Giants Top Rangers 4-1 in World Series Rematch

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Giants v. Rangers, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Continue Dominance of Rangers, Win 4-1

In the first televised game of the San Francisco Giants 2011 Cactus League campaign, the Giants emerged victorious in their World Series rematch against the Texas Rangers by a score of 4-1.

All of the Giants runs came in the fifth inning, capped off by a two run double by Cody Ross and a two run Pat Burrell blast to right field. Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly tweeted this about Burrell after his homer:

Burrell happy with his night. “Got a couple hits against Texas. First hits against them in two years. Too bad they don’t count.”

Too bad indeed. As for the pitching staff Jonathan Sanchez had a decent night, going four full innings and allowed two hits, one run, one walk, and five strikeouts. Jeremy Affeldt also had a nice two inning outing, allowing one hit with no runs and two strikeouts.

It was really nice to hear Mike Krukow and Duane Kiper on television again, especially when they were doing in game interviews with a lot of the Giants, including Bruce Bochy. During the broadcast Boch said that the team has a bit of a swagger to them seeing that they’re World Champions, but aren’t being arrogant about it. He explained they brought a chip on their shoulder to camp because no one thinks they can repeat, but we all know how this team does as the underdog.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored, he also stole a base in the fifth inning. Love to see him run the bases and play the field now, he really has impressed me so far (hence the PANDA WATCH in every wrap up).

The Giants will head to the Peoria Sports Complex tomorrow to take on the Seattle Mariners for the second time in three days. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT).

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Giants v. Rangers, Spring Training Preview: World Series Rematch in Meaningless Form

Tonight’s matchup of the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers is the first meeting of these two teams since November 1, 2010, the last meaningful game for either of these teams. And although it’s only Spring Training and this game is essentially meaningless, it’s still a chance to remember last season’s epic culmination at the Rangers expense.

Tonight is the first televised game of the Giants Cactus League season, with the first pitch scheduled at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT) on CSN Bay Area, as well as mlb.tv (for paid subscribers). Mike Krukow and Duane Kiper will get the call as Jonathan Sanchez will start for the Giants and Alexi Ogando will get the start for the Rangers. Here are the lineups:

Giants:
CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Cody Ross
LF Pat Burrell
SS Mark DeRosa
1B Brandon Belt,
DH Travis Ishikawa
C Chris Stewart
P Jonathan Sanchez

Rangers:
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
RF Nelson Cruz
DH Michael Young
1B Mitch Moreland
C Matt Treanor
3B Chris Davis
CF Julio Borbon
P Alexi Ogando

That’s a lot of guys that played in the World Series, should be a nice day to reminisce and bask in the glory of last season’s championship.

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Giants v. Mariners, Spring Training Scores: Giants Beat Mariners 6-1 Behind Timmy's 7 K's

Tim Lincecum had a another nice showing today, going 3 2/3 innings allowing three hits, no runs, three walks, and a whopping seven strikeouts as the San Francisco Giants beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 at Scottsdale Stadium. The Mariners had their opportunites against Lincecum, including a loaded bases situation against Timmy in the 3rd, but he got out of it with back-to-back strikeouts with his devastating change-up. Lincecum was also one pitch away from getting four strikeouts in the forth inning after a past ball third strike against Seattle’s Jack Cust advanced him to first base.

Brian Wilson made his Spring Training debut today pitching one full inning no hits, no runs, and two strikeouts. Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly tweeted this after the game:

Brian Wilson on first inning since World Series clincher: "Picked up where I left off. I like it.

After some criticism of Miguel Tejada’s fielding abilities by beat writer Andrew Baggerly, he made an excellent leaping catch in the first inning to rob Seattle’s Adam Kennedy of a hit and force a double play. He followed that up with a huge two RBI triple in the 3rd inning. Buster Posey smashed a 2 RBI double off the right field wall in the fifth inning making it 7 RBI thus far is Spring Training for him.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo Sandoval confidently blasted a fastball for an RBI single scoring Buster from second base in the second inning, he also reached base on a fielding error in the 6th. Kung Fu also made an agile leaping grab in the fifth inning robbing Milton Bradley of a base hit. With all the weight loss his mobility and range on the field have definitely increased.

Jonathan Sanchez will get the start for the Giants tomorrow as they face the Texas Rangers for their first World Series rematch at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT). It will be the first televised game for the G-Men in Spring Training and will air on CSN Bay Area.

