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3/26/2015 | Concussions behind him, Sanchez working hard

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez has gone from feeling awful to a feel-good story. Last year, Sanchez wasn't completely sure he'd play baseball again. The lingering effects of two concussions, which he sustained in a span of less than a month, brought the robust 25-year-old to his knees. When he kneels these days, it's to say grateful prayers.


3/25/2015 | Bochy pleased with Giants' recent spring effort

Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted he's not worried about his club's rising total of defeats, which has assured San Francisco of its first sub-.500 preseason record since 2008 (9-23).


3/25/2015 | Aoki gathering speed heading into season

Giants outfielder Nori Aoki has batted .400 (6-for-15) in his last four Cactus League games after hitting .118 (4-for-34) in his first 12. Aoki continued his surge Wednesday against Colorado with a scorching fifth-inning triple that scored Brandon Crawford with the Giants' first run.


3/25/2015 | Hudson delivers quality start against Rockies

Tim Hudson pitched six innings Wednesday, his longest outing of the spring, allowing three runs in the Giants' 5-2 loss to the Rockies.


3/25/2015 | Vogelsong gives up pair of homers against Indians

Outfielder Jerry Sands showed off some impressive power Tuesday night, launching a tape-measure home run off San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong to help the Indians claim a 9-5 Cactus League victory over the Giants at Goodyear Ballpark.


3/24/2015 | Pagan says back feels good enough to play in games

Angel Pagan, who has been bothered by back spasms, felt comfortable earlier Tuesday in a five-inning stint against a Triple-A contingent of Chicago Cubs and approached Bochy and insisted upon playing against the Rockies.


3/24/2015 | Cain progresses, but admits to lingering discomfort

Matt Cain acknowledged that he felt "a little bit sore" after some outings and even during them.


3/23/2015 | Longtime Giants beat reporter Peters dies at 75

Nick Peters, who covered more Giants games than any other writer in the franchise's West Coast history, died Monday after a long illness. He was 75.


3/23/2015 | Posey's tip gives Peavy new pitching weapon

Giants pitcher Jake Peavy used the modest setting of Monday's Royals-Giants exhibition at Scottsdale Stadium as a personal classroom. At catcher Buster Posey's urging, Peavy tried throwing a four-seam changeup for the first time in his life.


3/23/2015 | With 'tons of confidence,' Belt ready to soar

Having played four Major League seasons at a relatively early age, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt brings experience and optimism into the 2015 season.


3/23/2015 | Giants find offense against familiar foes

The Giants batted around to score four second-inning runs during a rare offensive outburst Monday as they outlasted the Kansas City Royals, 8-3, in a rematch of last year's World Series.


3/23/2015 | Giants' double-play combo boasts special bond

Second baseman Joe Panik credits Brandon Crawford, the Giants' vastly underrated shortstop, with having a settling effect on him in October and in his 73 regular-season games when he hit .302, flourishing as a No. 2 hitter.


3/23/2015 | MLB Pipeline checks in from Giants camp

The organization that brought you Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Tim Lineceum -- not to mention three World Series championships in the last five years -- has more pitching on the way.


3/22/2015 | Giants backstop Sanchez feeling fully healthy

Hector Sanchez is fighting for a spot on the Giants' Opening Day roster, but in order to do so, the catcher needs to stay healthy.


3/22/2015 | Bumgarner: 'All pitches are feeling good' as season nears

Madison Bumgarner says there's still some work to be done in his final Spring Training starts, but if Sunday was any indication, he appears to be ready for Opening Day.


3/22/2015 | MadBum shows ace form over six in Giants' loss to Halos

Madison Bumgarner was strong for six innings, while Matt Duffy and Justin Maxwell homered in the split-squad Giants' 3-2 loss to the Angels on Sunday.


3/22/2015 | Pagan focused on being ready for Opening Day

Angel Pagan will likely get back in the lineup early next week, but it's not a return to the Cactus League the outfielder is focused on. Pagan's sights are set on April 6 -- Opening Day in Arizona.


3/21/2015 | Lincecum goes four solid innings vs. Angels

Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum each provided solid, encouraging outings as the Angels beat the Giants, 3-2, in front of a sellout crowd at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.


3/21/2015 | Versatile, valuable Blanco a match with Giants

Gregor Blanco got used to moving around. Between playing for three teams in the first four years of his career and bouncing among all three outfield positions, Blanco was seemingly always on the move. However, entering his fourth season with the Giants, Blanco has found stability. He's found a home.


3/21/2015 | Pagan feels good working out, could return soon

Angel Pagan isn't quite back, but he is getting closer. The Giants center fielder took some swings, hit balls off a tee and worked out a bit prior to Saturday's game against the Angels.


3/21/2015 | Giants aren't sweating over staff's spring ERA

This is no time to become alarmed because the San Francisco Giants have an unsightly Cactus League team ERA. Based on the starts the Giants received in the last two games, the crisis, if there was one, may have already passed.


3/20/2015 | Ishikawa, Hudson shine as Giants fall late

Former Giants farmhand Chris Dominguez slugged a two-run double to highlight the Reds' five-run ninth inning that pushed them past San Francisco, 6-5, on Friday night.


3/20/2015 | Giants looking internally for left-field options

Hoping to find an adequate outfield contingent while right fielder Hunter Pence is sidelined, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that he and general manager Brian Sabean have discussed using regular first baseman Brandon Belt in left field, a option that has been mentioned in recent years but never fully executed since 2011.


3/20/2015 | Giants shift four players to Minor League camp

The Giants on Friday sent four players who could rejoin them sooner or later to Minor League camp. The club optioned right-handers Chris Heston and Cody Hall and outfielder Jarett Parker to Triple-A Sacramento, besides reassigning infielder Mitch Delfino to Minor League camp.


3/19/2015 | Lincecum, Cain in similar but unfamiliar territory

Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain previously began every season with the unspoken yet very real sense that they ranked among baseball's elite. They now are essentially in the same place, as they have been through much of their careers with the Giants.




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