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Sonny Gray pauses during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Ben Margot/AP)

Sonny shines as A’s down Brewers

OAKLAND — A small crowd of scouts milled about the back of…

Sonny Gray pauses during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Ben Margot/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)
The Giants went with a new-look outfield on Wednesday and still manhandled the Brewers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Makeshift Giants lineup beats up on Brewers

AT&T PARK — In Wednesday’s matinee, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy…

The Giants went with a new-look outfield on Wednesday and still manhandled the Brewers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Madison Bumgarner dominated again on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, who were limited to four hits. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Bumgarner continues on historical roll

From the moment “Fire on the Mountain” blared through the speakers at…

Madison Bumgarner dominated again on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, who were limited to four hits. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Brandon Belt was the hero of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. (Ben Margot/AP)

Giants bid farewell to Dodgers until late August

AT&T PARK — Sunday’s nightcap between the San Francisco Giants and the…

Brandon Belt was the hero of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. (Ben Margot/AP)
Buster Posey celebrates his walkoff single with Matt Duffy (5). (Ben Margot/AP)

Dodgers, Giants split closer meltdowns

AT&T PARK — Buster Posey rose his fist into the air as…

Buster Posey celebrates his walkoff single with Matt Duffy (5). (Ben Margot/AP)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias looks on after striking out Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, Tuesday, June 7. (Kelvin Kuo/AP)

Newest nemesis set to debut

AT&T PARK — With his hat on backwards and a silver chain…

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias looks on after striking out Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez, Tuesday, June 7. (Kelvin Kuo/AP)
Mac Williamson rounds third after hitting his first career home run off of Red Sox ace David Price in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game at AT&T Park. (Ben Margot/AP)

Bumgarner cools baseball’s hottest offense

AT&T PARK — Long before Mac Williamson provided the go-ahead run with…

Mac Williamson rounds third after hitting his first career home run off of Red Sox ace David Price in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game at AT&T Park. (Ben Margot/AP)
Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with Travis Shaw after scoring against the Giants during the 10th inning of Tuesday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Red Sox take opener between clubs that prize homegrown talent

AT&T PARK — It was fitting Xander Bogaerts would strike the decisive…

Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with Travis Shaw after scoring against the Giants during the 10th inning of Tuesday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)
Rich Hill works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

From independent ball to major league trade piece

Before a recent Oakland Athletics’ home game, a longtime scout ambled into…

Rich Hill works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Sean Manaea throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Manaea shows signs of settling into big-league role

OAKLAND — The afternoon almost unraveled for Sean Manaea in the sixth…

Sean Manaea throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. (Ben Margot/AP)
Danny Valencia is greeted at home plate by Stephen Vogt. Valencia has been on an absolute tear as of late and could prove a useful trade chip for the A’s. (Ben Margot/AP)

Valencia powers A’s past Twins

OAKLAND — With his white pants rolled up to his knees and…

Danny Valencia is greeted at home plate by Stephen Vogt. Valencia has been on an absolute tear as of late and could prove a useful trade chip for the A’s. (Ben Margot/AP)
Daulton Jefferies throws in the last year’s regional tournament. Jefferies projected to be a top pick in this year’s draft but had his season derailed by injury. (Juan DeLeon/2015 AP)

Bay Area college baseball stars aim to overcome inopportune injuries

Daulton Jefferies won’t be hosting any grand draft-day celebrations. “I don’t really…

Daulton Jefferies throws in the last year’s regional tournament. Jefferies projected to be a top pick in this year’s draft but had his season derailed by injury. (Juan DeLeon/2015 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)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, second from right, celebrates with teammates after driving in Brandon Belt for the winning run against the San Diego Padres in San Francisco on  Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Cueto goes the distance

AT&T PARK — As Johnny Cueto walked off the mound after throwing…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence, second from right, celebrates with teammates after driving in Brandon Belt for the winning run against the San Diego Padres in San Francisco on  Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) throws the first pitch of the game as the Chicago Cubs face the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco Calif. Saturday May 21, 2016. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Cain earns first win since last July

Matt Cain picked up his first win in almost 10 months and…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) throws the first pitch of the game as the Chicago Cubs face the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco Calif. Saturday May 21, 2016. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon have both mastered the art of communicating with their players. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, Nam y. Huh/AP)

Masters of communication: Bochy, Maddon get most out of their players

As the wind rips through AT&T Park on Friday afternoon, Joe Maddon…

Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon have both mastered the art of communicating with their players. (Marcio Jose Sanchez, Nam y. Huh/AP)
Josh Reddick fractured his thumb sliding into second base in the seventh inning. Reddick hit his fifth home run of the season earlier in the game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Reddick breaks thumb, becomes Oakland’s 12th player on the DL

OAKLAND — Josh Reddick had his head buried in his locker with…

Josh Reddick fractured his thumb sliding into second base in the seventh inning. Reddick hit his fifth home run of the season earlier in the game. (Ben Margot/AP)
Khris Davis celebrates his walkoff grandslam by shooting his batting helmet like a jump shot. (Ben Margot/AP)

You can’t predict baseball: Davis delivers walkoff win for A’s

OAKLAND — After Khris Davis hammered three home runs — including a…

Khris Davis celebrates his walkoff grandslam by shooting his batting helmet like a jump shot. (Ben Margot/AP)
Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto talks baseball with second grader Dannis Salazar during an appearance at the Mission Education Center in San Francisco in December. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The quiet showman: Johnny Cueto’s play speaks volumes

One detail about Johnny Cueto — the Giants new $130 million righty…

Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto talks baseball with second grader Dannis Salazar during an appearance at the Mission Education Center in San Francisco in December. (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)