mcgehee
April 25, 20159

Casey at the bench: It’s time to move McGehee to the DL

This is a bit overdue, unfortunately. I wanted to post something on what we’re seeing from Casey McGehee last night, but I only had time for this: Casey McGehee has grounded

panik walk off
April 23, 20159

Good vibrations: Giants win Bumgarner vs. Kershaw showdown with Panik’s walk-off sac fly

The bottom of the ninth was so very, very Giants, the kind of walk-off win that would’ve seemed routine last April. Madison Bumgarner was good but he wasn’t perfect, San

Giants Timmy Twins
April 22, 201521

Thanks to Maxwell heroics and Lincecum double plays, Giants rout Dodgers 6-2

There is no such thing as a “must win” game in April, but losing Tuesday night’s game would’ve been rough. And it wasn’t the standings as much as the idea that

Travis Ishikawa SF Giants HR NLCS walk-off
April 15, 20157

Unlucky 13: How much longer can the Giants keep an extra pitcher?

The Giants are actually 13th in Major League Baseball in batting average, which means they’re in the upper half. Hooray! Yet they’re hitting .231, and it’s a punchless .231 at

Madison Bumgarner horse World Series flag 2014
April 13, 20154

Madison Bumgarner throws bullpen, rides horse

After all that Madison Bumgarner did last October, he deserved one more day in the sun. Before 1 pm the clouds parted at AT&T Park, and Bumgarner received the loudest

timmy
April 12, 201511

Giants’ rotation is what we thought it was (except not really at all)

The Giants owe a debt of gratitude to Clayton Kershaw, both for keeping their business model (“We’re the opposite of the A’s, because our shit works in the playoffs”) looking

knbr 68 warriors
April 10, 201522

680 or 1050: Lengthy Warriors playoff run could put KNBR in tough spot

KNBR 680’s teams make a hell of a trio. As the flagship station of the San Francisco Giants, “The Sports Leader” has aired three World Series-clinching games in the last five years.

Hunter Pence Chris Heston Giants
April 09, 20156

Giants beat D-Backs, and Chris Heston can pitch

There would’ve been no reason to throw in the towel after the first series of the season if the Giants got routed in this game, especially since none of their injuries

ross boss
April 08, 20155

Why Cody Ross is a perfect fit for the A’s (and not the Giants)

Last night Susan Slusser reported the Oakland Athletics’ interest in Cody Ross, who’s famous around here for hitting five home runs in the 2010 postseason, including two off Roy Halladay.

Beltgroin
April 07, 20158

Giants lose another player, lose 7-6 to D-Backs

The good news is that the soul of this team hasn’t vanished. This is the same group of fiery, talented players that we remember from October, and they gave Arizona

madbum
April 07, 20152

Bumgarner and new look offense lead Giants to Opening Night win

So far, so good … once the game started. The Giants released a worrisome Matt Cain update before the game, along with the expected announcement that Ryan Vogelsong would start in place of

Matt Cain Batkid first pitch SF Giants AT&T Park Batman
April 06, 20157

Cain had MRI (forearm tightness), Giants skipping Peavy’s start tomorrow

The above photo shows Matt Cain before last year’s home opener. He was scheduled to start next Monday’s home opener against the Rockies, but that is very much in doubt after today’s

AT&T Park
April 06, 20157

2015 San Francisco Giants preview

Now that we know what the 25-man roster looks like (for a week or two, anyway), we can let you know exactly how this season is going to go. First, here’s

lon
April 06, 20156

Lon Simmons had one outstanding trait that’s a requirement around here

Lon Simmons passed away over the weekend at the age of 91, which means he lived a long and full life, but the news was still jarring in a way. While

lon and bill
April 06, 20158

A personal memory of Lon Simmons

I was all set to write a column today about Opening Night and whether the A’s could break the hex of losing their first game seemingly every year, but I

A's Giants
April 04, 201517

The experts have spoken, and they think the 2015 Giants and A’s are mediocre

The last time the A’s and Giants were shut out of the postseason in the same year was 2011. Most experts think that’ll happen again in 2015. According to a

sabean beane
April 02, 201517

Keep the Bay Bridge Series

On Tuesday in the San Jose Mercury News, sports columnist Mark Purdy wrote a story headlined, “Cancel Bay Bridge Series.” He explained that the advent of interleague play has eliminated

Gary Brown San Francisco Giants
March 31, 20157

Day of mourning for KNBR callers: Giants sign Justin Maxwell, DFA Gary Brown

I just knew it. After spending far too much time on a post about Giants roster decisions, the defending champs made my story an afterthought with actual news a few minutes later.

Matt Duffy Jake Peavy Giants
March 31, 20152

Giants roster decisions: Three are (or were) fairly easy, one is very difficult

1. Backup Catcher (easier decision than we thought) Hector Sanchez vs. Andrew Susac probably wasn’t as difficult a decision as most would think. Susac has the opportunity to be one of

straight shooter jay mariotti
March 27, 201513

Examiner hires Jay Mariotti: let the boasting and self-victimization begin!

The San Francisco Examiner has been around for over 150 years. Throughout my childhood it was an afternoon paper that had an odd relationship with the San Francisco Chronicle. I assumed

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