Dan Bernstein

Giants pitcher Derek Holland takes the mound during spring training at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 3, 2018. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Derek Holland’s progression could be a good sign for a beleaguered San Francisco Giants rotation

Frustrated by his start last weekend in a loss to the Los…

Giants pitcher Derek Holland takes the mound during spring training at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 3, 2018. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) reacts to being called out at first base against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants: Hunter Pence beats Padres with a walk off in the 11th

AT&T Park — Hunter Pence has enjoyed a longer leash than almost anyone…

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) reacts to being called out at first base against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto celebrates after inducing a double play against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

San Francisco Giants: Johnny Cueto’s rehab start goes well, Hanson to play third

AT&T PARK — Through Johnny Cueto’s first five starts this season, San…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto celebrates after inducing a double play against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) scores a basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018.(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three takeaways from Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee’s JugLife celebrity softball event

Oakland — With two outs in the top of the second inning,…

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) scores a basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018.(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Oakland Athletics starter Daniel Mengden goes down with a foot injury

Oakland A’s starter Daniel Mengden left his Saturday start against the Chicago…

Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland fight in May of 2017. Because of that incident, and one early this week, Strickland may seek some sort of anger management help. (Screenshot courtesy SF Giants on NBCSN/Twitter)

San Francisco Giants: Hunter Strickland faces the media before Padres opener; Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija updates

AT&T PARK -- San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland faced the media…

Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland fight in May of 2017. Because of that incident, and one early this week, Strickland may seek some sort of anger management help. (Screenshot courtesy SF Giants on NBCSN/Twitter)
Madison Bumgarner pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in September of 2017. He won his first game since returning from injury on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner out-duels San Diego Padres starter Tyson Ross in first win since return

AT&T PARK -- Manuel Margot was responsible for the only two hard-hit…

Madison Bumgarner pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in September of 2017. He won his first game since returning from injury on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) reacts to being called out at first base against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins behave themselves in series finale, Giants escape with win

AT&T Park — For the first time this week, the 50 grown men…

San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) reacts to being called out at first base against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants’ Alen Hanson, seen here on May 5, started in place of Brandon Crawford for the second straight game on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

San Francisco Giants: Alen Hanson goes down with lower-leg injury

AT&T Park — San Francisco Giants infielder Alen Hanson fouled a ball…

San Francisco Giants’ Alen Hanson, seen here on May 5, started in place of Brandon Crawford for the second straight game on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
San Francisco Giants’ Alen Hanson, seen here on May 5, started in place of Brandon Crawford for the second straight game on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

San Francisco Giants: Sam Dyson to take over as closer, Johnny Cueto moves closer to rehab assignment

AT&T Park — A day after announcing closer Hunter Strickland would miss…

San Francisco Giants’ Alen Hanson, seen here on May 5, started in place of Brandon Crawford for the second straight game on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
The SF City team of the San Francisco Pro-Am huddles up during a game on the league's 2018 opening night. (Daniel Bernstein / S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Pro-Am league opens 2018 slate with a special guest and a local talent hoping to hone his skills

KEZAR PAVILION — There was something distinctly San Francisco about Monday night…

The SF City team of the San Francisco Pro-Am huddles up during a game on the league's 2018 opening night. (Daniel Bernstein / S.F. Examiner)
Mark Melancon underwent surgery on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Giants closer Mark Melancon considers surgery to repair sore right pronator

AT&T PARK — Though the Giants have placed Mark Melancon on the…

Mark Melancon underwent surgery on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Rare early scoring outburst from Giants leads to 10-2 win over Phillies

AT&T PARK — With the Phillies’ infield drawn in to prevent additional…

S.F. Deltas head coach Marc Dos Santos high fives a fan at Kezar Stadium after a game in April. (Courtesy Robert Edwards/SF Deltas)

SF Deltas’ gamble on unproven coach paying off

The San Francisco Deltas entered this year as an unknown commodity. Their…

S.F. Deltas head coach Marc Dos Santos high fives a fan at Kezar Stadium after a game in April. (Courtesy Robert Edwards/SF Deltas)
A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jed Lowrie learns to make most out of staying with A’s after trade deadline

After the Oakland Athletics posted a losing record in April, May and…

A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
This is not Boog Powell. But fans like Banjo Man Stacy Samuels will get a chance to watch the young Oakland Athletics player this weekend. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A’s to get their first look at Boog Powell this weekend

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics called up reliever Michael Brady and newly…

This is not Boog Powell. But fans like Banjo Man Stacy Samuels will get a chance to watch the young Oakland Athletics player this weekend. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jed Lowrie. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Late rally helps A’s snap losing streak, beat Orioles 5-4

OAKLAND — When Bob Melvin arrived at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday,…

Jed Lowrie. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chris Smith, seen here July 18, gave up four home runs against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

A’s starter Chris Smith allows four home runs in 7-2 loss to Orioles

OAKLAND — Starter Chris Smith cruised into the fourth inning on Thursday…

Chris Smith, seen here July 18, gave up four home runs against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Rajai Davis has shown signs of improvement since the beginning of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rajai Davis’ second-half production gives the A’s a legitimate leadoff threat

OAKLAND — Center fielder Rajai Davis’ second stint with the Oakland Athletics…

Rajai Davis has shown signs of improvement since the beginning of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Deltas have been solid on the field, but they need more fans to consistently show up to ensure their survival. (Courtesy Trevor Will/S.F. Deltas)

Soccer in SF searches for financial footing

In the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, San Francisco Deltas…

The San Francisco Deltas have been solid on the field, but they need more fans to consistently show up to ensure their survival. (Courtesy Trevor Will/S.F. Deltas)