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Obituary: Mamie Hirasawa (1926-2020)

Mamie M. Hirasawa peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. She was born on February 2, 1926 in Sebastopol, California to the late Katsuki and Shina (Miyamoto) Horita. She along with her family were interned at Amache, Colorado during World War II. Some years after the war Mamie moved …

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Streaking A’s brawl past Astros 7-2 for ninth straight win

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The streaking A’s remained undefeated in August, completing a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros 7-2 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon in a game highlighted by the first true benches-clearing brawl of the Covid era. Tempers flared in the seventh after Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was hit by …

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Gallo’s blast helps Texas salvage final game against Giants

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Joey Gallo’s three-run home run in the seventh-inning off Tyler Anderson led the Texas Rangers to a 9–5 win over the Giants Sunday afternoon at Oracle Field. Gallo’s blast, his third of the year, capped a three hit day and allowed Texas to escape San Francisco with …

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Downtown Martinez outdoor program expanded to Thursdays

Launched on June 12, the City of Martinez Outdoor Downtown program gives merchants the opportunity to provide outdoor dining and shopping experiences for their customers, while facilitating the physical distancing of patrons to comply with the current County Health Order. By allowing businesses to use portions of City sidewalks, streets, …

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Oakland bullpen shuts down Angels to offset Trout’s 4 RBI’s

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Jumping out to a 5-0 first inning lead before Shohei Ohtani could record an out, the A’s rode five shut out innings from their bullpen to record a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. In what had the potential to be …

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MLB’s last minute shift adds another six teams to the playoffs

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ Hours before the first pitch of the 2020 MLB season was to be thrown, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the owners announced an agreement that will expand the postseason from ten teams to 16 teams for the 2020 campaign. Each league will still feature three …

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National Farmers Market Week confirms it’s value to community

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS We never imagined that a COVID-19 pandemic would upend nearly every aspect of society and the local food supply chain. Thankfully, farmers markets were declared essential businesses early on, albeit smaller and with limited access and with extensive safety guidelines and restrictions. More than ever before, …

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National League gearing up for a truncated 60-game sprint

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ As of this writing, the delayed MLB season is set to commence in a matter of days. It’s still entirely possible that circumstances driven by the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent games from actually being played, but until that becomes reality, a preview of what the season may …

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Astros, Yankees and Twins favored to fight it out for AL flag

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ As the COVID-19 pandemic looms over the competitive sports landscape in the US, Major League Baseball will become the first of the four major leagues to attempt to stage contests, though they will do so without fans to witness them. Starting Thursday, July 23, the latest Opening …

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Osuna Charged with three criminal counts for Gun Offenses

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that 30-year-old Martinez resident Joseph Osuna has been charged with three criminal counts, including two felonies, for his alleged action of the unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person on Sunday, July 5. Osuna drove by a Black Lives …

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