The Giants didn’t exhale. They weren’t flat. There was no letdown following their emotional victory in Los Angeles that capped a 19-game stretch against contenders. Back home Friday night, the Giants did what they were supposed to do against the worst team in the major leagues. They walloped the Braves 7-0 to move one game behind the first-place Dodgers, who lost to the Cubs in 10 innings. “Every game is huge right now. That’s the fun of it,” Hunter Pence said in a pregame moment as he got psyched for the game — and he didn’t even play because of a tight hamstring. “Every game is of the utmost importance.” Angel Pagan, the Giants’ hottest hitter, homered into the arcade. Joe Panik hit a two-run
A's catcher Josh Phegley is in a San Francisco hospital because of synovitis in his right knee. Phegley, who is on the 60-day disabled list, was admitted Friday night and is resting comfortably, the A's said in a press release. He is being given antibiotics. Synovitis is inflammation in the knee joints. Phegley had surgery on his right knee early in July to remove a cyst. The A's press release said the team is awaiting more information to determine the next course of action.
baseball notebook The Texas Rangers placed reliever Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list Friday following his overnight arrest on a drunken driving charge. Jeffress wasn’t with the team for its home game Friday night against Cleveland. While there was no timetable for his return, general manager Jon Daniels said the reliever might be away only a day. Daniels said the team is “certainly disappointed” in Jeffress. Major League Baseball is looking into the arrest of the pitcher who twice as a minor leaguer was suspended for violating drug rules. Online records for the Dallas County jail show that Jeffress, 28, was booked around 5:15 a.m. on a driving while intoxicated charge. Bond was set at $500