SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the oddest series in Major League Baseball this season begins a fourth chapter Friday night when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit the San Francisco Giants.Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin (4-6) will open the three-game set against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-5).In a season when the Giants compiled the fourth-best home record in the National League (26-17), none of that success came against the Diamondbacks.Corbin missed Arizonas four-game sweep at AT&T Park in April, a series that ended with the Giants scoring a total of just three runs in the final three games.The Giants walked off the home field 7-10 on April 21, a day on which the Diamondbacks handed Johnny Cueto his only loss of the season.But San Francisco has since gone 47-23, aided in large part by seven meetings with the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Giants have gone 6-1 in those games.Samardzija helped in the turnaround in his first outing against the Diamondbacks, May 19, at Arizona. He pitched one of his best games of the season, limiting the home team to one run over eight innings in a 3-1 Giants win.The next day, the Giants got to Corbin for nine hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 5-3 win.Following two four-game sweeps that were totally dominated by the road team -- the Diamondbacks outscored the Giants 20-10 at San Francisco; the Giants outscored the Diamondbacks 14-7 at Arizona -- the clubs played a tight, three-game series last week in Arizona.The Giants prevailed in two of three, with San Francisco winning a 6-4 game before the clubs split one-run affairs.Corbin and Samardzija went head-to-head in the middle game of the series Saturday, with neither getting a decision in a game the Diamondbacks won 6-5.Corbin allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings, Samardzija four runs in 7 1/3.The Diamondbacks won the game against the San Francisco bullpen when Welington Castillo bombed a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.The Giants won three of four since then, including two of three over the Colorado Rockies to begin their current six-game homestand.The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, have lost three of four, including two of three against the San Diego Padres in a duel of the bottom two teams in the NL West.Getting back on the road might not be a bad thing for the Diamondbacks, who have been plagued by poor home attendance of late.The guys didnt let down because it wasnt a big crowd with a lot of emotion, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said after his teams only win in the San Diego series Tuesday. They created their own emotion in the dugout. Thats baseball.The Giants hope to have center fielder Denard Span back from a neck injury for Fridays series opener.That doesnt mean time off for replacement center fielder Angel Pagan, one of the clubs hottest hitters of late.Weve got a nice (All-Star) break coming up, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said when discussing Pagan before Wednesdays win over the Rockies. With all our injuries, we need his bat in there.Evan Rodrigues Sabres Jersey . Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee? Green had bounced around the NBA when he wasnt playing overseas. The Pacers gave up on Plumlee after just one season. Now Green and Plumlee are key cogs in the Suns surprising breakout season. Jack Eichel Sabres Jersey . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.officialsabresfanstore.com/authentic-rasmus-ristolainen-sabres-jersey/ . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. Matt Hunwick Sabres Jersey . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. Thomas Vanek Sabres Jersey .com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona.JACKSON, Miss. -- DeVante Kincade threw for 227 yards and a score as Grambling State picked up its first conference win, cruising to a 35-14 victory over winless Jackson State on Saturday night.Kincade hit Chad Williams with a 51-yard touchdown pass on his first play from scrimmage with 12:34 left in the first quarter. Joseph McWilliams took an interception return 62 yards for another score to give the Tigers (2-1, 1-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a 14-0 edge at the end of the first. Martez Carter ran ffor a touchdown with 12:26 to go in the second quarter, lifting Grambling State to a 21-0 halftime lead.ddddddddddddIn the second half, Donovan McCray returned a Jackson State (0-3, 0-1) fumble 51 yards for a score to make it 28-0 and the Tigers cruised from there.LaMontiez Ivy was benched in the first quarter and was replaced by Brent Lyles who was 19 of 35 for 150 yards passing. ' ' '