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Giants lead National League to blowout win in All-Star Game

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Giants lead National League to blowout win in All-Star Game

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SAN FRANCISCO The National League All-Stars rolled to a lopsided win over their AmericanLeague counterparts thanks to contributions from all four Giantsrepresentatives.Matt Cain worked two scoreless innings to start the game and Melky Cabrera, who was awarded the game's MVP, andPablo Sandoval combined for five RBIs to lead the N.L. to an 8-0 win, its thirdstraight in the Midsummer Classic.The Senior Circuit jumped out to an early lead with a five-run first inning. AfterCarlos Gonzalez struck out against Justin Verlander to open the game, Cabrerasingled to the opposite field and came around to score on Ryan Brauns double.Pablo Sandoval came up with the bases loaded after back-to-back walks to CarlosBeltran and Buster Posey and drove in three runs with a triple to theright-field wall.With the run support that too often eludes him in San Francisco, Cain went towork on a star-studded American League lineup and was perfect after Derek Jetersleadoff infield single. The Giants right-hander set down his next six batters,including a strikeout of Jose Bautista on a 95 MPH fastball to end the firstinning.Cain was replaced with the Washington Nationals Gio Gonzalez in the third inningwith the N.L. leading 5-0.Cain was asked by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal to compare hisAll-Star outing to his perfect game and World Series win."Its right up there with all of them," Cain said. "Itsdefinitely right up there with all of them -- theres all the nerves, allthe pressure, and all the excitement. That was a thrilling two innings rightthere."Cabrera was in the middle of another N.L. rally in the fourth inning that putRon Washingtons squad in an 8-0 hole. Cabrera, who played for the host KansasCity Royals in 2011 before coming to the Giants in an offseason trade, put thefinishing touches on the N.L.s blowout win with a two-run home run tostraightaway left.
Cabrera is the sixth Giant to win the All-Star Game MVP award, joining Willie Mays (twice), Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Bobby Bonds.
Buster Posey did not have the banner day at the plate that his teammatesSandoval and Cabrera did, but still scored a run after his first-inning walkand caught five shutout innings.Rosenthal also asked Cain about the criticism Giants fansreceived for stuffing the ballot box to send four San Francisco representatives to Kansas City.I thinkit turned out great, Cain said. Thats definitely very comforting to be outthere and have Buster behind the plate -- he knows what I want to throw, and(he was) doing good job back there. And then to turn around and see Melky andPablo and especially the way they just performed in the first inning. That wasawesome.Ryan Cook, the OaklandAs lone All-Star representative, worked a perfect seventh inning withstrikeouts of Bryce Harper and David Wright.

The 8-0 final score was the first in All-Star Game history and just the eighth shutout in the Midsummer Classic.

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

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Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.