49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Alex Smith has had two good practices this week and his distanced himself from Colin Kaepernick in the competition for starting quarterback.
Smith also said Thursday that his perceived feud with Michael Crabtree was “blown out of proportion” and that he called the wide receiver to apologize and clear the air. He said their relationship is fine and they’re working to find a rhythm on the field that has never developed.
Ryan Vogelsong won while making his first start in almost seven years, pitching effectively into the sixth inning against his former team and leading the San Francisco Giants over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Thursday.
Their ability to win on the road in the postseason has the Texas Rangers in the World Series for the first time. Trying to continue that success in San Francisco might remain a struggle.