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Giants v. Mariners, Spring Training Preview: Timmy Squares Off With His Hometown Mariners

Tim Lincecum is slated for his third start of the 2011 Cactus League schedule today as the San Francisco Giants face the Seattle Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium. Lincecum, who is from Renton, WA and a University of Washington alumni, is looking to shut down his hometown team and continue his progress towards a successful regular season.The Giants are off to a 7-3 start in their first 10 Spring Training games and hope to continue that success against a Seattle team that has started 3-3-1 (no extra innings in early Spring Training games). Southpaw Nate Robinson will get the start for the Mariners today.

Today’s lineup for the Giants:

CF Darren Ford
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey
RF Cody Ross
3B Pablo Sandoval
DH Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
2B Mike Fontenot
P Tim Lincecum

First pitch is at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) and will be broadcast live on KNBR 680. Tomorrow will be the Giants first televised Spring Training game of the year as they meet the Texas Rangers in a World Series rematch at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT) and can be seen on CSN Bay Area.

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Giants v A's, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Stagnant Offense Leads to 6-0 Loss to A's

The San Francisco Giants got off to a very slow start at Phoenix Municipal Stadium today and could never recover as they lost to the cross town Oakland A’s by a score of 6-0. The game had a nice mid-season feel to it with John Miller and Mike Krukow on the mic for KNBR today, and with the lack of offense by the G-Men it even had that torturous, mid-season, Giants’ baseball feeling to it as well.

Madison Bumgarner had a decent start for the Giants, going a full three innings allowing two hits and an unearned run, one walk, and one strikeout. Ramon Ramirez on the other hand, had a bit of a rough outing. In 1 and 2/3 innings Ramirez gave up three hits and three earned runs, while walking one and striking out two. Giants pitching walked 8 batters this afternoon, not exactly what Giants fans are used to seeing. Miguel Tejada, Brandon Belt, and Mark DeRosa each had a single, and that was about it for the Giants offense. San Francisco loaded the bases in the top of the 8th and the 9th but couldn’t deliver. The Giants also committed 4 errors as well.

The A’s Brett Anderson did very well against the Giants today in his three innings of work, allowing only a single hit, one walk, and five strikeouts. The A’s scored their six runs off of 6 hits.

In injury news Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly tweeted that Matt Cain will miss his next start on Tuesday due to inflammation in his right elbow. Baggerly spoke with pitching coach Dave Righetti today who said Cain played some catch from about 60 feet and felt no pain, and will toss from about 90 feet tomorrow with a possibility of some flat-ground pitching. Definitely nothing to panic about, but definitely not a good thing.

Tim Lincecum will get the start for the Giants tomorrow as they host the Seattle Mariners at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) at Scottsdale Stadium.

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Giants v. A's, 2011 Spring Training Preview: Battle of the Bay in Arizona

2011 Spring Training is now well underway, and for bay area sports fans they get their first chance to renew the rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s as they are set to square off at Phoenix Municipal Stadium today at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT). Both teams are off to a good start in their Cactus League schedule so far, and I bet neither one would like to lose to one another. Even though it’s only Spring Training, I love the rivalry games (like last night ‘s win against the Dodgers) and these two teams have one of the best rivalries in all of baseball. Maybe a little Bay Area World Series preview? I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Here are you lineups for today’s game:
Giants:
CF Rowand
2B Sanchez
SS Tejada
LF Burrell
3B DeRosa
1B Belt
RF Schierholtz
DH Whiteside
C Stewart
P Bumgarner

A’s
CF Crisp
1B Barton
2B Ellis
DH Willingham
3B LaRoche
RF Taylor
C Powell
LF Choice
SS Sogard
P Anderson

Should be a good game, live broadcast can be found on KNBR 680. Can’t Wait ! (Bart Scott voice)

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Giants v. Dodgers, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Giants Get Second Win Today, Beat Dodgers 5-3

The second half of a split squad day for the San Francisco Giants produced another Buster Posey home run, Thomas Neal’s first Spring Training homer, and a Giants win 5-3 over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. I had to listen to a Dodgers radio broadcast to catch this game (I know, gross) but the G-Men getting their second win of the day was worth the listen.

Barry Zito had a much better day then his first outing last week, going 3 full innings allowing two hits, one run, one walk, and two strikeouts. Zito admitted that he was more “results orientated” today after the talk of him being dumped by the Giants a few days ago.

