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Former Giants prospect Joe Biagini has had fun in his role with the Toronto Blue Jays. (John Raoux/AP)

Former Giants prospect a hit on and off the mound for Blue Jays

It took Joe Biagini – the former Giants prospect and current Toronto…

Former Giants prospect Joe Biagini has had fun in his role with the Toronto Blue Jays. (John Raoux/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Trevor Brown reacts after a called third strike thrown by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. Toronto won 4-0. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Giants waste rare Matt Cain gem

AT&T PARK — Even before Matt Cain took the mound on Tuesday night,…

San Francisco Giants' Trevor Brown reacts after a called third strike thrown by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the eighth inning of Tuesday's game. Toronto won 4-0. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 8, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Samardzija keeps rolling but Giants’ bats go silent

AT&T PARK — In the third inning of the Giants’ 2-0 loss…

Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 8, 2016, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Matt Duffy celebrates after doubling to score Conor Gillaspie for the winning run against the Colorado Rockies during the thirteenth inning on Saturday. The Giants won 2-1. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants take two straight from Rockies

Matt Duffy connected on a 13th-inning RBI double to give the Giants…

Matt Duffy celebrates after doubling to score Conor Gillaspie for the winning run against the Colorado Rockies during the thirteenth inning on Saturday. The Giants won 2-1. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Johnny Cueto speaks English but utilizes the Giants' official translator to ensure he's understood by the media. (John Minchillo/AP)

Some MLB teams slow to implement interpreter program

Gregor Blanco still remembers when he couldn’t order a pizza in English…

Johnny Cueto speaks English but utilizes the Giants' official translator to ensure he's understood by the media. (John Minchillo/AP)
Matt Cain struggled again on Thursday. The Giants lost 17-7 to the Colorado Rockies. (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

HELP WANTED: Late-in-the-rotation starters

AT&T PARK — The Colorado Rockies’ 17-7 bludgeoning of the Giants on…

Matt Cain struggled again on Thursday. The Giants lost 17-7 to the Colorado Rockies. (Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Jesse Hahn returned from being exiled to Triple-A to pitch well on Saturday. Sean Manaea made his major league debut on Friday. Henderson Alvarez is nearing a return from a shoulder injury from his time in Miami. (Ben Margot, Chris Carlson, Frank Franklin II/AP)

A’s undergo early-season pitching staff facelift

OAKLAND — Decked out in a tropical shirt and with a glimmer…

Jesse Hahn returned from being exiled to Triple-A to pitch well on Saturday. Sean Manaea made his major league debut on Friday. Henderson Alvarez is nearing a return from a shoulder injury from his time in Miami. (Ben Margot, Chris Carlson, Frank Franklin II/AP)
Denard Span looked to be picked off in the first inning, but replay review reversed the call and he was able to score later in the inning. The officials in New York’s decision represented another win for the Giants, who were able to complete a three-game sweep against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Replay officials play role in Giants’ sweep of Padres

AT&T PARK — In what has fast become the year of the…

Denard Span looked to be picked off in the first inning, but replay review reversed the call and he was able to score later in the inning. The officials in New York’s decision represented another win for the Giants, who were able to complete a three-game sweep against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Johnny Cueto was masterful on Tuesday, drawing hitters off balance and shutting out the Padres. He struck out 11 and the Giants won 1-0. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Cueto shimmies to No. 100

AT&T PARK — There's no one who disrupts a hitter's timing quite…

Johnny Cueto was masterful on Tuesday, drawing hitters off balance and shutting out the Padres. He struck out 11 and the Giants won 1-0. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Denard Span is tagged out after striking out in the bottom of the seventh. He stranded Angel Pagan, who had plated the Giants' only run. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Putting their ace in a hole

AT&T PARK — Not even Madison Bumgarner could save the Giants from…

Denard Span is tagged out after striking out in the bottom of the seventh. He stranded Angel Pagan, who had plated the Giants' only run. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Matt Cain, center, gets a visit to the mound from pitching coach Dave Righetti (19) after Cain gave up an RBI triple to Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Pitching woes provide early test for Bochy, Giants

AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy insists he doesn’t have time to worry…

Matt Cain, center, gets a visit to the mound from pitching coach Dave Righetti (19) after Cain gave up an RBI triple to Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run off Kansas City Royals' Dillon Gee in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A’s, Royals split opening games of weekend set

OAKLAND — Sonny Gray wasn't at his sharpest, but the A's ace gutted…

Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run off Kansas City Royals' Dillon Gee in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Oakland assistant coach Ron Washington is guiding Marcus Semien into being a young power-hitting shortstop who isn’t a liability defensively. (Ben Margot/AP)

Homegrown shortstop rounding into rare asset for Athletics

There was one player out on the field five hours before the…

Oakland assistant coach Ron Washington is guiding Marcus Semien into being a young power-hitting shortstop who isn’t a liability defensively. (Ben Margot/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) hits a solo home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Giants, Dodgers split pair of games decided by one run

Madison Bumgarner once again got the better of Clayton Kershaw, crushing a…

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) hits a solo home run in front of Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Trayce Thompson arrives for a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Phoenix. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

More than just a brother of a Splash Brother

If everything falls into place for Trayce Thompson in 2016, the Dodgers…

Los Angeles Dodgers' Trayce Thompson arrives for a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Phoenix. (Jae C. Hong/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)
Rich Hill was the surprise Opening Day starter for the Oakland A’s after their ace Sonny Gray was hospitalized with food poisoning on Monday. Hill lasted just 2.2 innings before being pulled. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

New season, same old A’s

OAKLAND — For the A’s, the nightmare of an opener began long…

Rich Hill was the surprise Opening Day starter for the Oakland A’s after their ace Sonny Gray was hospitalized with food poisoning on Monday. Hill lasted just 2.2 innings before being pulled. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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)
Sean Doolittle is entering the season healthy and the A’s front office made moves in the offseason to bolster a rock-bottom bullpen. Will it be enough to save the team from back-to-back last-place finishes? (Chris Carloson/AP)

A’s address horrible bullpen, others impediments remain

After blowing up the bullpen and importing a new one, the A’s…

Sean Doolittle is entering the season healthy and the A’s front office made moves in the offseason to bolster a rock-bottom bullpen. Will it be enough to save the team from back-to-back last-place finishes? (Chris Carloson/AP)
Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner will be tasked with delivering on the Giants’ outsize expectations this season. (Photos: Jeff Chiu/AP)

Despite splashy additions, rotation remains enigma for Giants

A $220-million investment in the rotation has gone a long way toward…

Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner will be tasked with delivering on the Giants’ outsize expectations this season. (Photos: Jeff Chiu/AP)