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Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, signs are posted outside of a house was occupied by the group Moms 4 Housing in Oakland, Calif. The homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland house where they were squatting plan to buy the property after speculators, in a change of heart, agreed to sell it to a city nonprofit, it was announced Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community Land Trust, which will offer it for sale to the group Moms 4 Housing, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Homeless moms evicted from Oakland home may return

Jan. 20, 2020 6:29 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland, California, house where they were squatting plan to move back after speculators agreed to sell the property to a nonprofit organization, it was announced Monday. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles. Nonprofit health care system Kaiser Permanente today announced it will be the first private sector contributor to Newsom's newly announced fund to combat homelessness in the state, committing $25 million to the effort. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kaiser, Blue Shield pledge $45M to California housing fund

Jan. 17, 2020 5:26 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hospital giant Kaiser Permanente and insurer Blue Shield of California on Friday pledged $45 million to a new state fund aimed at getting people off the streets. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order last week creating what he proposes to be a $750 million fund that could be...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza tried to clarify her remarks about the Mike Fiers role in the sign-stealing scandal after criticizing Fiers earlier on a radio show. She said in a statement posted to Twitter that baseball will benefit from the sign stealing being uncovered and that appropriate action was taken. Mendoza's issue remains how it came forward.  (AP Photo/File)

ESPN's Mendoza: Fiers should have gone to MLB, not reporter

Jan. 16, 2020 7:07 PM EST

ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza says pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist about his allegation the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs. Mendoza, a New York Mets adviser in addition to her media job, said Thursday on ESPN's “Golic and...

Oakland man who robbed 19 banks sentenced to federal prison

Jan. 16, 2020 12:40 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Oakland man who robbed or tried to rob 19 banks before he was arrested at a hospital where his wife was giving birth was sentenced Wednesday to more than eight years in federal prison. Fifty-year-old Duane Makela was sentenced for a series of 10 armed robberies, seven unarmed...

Tim Hudson hired as Auburn's volunteer pitching coach

Jan. 15, 2020 12:40 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Former major league pitcher Tim Hudson is Auburn's new pitching coach. Auburn announced Wednesday that Hudson will be a volunteer assistant and pitching coach for the program, where he once starred as a two-way player. Hudson played 17 years in the major leagues with Oakland, Atlanta...

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2019, file photo, Sharena Thomas, left, Carroll Fife, center, Dominique Walker, second from right, and Tolani KIng, right, stand outside a vacant home they took over on Magnolia Street in West Oakland, Calif. Homeless women ordered by a judge last week to leave a vacant house they occupied illegally in Oakland for two months have been evicted by sheriff's deputies. They removed two women and a male supporter Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, from the home before dawn in a case highlighting California's severe housing shortage and growing homeless population. (Kate Wolffe/KQED via AP, File)

California housing crisis: Oakland moms evicted by deputies

Jan. 14, 2020 6:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless women ordered by a California judge last week to leave a vacant house they illegally occupied in Oakland for two months were evicted before dawn Tuesday by sheriff's deputies in a case that highlighted the state's severe housing shortage and growing numbers of homeless people....

Athletics acquire infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp from Cubs

Jan. 13, 2020 5:21 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tony Kemp, a left-handed-hitting infielder and outfielder, was acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas. The versatile Kemp began last season with Houston, where he played from 2016-2018. On Monday, Astros manager AJ...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Marcus Semien watches his home run during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York.  Following a career year, Semien was rewarded Friday, Jan. 10, with a $13 million, one-year contract that avoids arbitration and gives him a raise of $7.1 million. Semien played all 162 games for the first time in 2019 to help the A's win 97 games for a second straight season and the AL's top wild card. He finished third in MVP voting after putting up several personal bests: 33 homers and 92 RBIs while hitting .285. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin, File)

A's and Semien reach $13M, 1-year deal; 6 others agree

Jan. 10, 2020 10:18 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Following a career year, Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was rewarded Friday with a $13 million, one-year contract that avoids arbitration and gives him a raise of $7.1 million. Semien played all 162 games for the first time in 2019 to help the A's win 97 games for a second...

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, left, talks with Misty Cross, second from left, Tolani King, center, Sharena Thomas, second from right, and Dominique Walker, all from the group Moms 4 Housing, at a rally outside of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Some California lawmakers said they support a group of homeless women who have been illegally living in a vacant three-bedroom house since November, partly to protest real estate speculators who drive up housing costs in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Judge orders homeless women to leave house they're occupying

Jan. 10, 2020 7:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless women who are illegally occupying a house in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area do not have the right to stay and must leave within five days, a judge ruled Friday. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Patrick McKinney previously issued a tentative ruling in favor of...