Besides the homers by Posey and Ford, the Giants scored their first run via a Matt Kemp throwing error on a Travis Ishikawa single scoring Cody Ross who reached base on a HBP. The others were by a Mike Fontenot 2 run single in the top of the 7th during a perfectly executed double steal by Darren Ford and Emmanuel Burriss. Even though its only spring training, it’s nice to see the Giants taking care of the little things, especially against the hated Dodgers.

The Dodgers made a come back effort by loading the bases in the bottom of the 8th, but Jason Stoffel pitched his way out of it by striking out Juan Castro.

The Giants will have their first Bay Area battle of their young 2011 season when they face the Oakland A’s tomorrow at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. First pitch is slated for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT).

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Giants v. Brewers, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Belt Hits A Bomb, Giants Drop Brewers 7-2

The San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt launched his first Spring Training homer, capping off a 5 run 1st inning that lead the Giants a dominating 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium. Every starter besides catcher Chris Stewart got a hit today for the split squad Giants, who will have their second team play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT) tonight.

The well rounded offensive day looked like this: Brandon Belt finished the day 2-4 with 2 RBI, Mark DeRosa was 1-2 with a 2 RBI double and a walk, Pat Burrell, Freddy Sanchez, and Aaron Rowand all were 1-4 with an RBI a piece; in fact the only starter to record a strikeout the plate was Rowand. These are the kind of games that make you have to take a step back and tell yourself, “it’s only Spring Training, relax.”

Jeff Suppan had another nice start for the Giants today, getting the win in 3 full innings, allowing only one hit and no runs, walks, or strikeouts.Jeremy Affeldt had a interesting inning giving up 2 hits and an earned run, one walk and one strikeout.

As I previously mentioned, the Giants will face the hated Dodgers tonight at Camelback Ranch for the second half of their spilt squad day. Here is the lineup for the G-Men this evening:

CF Ford
SS Fontenot
3B Sandoval
C Posey
RF Ross
1B Ishikawa
DH Eldred
LF Neal
2B Burriss
P Zito

Tonight’s game won’t have any radio or TV coverage, but we’ll have a full post-game recap for your reading pleasure.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Brian Wilson Ready to Go Sunday

After beginning his 2011 Spring Training with some back issues, eccentric closer Brian Wilson will make his Spring Training debut on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners after he threw a live batting practice session at full strength yesterday to some hand picked Giants batters. Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa, and Mark DeRosa were all selected to be shut down by Wilson and his devastating filth.

Here’s what Wilson told San Jose Mercury beat writter Andrew Baggerly about his choices:

“All quality hitters,” Wilson said. “Guys were getting good swings, as they usually do. I wanted to face those specific guys. DeRosa is a professional hitter, Freddy, jeez, he has a batting title, Ishi we all know gives you a great left-handed at-bat off the bench and Huff’s one of the best lefty hitters in the league.”

According to Baggerly, Wilson looked to be back to full strength:

Wilson looked great today while throwing to hitters. He was exploding off the mound, throwing with maximum effort and running it up there pretty good. Cutter and slider had plenty of movement. Fastball appeared to have life.

It doesn’t take long for Brian to get back into his top form because this guy is a flat out horse. He brings it even in Spring Training BP sessions, where he apparently gave up only a few hard hits to his teammates, and it really was only a few. Wilson’s nice showing produced a sigh of relief for the coaching staff as well as Giants fans, but it also got a different reaction from Aubrey Huff:

“I’m starting to question if he was even hurt,” Huff joked.

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Giants v. Rockies, 2011 Spring Training Scores: Posey, Ford Homer, Giants Top Rockies 7-5

Another day, another NL West opponent, another win for the San Francisco Giants.

It was a beautiful day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, and with the Giants taking out their NL West rival Colorado Rockies 7-5, it made the day just that much better. With Matt Cain missing his start due to inflammation in his right elbow, Ryan Vogelsong stepped in admirably pitching three scoreless innings with two stirkeouts and one walk. Cain will hopefully only miss one start.

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey blasted a two run center field bomb in the in the 3rd and finished the day 2-3 including a single and a walk. Darren Ford flexed some muscle with a left filed homer in the 3rd, as well as a single and stolen base in the 1st, he finished the day 2-4. Emmanuel Burriss had himself a great day, going 2-2 with an RBI single in the 2nd and an RBI triple in the 4th. Thomas Neal had an RBI single in the 7th.

