Cole Hamels

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Toronto. (Chris Youn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blue Jays advance with wild win

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first trip to the…

 

Outfielder Hunter Pence is on the disabled list because of a strained oblique, the latest in a long list of health problems that has the Giants’ season on the brink. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Giants in trouble without Pence

And now, the outfield for your defending world champion Saaaaan Francisco Giants…

 

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston throws during the first inning Saturday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Giants win 9-7 in 11 innings to spoil Texas debut for Hamels

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Giants dearly wanted Cole Hamels, progressing so far…

 

Rather than acquire a difference-maker before the trade deadline, the Giants settled for Mike Leake, who doesn’t fill their need for a No. 2 starter. (John Minchillo/AP)

Giants have Leake in rotation

So here comes Mike Leake, a pun waiting for a quipster, a…

Rather than acquire a difference-maker before the trade deadline, the Giants settled for Mike Leake, who doesn’t fill their need for a No. 2 starter. (John Minchillo/AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitcher Cole Hamels  delivers during the sixth inning of baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Hamels preparing for Thursday start after no-hitter

CHICAGO — Fresh off baseball’s third no-hitter of the season, Cole Hamels…

Philadelphia Phillies' starting pitcher Cole Hamels  delivers during the sixth inning of baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
The Detroit Tigers’ David Price could be the final piece to the championship puzzle for the Giants this season. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Price is right for Giants

Welcome to the week that would break a lie-detector machine, the week…

The Detroit Tigers’ David Price could be the final piece to the championship puzzle for the Giants this season. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, center, is congratulated by teammates after he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. (Matt Marton/AP)

Hamels throws first no-hitter against Cubs in 50 years

CHICAGO — Cole Hamels is facing a quick trip from the record…

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, center, is congratulated by teammates after he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. (Matt Marton/AP)
The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the teams on Sunday that scouted left-handed trade bait Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Hamels or not, Dodgers have lots to prove

Only 12 days remain before the non-waiver trade deadline, and you know…

The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the teams on Sunday that scouted left-handed trade bait Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Matt Cain struggled in his first big-league outing in nearly a year on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. (J Pat Carter/AP)

Cain isn’t able

The human impulse is to be patient with Matt Cain, knowing what…

Matt Cain struggled in his first big-league outing in nearly a year on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. (J Pat Carter/AP)