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Live coverage: Brewers at Giants

The Milwaukee Brewers will try to end their seven-game West Coast trip on a high note as they take on the San Francisco Giants at 2:45 p.m. at AT&T Park.

Giants notes: What does Hunter Pence think of Michael Morse becoming a Dodger? Plus Bochy expects trade market to pick up, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO – Michael Morse received loud cheers when he played at AT&T Park with the Miami Marlins earlier this season. And according to Hunter Pence, that shouldn’t change now that Morse is a Dodger. Giants fans solidly booed former… Continue Reading → The post Giants notes: What does Hunter Pence think of Michael Morse becoming a Dodger? Plus Bochy expects trade market to pick up, etc. appeared first on Giants Extra.
San Francisco Chronicle 38 mins ago

Bochy doesn’t rule out “major” trade by Friday’s deadline

Yes, the Giants have climbed into the thick of the National League West race. They trail the Dodgers by only a half-game entering Wednesday’s matinee against Milwaukee in China Basin. But, no, the Giants are not averse to making a “major” trade before Friday’s non-waiver deadline. That was manager Bruce Bochy’s message in his pregame session with reporters. Manager Bruce Bochy says the Giants could swing a significant trade before Friday’s deadline. (Getty photo) “Really, if there was something that made sense and it was a major deal, it would get done,” Bochy said. “I...

Dodgers trade for ex-Giant and anti-Giant

The Giants haven’t made a trade yet, but the first-place Dodgers - first place by a half-game entering Wednesday - have cut a deal with the Marlins that’s definitely getting the attention of Giants fans. One ex-Giant and one anti-Giant are going to the Dodgers. The first is outfielder Michael Morse, whose pinch home run in October tied the pennant-clinching game and set the stage for Travis Ishikawa’s historic dance-off homer that lifted the Giants past St. Louis and into the World Series. The other guy is Mat Latos. ...
San Francisco Chronicle 4 hours ago

Optimism on rotation

A lot of talk has surfaced that the Giants will need a No. 2 starter behind Madison Bumgarner to improve their playoff run. Indeed, the team has spoken with the Phillies about Cole Hamels, sources confirmed Tuesday, but isn’t in a desperate position to cut a deal. The Giants consider their rotation deeper this year, if only because Chris Heston and Matt Cain weren’t part of last year’s stretch drive, and Heston certainly has been pitching like a No. 2 starter in his rookie season. Manager Bruce Bochy commended Heston for pitching a quick seventh inning...
San Jose Mercury News 4 hours ago

New era dawns with Coach Tomsula -- and without Frank Gore, Justin Smith, linemen

Training camp affords ascending players a chance to seize open jobs. The 49ers have a few vacancies, if you blindly missed this offseason's exodus.

New era dawns with Coach Tomsula -- and without Frank Gore, Justin Smith, linemen

Training camp affords ascending players a chance to seize open jobs. The 49ers have a few vacancies, if you blindly missed this offseason's exodus. No departure defines the 49ers' new era more than that of Frank Gore, who left in… Continue Reading →
San Jose Mercury News 4 hours ago

Top 5 questions heading into 49ers training camp

Here are the top five questions entering 49ers training camp, with full-squad practices beginning Saturday:1.

Top 5 questions heading into 49ers training camp

Here are the top five questions entering 49ers training camp, with full-squad practices beginning Saturday: 1. Is NaVorro Bowman ready to go? Bowman's comeback appeared on track all offseason, and the 49ers must keep close watch on his reconstructed left… Continue Reading →

49ers linebacker play could go either way

With a return to his prior self, NaVorro Bowman could also fill a leadership role (ESPN).Could the 49ers’ 2015 season hinge on what their linebackers do? Maybe. The return of inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman cannot be over-estimated. Can Bowman replicate his potential defensive player of the year performance before his horrendous knee injury in the 2013 NFC title game? If he can, the pieces for the 49ers defense can fall into place. Previously, the defense was designed to funnel runs to the inside backers and that’s the style new defensive coordinator Eric Mangini knows well after growing...

Cain's shaky start may force the issue on Giants acquiring another starter

No opuses tonight with a day game Wednesday and not much action in Tuesday night's 5-2 comedown against the Brewskies. What can be said is this, once seeing Matt Cain labor through another uncertain start: The Giants won't be winning… Continue Reading → The post Cain's shaky start may force the issue on Giants acquiring another starter appeared first on Giants Extra.
San Francisco Chronicle 14 hours ago

Automated balls and strikes not just a gimmick

I made sure to pack a number of things on my visit to baseball history Tuesday, including sunscreen, plenty of bottled water and an open mind. All of it came in handy. The scene at San Rafael’s Albert Park was going to be steamy, radical and futuristic, and when it was over — after every ball and strike had been called by a computer — it didn’t seem so terribly disturbing. As the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals went about their business in a Pacific Association independent league game, a few hundred fans and media witnessed the first computerized umpiring in...
San Jose Mercury News 14 hours ago

Brewers beat Giants 5-2

Giants general manager Bobby Evans could be stepping up his time on the phone searching for a starting pitcher on Wednesday, if he didn't start in the middle of Tuesday night's sobering 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park.
San Francisco Chronicle 15 hours ago

Giants miss out on first place — lose 5-2

Giants fans became A’s fans Tuesday night. Big supporters of Sonny Gray, Josh Reddick and the other Oakland folks who suited up at Dodger Stadium. The fast-charging Giants were a half-game behind the first-place Dodgers with a chance to assume the National League West’s top spot for the first time since May 29. The A’s did their part, beating the Dodgers 2-0. The Giants didn’t do their own part, however. Their 5-2 loss to the Brewers kept them in second place, a rare downer for a team that had won 12 of 13 while outscoring their...
San Jose Mercury News 15 hours ago

A's Sonny Gray tosses 3-hitter as Oakland blanks Los Angeles Dodgers

Sonny Gray gets his 11th win in a 2-0 shutout against the Dodgers.

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