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Giants’ bats betray Cain in 2-0 loss to Braves

The Giants returned to China Basin on Friday night, after a promising-turned-mediocre trip to St. Louis and Chicago, and rediscovered two inescapable truths. Namely, Matt Cain still pitches dramatically better at home [Read entire story]

Bumgarner likely to begin playing catch soon

Sometime in the next five days, before the calendar reaches June, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner could take a significant step in his recovery from a sprained left shoulder — play catch. Bumgarner probably will play [Read entire story]

Positional height advantage key to Warriors GM’s philosophy

Positional height advantage key to Warriors GM’s philosophy Long ago, when he was an unheralded UCLA forward and not one of the NBA’s most accomplished executives, Warriors general manager Bob Myers learned the [Read entire story]

Gray picks up first win as A’s thump Red Sox

Other major-league teams might see the Coliseum as an antiquated, broken-down bowl of gray alongside Interstate 880. Sonny Gray pocketed his first win of the season and Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chad Pinder smacked [Read entire story]

Warriors’ under-the-radar moves pay off

Outside the Bay Area, it’s easy for NBA fans to resent the greatest show on hardwood. Start with Draymond Green’s wayward kicks last postseason. [...] add Zaza Pachulia’s closeout heard ’round the world, even [Read entire story]

Warriors’ McCaw does best Iguodala imitation in Game 2 win

Patrick McCaw had become the invisible man in this Warriors postseason stampede. [...] with 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala sidelined by a sore knee in Game 2, here came McCaw — suddenly plopped into the heart of [Read entire story]

Simmons to start for Spurs in place of Leonard

Jonathon Simmons will start for the Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, replacing injured Kawhi Leonard in the lineup for San Antonio. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made the announcement [Read entire story]

Pachulia responds to Popovich: “I’m not a dirty player”

[...] much for the boring NBA playoffs. San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich ratcheted up the volume Monday, accusing Warriors center Zaza Pachulia of an “unsportsmanlike” play Sunday in Game 1. The incident [Read entire story]

Stephen Curry to appear on “Feherty” talk show Monday

Stephen Curry showed off his basketball skills again Sunday, scoring 40 points in the Warriors’ win in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, but he will discuss another passion in a televised interview Monday: The [Read entire story]

After Warriors come out flat, Curry, Durant take over

The Warriors can print all the “Strength in Numbers” T-shirts they want. Sometimes, they simply need their scorers — the MVPs, the big shots — to take control. “Without those guys, we wouldn’t have been in [Read entire story]

Ex-St. Mary’s guard Patty Mills steps in and takes charge

Nearly 10 years ago, when the unassuming kid from Australia arrived in Moraga to play college basketball at St. Mary’s, he caused barely a ripple on the Bay Area sports scene. Sunday afternoon, when Patty Mills walks [Read entire story]

Fulmer, Tigers smother A’s in homestand opener

Céspedes himself remains on the disabled list for the Mets, trying to recover from a strained hamstring. [...] pitcher Michael Fulmer, the prized prospect the Tigers acquired for Céspedes not quite two years ago, [Read entire story]

Doolittle “encouraged” by shoulder diagnosis

Not surprisingly, A’s reliever Sean Doolittle was frustrated and angry when he landed on the disabled list this week with a strained left shoulder. Unlike past shoulder trouble involving his rotator cuff and labrum, [Read entire story]

Jazz puts up fight, but can’t overcome slow start

[...] again early in the fourth, they climbed out of one more sizable hole to momentarily scare the capacity crowd. [...] yes, the gentlemen from Salt Lake City did offer resistance to the express train known as the [Read entire story]

Ian Clark explains workings of Warriors’ 2nd unit

Just imagine the momentary relief opponents must feel when they spot Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant on the bench to start the second and fourth quarters. Just imagine the enduring frustration those same opponents feel [Read entire story]

Warriors’ Green dominates on offense, defense in Game 1

In a dizzying stretch to start Tuesday night’s second quarter, Warriors forward Draymond Green jammed the breadth of his skills into a quick highlight reel. Green blocked Derrick Favors’ shot, corralled two [Read entire story]

Kerr will not attend Game 1 of Warriors-Jazz series

Mike Brown will serve as acting head coach of the Warriors at home for the first time Tuesday night — and Brown won’t have the chance to consult with Steve Kerr in person before Game 1 against Utah. Kerr will not be [Read entire story]

Warriors to face Jazz in Western Conference semifinals

[...] much for Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and long-simmering hostilities with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors will meet the Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals, starting Tuesday at Oracle Arena, after Utah [Read entire story]

Giants blow late lead, fall 5-2 to Padres

Myers’ blast sailed over the left-field wall, scored Cory Spangenberg and Erick Aybar (who had both singled) and sent fans streaming toward the exits. Most notably, pitcher Madison Bumgarner took a regrettable [Read entire story]

Giants blow late lead, fall 5-2 to Padres

Myers’ blast sailed over the left-field wall, scored Cory Spangenberg and Erick Aybar (who had both singled) and sent fans streaming toward the exits. Most notably, pitcher Madison Bumgarner took a regrettable [Read entire story]