OAKLAND, Calif. - A five-run ninth inning for the Red Sox that lasted more than a half-hour derailed any chance Eduardo Rodriguez had of getting his first career complete game. Not that the left-hander was complaining. After a bitter loss to Oakland a year ago when he allowed just one hit over eight innings, Rodriguez was more than happy with the way things turned out. Rodriguez earned his second straight win, Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game and Boston beat the Oakland Athletics 12-3 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. "I wanted to go back out there but they hit the ball pretty good in that inning and I know I had to get out of the game," Rodriguez said about the long wait.
San Francisco Giant Hunter Pence is a man of many interests. One of his favorite hobbies, as we know from his tweeting about a bachelor party he attended, is playing "Magic: The Gathering." And one day, Pence says, he and his wife Alexis — who is also an avid gamer — are planning to create a place for some of their like-minded peers to hang out and play. Appearing on a podcast with Gary Vaynerchuk of digital agency VaynerMedia, Pence answered a question about whether or not he has plans to become a pro eSports player. He doesn't, he explained, but he and Alexis would like to facilitate a space for board game tournaments (in the video above at around 4:30). "There was a time when I could have
Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years Member of Pro Football Writers Association Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated Follow on Twitter ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Nothing has changed regarding Derek Carr, the Oakland Raiders and a contract extension. Not even, it would seem, the quarterback's feelings, despite a recent report that Carr was growing "frustrated" with the slow pace of contract talks. Just as he said at the start of the Raiders' offseason workout program in mid-April, Carr reasserted his belief that a deal will get done between his representatives and Raiders