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Giants fall to Brewers 4-3; Jeff Samardzija deserved better

Jeff Samardzija is an easy target for criticism because of his record and the home runs he has surrendered. They’re easy on-the-surface stats with which to condemn him because neither is pretty. [Read entire story]

Giants placing top prospects in winter ball

Several of the Giants’ top prospects have been injured this season, wiping out opportunities for management to fully evaluate them either at Triple-A Sacramento or the big leagues. The opportunities [Read entire story]

Giants finally get home shutout, beat Brewers 2-0

Chris Stratton is learning about pitching in a postseason race, albeit it has nothing to do with the Giants and everything to do with the Giants’ opponents. A day after getting mathematically [Read entire story]

Giants’ Bruce Bochy on Phillies pitcher Hector Neris: ‘He’s an idiot’

One day after Giants catcher Buster Posey went out of character with comments about Philadelphia closer Hector Neris, manager Bruce Bochy did the same. “I’ll say it,” Bochy said Monday. “He’s [Read entire story]

Marlins are a mess, and Derek Jeter gets to fix them

Derek Jeter’s the man in Miami, a wise choice by baseball to run the dysfunctional Marlins, and so far he’s hitting .500. The Jeter ownership group wants to dump a couple of remnants from ruinous [Read entire story]

Concussion update: DL for Joe Panik, no improvement for Brandon Belt

MIAMI — After he got hit on the head Sunday in Washington, Joe Panik was cautiously optimistic. Panik’s condition had worsened, and he was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Manager Bruce Bochy said [Read entire story]

Giants beat Marlins, Madison Bumgarner gives up latest Giancarlo Stanton HR

The two faced each other in Tuesday night’s 9-4 Giants victory, each celebrated player wanting to one-up the other, each wanting mano [...] the first two times Stanton stepped to the plate, the Marlins had one out and [Read entire story]

Giants place Panik on 7-day concussion DL

MIAMI — Joe Panik’s condition worsened by Tuesday afternoon, according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, and the team placed the second baseman on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Panik took a blow to the head [Read entire story]

Giants’ Joe Panik candidate for concussion DL

A day after he got hit hard at the plate, he took more vision and balance tests and passed them all. The Giants might make that choice easy for him. Panik was knocked down in the doubleheader nightcap in Washington on [Read entire story]

Stanton homers in Giants’ loss; now imagine him in black and orange

The Giants continued their way to obscurity Monday night with an 8-3 loss to the Marlins while getting buried by the greatness of Stanton, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a Giants uniform since the Barry Bonds [Read entire story]

Giants update: Panik’s condition, Cain’s start, Sandoval’s swing, Stanton’s power

Panik’s condition, Cain’s start, Sandoval’s swing, Stanton’s power Bruce Bochy said the second baseman was scheduled to be off all along. Panik was knocked down at the plate in the doubleheader nightcap in [Read entire story]

After Stratton wins opener, grand slam then beats Giants

After Stratton wins opener, grand slam then beats Giants The Giants’ second baseman was shaken up when clobbered on the head on a strange play in which he and the ball simultaneously arrived at the plate in the second [Read entire story]

Nats’ fans boo Giants’ Hunter Strickland: ‘I don’t expect anything different’

WASHINGTON — When Hunter Strickland was introduced and headed from the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning of Sunday’s doubleheader opener, thunderous boos echoed throughout Nationals Park. “I don’t blame [Read entire story]

Giants’ Mark Melancon activated from DL

The Giants activated the closer from the disabled list Saturday, and Melancon allowed a hit and struck out one in a shutout inning against the Nationals in San Francisco’s 3-1 loss. Melancon, signed in the offseason [Read entire story]

Bryce Harper injury big concern to Nationals; Giants can relate

WASHINGTON — The Giants know more than most teams the importance of staying healthy in a postseason run. None of their core players, give or take an Angel Pagan in 2013, were missing in October, permitting the Giants [Read entire story]

Giants’ Hunter Strickland, National’s Bryce Harper over past bad blood

WASHINGTON — Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wouldn’t hesitate using reliever Hunter Strickland against Bryce Harper this weekend. Strickland said it wouldn’t be an issue facing Harper for the first time since [Read entire story]

Giants’ opener postponed, double-header Sunday

Meantime, Giants players and coaches packed up and exited Nationals Park. [...] more than a half hour after word got to the Giants’ clubhouse that Friday night’s game was rained out, the Nationals made the [Read entire story]

Giants’ Strickland on possibly facing Harper again: ‘Both teams are here to play ball’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Before Friday’s opener of the Giants-Nationals series, Bruce Bochy said he wouldn’t hesitate using reliever Hunter Strickland against Bryce Harper. Strickland served a six-game suspension for [Read entire story]

Giants lose 2-1, concussion symptoms for Belt

Friday night’s game was rolling along with nothing at stake for the Giants and everything at stake for the Diamondbacks, who continue their unexpected run toward a wild-card berth. The highlights clearly were the [Read entire story]

Giants’ Span says he’s OK moving to LF next year

Denard Span has played 1,178 games in his big-league career, appearing in center field in all but 150. [...] if the Giants want him to move to left field next season, he said Friday, he’s all in. Manager Bruce Bochy [Read entire story]