Brandon Belt

San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) slides in safely with a steal of second base ahead of a tag from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe during the fifth inning Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Belt homers, Giants finish sweep of Rays to win 8th straight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brandon Belt homered and Joe Panik snapped an…

San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) slides in safely with a steal of second base ahead of a tag from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe during the fifth inning Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
The Giants went with a new-look outfield on Wednesday and still manhandled the Brewers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Makeshift Giants lineup beats up on Brewers

AT&T PARK — In Wednesday’s matinee, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy…

The Giants went with a new-look outfield on Wednesday and still manhandled the Brewers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Brandon Belt was the hero of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. (Ben Margot/AP)

Giants bid farewell to Dodgers until late August

AT&T PARK — Sunday’s nightcap between the San Francisco Giants and the…

Brandon Belt was the hero of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. (Ben Margot/AP)
Jake Peavy surrendered seven runs on eight hits over six innings and the Giants lost to the Reds on Wednesday. (Gary Landers/AP)

Peavy struggles again, Giants lose to Reds

CINCINNATI — When Jake Peavy can’t beat the Cincinnati Reds, he’s struggling.…

Jake Peavy surrendered seven runs on eight hits over six innings and the Giants lost to the Reds on Wednesday. (Gary Landers/AP)
Johnny Cueto struggled early, but managed to still give the Giants five innings before having to turn to the bullpen. (John Minchillo/AP)

Giants survive Cueto’s worst start, beat Reds

CINCINNATI — Johnny Cueto enjoyed the hugs and the applause. He didn’t…

Johnny Cueto struggled early, but managed to still give the Giants five innings before having to turn to the bullpen. (John Minchillo/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, right, celebrates with Hunter Pence (8) after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Scott Kazmir in the third inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Belt extension doesn’t add up for Giants, Posey

Rarely, the team-building tactics of the Giants’ Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans,…

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, right, celebrates with Hunter Pence (8) after hitting a two-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Scott Kazmir in the third inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The San Francisco Zoo named a hippo (not pictured) after Bruce Bochy, left, last week. Bochy took that moment to teach the media a wildlife lesson. (Chris Carlson, Michael Sohn/AP)

Bruce Bochy admires killer instinct of hippopotamus namesake

It’s the question dominating the sports discussion in the Bay Area: How…

The San Francisco Zoo named a hippo (not pictured) after Bruce Bochy, left, last week. Bochy took that moment to teach the media a wildlife lesson. (Chris Carlson, Michael Sohn/AP)
Jake Peavy throws in the first inning of a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Ishikawa cheered by Giants fans before driving in five runs for White Sox

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Travis Ishikawa, a postseason hero for the Giants during…

Jake Peavy throws in the first inning of a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Giants, Cubs combine for 33 hits in spring training game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jake Arrieta left the game in the first inning…

Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies in the Giants' 10-4 win on Sunday, March 20, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Brandon Belt gets ‘strength back,’ Johnny Cueto returns in Giants’ win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandon Belt went 4 for 4, hit a homer…

Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies in the Giants' 10-4 win on Sunday, March 20, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants reached a one-year deal Wednesday. (Ross D. Franklin/2015 AP)

Belt, Giants agree to 1-year deal

PHOENIX — First baseman Brandon Belt and the Giants have agreed to a…

Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants reached a one-year deal Wednesday. (Ross D. Franklin/2015 AP)
Madison Bumgarner dominated the Houston Astros Tuesday night, allowing just five hits in his eighth career complete game. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Bumgarner pitches 5-hitter, overpowers Astros as Giants win

Madison Bumgarner pitched a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts, Brandon Belt broke up…

Madison Bumgarner dominated the Houston Astros Tuesday night, allowing just five hits in his eighth career complete game. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Buster Posey watches his two-run double fall just fair down the right field line in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Posey, Belt gang up on Padres’ bullpen in Giants win

SAN DIEGO — Matt Cain knows he doesn’t have time to settle…

Buster Posey watches his two-run double fall just fair down the right field line in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Buster Posey connects for a grand slam off San Diego's Ian Kennedy in the Giants' 6-0 over the Padres on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Giants win behind Posey slam, but heavy questions lurk

It takes more than a couple of injuries to Nori Aoki and…

Buster Posey connects for a grand slam off San Diego's Ian Kennedy in the Giants' 6-0 over the Padres on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Beck Diefenbach/APSince returning from the disabled list on May 16

Spirited Pence brings out best in Giants

The Giants swear it's a tangible thing. They feel it makes a…

Beck Diefenbach/APSince returning from the disabled list on May 16
Tom Uhlman/APHunter Pence hit a two run home run Sunday to help the Giants to their third consecutive win over the Reds.

Belt, Pence homer as Giants beat Reds

CINCINNATI — Brandon Belt homered for the third time in three games,…

Tom Uhlman/APHunter Pence hit a two run home run Sunday to help the Giants to their third consecutive win over the Reds.
Matt York/APWith another injury — this one to Brandon Belt

Mariotti: From champs to Team DL

PHOENIX — It was their first loss in an authentic game since…

Matt York/APWith another injury — this one to Brandon Belt
Danny Moloshok/AP PhotoGiants' Brandon Belt has agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

Belt reaches $3.6M, deal with Giants, avoiding arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has agreed to a…

Danny Moloshok/AP PhotoGiants' Brandon Belt has agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.
Patrick Semansky/APThe Giants' Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 18th inning against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday.

Belt's homer in 18th gives Giants 2-0 NLDS lead

WASHINGTON -- Brandon Belt and the rest of the San Francisco Giants…

Patrick Semansky/APThe Giants' Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 18th inning against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday.
David Zalubowski/ap file photoWhile the Giants’ lineup has been inconsistent as a whole

Giants lineup will be fine over the long haul

Brandon Belt leads an early-season barrage of bombs, and look out! The…

David Zalubowski/ap file photoWhile the Giants’ lineup has been inconsistent as a whole