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Giants pinch hitter Thairo Estrada bats in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 6.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Bay Area sports for week of July 18, 2021

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Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. looks towards the Giants dugout after hitting a home run against the A’s on June 26th. The team is on a record-setting pace for home runs this season. (Christopher Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)

‘Powder River!’ Giants record-setting home run pace provides a blast from the past

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Nod in approval, Barry Bonds.…

  • Jul 16, 2021
Giants center fielder Steven Duggar grounds into an out, but puts runners on base going into the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 6. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of July 11, 2021

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) starts against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on Monday, July 5, 2021. (Christopher Victorio | Special to The Examiner)

Giants at the All-Star break: Can they keep up this pace?

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Reversing the well-worn cliche about…

  • Jul 9, 2021
San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) starts against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on Monday, July 5, 2021. (Christopher Victorio | Special to The Examiner)
Giants’ pitcher Alex Wood started against the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park on June 26, 2021. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of July 4, 2021

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Giants’ pitcher Alex Wood started against the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park on June 26, 2021. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Long lines for concessions were a common scene as fans returned to the full-capacity Oracle Park when the Giants played the A’s on June 25.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Long lines, no Sheboygans: Giants concessions struggle with post-pandemic workforce, supply chain issues

‘We can’t even get packets of ketchup for our garlic fries’

  • Jul 2, 2021
Long lines for concessions were a common scene as fans returned to the full-capacity Oracle Park when the Giants played the A’s on June 25.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt hits a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning at Oracle Park on May 22 in San Francisco; the Giants and Dodgers play again this week in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of June 27, 2021

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San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt hits a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning at Oracle Park on May 22 in San Francisco; the Giants and Dodgers play again this week in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Everyone was thrilled that the crowd was at full capacity at Oracle Park in the first game of the Bay Bridge series on June 25. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Bridge baseball gestalt: A region gathers for group therapy

Giants, A’s put on a show as crowds return to Oracle Park

Everyone was thrilled that the crowd was at full capacity at Oracle Park in the first game of the Bay Bridge series on June 25. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks back to the bench during 3rd inning at Oracle Park on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

Can Buster Posey still make it to the Hall of Fame?

This season’s resurgence rekindles debate about his Cooperstown credentials

  • Jun 25, 2021
Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks back to the bench during 3rd inning at Oracle Park on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active openly gay player in NFL history on June 20, 2021. (Courtesy Oakland Raiders)

NFL’s first actively openly gay player believes ‘representation and visibility are so important’

By Case Keefer Las Vegas Sun In a moment he had agonized…

  • Jun 22, 2021
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active openly gay player in NFL history on June 20, 2021. (Courtesy Oakland Raiders)
The Giants play the A’s at Oracle Park on June 25, when the ballpark will be fully reopened. 
Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner
The Giants play the A’s at Oracle Park on June 25, when the ballpark will be fully reopened. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of June 20, 2021

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The Giants play the A’s at Oracle Park on June 25, when the ballpark will be fully reopened. 
Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner
The Giants play the A’s at Oracle Park on June 25, when the ballpark will be fully reopened. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani sacrifices a bunt against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 11.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Bay Area sports for week of June 13, 2021

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani sacrifices a bunt against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on April 11.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) grounds out for the 1st out against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on April , 2021 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

The star-studded Dodgers can’t seem to get going this season. Here’s why

The Dodgers’ 2021 season so far resembles the cryptocurrency market, cycling through…

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) grounds out for the 1st out against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on April , 2021 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt hits a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on May 22. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of June 6, 2021

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San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt hits a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on May 22. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
The San Francisco Giants are adding pride colors to uniforms for Pride Month as well as selling Pride-themed caps. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Giants)</ins>

Giants show their Pride

Orange and black—and all the colors of the rainbow. The San Francisco…

  • Jun 2, 2021
The San Francisco Giants are adding pride colors to uniforms for Pride Month as well as selling Pride-themed caps. <ins>(Courtesy San Francisco Giants)</ins>
Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks back to the bench during 3rd inning at Oracle Park on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco.

Did anyone think the Giants would be this good? It’s OK if you didn’t

By John Shinal Special to The Examiner It’s okay to be surprised,…

  • Jun 2, 2021
Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks back to the bench during 3rd inning at Oracle Park on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux (9) is caught stealing by San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano in the first inning of the game at Oracle Park in The City on May 23. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of May 30, 2021

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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux (9) is caught stealing by San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano in the first inning of the game at Oracle Park in The City on May 23. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Giants fielder Darin Ruf hits an RBI double to score Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Oracle Park in The City on April 22. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of May 23, 2021

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Giants fielder Darin Ruf hits an RBI double to score Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Oracle Park in The City on April 22. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James joins with the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, middle, and Juan Toscano-Anderson, right, in arguing with referee Josh Tiven (58) during first-half action in a play-in playoff game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Warriors lose to Lakers: Five things we learned

The Golden State Warriors gave the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers everything they…

The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James joins with the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, middle, and Juan Toscano-Anderson, right, in arguing with referee Josh Tiven (58) during first-half action in a play-in playoff game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The San Francisco Giants home game against the Miami Marlins on Sat., April 24, 2021, drew a sparse crowd to Oracle Park. The Giants hope more fans return as COVID regulations begin to loosen. (John Shinal/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

No vaccine? No COVID test? No problem at Giants games soon

Starting with the first game of their upcoming series against the Dodgers,…

  • May 18, 2021
The San Francisco Giants home game against the Miami Marlins on Sat., April 24, 2021, drew a sparse crowd to Oracle Park. The Giants hope more fans return as COVID regulations begin to loosen. (John Shinal/Special to the S.F. Examiner)