A's (31-40) had both the last at-bat and the last laugh. Conor Jackson had three singles and Oakland took advantage of seven strong innings from rookie Graham Godfrey in his home debut to top Tim Lincecum and the Giants 5-2."We don't have guys that are going to hit 50 home runs ... so we have to manufacture runs any way we can," Jackson said of his team, which has a major league-low 38 homers.The A's have gotten three straight wins from their starting pitching after a 14-game stretch in which their rotation went 0-11. Saturday's starter Guillermo Moscoso (2-3, 3.91 ERA), however, has lost his last three decisions.The first came June 4 in one of the his two relief appearances of the season. Moscoso returned as a starter three days later, giving up two runs over five innings of a 4-0 loss at Baltimore. On Sunday, he surrendered five runs over 6 1-3 innings while falling 5-4 to the White Sox.Despite those struggles in Chicago, interim manager Bob Melvin was pleased with his right-hander."He keeps the ball down, locates, throws breaking balls behind in the count, throws changeups to right-handers as well," Melvin said. "I was extremely pleased."Moscoso's first look at San Francisco couldn't come at a much better time. The Giants, who have six position players on the disabled list even after Pablo Sandoval's mid-week return, have averaged an NL-low 2.79 runs since June 3.That's put the onus on their starting pitching to be even better than usual, but manager Bruce Bochy's rotation has a 5.19 ERA in its last six outings.Five walks were a big issue for Lincecum in Friday's opener, and control issues also tend to plague probable Saturday starter Jonathan Sanchez (4-4, 3.47).The left-hander allowed five free passes Sunday against Cincinnati, the third straight outing he's issued at least that many. He held the Reds to two runs over six innings, but left without a decision in San Francisco's 4-2 victory.Sanchez has allowed an NL-high 50 walks through 14 starts - 11 more than he had at the same point a year ago.He's lost his last two starts in Oakland - walking eight in 12 1-3 innings - and is 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA in four career starts in the Bay Bridge Series.Jackson is 10 for 21 with two homers against Sanchez, but those numbers are a bit deceiving. Nine of those hits came from 2006-2008, and Sanchez has retired him nine times in 10 chances since.

Draymond Green to wear custom 'Sideline Racism' Nike shoes

Draymond Green to wear custom 'Sideline Racism' Nike shoes

For all Week 13 NFL games, players have the clearance to wear custom-designed cleats to highlight a cause that they are passionate about. And Draymond Green is joining the movement with his Nike shoes this weekend. 

Green will wear specially designed yellow and blue Nikes that read, "Sideline Racism." On Twitter, Green wrote "I stand with my @NFL brother this weekend in wearing @RISEtoWIN's Sideline Racism shoes in uniting against racism. We stand united @NFL."

The shoes are through RISEtoWIN, whose Twitter profile states the organization as "dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations."

RISE (the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) is a non-profit organization, which was founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in 2015. 

Bogut voices opinion on use of marijuana in NBA

Bogut voices opinion on use of marijuana in NBA

A day after Steve Kerr told Monte Poole on The Warriors Insider Podcast that he used marijuana twice over the last year and a half, players around the league are offering their take on the use of pot in the NBA.

The latest is former Warriors center Andrew Bogut.

According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Bogut had this to say on Saturday evening prior to the Mavericks game against the Bulls.

"I've never tried it. I don't know how much it helps, but from what I heard from guys who are retired and have chronic injuries, they say it helps a lot. Like I said, you are bringing a big can of worms if you allow it [without restrictions]. If you have open season, you're going to have guys, I guarantee you're going to have people playing in a game or practicing high. It's just the reality of it. You have guys in pro sports playing hungover. You have guys come to practice drunk sometimes. That's how it is. If you all of the sudden can smoke, although there are a lot of positives to it, the downside is you could possibly have a lot of guys that are not 100 percent in the present. I think that's why the league is saying what it's saying. But as far as it being legal in society, it should be fine to be legal. It's a plant, it's an herb, it's a weed. … People that I've known that smoke, friends of mine, they're the most chill kind of people ever. They don't want to cause problems or fight. They usually just want to get a bag of Cheetos and sit there and watch TV or whatever. I think the effects of alcohol are far worse than weed can ever be."

Bogut played for Kerr the last two seasons before being traded to Dallas this offseason.

Earlier on Saturday, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson offered their support for Kerr.