ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tyson Ross is headed back to the minors in a new role after making one start for Oakland in place of suspended Bartolo Colon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, Hector Sanchez's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth and the San Francisco Giants rolled past the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2½ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp has been tinkering with his batting stance to finally find something that works. Now that he's feeling it again at the plate, Crisp refuses to offer any details in fear of jinxing a good thing.
OAKLAND (AP) - Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week - both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Wednesday that quarterback Alex Smith has become "savant-like" in his understanding of the San Francisco 49ers' West Coast system.
NAPA (AP) - Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart is OK to play after injuring the index finger on his non-throwing hand but still might be held out of Saturday's game against the Detroit Lions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Put the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of Tim Lincecum and he can't help but get pumped.
OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Drew thinks a change of scenery will help jump-start his slumping bat. The Oakland Athletics hope he's right.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has banned Melky Cabrera associate Juan Nunez from all team clubhouses.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants canceled an order for 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts just in time.
NAPA (AP) - Stefen Wisniewski has a tough enough adjustment to make in his second year in the NFL after having changed positions and blocking systems with the Oakland Raiders.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Rock Cartwright never got to say a proper goodbye to his mother eight years ago.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Madison Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval drove in both runs and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Monday night to regain the NL West lead by a half-game.
OAKLAND (AP) - Josh Willingham drove in two runs against his former team, Joe Mauer hit a two-run single and the Minnesota Twins snapped Oakland's four-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory over the Athletics on Monday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - John Calipari stood frozen on the Kentucky sideline. Every player on the Wichita State bench held his breath. Everything seemed to stop inside the Scottrade Center as Fred VanVleet let loose with a 3-pointer that could have kept the Shockers perfect.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jabari Parker looked to the floor as he if was searching for answers for Duke's stunning loss to Mercer to open the NCAA tournament. Tears filled his eyes, disappointment cast a pall over his face, his words mumbled, almost inaudible.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum was tagged for 11 hits and seven runs, including three homers, but the San Francisco Giants came all the way back to beat the Kansas City Royals 13-9 on Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Junior Lake's big day helped bail out Jason Hammel.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Yusmeiro Petit struck out seven in four impressive innings, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
ALAMEDA (AP) - Matt Schaub and the Oakland Raiders are both hoping to put the mistakes of 2013 in the past.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - While a fast-paced offense has become more of a fixture in recent years, the San Antonio Spurs can still grind out games when needed.
FONTANA (AP) - Although Matt Kenseth thinks track position is less important on Fontana's well-aged asphalt than on other NASCAR ovals, he is still excited to start up front Sunday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Adam Scott keeps putting his name in the Bay Hill record book, each round moving him closer to another handshake with The King.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Masters champion Adam Scott was feeling ill when he arrived at Bay Hill. One majestic round with the putter Thursday made him feel a lot better.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Olympians Brittany MacLean and Shannon Vreeland helped defending champion Georgia take the lead Thursday in the first day of the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Trailing in the first set of her first match at the Sony Open, Serena Williams grunted with every shot and screamed with every point she won.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was undergoing surgery Thursday to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring training game.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Buster Posey hit a grand slam and the San Francisco Giants rocked opening day starter Andrew Cashner, rolling to an 11-3 victory Thursday night over the San Diego Padres.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bruce Miller recalls springtime three years ago when 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman called to inquire whether he might be up for a position change. Defense to offense.