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A’s fizzle in front of largest crowd in 12 years

The highly touted prospect returned to the A’s lineup Monday night in time for their series-opening 7-2 loss to the White Sox that drew 40,019, the largest Coliseum baseball crowd since a 2005 Yankees game. The A’s [Read entire story]

A’s Santiago Casilla doing the Johnny Cueto shimmy

A’s reliever Santiago Casilla picked up a few things from former Giants teammate Johnny Cueto, and they’re entertaining and effective stuff. Casilla did the shimmy Sunday while pitching to Atlanta’s Matt Kemp and [Read entire story]

A’s lose in 12; old friend Kurt Suzuki homers twice

The A’s lost their fifth straight game Sunday afternoon — their seventh straight at home — largely because Suzuki haunted his former team with two rare home runs that lifted Atlanta to a 4-3 victory in 12 [Read entire story]

A’s Yonder Alonso an All-Star: a first for first baseman

Yonder Alonso, whose career year has featured a new power stroke, is an All-Star for the first time. Alonso has 17 home runs after not reaching double figures in his first seven seasons. Being included in this [Read entire story]

Giants beat Rockies in 14; Span wins it

[...] . In one of the most disappointing seasons in Giants history, a two-game win streak is well worth celebrating, and the party broke out when the clock struck midnight. Gorkys Hernandez hit a one-out double off [Read entire story]

Giants calling up Jae-Gyun Hwang, showcasing Heliot Ramos

The Giants will call up Jae-gyun Hwang from Triple-A Sacramento and start him at third base Wednesday. Jae worked hard and gave up a lot (including lucrative offers in Korea) to pursue this. Hwang, 29, hit .287 with a [Read entire story]

Surprise party as Giants overwhelm Rockies

A starting pitcher who carried a shutout bid into the seventh inning. The Giants gave their fans a glimpse of better times when they rolled to a 9-2 victory over the Rockies in Monday night’s series opener at AT&T [Read entire story]

Giants’ Mark Melancon says story on stretch is a stretch

Mark Melancon said he was in on moving back the bullpen’s 3:30 p.m. stretch time, explaining that a later stretch gives relievers more time to receive treatment, work in the weight room and eat before taking the [Read entire story]

Giants fall to Braves 12-11, finish trip 1-7

The Giants waited through a 1-hour, 26-minute rain delay Thursday night, fell to the Braves 12-11 in a game that ended at 12:39 a.m. Friday and were to fly all night, arrive in San Francisco around sunrise and sleep fast [Read entire story]

On Brandon Belt and his barreled-bat percentage and exit velocity

ATLANTA - Brandon Belt has been making better contact lately, or so it appears, but the results aren’t always evident. Make a perfect shot in basketball, the ball goes in the hoop. Belt was out of the lineup in [Read entire story]

Giants lose in 11; don’t blame Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija was the latest pitcher to add to the Giants’ total Wednesday night by yielding three runs in seven innings, but it came in the Giants’ rain-delayed 5-3 loss to the Braves, so what good was it? Hunter [Read entire story]

Eduardo Nuñez wants to stay with Giants

ATLANTA — Third baseman Eduardo Nuñez is hoping for a longer-term relationship with the Giants, even though he might be mentioned in trade talk before the July 31 deadline and even though he’ll be a free agent after [Read entire story]

Giants’ Nuñez wants to get healthy, stay in SF

ATLANTA - Third baseman Eduardo Nuñez is hoping for a longer-term relationship with the Giants even though he might be mentioned in trade talk before the July 31 deadline, even though he’ll be a free agent after the [Read entire story]

Giants beat Braves; not a misprint

Brandon Belt hit a ball, and the second baseman threw it to the shortstop, who dropped it. After the two misplays, Austin Slater hit a three-run home run to erase a two-run deficit, and the Giants beat the Braves 6-3 on [Read entire story]

Kyle Crick replaces Derek Law in Giants’ bullpen

ATLANTA — Kyle Crick made a full-time transition from starter to reliever this year and put up his best minor-league numbers. Tuesday, he was rewarded with a promotion to the big leagues for the first time, proving [Read entire story]

Giants’ Bochy reacts to Maddon’s comments on Posey

ATLANTA — It has been six years, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon cited Buster Posey’s season-ending collision in 2011 when defending Anthony Rizzo for his part in a collision at the plate in Monday night’s Cubs-Padres [Read entire story]

Giants demote Law, call up Crick

The disappointing Giants, in their most disappionting stretch of one of their most disappointing seasons, demoted reliever Derek Law to Triple-A Sacramento a day after he gave up four runs without retiring a [Read entire story]

Giants lose again; how long will Cueto stick around?

ATLANTA — As the Giants enter the summer months and approach the trade deadline, they’ll be making decisions they haven’t made in a long time — at least since they started their run of three championships in [Read entire story]

MLB denies Stricklandin bid to cut 6-game ban

ATLANTA — Hunter Strickland and the Giants finally got word on the relief pitcher’s appeal on his six-game suspension: denied. Strickland will miss the four-game series in Atlanta, which started Monday night, and [Read entire story]

Appeal denied: Giants’ Strickland must serve 6-game suspension

ATLANTA - Hunter Strickland and the Giants finally got word on the relief pitcher’s appeal for his six-game suspension. Major League Baseball ruled Monday that Strickland is penalized all six games — he was seeking [Read entire story]