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A's use four-run 5th to beat Giants 4-2

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A's use four-run 5th to beat Giants 4-2

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OAKLAND (AP) Hideki Matsui had a private conversation with Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin regarding his role with the team. It was certainly a productive meeting.Matsui had two hits and two RBIs to help the Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 Saturday night."We did have an opportunity to speak 1-on-1," Matsui said through an interpretor. "To have certain expectations put on you, for any ballplayer, is a comfortable feeling. Everybody seems more relaxed and settled in."Matsui is hitting .321 with three home runs and nine RBIs since Melvin took over. He's been in the lineup every day and that's the way Melvin wants it.
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"I'm good with him against anybody," Melvin said. "Left, right or middle-handers. He's been getting some of his best swings against left-handers."Cliff Pennington and Daric Barton both had RBI doubles for the A's, who matched their season-best four-game winning streak.Aubrey Huff drove in a run for the Giants, who lost their third straight. Nate Schierholtz added two hits.Brad Ziegler (2-0) struck out Cody Ross - the only batter he faced - to end the fifth. Joey Devine, Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour and Andrew Bailey each pitched a scoreless inning, with Bailey getting his fourth save in five chances."Nothing those guys do surprises me any more," Ziegler said. "We feed off each other. No matter who it is, our bullpen is so deep we don't need to pace ourselves. We go out with that strikeout mentality."Jonathan Sanchez (4-5) pitched a season-low 4 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He walked three and struck out three in falling to 1-3 over his last seven starts.
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"He was actually pretty good early," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He started to get the ball up and they took advantage. We're just in a rut right now."A's starter Guillermo Moscoso lasted 4 2-3 innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out one.The Giants broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with the help of the A's defense. Chris Stewart was credited with a single after Scott Sizemore apparently caught his spikes in the dirt on a grounder and could not make an accurate throw.Moscoso walked Andres Torres and then threw away Emanuel Burriss' bunt, allowing Stewart to score. One out later, Huff hit a sacrifice fly."We're having a hard time driving in runs and that's what it comes down to," Bochy said. "It's how you win ballgames and when you don't get those big hits, it hurts you."The A's came right back in their half of the fifth. Barton and Pennington had their run-scoring doubles and Coco Crisp walked ahead of Matsui's two-run single."The thing that stands out to me is the fight and perseverance of these guys," Melvin said. "Win or lose, that's what I've seen."NOTES: Both teams used switch hitters in the top three spots of the batting order. For the A's, it's the first time since May 12, 1999. ... A's OF Coco Crisp batted third for the first time since July 20, 2005. ... A's RHP Brandon McCarthy (stress fracture in right shoulder) threw about 60 pitches to hitters and will likely be heading on a rehab assignment early next week. ... A's RHP Tyson Ross is expected to throw to hitters next week in New York and Philadelphia. ... A's OF Josh Willingham was out of the lineup with an Achilles' tendon strain. ... The A's have committed an error in a season-high nine straight. ... Giants INF Mark DeRosa began hitting off a tee. ... A's 2B Mark Ellis was 0-3 in his first rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday night. ... Giants' OF Darren Ford is 2 for 11 with four strikeouts in his rehab.

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch received the text message Wednesday from Dr. Tim McAdams that might have come as a surprise to many of the teams that passed on linebacker Reuben Foster during the draft.

The 49ers’ team physician declared Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to play football. The 49ers are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Friday, and Foster will be a full participant.

“We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here,” Lynch said on Thursday, as the 49ers reported to training camp. “Our trainer, Jeff Ferguson, is as good as there is in the league. Dr. McAdams, world-renowned. He has the Stanford name behind him.

“We challenged him numerous times. From his observation, the shoulder was good.”

Foster’s tumble to the back end of the first round was widely blamed on his shoulder condition. The 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. Almost immediately, the 49ers were scrutinized for making the selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some teams did not even consider drafting Foster. One “well-placed source with knowledge of the injury” told Schefter that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”

The 49ers’ willingness to clear Foster for the first day of camp is a reality that appears to be in stark contrast to the opinions around the league that Foster’s shoulder would require additional surgery. The 49ers expect Foster to be ready Sunday for the first padded, contact practice of training camp.

“We pride ourselves in doing all of our due diligence, not afterward, but before we make the decisions,” Lynch said. “We’d done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster in a lot of different areas. Medically was one area.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he the nature of Foster’s injury convinced him that even the worst-case scenario, in the big picture, was not so bad. Foster sustained a torn rotator cuff in Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington and played the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

“I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinion about what they felt,” Shanahan said. “They feel it is healed, and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that. They went against the norm on that, and that isn’t always easy.

“(I’m) pretty confident when it is a shoulder injury, if it doesn’t heal the right way or it’s done wrong, you have to re-do a surgery, yes, it’s time, but it’s not going to affect the guy we saw on tape.”

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

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Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller