Zack Greinke

Frankie Montas pitches for the Oakland Athletics in 2017. (Courtesy Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics: Frankie Montas throws five no-hit innings in A’s starting debut

OAKLAND -- Frankie Montas has 101 minor league starts on his resumé,…

 

These aren’t the Giants of former Even Year glory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

One divisional win doesn’t excuse a month of awful play for Giants

The fans’ thoughts are easy enough to imagine: The Giants are a…

 

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, seen here Aug. 21, continued his hot streak at the plate on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants suffer tough loss to D’Backs

After his three-walk, four-run fifth inning doomed the San Francisco Giants on…

 

Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke meet again

In an alternate baseball universe — not that far from our own…

Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
While Giants talk, retooling Diamondbacks deliver

While Giants talk, retooling Diamondbacks deliver

NASHVILLE, Tenn — The Giants didn’t land Zack Greinke, didn’t land Ben…

While Giants talk, retooling Diamondbacks deliver
If the Giants prioritize starting pitching this offseason, shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, and former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could become teammates. (Alex Gallardo/David Zalubowski/AP)

Crawford cool, but job one is Greinke

The first time I encountered Brandon Crawford this year, he was staring…

If the Giants prioritize starting pitching this offseason, shortstop Brandon Crawford, left, and former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could become teammates. (Alex Gallardo/David Zalubowski/AP)
Daniel Murphy, right, celebrates with teammate Yoenis Cespedes after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning, the deciding run in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday night to advance to the National League Championship Series. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Mets eliminate $307-million Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets caught the…

Daniel Murphy, right, celebrates with teammate Yoenis Cespedes after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning, the deciding run in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday night to advance to the National League Championship Series. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner works against the Oakland A's in the first inning of Saturday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)

Can’t afford a Madbummer

He’ll always be a country music ballad, a drawl-dripping cross between an…

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner works against the Oakland A's in the first inning of Saturday's game. (Ben Margot/AP)
The Dodgers are approaching records with the scoreless innings streaks of Clayton Kershaw, left, and Zach Greinke. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Greinke goes home, Kershaw pitches zeros

NEW YORK — Worried about the Los Angeles Dodgers and their inconsistent…

The Dodgers are approaching records with the scoreless innings streaks of Clayton Kershaw, left, and Zach Greinke. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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)
The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the teams on Sunday that scouted left-handed trade bait Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Hamels or not, Dodgers have lots to prove

Only 12 days remain before the non-waiver trade deadline, and you know…

The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the teams on Sunday that scouted left-handed trade bait Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. (Matt Slocum/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)
Baseball fan Keith Hartley, center, is photographed by another fan, after he caught a foul ball while bottle-feeding his 7-month-old son during the second inning of baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley field in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune via AP/Nuccio DiNuzzo)

Fan makes great catch over tarp while holding baby

CHICAGO — Two of the National League’s best teams faced off at…

Baseball fan Keith Hartley, center, is photographed by another fan, after he caught a foul ball while bottle-feeding his 7-month-old son during the second inning of baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley field in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune via AP/Nuccio DiNuzzo)