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Juan Perez scales the outfield wall in the first inning to rob the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty of a home run. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Giants’ consolation: Catch of year

The Giants suffered a tough 4-3 loss against the Cardinals in St.…

Juan Perez scales the outfield wall in the first inning to rob the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty of a home run. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on Saturday in Washington. Scherzer threw a no-hitter. The Nationals won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Scherzer Loses Perfect Game, Gets No-hitter

WASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw…

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on Saturday in Washington. Scherzer threw a no-hitter. The Nationals won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Frank Franklin II/apGiants pitcher Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter of the season on Tuesday

June bug hits Giants early

Outfielder Hunter Pence isn't buying the June Swoon theory — even with…

Frank Franklin II/apGiants pitcher Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter of the season on Tuesday
Frank Franklin II/apGiants pitcher Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter of the season on Tuesday

Closer role looms as Giant problem

The Giants' Santiago Casilla is the owner of a shiny 2.82 earned…

Frank Franklin II/apGiants pitcher Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter of the season on Tuesday
Gene J. Puskar/AP file photoFirst baseman Ike Davis was acquired by the A's from the Pirates. The teams also exchanged international bonus slots.

A's acquire Ike Davis from Pirates

OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics filled their second key position in five…

Gene J. Puskar/AP file photoFirst baseman Ike Davis was acquired by the A's from the Pirates. The teams also exchanged international bonus slots.
Don Wright/ap file photoGiants LHP Madison Bumgarner is rarely ever content

Bumgarner only satisified with being a complete player

As great as Madison Bumgarner's night was Wednesday, when he pitched the…

Don Wright/ap file photoGiants LHP Madison Bumgarner is rarely ever content
Gene J. Puskar/APThe Giants' Brandon Crawford belts his fourth-inning grand slam in Wednesday's NL wild-card game against the Pirates.

Crawford’s grand slam, Bumgarner’s shutout lift Giants to wild-card win

PITTSBURGH -- Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run,…

Gene J. Puskar/APThe Giants' Brandon Crawford belts his fourth-inning grand slam in Wednesday's NL wild-card game against the Pirates.
Gene Puskar/APHunter Pence and the Giants face the Pirates in the NL wild-card game Wednesday.

Peavy, rookies highlight Giants' wild-card roster

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates opted for depth at catcher while the San…

Gene Puskar/APHunter Pence and the Giants face the Pirates in the NL wild-card game Wednesday.
Don Wright/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner toyed with the Pirates’ potent lineup

Wild-card games leaves Giants, A's where they should be

Baseball can be utterly confounding, turning conventional wisdom on its head to…

Don Wright/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner toyed with the Pirates’ potent lineup
AP Photo/Tony AvelarSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy

Giants have ample experience facing elimination

The San Francisco Giants have proven themselves to be elimination experts. Just…

AP Photo/Tony AvelarSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy
Gene J. Puskar/APPablo Sandoval and the Giants face Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez in Wednesday's NL wild-card game.

Giants will have to solve Pirates' Volquez

PITTSBURGH -- Edinson Volquez's renaissance began with a simple game of catch.…

Gene J. Puskar/APPablo Sandoval and the Giants face Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez in Wednesday's NL wild-card game.
Jae C. Hong/AP file photoMadison Bumgarner will start for the Giants in Wednesday's wild-card game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

It's official: Giants' Bumgarner to start wild-card game

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has announced the worst-kept secret in San Francisco's…

Jae C. Hong/AP file photoMadison Bumgarner will start for the Giants in Wednesday's wild-card game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Ben Margot/APThe Giants’ Tim Hudson works against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning Tuesday.

Giants’ home woes continue with loss to Pirates

Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win…

Ben Margot/APThe Giants’ Tim Hudson works against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning Tuesday.
Frank Franklin II/apGiants pitcher Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter of the season on Tuesday

Reeling Giants shut out by Pirates’ Worley

Vance Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and the…

Frank Franklin II/apGiants pitcher Chris Heston pitched the first no-hitter of the season on Tuesday
Gene J. Puskar/APThe Pirates’ Starling Marte

Giants lose game on overturned call at the plate

PITTSBURGH -- Expanded instant replay has a new fan in Starling Marte.…

Gene J. Puskar/APThe Pirates’ Starling Marte
Ben Margot/apSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford

Giants take advantage of error in 13th inning of win

PITTSBURGH -- A throwing error by pitcher Jared Hughes on a sacrifice…

Ben Margot/apSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarPittsburgh Pirates' Russell Martin (55) is greeted by on-deck batter Clint Barmes (12) after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday

Pirates beat Reds 6-2 in NL wild-card game

The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff games. The wait will…

AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarPittsburgh Pirates' Russell Martin (55) is greeted by on-deck batter Clint Barmes (12) after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarOakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson can't reach a single by Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Wednesday

Pirates break loose, beat Athletics 5-0

PITTSBURGH — Francisco Liriano scattered four hits over seven innings, and the…

AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarOakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson can't reach a single by Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Wednesday
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarOakland Athletics' Brandon Moss hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Tuesday

Athletics keep rolling, beat Pirates 2-1

PITTSBURGH — Dan Straily pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Brandon…

AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarOakland Athletics' Brandon Moss hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Tuesday
AP Photo/Keith SrakocicSan Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits a ground ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning of the baseball game on Thursday

Pence ignites offense as Giants pound Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6²⁄³ innings and the…

AP Photo/Keith SrakocicSan Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits a ground ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning of the baseball game on Thursday