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SAN FRANCISCO -- Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer homered, Jose Tabata hit a three-run double, and the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 on Thursday night. Donald Penn Raiders Jersey . Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead, two-run double to start a seven-run fifth and matched his career high for RBIs in a season with 85. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez added sacrifice flies and Tabata had a three-run double in his second plate appearance of the inning. Marco Scutaro had a tying two-run single in the fourth for San Francisco after scoring in the third on Buster Poseys sacrifice fly. Giants right-hander Matt Cain departed after getting hit on his pitching arm on a line drive by Sanchez. X-rays on Cains bruised forearm were negative. Jones 12th homer leading off the second was a splash-hit drive into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall. It was the 28th at AT&T Park by an opponent and second by a Pirates player. Adam LaRoche hit one on Aug. 11, 2007, against Tim Lincecum. Cain was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on the pitcher, who walked off the mound on his own moments later. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings. Guillermo Moscoso (1-2) relieved with the Giants trailing 3-1. Cain, who had been on a nice roll since the All-Star break, threw 64 pitches, 40 for strikes. Tabata added a pair of singles for his third three-hit game in August. Jeanmar Gomez (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief following Jeff Locke for the win. On a day the Giants lost outfielder Andres Torres perhaps for the season to a strained left Achilles tendon, the defending World Series champs were dealt another blow with the early exit for Cain. San Francisco was outscored 21-4 in a losing three-game series against the Red Sox -- including 12-1 in Wednesdays finale. It wasnt much better in the opener of a four-game series with the Pirates. Brandon Crawford added a two-run double in the eighth for San Francisco. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval returned to the Giants lineup after missing two games with a sore back. He grounded into a double play in the second and wound up 1 for 3 with a walk. NOTES: Pirates GM Neal Huntington said LHP Wandy Rodriguez (forearm tightness) felt pain during his simulated game and will be examined by Dr. James Andrews early next week. ... Giants manager Bruce Bochy said struggling LHP Barry Zito (4-9, 5.63 ERA) is scheduled to make his next start. "Were keeping the guys in the rotation where theyre at," Bochy said. ... Pirates RH closer Jason Grilli, nursing a strained tendon in his throwing arm, threw a 25-pitch bullpen and is scheduled for another side session Sunday before a likely rehab outing. "Another good day day for Jason," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Well see how he bounces back tomorrow." ... Hurdle believes OF Starling Marte is close to returning and wont need a DL stint. He missed his fourth straight game because of a bruise on his right hand after getting stepped on during a headfirst slide against Arizona on Sunday. "I think Marte is right on the edge of coming back," Hurdle said. "Hes closing in on that -- return to play." ... The Giants are 9-22 vs. the NL Central. Mario Edwards Jr Raiders Jersey . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. Dan Williams Raiders Jersey . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. . Collaros, 25, was solid last season, posting a 5-2 record as the starter while incumbent Ricky Ray was injured. Collaros also started Torontos 23-20 regular-season finale loss to Montreal — Ray didnt dress because the Argos had already clinched first in the East Division — but was one of three quarterbacks to play that day.Israel Idonije has Sept. 29 and Nov. 10 circled on his calendar. Those are the days the Detroit Lions will face their arch rivals, the Chicago Bears, this season. After spending nine years in the Windy City, the Canadian defensive lineman will don the Lions colours this season after signing a one-year deal in Motown as a free agent. The six-foot-six, 271-pound Idonije, a native of Nigeria who grew up in Brandon, Man., has no axe to grind against his former team. "Every week you prepare to play a different team, thats football," Idonije said during a telephone interview this week. "I know its a business and its all part of it. "Chicago has a new regime there and wanted its own people and I understand that. Now, Im just looking forward to suiting up and getting after it on the field twice a year when we play the Bears. I feel the same way when I play the Cleveland Browns because I was with them my first year and I always make sure they remember I was once a Brown." The articulate Idonije originally signed with Cleveland in 2003 as an undrafted free agent following his college career at Brandon. He began the season on the Browns practice roster but was waived before joining Chicagos practice roster later that year. Idonije spent nine seasons with the Bears, registering 28.5 career sacks and 272 tackles over 134 career games. He had a career-best 7.5 sacks last year and new GM Phil Emery -- who hired former CFL head coach Marc Trestman this off-season -- wanted Idonije back but at substantially less than the US$2.5 million the 32-year-old defensive lineman earned in 2012. Idonije had met with both Tennessee and San Francisco this off-season before reaching an agreement with Detroit. Contract details werent divulged but Idonije will reportedly receive $1.005 million with the Lions -- the $940,000 veteran minimum along with a $65,000 signing bonus. Idonije gives the Lions plenty of flexibility on its defensive line as he played both tackle and end effectively in Chicago. The expectation is Idonije will see more time on the outside with Detroit given that Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley have established themselves as starters at tackle. The addition of Idonije would also give the Lions the luxury of bringing defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah, the fifth overall selection in this years NFL draft, along slowly. Althouggh he signed a one-year contract, Idonije says he has plenty of good football left. Justin Tuck Raiders Jersey. "I think I have two, three great years still in me," he said. "My first six years I didnt really play a lot and I think that helped save my body. "The last three years Ive been able to play at a high level and Im looking forward to doing what I can to help the Detroit Lions win a championship." Idonije played in Super bowl XLI when Chicago squared off against Indianapolis in the rain at Miami but it was the Colts who hoisted the Lombardi Trophy afterwards following a 29-17 victory. While Idonije will have to adjust to a new team and city, there will be a sense of familiarity for him in Detroit. The Lions, like the Bears, are part of the NFC North (Green Bay and Minnesota are the other division rivals) which means theyll play six games against teams Idonije has faced often over his NFL career. "Detroit just seemed like the best fit for me," he said. "When you look at the guys Ill be lining up with (on the defensive line) and all the weapons they have on offence, it was a great opportunity. "Its tough leaving Chicago after being there so long . . . but again you have to look at this as a business. When you do, it becomes easier to make that adjustment and focus on the next step." Idonije certainly stayed busy while his football future sorted itself out this off-season. He operates Blessed Communion -- a company that manufactures communion products -- as well as his charity, the Israel Idonije Foundation, both in Chicago. And earlier this year Idonije unveiled "The Protectors," his debut comic book series roughly three years after he created Altheta Comics, a publishing company. "Its something I started working on in 2007 at training camp," Idonije said. "Its a story about athletes who must save the world from an evil force looking to enslave all of humanity." Idonije comes by his love of comics honestly, saying he became a big fan of them as a youth. His first exposure was with a Green Lantern series and he became hooked immediately. But dont expect Idonije to feature himself in The Protectors. "No, not at all," he said. 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