Sep 17, 2020
Visitors at home, Giants hit 3 HRs and beat Mariners 9-3
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California governor emphasizes wildfires show reality of climate change 9 Ways Trader Joes Changed the Way We Grocery Shop Visitors at home, Giants hit 3 HRs and beat Mariners 9-3 © APWF San Francisco Giants' Mike Yastrzemski scores against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept.16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Wednesday night in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington.
Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants snapped a three-game losing streak with a ''road'' victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.
Belt hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Longoria connected for a solo drive one out later against right-hander Ljay Newsome (0-1). Crawford contributed a two-out shot in the seventh and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI double as the Giants pounded out 15 hits.
Trevor Cahill (1-1) struck out four in two scoreless innings of relief.
The Mariners drew a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fourth.
This marked the first of two games relocated from Seattle because of the unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a Monday doubleheader in the smoke and players expressed concern.© APWF San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Wotus after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. This is a makeup of a postponed game from Tuesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The Mariners took off about 10 a.m. Wednesday - rare day-of travel in baseball - from Seattle and pitcher Kendall Graveman even joked about wearing uniforms on the plane and eating sack lunches on the way. Some went straight to Oracle Park upon landing in San Francisco, while others opted to stop by the team hotel.
''There was some talk about it,'' manager Scott Servais said with a grin on a pregame Zoom call.
Seattle was the home team but wore its gray road jerseys. The Giants sported their cream-colored home uniforms - the first time playing as the road team at home since Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Reds on July 23, 2013, making up a rainout from July 4 that year.© APWF Cutouts are seated at Oracle Park as San Francisco Giants' Drew Smyly, center, pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. This is a makeup of a postponed game from Tuesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
''If there ever was a year for this to happen, this was it, because nothing is normal,'' Servais said. ''It has been weird all year long.''
Giants lefty Drew Smyly made his first start since Aug. 1 and second appearance since being sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand. Smyly struck out eight in 3 2/3 innings, permitting three runs and four hits.© APWF San Francisco Giants' Drew Smyly pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in a makeup of a game postponed Tuesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
HAVING SOME FUN
Giants PR man Mike Passanisi and longtime Mariners media ace, Tim Hevly, came up with an entertaining pregame announcement with Passanisi on the mic: ''First pitch 6:45. Game time temperature in San Francisco, 71 degrees. Game time temperature in Seattle, 70 degrees.''
Mariners: Seattle got a scare when Dylan Moore was hit in the head by a pitch in the seventh. He stayed in the game briefly. ... On Tuesday, RHP Matt Magill underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his throwing shoulder in Los Angeles performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The hope is Magill will be ready to begin a throwing program in spring training and pitch in exhibition games, Servais said. The rehab process will start immediately. ... 2B Shed Long is deciding his next step with a stress fracture in his shin that was diagnosed last week and put him out for the season. ''Shed is still working through what's the best course of action for him to get back healthy. I know he's weighing a couple different options right now. I'm not sure where he's headed,'' Servais said. ''May be a minor surgery, may not be.''© APWF San Francisco Giants center fielder Mauricio Dubon cannot catch a base hit by Seattle Mariners' Dylan Moore during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. This is a makeup of a game postponed Tuesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by an inflamed pitching shoulder, is expected to throw five innings in a simulated game Thursday at the club's Sacramento alternate site. ... RHP Reyes Moronta (right shoulder surgery) threw in Sacramento. He still could get into a major league game by season's end. ''We're going to monitor him at every outing, and figure out how he bounces back,'' manger Gabe Kapler said. ''But so far, his stuff has been crisp, and it's been trending up.''
The Mariners reinstated INF J.P. Crawford from the bereavement list and optioned INF Donovan Walton to their Tacoma alternate site and kept him on the taxi squad.
Giants LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 4.50 ERA) tries to win consecutive starts for the first time this season opposite Seattle LHP Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.34), looking to snap a two-start skid.
AP Sports Writers Tim Booth and Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.
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Beat up 49ers have enough to top Giants
Welcome to Week 3, which is not a happy place for teams that are 0-2 nor handicappers who are 13-17-2 against the spread. Where those teams turn for help is their problem, but this handicapper is going to seek comfort in an overwhelming recent trend.
