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The five biggest keys for the Giants to surge into a playoff spot

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Dodgers trade for Machado could shape Giants’ chances in NL West beyond 2018

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Success of Giants rookies highlights underrated talent of a star

SAN FRANCISCO–Ray Black’s fastball shoots out of his hand at 100 miles per hour. Reyes Moronta’s four-seamer is nearly as blinding.<p>Starters Andrew …

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A’s Treinen has flawless All-Star appearance

WASHINGTON — The Nationals Park crowd roared its loudest when their hometown ace got within a strike of a perfect first inning.<p>Five innings later, …

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Skelton: A political practitioner who kept cool and embraced Barry Bonds’ offer

<i>By George Skelton</i> <i><br>Los Angeles Times</i><p>Politics today is uncivil. But it’s too simple to say it used to be less vicious, rosy nostalgia aside. It has …

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Grading each Giants player’s performance from the first half

SAN FRANCISCO–After a 98-loss season, general manager Bobby Evans and vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean rolled the dice.<p>They gambled …

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Hey Pablo: playing 9 positions in one game sent Campaneris to the ER

Pablo Sandoval, jack of all postions? Giants manager Bruce Bochy is cool with that.<p>Bochy said he talked to Pablo last year, when Giants were …

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This Giants player plans to enjoy All Star game

WASHINGTON — After a helter-skelter first All-Star Game in 2015, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is determined to savor his second trip to the …

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Brandon Crawford is the Giants’ best shortstop since …

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford’s answer remains steadfast since his early days in Pleasanton. So when the MLB Network asked the newly minted …

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Giants end first half with 6-2 loss to Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO — On an afternoon the Giants honored members from their 1989 pennant-winning team, the result mirrored the World Series of 29 years ago.<p>…

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Giants forced to confront harsh reality as Samardzija heads to disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO–In the first 10 seasons of his major league career, Jeff Samardzija never spent a day on the disabled list.<p>Samardzija earned a …

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Giants fall to Athletics, 4-3, evening Bay Bridge series at one game apiece

SAN FRANCISCO — All Gorkys Hernandez could do was turn slightly, bend at the waist and put his hands on his knees as the ball sailed well into the …

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Former-Giants fan earns bragging rights in A’s Bay Bridge Series win

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Canha wanted bragging rights over his childhood friends. By driving in the decisive runs against the team he grew up rooting …

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Giants embracing the future, winning on the shoulders of young talent

SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants didn’t lay the groundwork for this to happen in the offseason.<p>It was hardly part of the plan in spring training, and there …

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Giants blow game open late, ease to 7-1 win over Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner stood at the base of the dugout steps, awaiting a giddy Reyes Moronta with a soft grin and a big hug.<p>Minutes prior, …

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Why Bruce Bochy dropped Buster Posey in the Giants’ lineup

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey hasn’t batted fifth in the Giants’ lineup since 2010, his first full major-league season.<p>Posey has only logged 34 plate …

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Giants sign journeyman outfielder to minor league contract

SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants lost one outfielder in a trade last week, but they signed another right-handed hitting center fielder Friday.<p>San Francisco …

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Giants deadline decisions, playoff chances to take shape in Bay Bridge series

SAN FRANCISCO–Replacing the eastern span of the Bay Bridge was the most costly public works project in California history, but the construction gave …

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John Madden nails it: Why baseball’s All-Star Game rocks and all others suck

John Madden was knee-deep in an appreciation of the San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford — who will be the National League’s starting shortstop in …

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Giants’ Belt second in NL All-Star team Final Vote

It took the second-most votes in the history of MLB’s Final Vote contest to keep the Giants’ Brandon Belt off the National League All-Star team.<p>The …

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Posey’s walkoff single in 13th inning sends Giants to series victory over Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO–He won’t play in the All-Star Game because of an ailing right hip, but Buster Posey enjoyed his All-Star moment Wednesday.<p>In the bottom …

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Giants wrestling to get Brandon Belt to All-Star Game

Since Brandon Belt’s statistics alone weren’t enough to get him into the All-Star Game yet, the Giants are adding a little muscle to get their first …

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Giants building suspense with pitching staff ahead of Bay Bridge Series

SAN FRANCISCO–The red-hot Oakland A’s are scheduled to arrive at AT&T Park this weekend in one of the most anticipated Bay Bridge Series of the last …

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Giants lineup reflects changing dynamics in the outfield

SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants spoke about a specific mission throughout last offseason.<p>Now, they’re finally able to put it into practice.<p>After several …

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Former Giants coach Tim Flannery to pinch hit — in the PA booth

This change in the lineup for the Giants home game against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon:<p>Tim Flannery for Renel-Brooks Moon.<p>Brooks-Moon …

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Giants offense remains silent against another lefty in loss to Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO–Before the Chicago Cubs arrived at AT&T Park this week, the Giants listed right-hander Johnny Cueto as the probable starting pitcher …

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Giants provide timetable for Joe Panik’s injury absence

SAN FRANCISCO–Injuries have robbed the Giants of several key contributors throughout the season, but Joe Panik is the first position player to be …

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Giants pushing back Johnny Cueto’s scheduled start

SAN FRANCISCO–In his much-anticipated return from an elbow injury that landed him on the disabled list for more than two months, Johnny Cueto flopped.<p>…

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Giants young and old contribute to walkoff win over the Cubs

<i>Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.</i><p>SAN FRANCISCO–Each time they step on the field, the Giants are showing …

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