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

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 last night in a matchup of division leaders. The East-leading Nationals (78-58) own the NL's best record while the Dodgers (77-61) are atop the West.

DENVER (AP) - Charlie Blackmon lined a two-out single in the ninth inning off reliever Sergio Romo, helping the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 10-9 yesterday and stop the Giants' six-game win streak on a long day at Coors Field. Earlier in the day, the Giants broke away from a tie and beat Colorado 4-2 in a game that resumed after it was suspended May 22 because of rain.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Adam Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday in a matchup of playoff contenders. Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, Dunn became the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat with the team.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets. Coach Dennis Allen announced that Carr got the nod ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. Carr will be the first rookie to start the season opener at quarterback in Raiders history.

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