Hunter Pence

Giants, Cubs combine for 33 hits in spring training game

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

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, March 16, in Peoria, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Hot Pence springs forward, Giants’ hopes follow him

Quick — pack Hunter Pence in bubble wrap and ship him to…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits during a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, March 16, in Peoria, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Hunter Pence, right, celebrates with Miguel Olivo and manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a home run against the Oakland A’s in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 6-4 loss on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Hunter Pence homers in Giants’ loss to A’s

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hunter Pence hit a home run and Jeff Samardzija…

Hunter Pence, right, celebrates with Miguel Olivo and manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a home run against the Oakland A’s in the fourth inning of the Giants’ 6-4 loss on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
A's outfielder Coco Crisp does the Bernie Lean after driving in the game-winning run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th inning of a game in 2012.  (Ben Margot/2012 AP)

A’s less in love with the Coco

At 36, Coco Crisp serves more as a reminder of our own…

A's outfielder Coco Crisp does the Bernie Lean after driving in the game-winning run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th inning of a game in 2012.  (Ben Margot/2012 AP)
Hunter Pence waves to fans as he walks toward the field for a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Both big-name starters struggle in Giants-Mariners tilt

PEORIA, Ariz. — Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas homered in Seattle’s 6-run…

Hunter Pence waves to fans as he walks toward the field for a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Kim Cattrall (pictured in Southern California in 2015) was a good sport after being misidentified on “60 Minutes” in a 35-year-old photo as Margaret Trudeau.(Courtesy Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Kim Cattrall — Canadian, yes, Margaret Trudeau, no

Whoops -- “60 Minutes,” the “oldest and most watched newsmagazine on television…

Kim Cattrall (pictured in Southern California in 2015) was a good sport after being misidentified on “60 Minutes” in a 35-year-old photo as Margaret Trudeau.(Courtesy Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Jake Peavy, seen here in a 2016 team photo, worked on his fastball Thursday to poor results.  (Morry Gash/AP)

Jake Peavy works on fastball in spring debut and is hit hard

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jake Peavy allowed six runs and nine hits, including…

Jake Peavy, seen here in a 2016 team photo, worked on his fastball Thursday to poor results.  (Morry Gash/AP)
Gregor Blanco will take a smaller role this year as the odd man out in the Giants' outfield. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Gregor Blanco moving forward as fourth outfielder for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco is looking for any way…

Gregor Blanco will take a smaller role this year as the odd man out in the Giants' outfield. (Eric Risberg/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, left, loses his helmet after being tagged out at second base by St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong, right, on a steal-attempt in the fourth inning on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)

Hopeful Pence lightens up Giants’ gloom

Other than another sellout crowd, there were few signs of life at…

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt, left, loses his helmet after being tagged out at second base by St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong, right, on a steal-attempt in the fourth inning on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)
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…

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)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) works in the fourth inning Wednesday. San Francisco won 6-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Bumgarner, Tomlinson lead Giants in victory over Braves

ATLANTA — Madison Bumgarner loves how the San Francisco Giants have returned…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) works in the fourth inning Wednesday. San Francisco won 6-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, left, high-fives Buster Posey after hitting a three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. (David Goldman/AP)

Pence homer lifts Giants over Braves

ATLANTA — A little heat and humidity was not going to discourage…

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, left, high-fives Buster Posey after hitting a three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. (David Goldman/AP)
Giants third baseman Matt Duffy, left, slides into home plate and scores the Giants' first run against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Five-run inning lifts Giants past Brewers

A day after making a wild throw from the outfield, Hunter Pence…

Giants third baseman Matt Duffy, left, slides into home plate and scores the Giants' first run against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, and bench coach Ron Wotus watch from the dugout during Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants miss chance to move into first place in NL West

The San Francisco Giants were on a roll with a chance to…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, and bench coach Ron Wotus watch from the dugout during Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
If Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, and Buster Posey, hope to extend San Francisco's World Series run, the team will need some help in the starting rotation and another bat off the bench. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

A Giant Challenge: Get help

It’s my civic duty to remind the Giants that, yes, greed is…

If Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, and Buster Posey, hope to extend San Francisco's World Series run, the team will need some help in the starting rotation and another bat off the bench. (Ross D. Franklin/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)
Giants starter Chris Heston works against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Heston flirts with no-no (again) in Giants win

SAN DIEGO — Just seven starts removed from his first no-hitter, it…

Giants starter Chris Heston works against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Hunter Pence has brought a fire back to the Giants since his return from the DL, but it will take more from the rest of the team if they hope to defend their World Series title. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Hunter rocks on, but Giants are the hunted

That he describes his latest viral explosion as “kind of a miracle”…

Hunter Pence has brought a fire back to the Giants since his return from the DL, but it will take more from the rest of the team if they hope to defend their World Series title. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Giants pitcher Jake Peavy fields a base hit by Juan Lagares during Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Peavy pitches well in Giants’ loss to Mets

Jake Peavy made another good start, and that left San Francisco manager…

Giants pitcher Jake Peavy fields a base hit by Juan Lagares during Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Andrew Susac, left, and Santiago Casilla celebrate the team's 3-0 defeat of the New York Mets in a baseball game Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Highlight-reel night for Pence, Cain in Giants win

A gem by Matt Cain in his first start at AT&T Park…

San Francisco Giants' Andrew Susac, left, and Santiago Casilla celebrate the team's 3-0 defeat of the New York Mets in a baseball game Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)