I guess everyone is playing their "natural rivals" today, meaning, of course, their "natural rivals in the other league." Of course to have this happen, the Houston Astros had to move to the American League. They have apparently been assigned to be Colorado's "natural rivals." I guess that would be "naturalized rivals." It's kind of weird, Colorado used to have Seattle as the team they would play a bunch, but now Seattle is apparently San Diego's "natural rival." And with Texas and Houston in the same American League, their natural intra-state rivalry has been expunged. Texas is now apparently Arizona's "natural rival" while Houston is Colorado's. Many of the "natural rivals" make some sense, New York teams, Chicago teams, Los Angeles area teams, Bay Area teams, Ohio state teams, Missouri state teams, Florida teams. But Atlanta is stuck with Toronto while Boston plays Philadelphia. Atlanta should really be Boston's "natural rivals" because at least the Braves were originally in Boston. That would leave Philadelphia with Toronto, which kind of makes no sense, but without another Canadian team, Toronto makes no sense with anyone. Meanwhile, Philadelphia has to play Detroit.
Meanwhile, there was a game in Oakland and it was a game which the Giants lost. The game sold out, as Oakland-SF games tend to do. Madison Bumgarner pitched pretty well for awhile. He gave up 2 runs on a home run to Josh Donaldson in the 4th inning, then gave up 2 more on a double by Yoenis Cespedes in the 7th. Madison was over 110 pitches by that point, but he had set the A's down in 3 in the 5th and 6th innings, so I'm sure that they wanted to get him through the 7th. It might not have mattered. The Giants scored one in the 6th on a ground out by Buster Posey, but, with the exception of a couple of well-struck balls that were fly outs, they never really threatened. Sandoval, Posey, Pence and Belt were all 0-fers (although Posey did pick up the lone rbi). Andres Torres got 2 hits,Crawford 1 and Scutaro 1. But that was it. The A's only got 5, but Madison also walked 5. Tomorrow Mike Kickham makes his major league debut. He is from St. Louis.