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SAN FRANCISCO -- Minnesota's Justin Morneau made the first swing of the Home Run Derby count, blasting a long home run just to the left of the 421-foot mark in deep right-center field. He also made the first splash landing in McCovey Cove -- but it didn't count because it was foul. Morneau finished his round with four home runs, putting another one right by the 421 sign. …

SAN FRANCISCO -- The wind is dying down, still blowng gently out to center field. It's still bright and sunny but we suddenly had some cloud cover and I was relieved -- I could finally see my laptop screen clearly up here in left field. Oops. False alarm. It was just the blimp blotting out the sun. Counting Crows just did a set and that was followed by the national anthem…

SAN FRANCISCO -- As you're watching tonight's Home Run Derby, don't think that McCovey Cove is some huge body of water behind the right-field bleachers. It's really a shockingly small little inlet when you see it in person, separated by only a walkway from the back of the bleachers. There are dozens of colored rafts out there getting into position. Since AT&T Park ope…

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Greetings from Section 335 in the left-field upper deck of AT&T Park! After the American Leaguers were done talking to the media, we were herded right over here as batting practice has opened and we're a couple hours away from this year's Home Run Derby. It's sunny and 70-ish right now but the wind is blowing hard out to center and it figures to be a c…

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The National League press conferences just ended and there were only a handful of reporters around each player's table, far less than you normally see. That's because there were a few hundred of us packed into the rear corner of the grand ballroom of the Westin St. Francis as Barry Bonds held easily the most chaotic meeting with reporters since they start…

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The game isn't until Tuesday night but All-Star festivities really heat up today as the players and coaches hit town to meet the media and stage tonight's Home Run Derby in AT&T Park. As you can see here (click for bigger image), workers spent the weekend putting floating barriers in McCovey Cove to limit the number of boats that will be out there for…

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- It was supposed to be just a normal sunny Sunday at the ballpark. A couple early-morning interviews, watch a game, a couple more interviews etc. Talk about getting a little more than you expected! The Mariners and Athletics have 10 more meetings in the second half and they figure to be interesting ones after Sunday's heated affair in McAfee Coliseum. …

OAKLAND, Calif. -- We've hit the West Coast in preparation for Tuesday night's Barryfest, er, All-Star Game and took a little side trip to McAfee Coliseum for today's A's-Mariners game. While it's been foggy and 55 degrees in San Francisco, a pleasant 25-minute train ride to Oakland has produced a sunny day and temperatures in the mid-70s. What a bizarre change for that sh…

Adam Miller is scheduled to pitch four innings or 65 pitches today against Durham as he continues his return to the rotation. Below is the lineup for today's series finale against the Bulls: Hector Luna, ssTrent Durrington, dhJoe Inglett, 2bKeith Ginter, 1bJason Cooper, lfAndy Marte, 3bMike Rose, cBrad Snyder, rfJonathan Van Every, cfAdam Miller, p --Rodney McKissic

Hot-hitting Brad Snyder returns to the lineup after taking Friday night off to deal with a personal matter. Snyder leads the team with a nine-game hit streak Below is tonight's lineup against the Durham Bulls: Hector Luna, ssLuis Rivas, 2bJoe Inglett, lfRyan Mulhern, 1bKeith Ginter, dhAndy Marte, 3bYamid Haad, cBrad Snyder, rfJonathan Van Every, cfJeremy Sowers, p --Rodn…

Looks like outfielder Brad Snyder is getting the night off tonight. His hit streak is at nine games, the longest on the club, and Snyder is hitting .387 since June 21. Here's tonight's lineup: Hector Luna, 2bLuis Rivas, ssJoe Inglett, lfRyan Mulhern, 1bJason Cooper, rfAndy Marte, 3bMike Rose, cTrent Durrington, dhJonathan Van Every, cfAaron Laffey, p --Rodney McKissic

Tonight, the Bisons take on the Durham Bulls in the first game of a four-game series at Dunn Tire Park. Herd outfielder Brad Snyder has the team's longest hit streak at eight games. Tonight's lineupHector Luna, ssLuis Rivas, 2bJoe Inglett, lfRyan Mulhern, 1bKeith Ginter, dhAndy Marte, 3bMike Rose, cBrad Snyder, rfJonathan Van Every, cfSean Smith p ---Rodney McKissic

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OK, I give up. It's time to say the name. Bbbbbbaaaarrrrrrry BBBBBBBBonnnnnnds. There. After more than a year of refusing to write it, I've come to grips with the fact that No. 25 of the Giants is going to have to be Barry Bonds at least for the next few weeks. I'm off to San Francisco Saturday to cover the city's silly lovefest with the game's biggest steroid cheat at n…

The Buffalo Bisons are going for a four-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings tonight in the annual Independence Eve celebration in Dunn Tire Park in front of what's expected to be a sellout crowd.  "USA" is carved into the grass in center field, there are red, white and blue stars painted on the grass in front of the dugouts and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orc…

Tonight figures to be one of the most exciting nights of the year in Dunn Tire Park with the annual Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert and fireworks show following the Bisons' 6:05 p.m. game against the Rochester Red Wings. The Herd will be going for its season-high sixth straight win and trying to complete a four-game sweep of Rochester but it won't be easy because sc…