The Giants held the Rockies hitless until Todd Helton hit a leadoff, stand-up double in the bottom of the 5th off Sergio Romo. Giants lefty Alex Hinshaw gave up 4 runs in the 8th to bring the Rocks back into the game. Colorado added another run in the 9th, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo Sandoval was robbed on two hard hit balls, but he looked good doing so, so he is forgiven.

The Giants move to 5-2 in the Cactus League and will have their first split squad day of 2011 Spring Training tomorrow as they face the Milwaukee Brewers at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT) and the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT). Jeff Suppan will get the start against the Brewers who give the ball to Tim Dillard for the start. Barry Zito will get the start against the Dodgers and thier starter Jon Garland.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Giants Beat Diamondbacks 4-2

In their first night game of the Cactus League the San Francisco Giants took out a split squad Arizona Diamondback team 4-2 at Scottsdale Stadium.

Jonathan Sanchez went three full innings for the Giants giving up four hits and two runs (one earned) striking out three Diamondbacks and walking one. Jeremy Affeldt had his first appearance of spring training pitching a perfect 4th inning for the G-Men.

Freddy Sanchez made some nice contact in the 1st inning for a single while bunting himself on in the 2nd. San Jose Mercury News beat writer Andrew Baggerly had a funny tweet about Sanchez’s at-bat in the 4th inning:

Freddy Sanchez had one of best hit-and-run protection swings ever. Literally jumped to foul off high fastball. Pinata swing. Candy came out.

Just another way Freddy gets it done. Nice showing by Sanchez.

Non-roster invitee Chris Stewart went 3-2 from the plate including a huge 2 RBI triple in the 2nd inning, and added a double in the 6th. Aaron Rowand had a sacrifice fly in the 2nd, Charlie Culberson had an RBI double in the 6th. Eli Whiteside had a couple of AB’s but still can’t return to his catching duties until his throwing elbow is back to 100%.Cody Ross had a single and two walks while Brandon Belt had an 8th inning single, making it 4-9 thus far for him in Cactus League action. He also stole a base.

PANDA WATCH: Pablo Sandoval was the DH today, going 1-2 with a single for the day. Pablo is staying hot and I like it.

The Giants will face the Colorado Rockies tomorrow, first pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PT (1:05 MT). The Giants will have Ryan Vogelsong getting the start, Matt Cain will get the day off due to elbow inflammation. Jorge de la Rosa will get the start for the Rockies.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Giants Face D'Backs in First Night Game of Spring Training

The San Francisco Giants spring training schedule keeps on keeping on this evening as the G-Men square off with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third time in five spring training games at Scottsdale Stadium. This will be the first night game for both teams thus far in the Cactus League, with Arizona taking part with a split-squad. Jonathan Sanchez will be the starter for the Giants and Zach Duke will start for the Diamondbacks. A few of the starters (most notably Buster Posey) will get a night off but will participate in full practice with the team today. Freddy Sanchez is in his second start of spring training, look for him to get some good wood at the plate with his rehabbed should getting closer to 100%.

First pitch will be at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT) this evening.

Starting lineup for your San Francisco Giants:

CF Rowand
2B Sanchez
1B Huff
SS Tejada
RF Ross
3B DeRosa
RF Schierholtz
C Stewart
P J. Sanchez

And with all of the Barry Zito shenanigans that have been stirred up today, stay with SB Nation Bay Area for all of the latest info as it happens.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Barry Zito Buyout? I'm Not Buying It

Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle reported today San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito is allegedly “walking a fine line with the organization” and the team is considering buying out the last three years of his 7 year, $126 million contract and cut him loose all together.

Really??

Well according to Jenkins, the team is serious.

Jenkins uses phrases like ’a healthy sense of urgency" and ’the fan base has completely given up on him" to drive his point home, while using players like Jeff Suppan or AAA lefty Clayton Tanner as possible replacements for the 5th spot on the roster.

Really??

Personally, I’m not buying it Bruce.

Aaron Gleeman on NBC Sports Hardball Talk made some very compelling counter-arguments in his piece today, including the fact that Suppan hasn’t had an ERA under Zito’s 2010 mark (4.15) since 2006. Yes, he is grossly overpaid but he still is a decent 5th starter, and in actuality, he’s probably one of the better 5th starters in the league. How many 5th starters right now have a Cy Young Award? Not too many (if any at all).

