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Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry returned to the starting lineup on Friday, but scored just 19 points in the Warriors' loss. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry returned to the starting lineup on Friday, but scored just 19 points in the Warriors' loss. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors pull away from New Orleans Pelicans behind returning Stephen Curry

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry was standing in front of the Golden State…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena during Game 2 of the Western Semifinals in Oakland, California, on May 1, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants' Nick Hundley scores ahead of the tag by San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges in the second inning on April 15, 2018 at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. (K.C. Alfred/ San Diego Union -Tribune)

Amid costly injuries, Giants walk-off April with a win

AT&T Park — Madison Bumgarner was already in the sky, somewhere between…

San Francisco Giants' Nick Hundley scores ahead of the tag by San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges in the second inning on April 15, 2018 at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. (K.C. Alfred/ San Diego Union -Tribune)
Draymond Green throws down a dunk in the Warriors' 123-101 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Draymond, Klay bury Pelicans as Curry rests

OAKLAND — Midway through the second quarter of the Warriors’ Game 1…

Draymond Green throws down a dunk in the Warriors' 123-101 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena on Saturday, April 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Low-key homegrown influx fuels Bumgarner-less Giants

Fastened to the brick facade that towers over Willie Mays Plaza, the…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jeff Samardzija, pictured on April 25, 2018, couldn't hold back the Astros on Wednesday.  (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Longball sinks Samardzija as Nats barrel past Giants

AT&T PARK — An old and all-too-familiar menace stung Jeff Samardzija as…

Jeff Samardzija, pictured on April 25, 2018, couldn't hold back the Astros on Wednesday.  (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Forward Klay Thompson drills a three-pointer as the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors get past Spurs as Pelicans — and possibly Curry — await

Oakland — After Klay Thompson sank the 21-foot buzzer beater to cap…

Forward Klay Thompson drills a three-pointer as the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, seen here Feb. 22,  was uncharacteristically lackluster in Sunday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Regular-season Warriors re-emerge as series heads back to Oakland

In the first quarter of the Game 4 loss, a TV camera…

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, seen here Feb. 22,  was uncharacteristically lackluster in Sunday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich barks at his players during Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve and Pop: The most compelling Warriors-Spurs storyline is playing out before tipoff

More than a month before the Warriors pushed the San Antonio Spurs…

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich barks at his players during Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jed Lowrie launched his 6th home run of the season in the A’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

A’s walk-off White Sox to cap sweep

OAKLAND — The day after the Oakland A’s hosted the Chicago White…

Jed Lowrie launched his 6th home run of the season in the A’s extra-innings win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala celebrates a three pointer against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on April 16, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors follow familiar script to 2-0 lead over Spurs

OAKLAND — After Andre Iguodala sank his third 3-pointer less than five…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala celebrates a three pointer against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on April 16, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Center Javale McGee drives to the basket for two as the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on April 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Old Warriors show up, bully Spurs to open title defense

OAKLAND — Less than an hour before the Golden State Warriors began…

Center Javale McGee drives to the basket for two as the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs in game one of the opening round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on April 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Andrew McCutchen receives a warm welcome from fans and teammates at the Giants’ home opener at ATT Park on April 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

McCutchen already has that Giants DNA

On the far side of the narrow channel of water that runs…

Andrew McCutchen receives a warm welcome from fans and teammates at the Giants’ home opener at ATT Park on April 3. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Andrew Suarez, seen here in his April debut, set a career high for innings pitched on Monday. (Courtesy SF Giants/via Twitter)

Another day, another debut as Giants close home stand with loss

AT&T PARK — Andrew Suarez punctuated the first inning of his inaugural…

Andrew Suarez, seen here in his April debut, set a career high for innings pitched on Monday. (Courtesy SF Giants/via Twitter)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, in March 2017. Cueto complained of blisters after this game. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cueto heads to DL, Beede debuts and Giants walk off as pitching-staff shuffle continues

AT&T Park — About four hours before first pitch of the San…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, in March 2017. Cueto complained of blisters after this game. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)

Giants rotation shines again in loss to Diamondbacks

AT&T PARK — Heading into the season, the San Francisco Giants’ beleaguered…

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 starting pitcher Ty Blach (50) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Dodgers return the favor, topple Giants in extra innings

AT&T Park — Bruce Bochy lingered longer than usual in the dugout…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach (50) pitches against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, seen here in 2017. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Closing in on quarter century, Bochy maintains magic touch

Bruce Bochy was still busing through the backwaters of baseball when he…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, seen here in 2017. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pablo Sandoval celebrates a home run against the A’s at Oakland Coliseum on March 25, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New Panda same as old one: Sandoval relishes second chapter

AT&T PARK — Five hours before Pablo Sandoval punctuated his 2018 starting debut…

Pablo Sandoval celebrates a home run against the A’s at Oakland Coliseum on March 25, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joe Panik is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning in the Giants' 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Giants hit optimistic notes in home-opening loss

AT&T PARK — About five minutes after Ty Blach was scheduled to…

Joe Panik is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning in the Giants' 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)