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Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games

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Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games

May 20, 2011

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Zack FarmerCSNBayArea.com

As Bay Area fans know well, the Giants and As have played some great games over the years. Here is a collection of the top five Bay Bridge Series games in the history of interleague play:

June 26, 2004
Oakland 8, San Francisco 7 (10 innings)
With the A's leading 7-3 in the ninth, newly acquired Octavio Dotel entered the game to close it out. But it wouldn't be that easy.

Following a walk to Barry Bonds and a single by Pedro Feliz, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run home run to right, making the game 7-6. A sacrifice fly by Michael Tucker tied the game and forced the matchup into extra innings.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Marco Scutaro singled home Bobby Kielty for the dramatic 8-7 win in Oakland.

June 24, 2006
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7
The Giants trailed by two heading into the bottom of the ninth against A's closer Huston Street.

Mark Sweeney led off the inning with a single. Street promptly walked Barry Bonds to put the tying runs on base for Ray Durham.

Durham, instead of simply moving the runners over, blasted a three-run walk off home run into the arcade atop the right field wall.

The Giants overcame a five-run deficit and poor outing from starter Jamey Wright. Bonds hit his 719th career home run in the first inning.
June 28, 2003
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7 (10 innings)
Oakland took a six-run lead in the top of the fourth inning only to see the lead evaporate in the bottom half.

The six-run barrage by the Giants began with a solo home run from Barry Bonds and ended with an RBI single from Marquis Grissom, scoring Edgardo Alfonzo.

The game went to the 10th inning where Pedro Feliz emerged as the hero when Neifi Perez scored on his RBI single to end the ballgame.

June 29, 2003
Oakland 5, San Francisco 2
Eric Byrnes could not be stopped on this day.

Brynes hit an RBI double in the second inning and followed it up with a solo home run in the fifth. But Byrnes was not done.

Having already hit a single, double and a home run, Byrnes entered his ninth inning at bat needing only a triple to complete the cycle. And he got it off Felix Rodriguez as the Giants and A's faithful in attendance rose and cheered.

The Oakland left fielder became the 16th player in team history to hit for the cycle.
May 20, 2006
San Francisco 4, Oakland 2
Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with No. 714 in the second inning but Bonds was not the hero of the day.

A single by Ray Durham followed by a sacrifice fly by Steve Finley plated two runs in the 10th inning, giving the Giants the 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Jason Schmidt went 8 13 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

The A's tied the game in the ninth on a single by Jay Payton and forced extra innings.

Honorable mention:
May 22, 2010: Gio Gonzalez and Matt Cain each threw eight innings with no earned runs. The A's won 1-0 on an unearned run in the third inning.

June 8, 2007: Shannon Stewart hit a single, driving in two in the 10th to give the A's the 5-3 win in San Francisco.

June 12, 2009: Tim Lincecum threw a complete game shutout, while striking out eight in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the A's.

Zack Farmer is an intern with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

BOX SCORE

PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Raiders counting heavily on lightning rod CB against Patriots

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Raiders counting heavily on lightning rod CB against Patriots

MEXICO CITY – The Raiders cornerback David Amerson didn’t practice all week, but ran just well enough to be considered “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against New England.

Translation: Outlook for Sunday is not good, but Jack Del Rio’s fingers remained crossed real, real tight. The Raiders hope there’s a way he can be active against Tom Brady’s buzz saw attack, because their cover men are beat up.

Amerson has missed two straight with a foot injury, and has dealt with injury all year. Gareon Conley’s season officially ended Monday, when he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Antonio Hamilton and Demetrius McCray were already there.

Reggie McKenzie hasn’t reached out for reinforcements. That leaves TJ Carrie, Dexter McDonald and Sean Smith to play cornerback. Carrie’s been the rock, a sure tackler who hasn’t made spectacular plays but doesn’t give them up. McDonald has been forced into action, with holes let in his game.

Smith should be the No. 1 guy in this group, the steadying presence on the outside. That hasn’t been the case this year, where he lost a starting job in training camp and sub-package snaps during the season, only to have injuries to Conley and Amerson bring him in the fray.

He’s also been dealing with felony assault and battery charges in Los Angeles stemming from a July 4 incident in Pasadena.

Smith has been a lightning rod for fan criticism, a byproduct of his $9.5 million salary this year and explosive plays allowed early in the year.

If there’s an anvil weighing on his mind, teammates insist you’d never know.

“We’re human at the end of the day,” Amerson said. “You feel it, but you have to find a way to remain even keel and professional and do your job well.”

Smith will be counted on heavily Sunday against New England, especially if Amerson can’t play as expected. He has proven vulnerable to speed without help and proper disruption at the line of scrimmage, though that hasn’t been an issue lately because the Utah alum has recovered well after a rough start.

He got pulled after struggling against Vernon Davis in Washington. He didn’t play against the Chargers after giving up two huge plays to Baltimore the week before.

Amerson originally sprained his foot in Week 7 against Kansas City – he hasn’t played since – and Smith was called upon to respond. He wasn’t targeted in that game, and has been strong in coverage ever since.

Smith has allowed three catches for 12 yards in four targets over the last two games. The ninth-year veteran insists he wasn’t doing anything markedly different, and had zero interest in patting himself on the back for recent jobs well done.

“I’m not,” Smith said. “I’m out there doing my job, man, the best way I can.”

Smith says the off-field distractions during a roller-coaster season, one of his career’s most trying yet, haven’t impacted him much

“Nope. Not at all,” Smith said. “As long as I wake up a Raider, I’m all right. I’ll deal with whatever happens. I’ll always be there for my guys, and I’ll do whatever it takes to help our team win.”

Raiders defensive backs laud Smith’s locker room presence, saying he’s an excellent teammate. Cornerbacks in general must have a short memory when things go bad, to refocus and prevent that from happening again. Smith apparently has that in spades.

“I know how things go, especially when you have a target on your back,” Amerson said. “Sometimes you get hit with the perfect pass and you give up some plays. You can’t do anything about that but take advantage of the next opportunity. Sean’s a good player, and he definitely has that mindset.”

Smith will lend experience to this big game, something the Raiders need after suffering so many injuries.

"It sucks that so many of us have gone down,” Smith said. "You want to have all your guys out there, but that’s the NFL. Injuries happen. As long as everybody comes to work and acts like a pro, we’ll be all right. We all have a job to do. We all would like to start, but you have to be ready when your number’s called.”