Gems remain in wood bat top 50 for attendance

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Gems season ended earlier than fans had hoped, but their passion did fuel success for the Basin’s ball club on the national stage. The Gems ranked 42nd on the summer collegiate attendance list. Gems general manager Chuck Heeman, who says there are about 370 college wood...
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Owens to see action against Broncos

RENTON, Wash. — Peyton Manning’s debut in Denver won’t hog all the attention. Terrell Owens will be taking some himself. Owens will make his return to the NFL when the Seattle Seahawks play the Broncos on Saturday night. Seattle coach Pete Carroll didn’t give specifics on how many snaps Owens will get in the...
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QB Alex Smith making big strides in 49ers offense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Alex Smith is an expert. So says Jim Harbaugh, and he’s the one who truly matters on this topic. Harbaugh figures it typically takes a quarterback two full seasons in a new offense to become a so-called expert. In the case of Smith, however, he’s already right there if you...
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Jones hits two homers to fuel Pirates over LA

PITTSBURGH — An angry A.J. Burnett outperformed the even angrier Los Angeles Dodgers. Garrett Jones hit two three-run homers, Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher with 15 wins in 13 years, and Pittsburgh avoided a four-game sweep with a 10-6 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday. Jones had a career-high six RBIs, and Pedro...
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MLB owners approve Padres sale

DENVER — The O’Malleys are back in the baseball business. Back in Southern California, too, just down the road in San Diego instead of Los Angeles. In a quick vote Thursday, Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the Padres to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O’Malley, the sons of former...
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Kelly likes what he sees from Raiders defense

NAPA, Calif. — Tommy Kelly needed only one preseason game to become convinced Oakland’s defense is already vastly improved from a year ago. The veteran defensive tackle has fully embraced the changes made by first-year coach Dennis Allen and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and said he expects the Raiders to have one of the...
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Giants GM shocked by Cabrera ban

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean insists his club has two suspended veteran players who should know better than to use performance-enhancing drugs. A day after outfielder and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, Sabean said Thursday he was shocked when he...
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Wenatchee takes WCL series opener

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Despite a rally in the bottom of the ninth, the Corvallis Knights came up short in their only home game of the West Coast League Championship Series, losing to the Wenatchee AppleSox 9-8 on Wednesday night at Goss Stadium. Wenatchee opened up to a 6-1 lead before Corvallis scored four runs...
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Cabrera’s suspension changes race

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants entered Wednesday tied for the NL West lead, but the race shifted dramatically before a pitch was even thrown. Melky Cabrera, the Giants’ All-Star left fielder, is out for the season, and not because he is injured. No, Cabrera has been suspended 50 games without pay...
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King Felix delivers first Seattle perfect game

SEATTLE — As he rode down in the crowded elevator wearing a wide grin after watching Felix Hernandez twirl baseball history, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik felt like having a little fun. He pulled out his cellphone, held it to his ear and listened for a moment. ”No, we’re not trading Felix Hernandez,” Zduriencik...
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