Rejoice! Baseball is back

The summer gets back on track today after a long two days of absolutely no Major League Baseball activity.

The Giants kick off the second half with an eight-game road trip that starts in San Diego.

Ace Madison Bumgarner will get the ball in the series opener tonight. Bruce Bochy decided to shake up the rotation, though, and Jeff Samardzija will be next in line with Johnny Cueto, Jake Peavy and Matt Cain slotting behind.

Bochy’s move is an interesting one because it will make it less likely for an opponent to miss the Giants’ two stud pitchers in a series.

The local nine will miss Drew Pomeranz in their first series back from the break as the lefty — and former member of the Oakland Athletics — was dealt to the Red Sox for prospect Andrew Espinoza, who was regarded as the best pitcher in Boston’s system.

That doesn’t mean the Giants will avoid him entirely, though, as Boston general manager Dave Dombrowski told ESPN on Thursday that Pomeranz will make his first home start at Fenway Park against San Francisco on Tuesday, when two of the best teams in the MLB square off in their second two-game interleague series.

For fans who want to watch a game in person and don’t want to wait for the Giants to return from the road, the A’s will be playing in The Coliseum for the next 10 days. They’ll host the Toronto Blue Jays today, when Daniel Mengden — and his glorious mustache — fills in for Rich Hill (blister) against Marcus Stroman.

Raggedy Andy returns

Love him or hate him, center Anderson Varejao will be back with the Golden State Warriors for the 2016-17 season, according to a report by ESPN.

Summer league wraps

Dubs second-round draft pick Patrick McCaw played extremely well at the Las Vegas Summer League on Thursday, scoring 28 points and notching three steals. The team was eliminated from the tournament in the effort.

More importantly: Baseball is back.

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