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Alex Smith to throw out first pitch of NLDS

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Alex Smith to throw out first pitch of NLDS

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds.
Presumably, hell be wearing his Giants hat.After showing his support in a possibly expensive way, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will throw out the first pitch tonight when the San Francisco Giants open the playoffs tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, according to the Sacramento Bee.Smith was threatened with a 15,000 fine by the NFL for wearing a Giants cap during post-game interviews, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy wore a 49ers hat later to show his support.READ MORE AT ProFootballTalk.com

Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

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Giants outfielder, UVA alum reacts to Charlottesville: 'Shocking and absurd'

While it has been a week since white supremacists marched on the University of Virginia campus and clashed with protestors in Charlottesville, Va., Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker still cannot believe what happened. 

Parker, who played college baseball at UVA from 2008-2010, spoke on the events Saturday before the Giants' game in San Francisco. 

"It was a huge shock for me," Parker said to the San Francisco Chronicle. "I just think in this day and age it's ridiculous that there's still stuff like this going on." 

While seeing such racial injustices displayed in 2017 shocked Parker, he was just as appalled at where the events took place.

When asked if he believed Charlottesville was a welcoming community, Parker said, "Oh, goodness. Of course. The whole thing is pretty shocking and absurd to me.

"I don't think Charlottesville can be in any way described as a place where that's acceptable or goes on in any way. I still have a (former Virginia) teammate who lives there, and my college coaches. I'm sure they're just as shocked as anybody."

Parker, 28, is in his third season with the Giants. Through 23 games this year, he is batting .267 with one home run and eight doubles. 

After three starts with Dodgers, Yu Darvish headed to the DL

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After three starts with Dodgers, Yu Darvish headed to the DL

Yu Darvish is only three starts into his Dodgers career, but the trade deadline prize is already on the shelf.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced to the media Saturday that Darvish is headed to the 10-day DL with back stiffness. He is expected to miss one start and is expected to pitch again Sunday in Los Angeles against the Brewers.

Darvish made the following statement: 

Since joining the Dodgers, Darvis is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA. Between the Dodgers and Rangers, Darvish is 8-9 with a 3.83 ERA this season.