Hunter Pence

Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke meet again

In an alternate baseball universe — not that far from our own…

Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on August 31, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Moore leads Giants past D’Backs

AT&T PARK — Matt Moore was standing in the dugout when he…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Moore (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on August 31, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Moore. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

Vogelsong’s return spoils Moore’s home debut

AT&T Park — The applause began as soon as Ryan Vogelsong emerged…

Matt Moore. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)
Despite recent unfortunate results, Bruce Bochy likes what he's been seeing out of his batting order. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy likes what he sees from Nunez, healthier lineup

The dust has settled since the MLB trade deadline, and the Giants…

Despite recent unfortunate results, Bruce Bochy likes what he's been seeing out of his batting order. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Giants have never won when Madison Bumgarner allows seven or more runs. (SLGCKGC/Flickr)

Giants feel the blues on Grateful Dead Night in Philly

PHILADELPHIA — It was Grateful Dead Night at Citizens Bank Park on…

The Giants have never won when Madison Bumgarner allows seven or more runs. (SLGCKGC/Flickr)
Matt Cain earned his 100th win as a Giant on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Cain wins 100th as Giant, bullpen shuts down Nats

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants believe they’ve turned the corner…

Matt Cain earned his 100th win as a Giant on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
When baseball players struggle with hamstring injuries, as Hunter Pence did, caution is typically the way to go. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants take cautious approach with ailing stars

The Giants have struggled since the All-Star Break, stumbling to a 2-9…

When baseball players struggle with hamstring injuries, as Hunter Pence did, caution is typically the way to go. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
While New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green, left, watches, Didi Gregorius, center, and Starlin Castro celebrate after a double play during the eighth inning of the baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, July 24, 2016 in New York. The Yankees won 5-2. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Road skid: Giants lose 5-2 to Yanks, finish 1-7 road trip

NEW YORK — The San Francisco Giants headed into the All-Star break…

While New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green, left, watches, Didi Gregorius, center, and Starlin Castro celebrate after a double play during the eighth inning of the baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, July 24, 2016 in New York. The Yankees won 5-2. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker, right, has fit in well with Gregor Blanco, left, and Denard Span in Hunter Pence's absence, but the organization hopes its homegrown talent can fill out the roster for years to come. (Scott Kane/AP)

Questions in the outfield: Giants look to continue homegrown success

A couple of hours before the San Francisco Giants beat up the…

Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker, right, has fit in well with Gregor Blanco, left, and Denard Span in Hunter Pence's absence, but the organization hopes its homegrown talent can fill out the roster for years to come. (Scott Kane/AP)
Hunter Pence suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday. (Butch Dill/AP)

Giants lose game, Pence

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman homered leading off the 11th inning to give…

Hunter Pence suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday. (Butch Dill/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, left, is congratulated by Buster Posey after the pair scored on a double hit by Brandon Belt off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Pence has 3 of Giants’ 8 doubles in 8-3 win over Rockies

DENVER — The San Francisco Giants were certainly seeing double. Quite a…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, left, is congratulated by Buster Posey after the pair scored on a double hit by Brandon Belt off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Yangervis Solarte is tagged out by catcher Trevor Brown in the first inning of a Wednesday’s game. Solarte was trying to score from second but Kelby Tomlinson delivered a strike from left field. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Crawford walks Giants off as Peavy quiets doubters

AT&T PARK — As Jake Peavy walked off the mound with two…

Yangervis Solarte is tagged out by catcher Trevor Brown in the first inning of a Wednesday’s game. Solarte was trying to score from second but Kelby Tomlinson delivered a strike from left field. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Wil Myers slumps after striking out in the eighth inning against Johnny Cueto. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Cueto goes distance, Giants win sixth-straight road game

SAN DIEGO — Johnny Cueto threw a four-hitter and Hunter Pence hit…

Wil Myers slumps after striking out in the eighth inning against Johnny Cueto. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence runs the bases after hitting a home run off San Diego Padres' Drew Pomeranz in the fourth inning  Monday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bumgarner wins for first time in four starts since opener

AT&T Park — Hunter Pence hit a home run and sacrifice fly,…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence runs the bases after hitting a home run off San Diego Padres' Drew Pomeranz in the fourth inning  Monday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Hunter Pence celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Giants offense delivers another win

DENVER — Trevor Brown hit a pair of two-run homers, Jeff Samardzija…

Hunter Pence celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Hunter Pence heads for home plate after hitting a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Thursday's home opener. Pence's blast put the game away, but it was the team's 13 singles that was the difference maker. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Offensive statement: Giants’ station-to-station approach overwhelms Dodgers

Hunter Pence's eighth-inning grand slam provided the exclamation point for the Giants'…

Hunter Pence heads for home plate after hitting a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez in the eighth inning Thursday's home opener. Pence's blast put the game away, but it was the team's 13 singles that was the difference maker. (Eric Risberg/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence wears Kobe Bryant-branded cleats during a spring training game. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Kobe! Hunter Pence rocks basketball legend’s cleats

Some San Francisco Giants are apparently wearing custom Kobe Bryant-branded Nikes during…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence wears Kobe Bryant-branded cleats during a spring training game. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Former Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (Ben Margot/2015 AP)

Aldon Smith poised to return to the Raiders … after his suspension ends

I’M WITH DONALD Watching golf hasn’t been the same since Tiger Woods…

Former Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (Ben Margot/2015 AP)
Will the Giants be celebrating another World Series championship in November? Only if their veterans can stay healthy. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Play Ball! Savvy Giants have enough for one last hurrah

The baseball season opens Monday, and you better take a good look…

Will the Giants be celebrating another World Series championship in November? Only if their veterans can stay healthy. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Jed Lowrie celebrates after sliding to score an inside the park two-run home run against the Giants in an exhibition game on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)

Players muse about settling the Battle of the Bay the old-fashioned way

Once upon a time, the Battle of the Bay wasn’t just a…

Jed Lowrie celebrates after sliding to score an inside the park two-run home run against the Giants in an exhibition game on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)