The $65 million Zito is still owed over the next few years is a whole lot, but unless something better than Jeff Suppan comes around Zito should probably stay. As a Giants fan, I haven’t given up on Zito, in fact I still have faith in Zito. Well, I have enough faith in him that he won’t single-handedly lose us games and can give the G-Men around six good innings every 5th day. He’s not the Zito he once was, everyone knows this. But he can be the Zito who’s better then the Jeff Suppans and Todd Wellemeyers of the world, which is alright with me.

I’m all for cutting costs and trying to make the team better, but I don’t feel dumping Zito right now would be anything but a panic move because he walked some people in spring training. Everything around Zito is so magnified because of his egregious contract (which was the Giants’ fault for signing, not Zito’s). In a perfect world I’d like to see that contract restructured to save the team money, and take some pressure off Zito, but would you give up millions of dollars that is basically guaranteed? Didn’t think so.

Fault the team for the terrible contract, not the player who has been haunted by his unprecedented success of a couple of seasons in Oakland.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Pablo Stays Hot, Giants Fall to Cubs 3-2

Despite a late inning push by the San Francisco Giants they came up just short as they lost a close one to the Chicago Cubs 3-2. Today was probably the least productive day thus far for the Giants’ offense with only 6 hits and 2 runs, but there were some definite positives to take away.

Tim Lincecum had a strong outing for the Giants going three full innings allowing no hits or walks while striking out two Diamondbacks. Today was also the first game the Giants haven’t had a DH, so Timmy got himself an AB this afternoon, producing a strikeout. Madison Bumgarner had a decent day for the Giants pitching two plus innings allowing six hits and 3 earned runs but had four strikeouts as well. Good sign that MadBum is getting some K’s under his belt before the regular season.

Freddy Sanchez had a couple of nice at bats, getting some solid contact off of Ryan Demptster in the 1st inning, but ended the day 0-3. Good to see Freddy’s shoulder isn’t inhibiting his swing and that he will be raring to go come opening day. Thomas Neal had his first hit of Spring Training, an RBI single in the 8th inning.

Pablo Sandoval continued his terrific Spring Training start going 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI. His double in the 4th inning was a deep shot to center that with a little more breeze would probably have been a homer. I think it’s safe to say folks, Panda Watch is in full effect. Keep your eye on him.

Former Giant Todd Wellemeyer pitched a couple of innings against the G-Men this afternoon allowing only one hit with two strikeouts. Unfortunately for the Cubs Spring Training is the only time Wellemeyer has scoreless outings, no matter how short they are.

The Giants will face the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third time in five days tomorrow for their first night game of Spring Training at 6:05 PT (7:05 MT). The Giants will have Jonathan Sanchez starting with Zach Duke getting the nod for the D’Backs.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Freddy Sanchez Gets First Start Against Cubs

The San Francisco Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez will get his first Cactus League start of the season today against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium. Since having off-season shoulder surgery in December Sanchez has been doing rehab and slowly increasing his level of baseball activities, although his shoulder has affected his hitting more than his fielding/throwing. But after taking part in practice at full strength last week (including live BP) Freddy will get the start at second for the G-Men.

This game also involves a mini-duel between the Giants Tim Lincecum and the Cubs Ryan Dempster, both elite pitchers in the National League who are looking to have big seasons for their respective clubs. Let’s see if either of them will go a full three innings, the maximum usually allowed pitchers this time of year.

The lineup for the Giants will be:

F. Sanchez 2B
Tejada SS
Huff 1B
Posey C
Ross RF
Burrell LF
Sandoval 3B
Rowand CF
Lincecum P

First pitch is at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT). You can listen live for FREE thanks to the Giants' G-Cast right here. 

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Zito Struggles, Belt Shines, Giants Win 10-9

It was a slug-fest at Scottsdale Stadium this afternoon, and it came down to the very last batter to decide a winner.

Despite a bottom of the ninth scare by the Milwaukee Brewers the San Francisco Giants squeaked out a 10-9 victory with catcher Jackson WIlliams throwing out the Brewers’ Thomas Mittlestaedt for the final out of the game.

