Monday, September 22, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Saying so long to Candlestick

It was home to Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Barry Bonds, and countless other Giants stars. It has been home to six World Series games. It withstood a 1989 earthquake that stopped a World Series.

From 1960 to 1999, Candlestick Park was the home of the San Francisco Giants, after the team had moved west from New York in 1958. Situated in the southeast corner of San Francisco on the San Francisco Bay, the park was often windy and cold, not a favorite venue of every ballplayer or fan.

It was also home to the AFL's Oakland Raiders for a year in 1961, and the NFL's 49ers from 1971 until last season. (The Niners move into new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara this season.)

The storied venue hosted its last event, a concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney, Thursday night. The next date for Candlestick Park is with a wrecking ball. It will be demolished to make way for a housing, retail, and entertainment development.

San Francisco police warned people attending Thursday's concert not to take any chairs or other mementos from the stadium, saying anyone caught with such items could face vandalism charges.

Vulture in Marlins 'pen

Mike Dunn is called a vulture by his Miami Marlins teammates. This is not a bad thing.

Dunn has been one of the go-to arms in the Marlins bullpen all season, and his effectiveness has been rewarded. He leads the team with 10 wins despite not making a single start, and is the first reliever in Major League Baseball to reach double digits in victories since 2011.

His latest right-place, right-time win came Thursday night, when he threw two perfect innings and the Marlins rallied to top Arizona, 5-4, to help their chances in the National League wild-card chase.

Dunn says it's more of a team accomplishment than anything else - but for whatever reason, things seem to go his way.

Bourn is back

The Cleveland Indians activated centerfielder Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list. Bourn has been slowed by a nagging hamstring injury all season. He was on the DL since July 6 because of the hamstring, which he had surgery on last October. He recently had rehab stints with double-A Akron and triple-A Columbus. Bourn is batting .267 with 7 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBIs, and 37 runs.

Leave your metal home

Yankee Stadium will add metal detectors at some gates next week as part of Major League Baseball's security plan.

The Yankees made the announcement Friday. The metal detectors will be in place starting Tuesday night, when the Yankees host the Houston Astros.

MLB has been working with the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate safety procedures. All 30 big-league ballparks will have metal detectors by the start of next season. Some stadiums already have put them in place.

- Staff and wire reports

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