Giants opening-day starter Madison Bumgarner pitched five stellar innings and Hunter Pence hit a pair of solo homers, pacing the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory over a Colorado Rockies split-squad on Friday.
Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro took live batting practice for the first time this spring and participated in team fielding drills Wednesday. But while Scutaro said he’s seeing improvement in his ailing back, he wasn’t ready to declare if he’ll be available on Opening Day.
About the time he was 8 or 9 years old, Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza said, his father began taking him to a baseball park near his home in Venezuela for a few hours each day.
SCOTTSDALE - Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro took live batting practice for the first time this spring and participated in team fielding drills Wednesday. But although Scutaro said his ailing back is improving, he wasn’t ready to declare he’ll be available for the Giants on Opening Day.
PEORIA -- Sonny Gray last season was the kind of pitcher to respond to an occasion (his ALDS duels with Justin Verlander the most obvious examples). It’s a little different when the occasion is a spring training start in which he’s working more on developing pitches than getting outs, as was the case in his last outing March 6 against the Diamondbacks.
As one of the rare current Giants who was around when Barry Bonds played his last season in 2007, right-hander Matt Cain had an idea what to expect when Bonds returned Monday as a special instructor in camp.
Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff is considering moving the team to a temporary location if he can't extend a two-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum.
SCOTTSDALE -- Not one to let a bad outing roll lightly off his back, Ryan Vogelsong said he fully intends to "analyze and fix" after being tagged by the Seattle Mariners for six hits and seven runs (five earned) in his Cactus League start Saturday.
Alberto Callaspo sat in the A’s clubhouse Friday morning trying to get the feel of a tan first baseman’s glove. First he pounded the pocket repeatedly with a small bat. Then he did the same with a ball.
Giants veteran second baseman Marco Scutaro has worked hard to be injury-free in 2014.
SCOTTSDALE -- While we’re still at the point of any talk of performance or position battles being qualified with: "It’s still early in spring," there’s one potential competition for the Giants that still has yet to really take shape.
When it comes decision time on the final spots in the Giants bullpen later this spring, manager Bruce Bochy said the criteria will be fairly simple: "Best arm."
SCOTTSDALE -- When it comes decision time on the final spots in the Giants’ bullpen later this spring, manager Bruce Bochy said the criteria will be fairly simple: "Best arm."
A’s manager Bob Melvin said Monday it remains unclear whether reliever Ryan Cook will start the season on the 25-man roster, given the pitcher’s shoulder issues early this spring.
It has been nearly a decade since Tim Lincecum burst onto the Cactus League scene, drawing executives and radar guns every time he stepped on a mound. Kyle Crick doesn't quite have the same resume, but plenty of curious eyes were watching when Crick threw two innings in a "B" game in Mesa on Monday morning.
With the Oakland Athletics playing the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, there was no way Scott Kazmir was going to pitch.