National baseball writer/columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 29th year covering Giants, A's, 34th year covering ball.

Giants bring road woes home, lose to Reds 7-5 — Giants bring road woes home, lose to Reds 7-5 The Giants returned home to face the Reds Monday night and lost again 7-5, and Belt had no more reason to feel guilty. [...] a problem that plagued the pitching staff in San Diego, Boston and New York carried over to the homestand opener.

Giants react to Chapman-to-Cubs trade — The Giants spoke with the Yankees about Aroldis Chapman in the days leading up to the All-Star reliever's trade to the Cubs on Monday. The Yankees settled on a four-player package featuring highly regarded 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres, which the Yankees felt the Giants couldn't match.

Giants get good news on Pence, Panik, Duffy; and a lineup change — Giants get good news on Pence, Panik, Duffy; and a lineup change Three key position players, who have missed a combined 94 games while on the disabled list, have taken significant steps toward returning to the Giants. [...] baseman Joe Panik (concussion) was cleared to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.

Piazza discusses dwindling days with A's — Among Mike Piazza's stories about denying steroid use and homosexuality, taking up karate to prepare for a fight with Roger Clemens that never happened and a failed attempt by his dad to buy the Giants and move them to Florida, the former catcher discussed his brief time with the A's.

Family matters for Hall of Fame inductees Griffey, Piazza — Family matters for Hall of Fame inductees Griffey, Piazza The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Sunday at Cooperstown, and Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will acknowledge their fathers in induction speeches: Ken Griffey Sr., an All-Star on Cincinnati's Big Red Machine, and Vincent Piazza, a close friend of Tommy Lasorda.

A’s beat Rays in 13th on Crisp’s walk-off single — On Friday night at the Coliseum, the 6-foot-5 lefty dominated through a career-high eight innings, and the A's took another five innings to beat the Rays 1-0, courtesy of Coco Crisp's single in the 13th off Dylan Floro. Ryon Healy doubled to open the rally, and one out later Crisp collected his eighth career game-ending RBI, six of them with the A's.

A’s pregame notes: Semien’s off day, Gray’s funk, Reddick’s switch, Maxwell’s promotion — Manager Bob Melvin phoned Marcus Semien early Friday to tell him he was leaving the shortstop out of the A's lineup for the first time this season. Two straight games, 0-for-4 with two K's, couple errors, Semien said. Semien was the only player on the team to appear in the first 96 games, missing just three innings at shortstop.

Giants approaching trade deadline: ‘a very challenging market’ — Giants approaching trade deadline: 'a very challenging market' With right fielder Hunter Pence, second baseman Joe Panik and third baseman Matt Duffy shelved, the lineup is at less than full strength, and the front office has discussed scenarios to beef up various parts of the roster.

A’s struggle again on Sonny Gray’s day — While he gave up two more homers, his 14th and 15th, and threw his majors-leading 14th wild pitch, his record dipped to 4-9, his ERA soared to 5.49.

A’s pregame notes: Semien’s durability, Hahn’s return, Hill’s health, lineups — Semien's durability, Hahn's return, Hill's health, lineups [...] Washington gave him a break, though Semien did infield work during batting practice. Semien is the only A's player to appear in all 95 games, and Semien is making his 2017 debut as the leadoff hitter.
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Jul 27, 2016

Yet another home run given up (21st since break), this one by old friend Adam Duvall off Matt Cain, who threw his final pitch of the night.

Jul 26, 2016

Buster Posey ticked off at Billy Hamilton, so he steals third himself. As Bill King would have said . . .

Jul 26, 2016

And now Hamilton steals third. Took that one on Cain.

Jul 26, 2016

Upon further review, Buster Posey did not throw out Billy Hamilton.

Jul 26, 2016

Buster Posey throws out Billy Hamilton. The Reds don't believe it. We go to replay. Either way, heck of a quick and mighty throw.

Jul 26, 2016

Matt Cain has completed four innings for the first time in four starts, for the first time since May 21.

Jul 26, 2016

Votto homers off Cain. Giants have given up 20 HRs since break, 17 by starters.

Jul 26, 2016

Brandon Belt is a good dodgeball player. Giants 5, Reds 0.

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