Brandon Crawford

Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 8, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Samardzija keeps rolling but Giants’ bats go silent

AT&T PARK — In the third inning of the Giants’ 2-0 loss…

Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 8, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, batting coach Hensley Meulens and bench coach Ron Wotus, right, react during the ninth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Optimism escapes Bochy as Giants lose fifth-straight

He’s normally a man of silver linings and orange-and-black optimism. Bruce Bochy…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, batting coach Hensley Meulens and bench coach Ron Wotus, right, react during the ninth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Matt Cain struggled at Coors Field on Thursday. (Tom Zalubowski/AP)

Health concerns abound as Giants lose to Rockies

DENVER — The San Francisco Giants came to Colorado on a little…

Matt Cain struggled at Coors Field on Thursday. (Tom Zalubowski/AP)
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)
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) hits a solo home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Giants, Dodgers split pair of games decided by one run

Madison Bumgarner once again got the better of Clayton Kershaw, crushing a…

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) hits a solo home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Angel Pagan makes a catch on a fly ball by Oakland Athletics' Yonder Alonso during the third inning of an exhibition game on Thursday. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija waved thanks to his left fielder after he made the play. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Jeff Samardzija looks at home at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — Jeff Samardzija retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a…

Angel Pagan makes a catch on a fly ball by Oakland Athletics' Yonder Alonso during the third inning of an exhibition game on Thursday. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija waved thanks to his left fielder after he made the play. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Klay Thompson has been piping hot lately. It’s possible Andre Iguodala’s words last year assured the shooting guard catching fire at this point of the season.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Warriors’ Thompson is gettin’ Iggy with it at right time

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson is so hot, he showers at halftime. So…

Klay Thompson has been piping hot lately. It’s possible Andre Iguodala’s words last year assured the shooting guard catching fire at this point of the season.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Giants, Cubs combine for 33 hits in spring training game

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

Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game.  (Morry Gash/AP)

Casilla makes spring debut, Williamson homers as Giants play split-squad games

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Socrates Brito hit a two-run homer, Rickie Weeks collected…

Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game.  (Morry Gash/AP)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto made his first spring training start on Wednesday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Johnny Cueto has rough first spring training outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco newcomer Johnny Cueto gave up five runs…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto made his first spring training start on Wednesday. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Brandon Crawford celebrates his home run during the sixth inning of the Giants' spring training matchup against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Jeff Samardzija sharp with 5 strikeouts in first appearance as Giant vs. Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants starter Jeff Samardzija struck out five in three…

Brandon Crawford celebrates his home run during the sixth inning of the Giants' spring training matchup against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. (Chris Carlson/AP)
If the Giants prioritize starting pitching this offseason, shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, and former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could become teammates. (Alex Gallardo/David Zalubowski/AP)

Crawford cool, but job one is Greinke

The first time I encountered Brandon Crawford this year, he was staring…

If the Giants prioritize starting pitching this offseason, shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, and former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could become teammates. (Alex Gallardo/David Zalubowski/AP)
This Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford makes a diving attempt at a ground ball by Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Giants lock in Crawford for $75 million

Fresh off his Gold Glove award last week, San Francisco Giants shortstop…

This Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford makes a diving attempt at a ground ball by Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner follows through on a single during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Vogelsong, Bumgarner help Giants beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The San Francisco Giants got a rally-starting at-bat from…

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner follows through on a single during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Heston walks 5, gone early in Giants’ 2-1 loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Chris Heston didn’t give the St. Louis Cardinals much…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Giants pitcher Mike Leake will have to wait a while for his next turn in the rotation. (LM Otero/ap)

Leaks in defense, Leake still disabled

Say what you want about late September — but if the Giants…

Giants pitcher Mike Leake will have to wait a while for his next turn in the rotation. (LM Otero/ap)
Matt Cain and the bullpen struggled in a loss against the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.  (AP Photo/John Amis)

‘Tough loss’ for Giants, Cain

ATLANTA — Brandon Crawford felt confident that the San Francisco Giants were…

Matt Cain and the bullpen struggled in a loss against the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.  (AP Photo/John Amis)
Brandon Crawford hits a two-run home run off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse next to catcher Jonathan Lucroy during the fourth inning Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Crawford flexes muscles, Giants bully Brewers

Brandon Crawford is hearing about his home run distances approaching Barry Bonds…

Brandon Crawford hits a two-run home run off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse next to catcher Jonathan Lucroy during the fourth inning Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
After  several years on the brink, Seth Curry, right, may be ready to take next step in the NBA this fall. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The other Curry makes a splash

An NBA with both Curry brothers is no longer a long shot.…

After  several years on the brink, Seth Curry, right, may be ready to take next step in the NBA this fall. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamonbacks, left, is congratulated by National League manager Bruce Bochy, of the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game on Tuesday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Giants’ stars have quiet night

This time the Giants won’t receive any assistance from the National League…

Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamonbacks, left, is congratulated by National League manager Bruce Bochy, of the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game on Tuesday. (Jeff Roberson/AP)