Matt Cain

Giants outfielder Denard Span was ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a stiff neck. (Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Span out for Giants, Bochy yet to name Friday’s starter

AT&T PARK — August has been Denard Span's best month since joining…

Giants outfielder Denard Span was ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a stiff neck. (Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Matt Cain: The question of camp. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Cain hits the shelf

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants placed starter Matt Cain on…

Matt Cain: The question of camp. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Cain has struggled mightily, making it time for Bruce Bochy to make a switch. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cain no longer able, but does Bochy have nerve to pull him from rotation?

Can’t beat good teams. Can’t win at home. Can’t win close games.…

Matt Cain has struggled mightily, making it time for Bruce Bochy to make a switch. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)
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)
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)
Matt Cain watches his three-run home run clear the outfield wall at AT&T Park. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Cain gets Giants second win of second half

AT&T PARK — Bobby Evans couldn’t hide his excitement when Adam Duvall…

Matt Cain watches his three-run home run clear the outfield wall at AT&T Park. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Hanley Ramirez, of the Boston Red Sox, crosses the plate after hitting his third home run of their game against the Giants on Wednesday at Fenway Park. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Matt Cain’s return spoiled by Hanley Ramirez

BOSTON — Giants starter Matt Cain said he felt fine. The results…

Hanley Ramirez, of the Boston Red Sox, crosses the plate after hitting his third home run of their game against the Giants on Wednesday at Fenway Park. (Charles Krupa/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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is the team’s Opening Day starter. He’ll face off against the Milwaukee Brewers, who are starting Wily Peralta. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Healthy Giants ready to embrace role of contenders on Opening Day

MILWAUKEE — Madison Bumgarner has a marquee pitching matchup coming up this…

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is the team’s Opening Day starter. He’ll face off against the Milwaukee Brewers, who are starting Wily Peralta. (Jeff Chiu/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)
Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game.  (Morry Gash/AP)

Casilla makes spring debut, Williamson homers as Giants play split-squad games

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Socrates Brito hit a two-run homer, Rickie Weeks collected…

Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game.  (Morry Gash/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)
Matt Cain throws during spring training on Feb. 18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Matt Cain’s health woes continue, Giants righty has cyst removed from pitching arm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain has undergone a…

Matt Cain throws during spring training on Feb. 18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Giants pitcher Matt Cain throws to the Colorado Rockies during the game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Giants encouraged by Cain’s outing in loss to Rockies

Matt Cain needed this kind of outing. The former Giants ace has…

Giants pitcher Matt Cain throws to the Colorado Rockies during the game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)