VSiN’s Steve Makinen reports that over the past four seasons, teams that started 0-2 both straight up and ATS went a combined 16-3 (84.2 percent) ATS in Week 3, not counting games between two teams in that circumstance. Teams that fit this criteria this week are the Jets, Texans, Vikings, Eagles, Lions and Panthers. I understand some of those teams are extremely unappealing to select. Follow me if you want. Here we go …NFL picks for Week 3
(home team in CAPS)San Francisco 49ers (-4) over NEW YORK GIANTS
Despite all of the talent that hobbled off the MetLife turf last week, the 49ers still have more than enough left to beat the Giants. Nick Mullens can put up points and Kyle Shanahan will know how to attack a bad Giants defense. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will figure out how to move forward without Saquon Barkley, but it might take some time.Nick Mullens, Daniel JonesAP; N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg New York Jets (+11) over INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
This line started at 9.5 and has gone through the roof. At first it sounded odd to hear Avery Williamson and Bradley McDougald call out lax practices after the Jets defense gave up an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and 55-yard draw on a third-and-31. But maybe this is the type of veteran leadership this team needs. They’ll have their hands full with this great Colts offensive line, but I figure the Jets D will play way harder this week. And heavy favorite has never been Philip Rivers’ best betting role.Las Vegas Raiders (+5.5) over NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
A lot of people are jumping on the Patriots because of the “Bill Belichick off a loss” angle and the fact the Raiders are coming almost cross-country off a rousing Monday night win to play an early body-clock game. The view from here, though, is that the P atriots do not have an explosive offense, and the Raiders do. Their offensive line is a meat grinder, and Belichick will have to contend with Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller.BUFFALO BILLS (-2.5) over Los Angeles Rams
Though the forecast for Orchard Park looks benign at around 80 degrees, there are expected winds of 14-22 mph. Josh Allen should have more experience and a better skill set for operating in those conditions than does Jared Goff.Houston Texans (+4) over PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Racing handicappers factor in whether horses are going up or down in class. Well, the Texans have lost to the Chiefs and Ravens; the Steelers have beaten the Giants and Broncos (who lost their quarterback in-game). Happy to take a few points here as we really know very little about what these two teams are going to be.MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+2.5) over Tennessee Titans
The Vikings are part of our Sucky Six group that’s 0-2 both SU and ATS. Minnesota is 21-12 ATS at home, though, since 2016, and I’m looking for Mike Zimmer, Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and others to rise up.CLEVELAND BROWNS (-7) over Washington Football Team
The Browns are 22-41 ATS in their past 63 games and gave up the back door to the Bengals last Thursday. Though it’s hard to trust them giving this many points, the WFT doesn’t figure to have much comeback ability, what it did to the Eagles in Week 1 notwithstanding.PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (-4.5) over Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow and the Bengals are tempting, but resist taking the points vs. the Eagles.Getty Images
I’d normally take the moderate chunk of points with live rookie Joe Burrow here. That type of thinking has me at 13-17-2, so I’ll go with the 84.2 percent system and count on a revival week for Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.ATLANTA FALCONS (-3) over Chicago Bears
Another double 0-2 team giving points. Matt Ryan and Atlanta’s offense has been insane, and though the Falcons defense has been every bit as bad, I don’t see the Bears as being well-equipped if this becomes a shootout into the 30s.Carolina Panthers (+6.5) over LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
The Bolts were in their best role as big underdogs last week when Justin Herbert got a surprise start and nearly beat the Chiefs. They are 16-19 ATS as favorites since 2016.Detroit Lions (+5.5) over ARIZONA CARDINALS
The Lions have lost 11 in a row and 14 of their past 15. Just unbelievable. They did score 23 and 21 points in their two losses, and Matthew Stafford could have Kenny Golladay for the first time. Cards may be a little comfy at 2-0 off a double-digit win.DENVER BRONCOS (+6.5) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Despite six sacks last week, Jeff Driskel had the Broncos 15 yards away from an upset at Pittsburgh. Nice home underdog number.SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (-5.5) over Dallas Cowboys
Seattle’s offense looked unstoppable in the win over the Patriots, and bettors bumped this line up two points from 3.5. I think the extra tax is worth paying.Green Bay Packers (+3) over NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Happy to take points with the Packers’ diverse offense. Saints have a bit of a tough turnaround off a Monday nighter in Las Vegas, but the bigger problems are Michael Thomas is out and Drew Brees can’t throw downfield like he used to.Monday Night Football BALTIMORE RAVENS (-3.5) over Kansas City Chiefs
The entire Post grid is on the Chiefs, but I have doubts about whether their defense can slow down Lamar Jackson enough to get this done.
Best bets: Falcons, Eagles, Packers.
Lock of the week: Falcons (Locks 0-1-1 in 2020).
Last week: 6-10 overall, 0-3 Best Bets.
Thursday: Dolphins (W)