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Brandon Crawford is met by Hunter Pence, right, after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Giants complete sweep of Padres

SAN DIEGO — Bruce Bochy met Jeff Samardzija as the big right-hander…

Brandon Crawford is met by Hunter Pence, right, after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Brandon Crawford watches his RBI sacrifice fly to right against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a Tuesday’s game. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Giants win Bumgarner start against Padres

SAN DIEGO — Madison Bumgarner threw a five-hitter and struck out 11…

Brandon Crawford watches his RBI sacrifice fly to right against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a Tuesday’s game. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly the closest to signing Tim Lincecum. (Matt York/AP)

LA Angels appear to be winning Lincecum sweepstakes

The Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a deal to sign…

The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly the closest to signing Tim Lincecum. (Matt York/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)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence runs the bases after hitting a home run off San Diego Padres' Drew Pomeranz in the fourth inning  Monday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bumgarner wins for first time in four starts since opener

AT&T Park — Hunter Pence hit a home run and sacrifice fly,…

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence runs the bases after hitting a home run off San Diego Padres' Drew Pomeranz in the fourth inning  Monday in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
A person familiar with the situation says Don Mattingly has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins less than a week after he parted with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

New challenges for Mattingly, Black

MIAMI — Don Mattingly is moving to a different coast and a…

A person familiar with the situation says Don Mattingly has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins less than a week after he parted with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
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' 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)
Starter Jesse Chavez works against the San Diego Padres in the A's crushing 16-2 win Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Chavez strikes out 11 in A’s win over Padres

OAKLAND — Jesse Chavez struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings…

Starter Jesse Chavez works against the San Diego Padres in the A's crushing 16-2 win Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Mathew Sumner/APRyan Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings in the Giants' 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres Tuesday night.

Spander: Vogelsong the latest zero hero

He was the question mark, the pitcher who had everyone wondering or…

Mathew Sumner/APRyan Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings in the Giants' 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres Tuesday night.
Mathew Sumner/APThe Giants' Joe Panik (12) is congratulated by Buster Posey after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Padres on Tuesday.

Vogelsong pitches surging Giants to win over Padres

Ryan Vogelsong threw seven innings of three-hit ball, Joe Panik homered and…

Mathew Sumner/APThe Giants' Joe Panik (12) is congratulated by Buster Posey after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Padres on Tuesday.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APPitcher Madison Bumgarner was masterful for the Giants in a win over teh Padres on Monday

Bumgarner pitches Giants past Padres for fourth straight win

Madison Bumgarner carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning on the…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APPitcher Madison Bumgarner was masterful for the Giants in a win over teh Padres on Monday
Marcio Joe Sanchez/APMadison Bumgarner took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in the Giants' 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres Monday night.

Spander: Bumgarner, Giants have old feeling back

A liner to left field by Justin Upton in the top of…

Marcio Joe Sanchez/APMadison Bumgarner took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in the Giants' 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres Monday night.
Alex Gallardo/APJake Peavy made his season debut for the Giants on Sunday

Mariotti: Challenge for wobbly champs: Survival

SAN DIEGO — So now they come home, to a ritual that…

Alex Gallardo/APJake Peavy made his season debut for the Giants on Sunday
Alex Gallardo/APPitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52) is removed from the game in the 7th inning by manager Bruce Bochy

Peavy surrenders slam as Giants fall to Padres

SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy's first start at Petco Park in six…

Alex Gallardo/APPitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52) is removed from the game in the 7th inning by manager Bruce Bochy
Lenny Ignelzi/APCasey McGehee

Bumgarner roughed up as Giants fall to Padres; McGehee hurt

SAN DIEGO — New Padres ace James Shields was masterful in outpitching…

Lenny Ignelzi/APCasey McGehee
Lenny Ignelzi/APGiants outfielder Angel Pagan is pumped after his triple in the ninth inning

Mariotti: No gumshoe required

SAN DIEGO — With a crazed fist-pump, a WrestleMania pose, a primal…

Lenny Ignelzi/APGiants outfielder Angel Pagan is pumped after his triple in the ninth inning
Lenny Ignelzi/APThe Giants' Tim Hudson pitched well in his season debut Thursday

Maxwell, Giants beat Padres in 12 innings

SAN DIEGO — Pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell delivered an RBI single with two…

Lenny Ignelzi/APThe Giants' Tim Hudson pitched well in his season debut Thursday
Lenny Ignelzi/AP PhotoSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws against the San Diego Padres in a spring training baseball game Tuesday

Kemp and Upton hit back-to-back HRs, Padres beat Giants

PEORIA — Matt Kemp hit a three-run drive and Justin Upton followed…

Lenny Ignelzi/AP PhotoSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws against the San Diego Padres in a spring training baseball game Tuesday