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LiAngelo Ball works out for the Golden State Warriors on June 15, 2018 at the Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland.

Golden State Warriors could buy second-round pick in NBA Draft

After the Warriors lost Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in…

LiAngelo Ball works out for the Golden State Warriors on June 15, 2018 at the Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland.
Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones (15) defends Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on March 29, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors will embark on youth movement to remake the bench in 2018

Minutes after the Golden State Warriors secured back-to-back titles and their third…

Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones (15) defends Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on March 29, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Against the odds and despite the injuries, Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants are in the hunt

The number surprised even Bruce Bochy, who was seated atop the dugout…

A’s infielder Jed Lowrie has helped keep Oakland afloat. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford gets five from third base coach Ron Wotus hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, May 4, 2018, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The Giants won, 9-4. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

San Francisco Giants: Brandon Crawford walks it off against Diamondbacks

AT&T Park — Alen Hanson, his arms outstretched, was the first San…

The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford gets five from third base coach Ron Wotus hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, May 4, 2018, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The Giants won, 9-4. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants: Madison Bumgarner returns, but gets no run support in loss

AT&T Park — Minutes before Madison Bumgarner delivered his first pitch of…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Andrew McCutchen, seen here on April 13, 2018, drove in the Giants' only run on Friday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Rodriguez impresses in starting debut as Giants sweep past Phillies

AT&T Park — On a day when the San Francisco Giants received…

Andrew McCutchen, seen here on April 13, 2018, drove in the Giants' only run on Friday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots a three pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals: Klay Thompson is finding his voice

During the postgame celebration of a Game 7 win in the Western…

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots a three pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul called on him during Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a foul called on him during Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/TNS)

Oakland Athletics: A’s nearly no-hit by Tampa Bay as Sean Manaea struggles

OAKLAND — It was the top of sixth inning on Wednesday night…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/TNS)
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Chris Hatcher (44) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Major League Baseball’s newest position? The Opener

OAKLAND — Bruce Maxwell was stunned, stupefied. "What the f---," the Oakland…

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Chris Hatcher (44) pitches against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on March 26, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Mengden stays on May roll, goes the distance in shutting out Diamondbacks

OAKLAND — Drake’s “Nice For What” blared through the clubhouse speakers as…

Daniel Mengden. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Oakland Athletics: Manaea hammered by Diamondbacks in 7-1 loss

OAKLAND -- Just over a month removed from Sean Manaea’s no hitter, the…

Mark Canha, seen here Sept. 6, hit a decisive two-run homer against the Giants on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Brandon Belt, pictured on April 19,2018, returned from appendicitis and hit a home run on Sunday in a winning effort against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt powers Giants to win and much-needed off day

AT&T Park — Brandon Belt simply dropped his bat. Carlos Gonzalez turned…

Brandon Belt, pictured on April 19,2018, returned from appendicitis and hit a home run on Sunday in a winning effort against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants: Bench crew buoys Giants in early part of season

It’s 3:55 p.m. — more than four hours before first pitch —…

Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) watches pitches from the on deck circle during a MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 21, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants: Daring move puts Giants on top against Reds

AT&T Park — Moments after Kelby Tomlinson spun to his knees, punctuating…

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) watches pitches from the on deck circle during a MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 21, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Madison Bumgarner takes next step as San Francisco Giants beat Reds 10-7

AT&T Park — A little more than four hours before Chris Stratton…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Holland and subs help Giants snap slide, fly home on winning note

When Gorkys Hernandez’s sixth-inning home run cleared the left-field wall at PNC…

Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors couldn't overcome a tough travel schedule and win in Denver on Saturday night. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Golden State Warriors advance to Western Conference Finals behind third-quarter blitz

OAKLAND — Less than two minutes into the third quarter, after Kevin…

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors couldn't overcome a tough travel schedule and win in Denver on Saturday night. (Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants and A’s: Grading out the Bay Area’s baseball teams after the first month of the season

A common thread connects both Bay Area ball clubs: The Oakland A’s…

Sean Manaea, pictured in September of 2017, threw a no-hitter on April 22, 2018, and finally returned to form on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on March 30, 2018, scored 29 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors take commanding 3-1 series lead behind Death Lineup in New Orleans

Steve Kerr has sent out three different starting lineups in the first…

Kevin Durant, seen here on March 30, 2018, scored 29 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)