Left-hander Madison Bumgarner, an All-Star last season, makes his first opening-day start for the Giants and Brandon McCarthy starts for the Diamondbacks.
The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer will open the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium next summer.
When they were able to keep their key pieces on the court, the surprising Golden State Warriors proved they could play with just about anyone during a breakout 2012-13.
Jahii Carson scored five of his 34 points in overtime, Carrick Felix had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Arizona State held off Stanford 89-88 in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
Ryan Vogelsong is set to start the spring training opener for the champion San Francisco Giants, followed in the rotation by Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.
The San Francisco 49ers were set to play their first preseason game of the year when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park Friday.
The Blues were the first team to clinch a playoff spot, the Sharks among the last. That was most unusual for a franchise that’s made it to the Western Conference finals the last two seasons.