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SFG: San Francisco Giants: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Aug 31, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) is greeted by first baseman Brandon Belt (9) after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 31, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) is greeted by first baseman Brandon Belt (9) after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are an enigma. This season, they were the best team in baseball early on, but recently, they’ve looked like a desperate team searching for both answers and wins.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Channel 2012 San Francisco Giants in Comeback

May 30, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, and teammates celebrate after game seven of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

May 30, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, and teammates celebrate after game seven of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 96-88. Mandatory Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

In the 2015-16 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors faced a juxtaposition of theories. Some fans and NBA analysts believed that the Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Finals was a fluke and that they wouldn’t be able to repeat the success they had in the 2015-16 season, especially since winning back-to-back titles in the NBA is near impossible. Other fans and analysts believed that after the Warriors won an NBA record 73 games in the 2015-16 regular season, they were the clear favorites to win the 2016 NBA Finals.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants’ Homegrown Infield Set to Break Out in 2016

Jun 6, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) and second baseman Joe Panik (12) congratulate each other on a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Giants won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 6, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) and second baseman Joe Panik (12) congratulate each other on a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Giants won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With improved starting pitching and more speed and depth in the outfield, the San Francisco Giants sure look set to re-create some of that even-year magic this season.

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SFG: Angel Pagan Enters 2016 With New Role but Same Mindset

Jul 18, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 18, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Angel Pagan took a lot of pride in being the San Francisco Giants’ starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, but he will have to swallow some of that pride in 2016 though because he is about to take on a very different role this season than he has in the past for the Giants.

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SFG: Denard Span: Get to Know the Newest San Francisco Giant

Apr 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 3, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants continued their active offseason by agreeing to terms with outfielder Denard Span on Thursday to a three-year deal worth $31 million.

After signing marquee starting pitcher free agents Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to significant deals this offseason, the Giants only had one glaring hole left to fill before the start of the 2016 season. They had one spot in the outfield to fill, since they’re pretty set at every other position. Span fills that need and more.

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SFG: How Will Angel Pagan’s Return Impact the Giants?

Jul 18, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 18, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) looks on during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The injury bug has hit the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse hard in recent months, but the Giants could be getting a boost to their lineup today in the form of their resident spark plug: Angel Pagan.

Pagan has been on the DL since August 11th (retroactive to August 10th) with right patella tendinitis, also known as a sore right knee. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right knee to help the recovery process. He has dealt with several injuries this season, including a sore left knee earlier in the season.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants: 3 Keys to Finishing Out Season Strong

Aug 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates a home run with catcher Buster Posey (28) against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates a home run with catcher Buster Posey (28) against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are coming off a disappointing 3-7 road trip where they played the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs. The Giants have better records than both the Rangers and the Braves and have a similar record to the Cubs.

They ended the road trip by getting swept by the Cubs in their four-game series. The Giants entered the series with a half-game lead over the Cubs in the race for the second wild card spot in the National League, and they finished the series with a three-and-a-half game deficit.

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