Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, July 7
(All times eastern)
San Francisco Giants (49-39) at Oakland Athletics (55-33), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Ryan Vogelsong (5-5, 3.86)
Oakland - Jesse Chavez (6-5, 3.23)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants
and Oakland Athletics resumes Monday night at O.co Coliseum.
Oakland will host the first two games of the home-and-home series Monday and
Tuesday before switching venues to across the bay to AT&T Park. At one point
this season, the A's and Giants owned the two best records in baseball as both
fan bases began dreaming of a potential rematch of the 1989 World Series that
was interrupted by an earthquake.
"We have a bit of a rivalry going here, so it always seems like it's a
different atmosphere," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I'm on record saying that
I've been caught up in it the last several years. Something that I look
Oakland won three of four against the Giants last season.
"It seems like we played them 10 times in spring, and then we have the Bay
Bridge Series, and how well they've done in recent years and this year again
-- so it's spirited to begin with," Melvin added. "I think with both teams
doing well to this point, it kind of adds to (the intrigue)."
Newly acquired Jeff Samardzija won his Oakland debut on Sunday as the A's
completed a four-game sweep over Toronto with a 4-2 victory. Samardzija
pitched seven innings of one-run ball while notching more strikeouts (five)
than hits allowed (four).
Samardzija was acquired on Saturday along with starter Jason Hammel from the
Chicago Cubs in a trade that centered around highly touted shortstop prospect
Addison Russell. Oakland then sent left-hander Tommy Milone (6-0, 2.62 ERA
over his last 11 starts) to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for the new
additions on its active roster.
Oakland entered Monday with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the AL West
division standings. The A's currently boast the best record in the majors at
Meanwhile, the Giants won two straight at San Diego over the weekend to pull
to within a half-game of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead. A month
ago, the Giants led the division by as many as 9 1/2 games.
On Sunday, San Francisco rode another strong start from Tim Lincecum to a 5-3
victory. Lincecum ran his scoreless innings streak to 23 before Brooks Conrad
broke it up in the seventh with a solo homer. However, All-Star Hunter Pence
notched three hits and scored three times to help back the right-hander.
Taking the hill for San Francisco in Monday's series opener is Ryan Vogelsong,
who has lost his last two starts despite allowing a combined three runs over
13 innings while striking out 15. Most recently, he pitched seven innings of
two-run ball against St. Louis on Wednesday.
For Oakland, Jesse Chavez is looking to rebound from back-to-back sub par
outings. The right-hander gave up five earned runs in five innings at Detroit
last week, as he struck out five and issued four walks. With starters
Samardzija and Hammel now in the fold, Chavez may be battling to keep a spot
in the starting rotation.
07/07 10:44:06 ET