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Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday, August 24, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Departure of the (Khalil) Mack was the wrong call

I refused to envision a scenario in which the Oakland Raiders traded…

 

Giants pitcher Derek Holland takes the mound during spring training at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 3, 2018. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

San Francisco Giants recap: Giants waste Derek Holland gem, lose to Chicago Cubs

AT&T PARK -- It's not easy being green. You tend to blend…

 

Pablo Sandoval, pictured Aug. 6, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pablo Sandoval does it again, driving in game-winner in 11th against Cubs

AT&T PARK -- When Pablo Sandoval signed with the San Francisco Giants…

 

Pablo Sandoval, seen here in 2017, hit a two-run homer but the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Friday. (Shenk/Flickr)

Cubs win battle of bullpens with San Francisco Giants

The story of Sunday wasn't the fact that Pablo Sandoval started and…

Pablo Sandoval, seen here in 2017, hit a two-run homer but the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Friday. (Shenk/Flickr)
Chris Stratton, seen here on April 20, had his best career game on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Giants snap three-game skid behind Chris Stratton

Chris Stratton won his third straight start as the San Francisco Giants…

Chris Stratton, seen here on April 20, had his best career game on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The trade of Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs revealed that a Reddit user might be the best reporter for the MLB. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Cubs can’t squeeze trade past WetButt23

Move over, Woodward and Bernstein. These days, all the best scoops come…

The trade of Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs revealed that a Reddit user might be the best reporter for the MLB. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, seen here August 3, hit a three-run homer on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Buster Posey’s three-run home run powers Giants’ 6-3 victory over Cubs

AT&T PARK — San Francisco Giants “first baseman” Buster Posey blasted a…

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, seen here August 3, hit a three-run homer on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The outfield bump fists after defeating the Oakland Athletics 11-2 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Carlos Moncrief’s big arm gives Giants manager options for late-game defensive switches

When San Francisco Giants outfielder Carlos Moncrief misplayed a fly ball from…

The outfield bump fists after defeating the Oakland Athletics 11-2 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Moore's ERA rose to 5.88 on Monday night. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Moore digs early hole in loss to Cubs

AT&T PARK — On a night when Barry Bonds drew the praise…

Matt Moore's ERA rose to 5.88 on Monday night. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward celebrate the win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. The Cubs defeated the Giants, 5-1. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Giants offense sputters in series finale at Wrigley

For the second time in as many games, the long ball hurt…

Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward celebrate the win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. The Cubs defeated the Giants, 5-1. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
The Oakland Athletics added Giovanni Soto, seen here in 2010, after the lefty was designated for assignment to make room for Kyle Schwarber. (Joel Dinda/Flickr)

A’s take advantage of Kyle Schwarber’s return, make low-risk, potentiall high-reward waiver claim

Whenever a player with a team-friendly contract becomes available, the Oakland Athletics…

The Oakland Athletics added Giovanni Soto, seen here in 2010, after the lefty was designated for assignment to make room for Kyle Schwarber. (Joel Dinda/Flickr)
The Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell is greeted by teammate Javier Baez (9) after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 5 of the NLCS. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Cubs a win away from World Series

The best team in baseball took another big step toward a meeting…

The Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell is greeted by teammate Javier Baez (9) after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 5 of the NLCS. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
The Giants weren't able to provide their fans with the customary jubilation this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The 2016 Giants: When torture goes too far

A decisive Game 5 at Wrigley Field was within reach for the…

The Giants weren't able to provide their fans with the customary jubilation this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) rounds second base on a walk off double to bring in shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) in the 13th inning against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday. The San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

‘It is a part of our DNA’: Giants win 10th-straight elimination game

AT&T PARK — Five-hours-and-five minutes after the first pitch on Monday evening,…

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) rounds second base on a walk off double to bring in shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) in the 13th inning against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday. The San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) high fives San Francisco Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly (39) after hitting a home run earlier this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants know a 2-0 series deficit isn’t a death sentence

AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy is plenty familiar with climbing out of 2-0 holes…

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) high fives San Francisco Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly (39) after hitting a home run earlier this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joe Maddon, ever philosophical, drew from the experience of those before him in his approach to managing big games. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Joe Maddon draws on expertise of SF sports legend for biggest games

AT&T PARK — Elimination games can be stressful ordeals. But a good manager/leader…

Joe Maddon, ever philosophical, drew from the experience of those before him in his approach to managing big games. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) connects with a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

So much happened in Game 3, all that matters: Giants stay alive

Yes, it’s an Even Year. What else needs to be said? Except…

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) connects with a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, left, tags out the San Francisco Giants' Gorkys Hernandez as he tries to steal second base in the first inning in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday. (Armando Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Cubs’ pitchers dominate Giants again in NLDS opener

CHICAGO — Consider that they could be on the first tee somewhere,…

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, left, tags out the San Francisco Giants' Gorkys Hernandez as he tries to steal second base in the first inning in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Friday. (Armando Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
These aren’t the Giants of former Even Year glory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

One divisional win doesn’t excuse a month of awful play for Giants

The fans’ thoughts are easy enough to imagine: The Giants are a…

These aren’t the Giants of former Even Year glory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (9) tags out Giants center fielder Gorkys Hernandez (66) on a steal attempt at second base in the 12th inning on Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Inset: Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is hoisted by catcher David Ross (3) after hitting a game-winning single in the 13th inning to beat the Giants 3-2 on Sunday. (All: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Game Giants don’t measure up to pitch-rich Cubs

CHICAGO — The Giants and Chicago Cubs played 40 innings in four…

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (9) tags out Giants center fielder Gorkys Hernandez (66) on a steal attempt at second base in the 12th inning on Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Inset: Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is hoisted by catcher David Ross (3) after hitting a game-winning single in the 13th inning to beat the Giants 3-2 on Sunday. (All: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)