Sports Minute: Here is the latest California sports news from The Associated Press

Sports Minute: Here is the latest California sports news from The Associated Press

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory yesterday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks. Los Angeles heads home for Game 3 tomorrow.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice to back another solid start by Jesse Chavez, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on yesterday to complete a series sweep. Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard added two hits apiece for the A's, who have won 11 of 13. Oakland has the best record in the American League. Houston has dropped seven straight.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Buster Posey hit a two-run home run and Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm) earned his first victory of the season for the San Francisco Giants, who had only three hits yesterday in beating San Diego 4-3 to snap a three-game losing streak. Padres pitchers retired 23 of the final 24 batters and the Giants didn't get a hit after the second inning.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 yesterday. Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two. The Dodgers won on manager Don Mattingly's 53rd birthday.

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