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) - Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and two assists and the San Jose Sharks downed the St. Louis Blues 6-2 Tuesday night.
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Even with the PGA Tour starting a new season in October, and big golf being played around the world, Tiger Woods said he was pleasantly surprised to draw another big cast of stars to his holiday tournament in California.
OAKLAND (AP) - Billy Beane has the perfect solution for his Oakland Athletics to advance in the playoffs, to get past Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Led by a pair of precocious rookies, the Los Angeles Dodgers got themselves right back into the NL championship series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers slowly put to rest all that talk about Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts' offense.
DETROIT (AP) - The last time Justin Verlander took the mound, his team's season was on the line.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - One decisive 18-play drive told the story of San Francisco's successful day on offense.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The worst game of Terrelle Pryor's career won't cost him his job as the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback - now or anytime soon.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Everybody on the San Francisco 49ers understood the plan perfectly: Get the ball to Vernon Davis.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Raiders coach Dennis Allen insists that Terrelle Pryor is growing with every play in the NFL, even the ones that end up with the young quarterback flat on his back.
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning, then Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a winning single in the ninth as Boston stunned the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night to even the AL championship series at 1-all.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers' offense is struggling, and they might have to face St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright without their top hitter in Game 3 of the NL championship series.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - You can pretty much bet that if John Pagano tried to call Chuck Pagano this week, the older brother didn't pick up.