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A’s, Giants begin Bay Area series

The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants meet as more than just rivals when they begin two sets of three games bridging the All-Star break with a series opener Friday night at AT&T Park.
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Veterans Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.45 ERA) of the A’s and Madison Bumgarner (2-3, 3.09) of the Giants will get the starts in the opener as the San Francisco Bay Area teams hope to continue a recent run of positive results into next week’s break.

The A’s will be wrapping a 10-game road trip that has begun remarkably well, with series wins at American League powers Cleveland (2-1) and Houston (3-1).

They have now won 13 of their last 16 games to put themselves into the heart of the AL wild-card race.

Jackson has made four starts in San Francisco, going 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA.

One Giant he will not be excited to see is Andrew McCutchen, who has a .385 average (15-for-39) against Jackson, with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in their careers.

Devers said the shoulder has been bothering for almost a month, since a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Park when he had to dive back to first after a line out.

Seattle was initially when I started feeling some slight discomfort, Devers said Thursday. But I didn’t say anything. I just kept playing through it and it progressively got worse.

Devers, who sat out Wednesday’s game, had an MRI, which showed the inflammation. Devers said the shoulder bothers him both when he is batting and when he is in the Womens Denis Savard Jersey field.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday, meaning Devers would Darryl Roberts Jersey be eligible to return by the second game after the All-Star break, July 21 against the Tigers in Detroit.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he was hopeful that Devers could return during the Tigers series.

Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Devers on the roster.

Lin is batting .162 in 16 games over two call-ups to the majors this season. He was batting.308 with five homers at Pawtucket.

Devers was batting .241 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs this season, his first full year in the majors.