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Oakland Raiders might play in Oracle Park in San Francisco next season

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This is fun. At least if you’re not a Giants fan who doesn’t feel like seeing the yard lines and endzones of a football field painted on your team’s otherwise gorgeous ballpark: the Oakland Raiders are in talks with the Giants about playing their home games next season at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Nothing is final yet. NBC Bay Area reported that an announcement of the Raiders’ plans to play in San Francisco will be made this week. The Associated Press was the first to learn that the football and baseball teams were in discussions.

The Raiders, who are set to move to Las Vegas for 2020, need a place to play for their final season in the Bay Area. The City of Oakland has sued the Raiders for moving to Las Vegas and there is thus no lease for next year. Those negotiations could resume, of course, and maybe San Francisco is a bargaining chip. Another possibility would have them sharing Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers, though the Associated Press reports that owner Mark Davis does not want to share with the 49ers and that the team still plans to practice in Alameda, which is kind of a hike from Santa Clara.

Oracle Park, formerly AT&T Park, has been used for University of California games and for bowl games in the past. As you can see from the photo above, there are worse football setups in baseball stadiums, though it’s obviously not ideal.

I suppose the Raiders can’t mess up that park the way they messed up the Oakland Coliseum given that, at most, they’ll be there for only a year, but I’d never say anything is impossible with those guys.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.