Barry Zito had a rough time in his first Spring Training outing of the year, walking 5 of the 13 batters he faced as well as 3 hits and 2 earned runs in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched; not exactly the vote of confidence the Giants were looking for from Zito. Zito also shared some words with Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, who you may remember has beef with Zito, or Zito has beef with him (depends on how it’s construed).

But another veteran, Jeff Suppan, had an excellent outing, pitching a flawless 3 innings allowing no hits or walks while striking out 2 Brewers. The 36 year old Suppan was signed to a Minor League contract and is looking to work his way onto the Giants’ Major League roster. Days like this are going to help his chances significantly.

Mark DeRosa continued his hot Cactus League start with a 5th inning home run that brought his batting average up to .750 in four Spring Training games thus far. Brandon Belt had an impressive day in his first Spring Training start with 4 RBIs, going 3-5 highlighted by a 3 RBI double in the 7th. The Giants scored 6 runs in that inning that included RBIs by youngsters Terry Evans and Francisco Peguero.

Andrew Baggerly of the San Jose Mercury News tweeted an astute observation about Pablo Sandoval and his new physique:

Pablo Sandoval dropped almost 40 lbs over the winter. He’ll look even skinnier if he gets on base and stands next to Prince Fielder.

And when he singled in the 3rd inning:

Pablo Sandoval singles. He looks like Kate Moss standing next to Prince.

Gives the rest of us who haven’t seen Pablo in person yet a nice visualization of Kung Fu Panda’s transformation.

The next game for the G-Men is tomorrow against the Chicago Cubs at 12:05 PT (1:05 MT). Tim Lincecum will be getting his second start of Spring Training for San Francisco while Ryan Dempster will get the nod for Chicago.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Giants Blow Lead in 8th, Lose to Diamondbacks 4-3

After starting their Cactus League schedule looking very good, the San Francisco Giants suffered their first loss of their 2011 campaign. The GIants blew a three run lead in the bottom of the 8th inning their Spring Training games as they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 4-3 loss at the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale Arizona

With RBI singles by Ryan Rohinger and Emmanuel Burriss, and another Kung Fu Panda home run it was looking good for the G-Men headed into the bottom of the 8th. Then Casilla and Hinshaw gave up 4 earned runs in that inning eventually leading to a disappointing loss for the Giants (even though these games don’t matter).

Matt Cain had his first session in the Cactus League and went two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one stirkeout.

San Francisco looks to continue their Cactus League success as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers with Barry Zito getting the start for the Giants as Shawn Marcum will get the start for the Brewers.

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training: Giants Make it 2-0, Beat Dodgers 8-3

Another cloudy February day in Scottsdale, another win for the San Francisco Giants.

Behind a Nate Schierholtz triple, a Pablo Sandoval Homer, and a couple of RBI’s peppered in by Huff, DeRosa, and Torres, the Giants took out their in-state nemesis the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 8-3. Jonathan Sanchez started the game for the G-Men and lasted 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 4 hits, no runs, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout in his first action of the Cactus League season.

Mark DeRosa is showing some promise through two games of the preseason, going 3-3 today and 4-5 overall in his first two games. This is the kind of production the Giants are going to need form him once the regular season starts, lets hope that wrist is finally healed.

San Francisco will be heading out on the road tomorrow (a couple of blocks) to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the brand baseball complex and staium built for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies as their Spring Training headquarters (which supposedly is really sweet). First pitch is at 12:10 PT (1:10 MT) with Matt Cain starting for the Giants and Ian Kennedy starting for the D'Backs.

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Spring Training 2011: Giants Pitchers, Catchers, Some Veterans Report For Cactus League Action

The San Francisco Giants defense of their 2010 World Series championship is officially underway as their pitchers and catchers reported to Scottsdale, Arizona today. Additionally, some veteran position players reported today to get an early jump on their workouts. These include Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and Freddy Sanchez.

It’s safe to say fans are pretty high on this team. How can you not love the first question in a Giants mailbag being whether the team can win 100 games in 2011. The Giants will be favored in the National League West, but they won’t be sneaking up on anybody this time around. Even as they rolled through last season’s playoffs, they seemingly came out of nowhere (at least to the rest of America) to stun the Phillies and Rangers en route to the first San Francisco-based Giants world championship.

This year’s team returns almost the entire lineup, minus infielders Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe. Last year the roster came together late in the season as well as could possibly be expected. The question now is whether that carried through the offseason.

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