Dickerson homered in the second, his sixth, and Diaz homered leading off the sixth, his sixth.

The Padres closed to 7-5 on Wil Myers’ infield RBI single with one out in the sixth and then loaded the bases on Eric Hosmer’s walk. But Steven Brault got Hunter Renfroe to hit a flyball to right that wasn’t deep enough to bring in Jose Pirela, and Kyle Crick struck out pinch-hitter Christian Villanueva.

Crick (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, and seven hits while striking out four and walking three. He got the first two outs of the fifth before allowing Renfroe’s homer to left, his fifth, that pulled the Padres to 6-4. Taillon allowed singles to Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje before making way for Edgar Santana, who struck out Freddy Galvis.

He’s had a terrible injury he had to rehab from, he’s had to change coaches, learn a new system, and it’s been a slow and steady process. But, man, is he a good player. When he’s feeling good, you can see why we picked him, Gruden said, via ESPN.

Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenter said Conley looks like he’s picking up the mental side of the game.

Most importantly, he’s out there and he’s doing good, Guenther said. He’s really understanding the little details of everything: the press techniques that we’re teaching; some of the different coverages, we have a lot of different coverages in now. He’s done a really good job for us.

The only question left for Conley is whether he can get healthy and stay healthy after last year’s shin injury. The Raiders’ coaches are optimistic that he can.

It would take something dramatic, an ability to show, not tell.

What’s surprising is that the momentum has gained steam for the Thunder and George, despite the actual season not going according to plan. The Thunder weren’t as good as they thought they’d be, and a first-round exit at the hands of the Utah Jazz certainly was not part of the recruiting pitch.

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