Matt Cain

The Giants placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day DL on Friday with irritation in his right elbow. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants put Cain on 15-day DL with elbow nerve irritation

Giants right-hander Matt Cain was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday…

The Giants placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day DL on Friday with irritation in his right elbow. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Matt Cain lasted just five innings and gave up six runs on eight hits against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants can’t play with big boys

From Hunter Pence’s bad oblique to a broken-down rotation, the Giants have…

Matt Cain lasted just five innings and gave up six runs on eight hits against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Giants starter Matt Cain walks back to the mound after giving up a solo home run to the Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty in San Francisco's 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday. Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Giants lose to Cardinals, fail to gain ground in NL West

ST. LOUIS — Madison Bumgarner had a rare opportunity for a pitcher:…

Giants starter Matt Cain walks back to the mound after giving up a solo home run to the Cardinals' Stephen Piscotty in San Francisco's 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday. Aug. 19, 2015, in St. Louis. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Giants starter Matt Cain wipes his face after Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo walked to first base during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Giants handed dose of youthful reality

CHICAGO — If the Giants fall short of the National League playoffs…

Giants starter Matt Cain wipes his face after Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo walked to first base during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Matt Cain and the bullpen struggled in a loss against the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.  (AP Photo/John Amis)

‘Tough loss’ for Giants, Cain

ATLANTA — Brandon Crawford felt confident that the San Francisco Giants were…

Matt Cain and the bullpen struggled in a loss against the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.  (AP Photo/John Amis)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, and bench coach Ron Wotus watch from the dugout during Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Giants miss chance to move into first place in NL West

The San Francisco Giants were on a roll with a chance to…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, and bench coach Ron Wotus watch from the dugout during Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
If Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, and Buster Posey, hope to extend San Francisco's World Series run, the team will need some help in the starting rotation and another bat off the bench. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

A Giant Challenge: Get help

It’s my civic duty to remind the Giants that, yes, greed is…

If Giants manager Bruce Bochy, right, and Buster Posey, hope to extend San Francisco's World Series run, the team will need some help in the starting rotation and another bat off the bench. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Buster Posey watches his two-run double fall just fair down the right field line in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Posey, Belt gang up on Padres’ bullpen in Giants win

SAN DIEGO — Matt Cain knows he doesn’t have time to settle…

Buster Posey watches his two-run double fall just fair down the right field line in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Giants pitcher Jake Peavy fields a base hit by Juan Lagares during Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Peavy pitches well in Giants’ loss to Mets

Jake Peavy made another good start, and that left San Francisco manager…

Giants pitcher Jake Peavy fields a base hit by Juan Lagares during Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Andrew Susac, left, and Santiago Casilla celebrate the team's 3-0 defeat of the New York Mets in a baseball game Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Highlight-reel night for Pence, Cain in Giants win

A gem by Matt Cain in his first start at AT&T Park…

San Francisco Giants' Andrew Susac, left, and Santiago Casilla celebrate the team's 3-0 defeat of the New York Mets in a baseball game Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Bruce Bochy (15) heads into the dugout after being ejected during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. (Alex Brandon/AP)

A task too messy for even Bochy

For a moment, but just one, Bruce Bochy was able to love…

Bruce Bochy (15) heads into the dugout after being ejected during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Matt Cain struggled in his first big-league outing in nearly a year on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. (J Pat Carter/AP)

Cain isn’t able

The human impulse is to be patient with Matt Cain, knowing what…

Matt Cain struggled in his first big-league outing in nearly a year on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. (J Pat Carter/AP)
San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Cain and Peavy to return this week for inconsistent Giants

MIAMI — Matt Cain and Jake Peavy cannot come back soon enough…

San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Matt Duffy was spectacular Sunday, finishing a single shy of a cycle. The rookie third baseman has filled a huge hole for the Giants after Casey McGehee struggled. (George Nikitin/AP)

Duffy is the cat’s meow

You know that Matt Duffy and the Giants are on a roll…

Matt Duffy was spectacular Sunday, finishing a single shy of a cycle. The rookie third baseman has filled a huge hole for the Giants after Casey McGehee struggled. (George Nikitin/AP)
Giants' Joe Panik, left, and Matt Duffy celebrate after scoring against the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Thursday. Both scored on a double by Buster Posey. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

Giants back on track as rotation shakeup looms

One hallmark of the Giants under the watch of manager Bruce Bochy…

Giants' Joe Panik, left, and Matt Duffy celebrate after scoring against the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Thursday. Both scored on a double by Buster Posey. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)
Ben Margot/2014 AP file photoMatt Cain hasn’t started a game for the Giants since July 9

Hopeful Cain inches forward on comeback trail

LOS ANGELES — Matt Cain's psyche did top-speed sprints from one end…

Ben Margot/2014 AP file photoMatt Cain hasn’t started a game for the Giants since July 9
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe look on mascot Lou Seal sums up the way many Giants fans are feeling at this very early stage of the year: It could be a long season.

It’s not too early to worry about Giants

The feeling is that of apprehension, Giants partisans watching their team stumble,…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe look on mascot Lou Seal sums up the way many Giants fans are feeling at this very early stage of the year: It could be a long season.
Ross D. Franklin/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was lights-out in the season opener Monday

Mariotti: Can MadBum pitch all 162?

PHOENIX — This time, the folk-hero quotient can’t stop at Paul Bunyan.…

Ross D. Franklin/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was lights-out in the season opener Monday
Ben Margot/APThe return of Matt Cain to the Giants’ rotation following elbow surgery has gone well so far in spring training.

Balls: Bum, Cain and pray for rain? Champs can only hope

OK, let's see now. Staff ace Madison Bumgarner has a 5.65 earned…

Ben Margot/APThe return of Matt Cain to the Giants’ rotation following elbow surgery has gone well so far in spring training.

Cain goes four innings as Giants beat Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Matt Cain gave up three runs in four innings,…