Christian Villanueva scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the top of the seventh inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday in spring training action.
Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz received a telephone call last week from an unnamed Giants player informing him that former teammate Barry Bonds would be in uniform as a guest instructor for the first time when the Cubs visit Scottsdale Stadium on Monday.
Clayton Kershaw pitched five innings in his penultimate tuneup for the season opener in Australia, giving up five hits to a split squad of San Francisco Giants during their 3-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brandon Hicks hit a two-run home run and knocked in all three runs to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training action.
Madison Bumgarner moved one step closer to his first opening-day start for San Francisco. The left-hander even got some work done at the plate.
By both the eye test and advanced statistics, Gregor Blanco is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. In terms of WAR (wins above replacement), Blanco was the fourth-most valuable Giant a season ago, when he spent much of the year filling in for an injured Angel Pagan in center field and atop the lineup.
Backed by early two-run homers from Brad Miller and Michael Saunders, right-hander Erasmo Ramirez cruised through four scoreless innings to send a Seattle Mariners split squad to an 18-3 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Michael Saunders homered and had three RBI as the Seattle Mariners routed the San Francisco Giants, 18-3, in spring training on Saturday.
Yordano Ventura allowed two runs in three innings of his first Cactus League start in a 5-0 loss to the Giants on Friday. He also struck out two.
SURPRISE, Ariz.-The most talked-about grip change on the San Francisco Giants last season took place during a batting practice session, when Brandon Belt tweaked the way he holds the bat, added a couple of other minor fixes and started hitting everything in sight.