12:59 PM EDT, Thu September 29, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle 11 hours ago

Sonny Gray’s inning is good, rest of A’s night is not

.for the inning he was pitcher of record, at least. After his teammates scored twice for him in the top of the first, Gray gave up one hit and struck out one in his scheduled short start. Almost two months after going on the disabled list with elbow and forearm inflammation, he was hitting 95 mph with his fastball. Khris Davis crushed his 41st homer in the sixth, giving him his first-career 100-RBI season, and shortstop Marcus Semien hit his 27th homer, a three-run blast in the eighth that cut the score to two. A’s reliever John Axford hit Angels star Mike Trout on the left shoulder...
San Francisco Chronicle 11 hours ago

Giants’ bats silenced at wrong time in loss to Rockies

Giants’ bats silenced at wrong time in loss to Rockies The Giants played much of Wednesday evening with their out-of-town scoreboard showing the Cardinals were 2-1 losers to the Reds, so a Giants victory would have left them two games ahead of St. Louis for the National League’s final playoff spot with four to play. Denard Span, Hunter Pence and Conor Gillaspie opened the first three innings with singles, but all were thrown out at second - Span and Gillaspie trying to steal, Pence on a force. Chatwood’s ERA in his past three starts against the Giants is 0.45. Chatwood also walked...
San Francisco Chronicle 12 hours ago

Giants’ Eduardo Nuñez questionable for L.A. series

Giants’ Eduardo Nuñez questionable for L.A. series The hot corner was a hot topic Wednesday night, not just because former Giants third baseman Matt Duffy was in the house. Duffy stopped by the clubhouse to visit his old teammates and wish them well in their bid for a playoff spot. Meantime, Duffy’s replacement at third, Eduardo Nuñez, missed another game with a strained right hamstring, and manager Bruce Bochy declared Nuñez questionable for the season-ending series against the Dodgers. Conor Gillaspie played third on Wednesday, but Bochy said newcomer Gordon Beckham could get...
San Francisco Chronicle 12 hours ago

Sports-science technology might help reduce A’s many injuries

On Thursday, Kitman Labs of Menlo Park will announce that the A’s are using the company’s biomechanical and markerless motion-capture analytics system to help assess risk and provide advanced data to improve health and performance. The A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, Billy Beane, joined Kitman Labs’ advisory board last season. Several other teams, including the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, have implemented the system, and the A’s began using the system with rookie-ball pitchers in July. Kitman Labs CEO Stephen Smith described it as “the early stages of the...
San Francisco Chronicle 13 hours ago

Warriors more interested in championship than wins record

Warriors more interested in championship than wins record “The clock’s late,” Iguodala said, pointing at the game clock that tracks the team’s post-practice media availability. Entering his 13th NBA season, Iguodala is a master of efficiency. Motivated by the urge to silence anyone who doubted their surprising run to the 2015 NBA title, the Warriors delivered playoff-level effort throughout an 82-game gauntlet. Soon enough, the question became whether Golden State could break the 1995-96 Bulls’ regular-season wins record. By the time the Spurs eventually fell out of contention...
San Francisco Chronicle 15 hours ago

Giants’ notes: Duffy visits, Nuñez iffy for Dodgers, Beckham’s opportunnity, lineups

Former Giants third baseman Matt Duffy stopped by the clubhouse before Wednesday’s game and wished his old pals well in their quest for a playoff bid. “I’ll give myself to the end of the season to root for them,” said Duffy, who was shipped to Tampa Bay at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Duffy is recovering from Achilles surgery and walked in a protective boot Wednesday, the first day he was able to ditch his crutches. The Giants are 26-41 since the All-Star break. Duffy’s old position will be filled by Conor Gillaspie Wednesday night as Eduardo Nuñez remains shelved with a strained...
San Francisco Chronicle 15 hours ago

A’s-Seattle series has playoff implication, could be ‘inspirational’

