Joe Panik

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, seen here Aug. 21, continued his hot streak at the plate on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants suffer tough loss to D’Backs

After his three-walk, four-run fifth inning doomed the San Francisco Giants on…

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, seen here Aug. 21, continued his hot streak at the plate on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Giants hammer Braves to claim rare series win

AT&T Park — When Will Smith headed down to the bullpen in…

(Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Giants starter Matt Moore, seen here on Aug 4., was one out short of a no-hitter on Thursday against the Dodgers. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

Matt Moore flirts with no-no, beats LA

The San Francisco Giants entered Thursday’s series finale with the Los Angeles…

Giants starter Matt Moore, seen here on Aug 4., was one out short of a no-hitter on Thursday against the Dodgers. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)
Andrew McCutchen celebrates hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Ugly fifth dooms Giants to sweep by Pirates

AT&T PARK — Before Wednesday afternoon’s game, Bruce Bochy admitted that waking…

Andrew McCutchen celebrates hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joe Panik, seen here on Friday, emerged from his post-concussion slump on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hitters back up Bumgarner with timely hitting

AT&T PARK — After the San Francisco Giants managed only five hits in…

Joe Panik, seen here on Friday, emerged from his post-concussion slump on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)
Mac Williamson dives toward home plate to score against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Tony Avelar/AP)

New guy Eduardo Nunez helps lead Giants past Nationals after historic loss

AT&T PARK — Eduardo Nunez had no idea how dire of a…

Mac Williamson dives toward home plate to score against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Tony Avelar/AP)
The San Francisco Giants traded for Eduardo Nunez on Thursday. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Answering some of the questions surrounding the Giants’ deal for Eduardo Nunez

While Johnny Cueto struggled with his command in the early innings of…

The San Francisco Giants traded for Eduardo Nunez on Thursday. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
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)
Mac Williamson is greeted by manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning of Thursday's game in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Giants clinch a winning June record

PITTSBURGH — A makeshift lineup was more than enough for the San…

Mac Williamson is greeted by manager Bruce Bochy after hitting a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning of Thursday's game in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) slides in safely with a steal of second base ahead of a tag from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe during the fifth inning Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Belt homers, Giants finish sweep of Rays to win 8th straight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Brandon Belt homered and Joe Panik snapped an…

San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan (16) slides in safely with a steal of second base ahead of a tag from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe during the fifth inning Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik connects on a three-run home run in front of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali during the ninth inning of Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Panik has 4 RBIs, Giants beat Rays 6-4 for 7th straight win

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. — Joe Panik had four RBIs, including a tiebreaking,…

San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik connects on a three-run home run in front of Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali during the ninth inning of Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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)
Jarrett Parker, center right, celebrates at the plate after driving in teammate Brandon Crawford (35) with a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Giants offense explodes late against Padres

AT&T PARK — Brandon Crawford drove in four runs and Jarrett Parker…

Jarrett Parker, center right, celebrates at the plate after driving in teammate Brandon Crawford (35) with a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The Giants’ bats awoke against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday when Joe Panik, right, celebrated his two-run home run at the plate with Denard Span. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Giants hitters help Johnny Cueto beat Zack Grienke in battle of offseason pickups

PHOENIX — Johnny Cueto pitched seven strong innings for San Francisco, Zack…

The Giants’ bats awoke against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday when Joe Panik, right, celebrated his two-run home run at the plate with Denard Span. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, and relief pitcher Santiago Casilla celebrate after the Giants' 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a Saturday's game in Los Angeles. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Giants halt losing streak by beating LA

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Cueto pitched 7 1/3 sharp innings, and the…

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, and relief pitcher Santiago Casilla celebrate after the Giants' 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a Saturday's game in Los Angeles. (Chris Carlson/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)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Giants bats bail out Cueto

AT&T PARK — After Johnny Cueto dug a five-run hole in the…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
After a spring training filled with health concerns, Denard Span had no trouble finding a groove offensively on Opening Day on Monday. He hit a three-run home run and went 2-for-5 with five runs batted in. (Tom Lynn/AP)

Giants stake early claim to ‘best offense in baseball’

MILWAUKEE — OK, Sluggo, how’s this for openers ... Twelve runs, 15…

After a spring training filled with health concerns, Denard Span had no trouble finding a groove offensively on Opening Day on Monday. He hit a three-run home run and went 2-for-5 with five runs batted in. (Tom Lynn/AP)