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Renteria's walk-off single in 13th beats Giants 4-3

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Renteria's walk-off single in 13th beats Giants 4-3

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- For Edgar Renteria, the win was the important part. The fact that his game-ending hit came against his former team was just an added bonus.Renteria hit an RBI single in the 13th inning to send the slumping Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.Jay Bruce started the decisive rally with a leadoff walk on a 3-2 pitch from Brian Wilson (6-3). Miguel Cairo flied out, but reliever Jose Arredondo - making his first career plate appearance - chopped a single down the left-field line.Bruce moved to second on Arredondo's hit and Renteria, the World Series MVP for the Giants last season, lined a soft single down the right-field line to snap the Reds' four-game losing streak."It's always special because they're great guys," Renteria said of the Giants. "No matter who we play right now, we have to concentrate on winning ballgames. We were lucky to win that one."Arredondo's last plate appearance was in 2004 in the Arizona rookie league. The Los Angeles Angels then converted him from a shortstop to a pitcher.The Reds intended for him to lay down a bunt to advance Bruce but took it off after his first attempt."He didn't look too good bunting," manager Dusty Baker said.Using his own batting helmet and Bronson Arroyo's bat, Arredondo bounced the ball over third baseman Pablo Sandoval's head to set up Renteria."I was really, really happy when I saw the ball in the outfield," said Arredondo, who was surprised Baker took the bunt off. "I stepped out and asked to be sure."Arredondo (2-3) pitched a perfect 13th.Both teams escaped bases-loaded jams in the 10th. San Francisco left fielder Nate Schierholtz threw out Joey Votto at the plate to complete an inning-ending double play.Newly acquired Carlos Beltran, who went 0 for 4 in his Giants debut on Thursday, had an RBI single in the first for his first hit with San Francisco.Cincinnati responded with two runs in the bottom half, and another in the second. Drew Stubbs singled and scored in the first, then drove in Paul Janish with a grounder in the second to make it 3-1.Aubrey Huff helped the Giants rally. He hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, then scored from first on Eli Whiteside's two-out double on an 0-2 pitch from Bill Bray in the eighth.Starters Dontrelle Willis of the Reds and Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants both lasted six innings. Willis allowed two runs and six hits, and Vogelsong yielded three runs and seven hits."Our bullpen is extremely tired but they gutted it out tonight," Baker said. "It could have been a big downer but these guys kept fighting and fighting. Willis went deep in the ballgame but it didn't work. We still had to use guys I wanted to stay away from."NOTES: Willis has gotten at least one hit in each of his four starts since being called up from Triple-A Louisville on July 10. ... LHP Barry Zito will start Sunday for the Giants. ... Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez, on the disabled list since June 25 with left biceps tendinitis, will be activated in time to start Aug. 5 against Philadelphia, manager Bruce Bochy said, adding that Sanchez might make one more rehab appearance before then. ... Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hit a sacrifice fly in the first to give him 500 career RBIs. ... Reds SS Zack Cozart, on the disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow, took some swings before the game for the first time since he was injured on July 23.

Carroll: 49ers' QB decision isn't factor in Seahawks' preparation

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Carroll: 49ers' QB decision isn't factor in Seahawks' preparation

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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