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Giants CEO Larry Baer wants a World-Series winner. His front office made a pair of moves on Monday, the day of the trade deadline, that they believe furthers that cause. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants are all business on deadline day

As Matt Duffy rolled his luggage out of the AT&T Park clubhouse…

Giants CEO Larry Baer wants a World-Series winner. His front office made a pair of moves on Monday, the day of the trade deadline, that they believe furthers that cause. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Nationals dealt for a new closer on Saturday, when Santiago Casilla — no stranger to the hot seat — clinched a save for the Giants. (Tony Avelar/AP)

October looms larger for Giants, Nationals

AT&T PARK — As Dusty Baker sat in the visiting dugout of the…

The Nationals dealt for a new closer on Saturday, when Santiago Casilla — no stranger to the hot seat — clinched a save for the Giants. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Johnny Cueto struggled again on Thursday. He lasted just five innings, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

No support for Cueto as Giants fall again

AT&T PARK —  Before the Washington Nationals beat Johnny Cueto and the…

Johnny Cueto struggled again on Thursday. He lasted just five innings, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Angel Pagan misses a fly ball hit by the Cincinnati Reds’ Eugenio Suarez in the fifth inning Wednesday’s game. Pagan was charged with what turned out to be a costly error on the play. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Giants can’t back up Bum

AT&T PARK — As Jay Bruce’s 25th home run bounced off the…

Angel Pagan misses a fly ball hit by the Cincinnati Reds’ Eugenio Suarez in the fifth inning Wednesday’s game. Pagan was charged with what turned out to be a costly error on the play. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Ryon Healy has had a heck of a season already. The A's won 4-3 on Saturday thanks to his home run. (Ben Margot/AP)

Healy emerges as unlikely face of youth movement

OAKLAND — As Ryon Healy stood in front of his locker in…

Ryon Healy has had a heck of a season already. The A's won 4-3 on Saturday thanks to his home run. (Ben Margot/AP)
Jose Altuve is one of the best players in baseball this year, and Oakland manager Bob Melvin is glad he doesn’t have to face him again for almost two months. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s blanked by Astros

Bob Melvin has seen more than enough of Jose Altuve. “He’s one…

Jose Altuve is one of the best players in baseball this year, and Oakland manager Bob Melvin is glad he doesn’t have to face him again for almost two months. (Ben Margot/AP)
Josh Reddick is mobbed by his teammates after connecting for an infield single that plated the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s overcome Astros in extra innings with walkoff infield single

OAKLAND — Josh Reddick’s walk-off single never even made it out of…

Josh Reddick is mobbed by his teammates after connecting for an infield single that plated the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. (Ben Margot/AP)
Josh Reddick knows he could be traded at any second, he just doesn’t care. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s can’t escape trade talk

OAKLAND — Not even Josh Reddick can avoid the constant trade speculation…

Josh Reddick knows he could be traded at any second, he just doesn’t care. (Ben Margot/AP)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

Bumgarner one-hits D-Backs to close first half

AT&T PARK — Madison Bumgarner had to admit that he thought he…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning Sunday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
Brandon Crawford, left, and Brandon Belt may get a lot of love locally, but nationally, their profiles are low. (AP file photos)

The fate of the Brandons

Brandon Crawford was not thrilled. As the shortstop stood in front of…

Brandon Crawford, left, and Brandon Belt may get a lot of love locally, but nationally, their profiles are low. (AP file photos)
Jake Peavy, left, celebrates a two-run home by teammate Grant Green (38) against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Saturday's game at AT&T Park. (D. Ross Cameron/AP)

Giants take opening games of weekend set with D-Backs

AT&T PARK — Grant Green connected on a two-run shot, Ruben Tejada supplied…

Jake Peavy, left, celebrates a two-run home by teammate Grant Green (38) against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of Saturday's game at AT&T Park. (D. Ross Cameron/AP)
Everybody has been having fun this year as the Giants cruise to a considerable division lead at the midpoint of the season. (Ben Margot/AP)

Giants heading into All Star-Break in firm control of division

Sitting in the home dugout at AT&T Park, with a herd of…

Everybody has been having fun this year as the Giants cruise to a considerable division lead at the midpoint of the season. (Ben Margot/AP)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning Wednesday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Cueto quiets Colorado with complete game

AT&T PARK — As Bruce Bochy sat on the stage during his…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning Wednesday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Nolan Arenado hammered a home run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Nolan Arenado hammers Giants … again; bullpen falters … again

AT&T PARK — As Nolan Arenado’s 23rd home run soared into the…

Nolan Arenado hammered a home run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of an interleague baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (/Jeff Chiu/AP)

Work in progress

No moment better epitomized the first half for the San Francisco Giants…

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of an interleague baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (/Jeff Chiu/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, right, and Denard Span celebrate with Buster Posey (28) after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bumgarner, Giants avoid Bay Bridge sweep

OAKLAND — The legend of Slugging Madison Bumgarner has grown to such…

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner, right, and Denard Span celebrate with Buster Posey (28) after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Bruce Bochy’s bullpen struggled on Tuesday when the Athletics scored 13 total runs. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants end on wrong end of dueling bullpen meltdowns

AT&T PARK — On Tuesday night, some 50 miles from AT&T Park, …

Bruce Bochy’s bullpen struggled on Tuesday when the Athletics scored 13 total runs. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Madison Bumgarner left the game on Saturday frustrated. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Bumgarner start spoiled

AT&T PARK — Cameron Rupp spoiled Madison Bumgarner bobblehead night on Saturday,…

Madison Bumgarner left the game on Saturday frustrated. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie bats against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

Injuries grant Gillaspie second go around with Giants

Conor Gillaspie doesn’t feel like talking. While it’s hardly unusual for a…

San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie bats against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)
Daniel Mengden walks back to the mound after giving up a two run home run to the Milwaukee Brewers’ Scooter Gennett in the fifth inning of a Wednesday’s game at the Coliseum. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s struggle on offense, defense in loss to Brew Crew

OAKLAND — After grounding into a fielder’s choice to end the sixth…

Daniel Mengden walks back to the mound after giving up a two run home run to the Milwaukee Brewers’ Scooter Gennett in the fifth inning of a Wednesday’s game at the Coliseum. (Ben Margot/AP)