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Giants officially change name of home ballpark from AT&T to Oracle Park

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Giants officially change name of home ballpark from AT&T to Oracle Park

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new era of Giants baseball will come with a new name for the ballpark.

AT&T Park now will be known as Oracle Park, the Giants confirmed on Thursday.

The Giants have been quietly searching for a new partner with AT&T's deal ending after the 2019 season. The change will be effective immediately. 

The original naming rights deal was signed in 1996, and the ballpark previously has gone by Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park. It became clear to team officials late last year that AT&T no longer would be the partner going forward, and Oracle was a front-runner all along. Team president and CEO Larry Baer told the Chronicle that a deal came together over the holidays. 

"We really like the fact that Oracle is a local company," Baer told the Chronicle. "They're not going anywhere. We're not going anywhere."

Oracle, headquartered in Redwood Shores, has held the rights across the bay in Oakland. The Warriors are moving next door to the Giants next year, where they'll play at the Chase Center.

MLB power rankings 2019: Every team's standing one month into season

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MLB power rankings 2019: Every team's standing one month into season

As demoralizing as a bad stretch of baseball can be in April, you're never far out of it in the season's first month. 

The Red Sox got off to an awful start, but a hot weekend has them back within shouting distance of the Rays and Yankees. A winning streak from the Astros pulled them just about even with the Mariners, the hottest team around a couple weeks ago. The Dodgers lost six straight and then won six straight, getting back atop the NL West. 

There will be more separation in the coming weeks -- and teams like the Giants need to be careful not to fall eight or nine back -- but for now most of the division races are still closely grouped.

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Here's a rundown of all 30 teams. 

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Watch Giants end skid on perfect relay throw home to beat Pirates

Watch Giants end skid on perfect relay throw home to beat Pirates

What looked like a possible nightmare turned into triumph for the Giants on Sunday. 

With two outs and the Giants leading the Pirates 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, former San Francisco top draft prospect Bryan Reynolds stepped to the plate for Pittsburgh and looked to stay hot against his former franchise.

Reynolds rocketed a line drive down the right-field line off closer Will Smith. The rest was perfection for the Giants and pure ugliness for the Pirates.

Steven Duggar hit second baseman Joe Panik with a perfect relay throw as the Pirates' Jung Ho Kang raced around the bases. It's safe to say Kang should have stayed at third. Instead, he was out by a mile while trying to tie up the score, as Panik's throw to catch Buster Posey easily beat him to the plate.

[RELATED: Watch Posey end homer drought with three-run dinger]

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Giants, who are 2-4 on their current road trip. They head to Toronto for two more games away from San Francisco.