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Giants top A’s in Bay Bridge Series. Here’s how they’ll open 2020 and when they’ll meet

Chad Pinder of the A’s makes the final out Tuesday in the Giants’ 3-2 win at Oracle Park in San Francisco. This was the first of four Bay Bridge Series games this season.
Chad Pinder of the A’s makes the final out Tuesday in the Giants’ 3-2 win at Oracle Park in San Francisco. This was the first of four Bay Bridge Series games this season. AP

A day before the first pitch in the 2019 Bay Bridge Series between the A’s and Giants was thrown, fans were given a chance to start making plans to see the Northern California rivals go head to head next season.

Major League Baseball released the 2020 regular-season schedule Monday morning. Oakland and San Francisco, like the rest of the majors, will begin play Thursday, March 26.

The Giants will play a three-game set in Los Angeles against their fierce rivals, with a day off that Friday. They’ve gone 5-8 against the Dodgers this season and have six games left against their National League West opponents.

The A’s will open with a seven-game home stand, starting with a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins, followed by three games against the Houston Astros, a fellow American League West team.

Next year’s Bay Bridge Series will consist of two-game sets: at the Coliseum on June 6-7 and at Oracle Park on July 7-8.

This year’s rivalry series began with the Giants winning 3-2 Tuesday night in San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner went seven innings, striking out nine to improve to 5-0 over 10 appearances. He gave up just two hits, including a fifth-inning home run to Stephen Piscotty that put the A’s up 1-0.

Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar each had run-scoring doubles in the sixth against Brett Anderson, who threw six innings and allowed two runs on six hits.

Scooter Gennett’s sac fly in the seventh made it 3-1 Giants, who survived Will Smith’s bases-loaded walk in the ninth. Smith recorded his 29th save in 32 chances.

The two-game set concludes Wednesday, then the teams will meet again Aug. 24-25 in Oakland. The A’s won four of six last year.

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Noel Harris is a sports reporter for The Sacramento Bee, with a focus on the Kings. He’s been in professional journalism for more than 18 years. His roles have included sports editor at The Modesto Bee and news editor at two smaller California newspapers, as well as online producer and copy editor.
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