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Field of Links: Giants and A’s switch roles for the day

Aug 21, 2013, 9:22 AM PDT

AP

The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants continue on with their dueling home stands, except this time they switched roles. Call it a change-up, call it further proof that you can’t predict baseball, call it whatever you want, really.

The Giants took down the first-place Boston Red Sox in the most improbable of fashions. After twice stranding a runner on third following a no-out triple, the Giants did their damage the old fashioned way — a sacrifice fly on a foul ball and a walk-off walk.

Buster Posey’s game-tying sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth amounted to his first RBI in 10 games. Then with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Marco Scutaro drew a game-ending walk to give the Giants a 3-2 win.

In a classic moment, the Giants seemed to have a difficult time celebrating their walk-off walk. Tim Lincecum’s sarcastic half-spirited leap over the dugout railing led the charge.

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Meanwhile in Oakland…

The A’s were cruising behind a stellar start by Sonny Gray. If he keeps pitching like this, writers will quickly run out of idiotic creative turns of phrase using his name.

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Gray left the game after seven strong innings and the A’s held a 4-2 lead over the Mariners. Then the A’s eighth-inning collapse happened. Here are the raw details of the ugliest inning of the season for Oakland. Sean Doolittle allowed four consecutive hits, then the A’s forgot how to play defense. Perhaps worse than coughing up the game, was the fact that Derek Norris fractured a toe on a play at the plate. With John Jaso’s status for the regular season in question, and Norris potentially heading to the disabled list, the A’s are extremely thin at catcher.

Coincidentally, former A’s catching prospect Max Stassi, now with the Houston Astros, made his Major League debut on Tuesday. The A’s funk seemed to extend to Stassi, who inexplicably wandered off second base and was tagged out after collecting his first Major League hit.

And to think, on Monday night people were complaining about not getting pie.

Here are the best links of the day.

Field of Links:

Charles Woodson has still got it

Levi’s Stadium passes the halfway mark toward completion

The Marlins have finally found something they’re good at!!

Steph Curry responds to ‘Harden Soul’ with his own song (this might be getting old)

— Proof that Yankees fans are cold blooded

Proof the Dodgers are officially unstoppable

—  We just can’t get enough of this

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