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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]

Giants’ Denard Span on future move to left field: ‘no problem with it’

Denard Span has played 1,176 games in his big-league career, appearing in center field in all but 150. “He just asked me how I thought about the possibility of moving over to left field, and I told him I had no [Read entire story]

Newcomers Ryder Jones, Jarrett Parker help Giants rout A’s

The players, coaching staff, medical department and clubhouse personnel marched to left field at 4:45 p.m. for the annual team picture. Terrible seasons prompt tough decisions, and manager Bruce Bochy has been forced [Read entire story]

Matt Cain out of Giants’ rotation; Chris Stratton starts Saturday

Matt Cain has been removed from the rotation, again. Chris Stratton will take his place when he comes off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Diamondbacks. In the final year of his $127.5 million contract, [Read entire story]

John Shea: Giants, A’s plan to go younger; will it work?

Both the Giants and A’s want to get younger, which sounds strange on the surface, considering two vastly different bayside teams have a similar game plan. With just less than two months left in the season, both Bay [Read entire story]

Mark Canha returns to A’s: ‘Just going to enjoy myself and play baseball’

Mark Canha is hoping this third-time-is-a-charm business isn’t just a cliche but a reality. Canha hit .105 his first go-round with the A’s this season and .214 in his second stint, each resulting in demotions to [Read entire story]

Kendall Graveman feels good about returning to A’s rotation

Kendall Graveman is confident he’ll be healthy enough to stick in the rotation. “Yeah, it feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve been on the mound,” said Graveman, who has been on the disabled list twice [Read entire story]

A’s newcomer Dustin Fowler: ‘Good to have a team that wants me’

Several A’s players turned their attention to the big screen in the clubhouse when Sonny Gray was at his New York news conference, saying he was elated to be a Yankee. Meantime, one of the three prospects the A’s [Read entire story]

Semien hits grand slam, A’s beat Giants 8-5

Monday night, in the first of four straight games between his childhood team and his current team, Semien hit a grand slam to lift the A’s to an 8-5 victory before a Coliseum crowd of 38,391. To hit a grand slam — [Read entire story]

Rajai Davis HR gives Bob Melvin his 1,000th win

Bob Melvin’s emotions and reflections didn’t ignite when Rajai Davis’ walk-off home run was in flight. They first hit him on his drive to the Coliseum early Saturday. Melvin, a big fan of [Read entire story]

Yankees leading candidate in trade for pitcher Sonny Gray

How would Sonny Gray look in pinstripes? A’s fans probably would cringe at the thought. Monday’s trade deadline is getting closer, and so are the A’s and Yankees in talks on a Gray-to-the-Bronx [Read entire story]

A’s return home, fall to Twins 6-3

Bob Melvin didn’t win his 1,000th game, again. Sonny Gray didn’t get traded, at least as of this writing. And Santiago Casilla didn’t get another chance at a save, though he’s apparently still the closer. [Read entire story]

A’s to face old friend Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon will start Sunday against the A’s, and that’ll generate a few smiles in the home dugout. “I always knew when he didn’t want to come out of the game,” A’s manager Bob Melvin [Read entire story]

Bochy, Righetti ejected in Giants’ latest loss

In these gloomy times, when the plate umpire is calling balls on pitches in the strike zone, even an even-keeled manager can burst, and that’s what Bochy did in the second inning of Monday’s 10-3 loss to the Pirates [Read entire story]

Giants’ injured prospects ‘missing important playing time’

Joan Gregorio was suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. All had chances for serious big-league time, especially with the Giants buried in the cellar. “It would’ve been nice to have kept [Read entire story]

Sandoval return to Giants is official: ‘I learned my lesson’

Sandoval return to Giants is official: ‘I learned my lesson’ Will he learn how to produce again on the baseball field? Sandoval, who won three World Series rings in San Francisco and was the 2012 World Series MVP, [Read entire story]

Hundley wins it in 12th as Giants beat Padres 5-4

Pablo Sandoval plays Eduardo Nuñez’s position, and it’s no secret Nuñez could be dealt by the Giants before the July 31 trade deadline. “He deserves to be back,” Nuñez said after the Giants beat the Padres [Read entire story]

Giants fall to Padres, Madison Bumgarner still winless

The lefty gave up two more home runs, and the Giants were beaten 5-2 by the Padres. Bumgarner’s final pitch was a fastball to Cory Spangenberg, who smashed it to the deepest part of AT&T Park, a 428-foot drive to [Read entire story]