A’s-Seattle series has playoff implication, could be ‘inspirational’ ANAHEIM - The A’s have little to play for right now besides trying to sort through their young players and provide some good teaching moments for them, but they head to Seattle after Wednesday’s game for a four-game series that means a ton to the Mariners. Seattle, which won again today, is just a game and a half out of a wild-card spot, so the A’s could help play spoiler in the playoff race while giving all their many rookies exposure to a series that has major implications. Nothing is on the line for us, but...
San Francisco Chronicle 16 hours ago

Andre Iguodala says Warriors’ second unit ‘will be better’

“He was kind of my go-to guy,” Iguodala said of Speights, now with the Clippers, after practice Wednesday. Rookie Patrick McCaw is building off a strong performance at the Las Vegas Summer League. A training-camp invitee on a nonguaranteed contract, JaVale McGee is cementing his status as Golden State’s best rim protector. Over the past two seasons, with Iguodala and Shaun Livingston leading the way, the bench has become a source of pride for fans. Perhaps a first-round talent, McCaw fell to the Warriors with the 38th overall pick. Entering Saturday’s preseason opener against...

49ers to face QB who got away in Dallas’ Dak Prescott

Rookie Dak Prescott has been so impressive that head coach Jason Garrett has been asked if Tony Romo, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, will be the starter when he returns from his back injury. Prescott has led Dallas to a 2-1 record by completing 66 of 99 passes for 767 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Asked if he has extra motivation when he faces a team that didn’t draft him, Prescott noted that, well, he was a fourth-round pick. Prescott’s pre-draft process didn’t include much contact with the 49ers, who were coming off a 5-11 season in which Kaepernick and Gabbert...
San Francisco Chronicle 17 hours ago

Raiders’ Kelechi Osemele hopes to make big mark on ex-team

Raiders’ Kelechi Osemele hopes to make big mark on ex-team The pancakes — made by the Raiders’ Kelechi Osemele repeatedly knocking over defenders and laying on them — had become stale after a few weeks, so he tried something new in Nashville on Sunday. On a fourth-quarter reverse run by receiver Johnny Holton, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound guard got in front and saw two safeties in his path. Osemele flung 216-pound Kevin Byard in the direction of 207-pound Da’Norris Searcy, who not only went down, but was injured on the play. “They looked like a couple of bowling pins,” right...
San Francisco Chronicle 18 hours ago

Fantasy football: Week 4

By definition, the game we love so much is driven almost exclusively by offense — sorta like the Lions — with only one of eight or nine slots typically reserved for a team defense. Often selected in the last round or two of the draft, many players tend to view defenses as interchangeable on a weekly basis, based on matchups and which units are trending upward. At the top of the heap were the ball-hawking Chiefs, whose eight-turnover, two-touchdown, three-point-yielding pummeling of the Jets produced enough points to offset a career day by the weekend’s top fantasy wideout, Marvin...
San Francisco Chronicle 18 hours ago

Kent Lacob promoted to GM of Santa Cruz Warriors

Kent Lacob has been named the general manager of the Warriors’ NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State announced Wednesday afternoon. In that position, his duties ranged from helping with scouting reports to implementing wearable technology to preparing for the NBA draft. The new roles for Lacob and Atkinson continue a string of promotions in the organization, including Golden State general manager Bob Myes adding president of basketball operations to his title last week.

Blaine Gabbert: “You just have to do your best job to execute the play that’s called.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Blaine Gabbert’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   In the film review of Seattle, what stood out to you about the third-and-manageables that–? “Yeah, it was a lack of converting third downs and after watching the film we were in third-and-three to six […]

49ers’ Arik Armstead’s limited snaps tied to shoulder injury

49ers’ Arik Armstead’s limited snaps tied to shoulder injury The shoulder injury 49ers defensive tackle Arik Armstead sustained in training camp continues to bother him and explains why he played just 28 of 68 snaps in last week’s 37-18 loss to the Seahawks. Armstead, who didn’t play in the preseason, reiterated today that his shoulder issue could require offseason surgery. Armstead said his shoulder injury is why he missed a few series in Seattle. Head coach Chip Kelly downplayed the fact that Armstead played just 41 percent of the snaps Sunday. Armstead, who has been a full...