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A San Francisco Giants fan listens to the radio broadcasting of the Giants and Houston Astros game inside the free viewing area on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Picture Box: SF Giants Free Viewing Area

Outside AT&T Park at the bottom of a 24-foot-high wall at right…

A San Francisco Giants fan listens to the radio broadcasting of the Giants and Houston Astros game inside the free viewing area on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. (Michael Ares/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics' Ben Zobrist, left, is congratulated by Billy Butler after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

A’s send Zobrist to Royals

OAKLAND — The Kansas City Royals have made another big addition for…

Oakland Athletics' Ben Zobrist, left, is congratulated by Billy Butler after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

Randy Johnson finds life in focus after Hall of Fame career

PHOENIX — With great enthusiasm, in great detail, Randy Johnson talks of…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir works against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game, in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics have begun their expected changes leading up to the trade deadline, sending left-hander Scott Kazmir to his hometown Houston Astros for a pair of minor leaguers. The A's made the announcement ahead of their Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015, series finale against Toronto, so instead of Kazmir starting against the Blue Jays he was saying his goodbyes in the clubhouse. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

A’s trade Kazmir to his hometown Astros for 2 minor leaguers

OAKLAND — Scott Kazmir is heading to his hometown Houston Astros and…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir works against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game, in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics have begun their expected changes leading up to the trade deadline, sending left-hander Scott Kazmir to his hometown Houston Astros for a pair of minor leaguers. The A's made the announcement ahead of their Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015, series finale against Toronto, so instead of Kazmir starting against the Blue Jays he was saying his goodbyes in the clubhouse. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred presents the MVP trophy to American League's Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels after the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Cincinnati. The American League won 6-3. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Manfred: MLB may need to consider moving back trade deadline

NEWARK, N.J. — Commissioner Rob Manfred thinks baseball may need to consider…

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred presents the MVP trophy to American League's Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels after the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Cincinnati. The American League won 6-3. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)
Boston Red Sox fans look over a railing at  a rooftop garden on the third-base side of Fenway Park prior to a baseball game in Boston. Produce grown in the 5,000-square-foot garden is used in food and cocktails sold at the concessions, at nearby restaurants and in the team’s flagship restaurant that prepares meals for about 40,000 people during home games. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

Like Giants, Red Sox have ballpark garden

BOSTON - There's more green at Fenway Park than the infield or…

Boston Red Sox fans look over a railing at  a rooftop garden on the third-base side of Fenway Park prior to a baseball game in Boston. Produce grown in the 5,000-square-foot garden is used in food and cocktails sold at the concessions, at nearby restaurants and in the team’s flagship restaurant that prepares meals for about 40,000 people during home games. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
Oakland Athletics' Billy Butler watches after hitting a two-RBI double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Butler has clutch hit in Oakland’s 5-4 win over Indians

CLEVELAND — Billy Butler's two-run double with the bases loaded broke a…

Oakland Athletics' Billy Butler watches after hitting a two-RBI double off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw in the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

Mariners hit 4 HRs in 9-5 win over A’s

OAKLAND — J.A. Happ acknowledged his frustration through a series of losses…

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jesse Chavez (30) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)
In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, former professional baseball player Darryl Hamilton sits in a golf cart at the Urban Youth Academy Celebrity Golf Classic, hosted by Ron Washington and Chad Gaudin, at English Turn Golf Course in New Orleans. Authorities say Hamilton was killed Sunday, June 21, 2015, in a murder-suicide in the Houston suburb of Pearland, Texas. Pearland police say an initial investigation has determined Hamilton had been shot several times. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

Ex-Giants player Darryl Hamilton slain in murder-suicide

Darryl Hamilton, a standout center fielder and a member of the New…

In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, former professional baseball player Darryl Hamilton sits in a golf cart at the Urban Youth Academy Celebrity Golf Classic, hosted by Ron Washington and Chad Gaudin, at English Turn Golf Course in New Orleans. Authorities say Hamilton was killed Sunday, June 21, 2015, in a murder-suicide in the Houston suburb of Pearland, Texas. Pearland police say an initial investigation has determined Hamilton had been shot several times. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)
Oakland Athletics' Josh Phegley, left, is doubled off second by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar after Stephen Vogt lined into a double play during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Pujols’ 538th HR helps Wilson, Angels beat A’s 1-0

ANAHEIM — Albert Pujols homered in the first inning and C.J. Wilson…

Oakland Athletics' Josh Phegley, left, is doubled off second by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar after Stephen Vogt lined into a double play during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP Photo/Ben MargotOakland Athletics pitcher Pat Venditte works against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday

Fuld scores game-winning run on Reddick's grounder in ninth

OAKLAND — Sam Fuld scored the winning run on a slide into…

AP Photo/Ben MargotOakland Athletics pitcher Pat Venditte works against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday
Morry Gash/AP PhotoSan Francisco Giants' Joe Panik (12) is congratulated by Nori Aoki (23) after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers

Vogelsong, Giants complete sweep with 3-1 win over Brewers

Ryan Vogelsong allowed one run in six innings to win his third…

Morry Gash/AP PhotoSan Francisco Giants' Joe Panik (12) is congratulated by Nori Aoki (23) after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers
Tony Avelar/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Billy Butler hits a single to drives in a run against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday

Hahn tosses four-hitter, shuts down Detroit in Oakland win

Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and…

Tony Avelar/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Billy Butler hits a single to drives in a run against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday
Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner file photoBarry Bonds was smiling plenty Monday at his Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction

Feds may ask Supreme Court to reinstate Bonds’ conviction

Federal prosecutors are considering whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to…

Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner file photoBarry Bonds was smiling plenty Monday at his Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction

Farrell: Let's strike tobacco from sports

Opening Day of the baseball season brings the sounds of line drives…

Eric Risberg/AP file photoAttending a game at AT&T Park can be fun

Teams, fans have protections from flying balls, bats at ballpark

As the Giants open the season at AT&T Park with their first…

Eric Risberg/AP file photoAttending a game at AT&T Park can be fun
Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerThe San Francisco Giants media open house held on Wednesday featured some of the new attractions and food choices available during the upcoming 2015 baseball season at AT&T Park

AT&T Park prepares for record-breaking Giants season

It’s time for the Giants to paint San Francisco orange and black…

Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerThe San Francisco Giants media open house held on Wednesday featured some of the new attractions and food choices available during the upcoming 2015 baseball season at AT&T Park
Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoLeft-hander Eury De La Rosa has been acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the latest offseason trade.

A's acquire lefty De La Rosa from Arizona for cash

OAKLAND -- The Athletics have acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from…

Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoLeft-hander Eury De La Rosa has been acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the latest offseason trade.
Reinhold Matay/AP PhotoThe San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rays send Myers to Padres in big deal

SAN DIEGO -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the…

Reinhold Matay/AP PhotoThe San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Chris O'Meara/AP File PhotoThe Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday

Angels get Matt Joyce from Rays for Kevin Jepsen

ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the…

Chris O'Meara/AP File PhotoThe Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday