Hudson delivers quality start against Rockies

Recovering from ankle surgery, veteran allows three runs in six innings

Hudson delivers quality start against Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Wednesday's Giants-Rockies Cactus League game featured two starters working on both ends of the career spectrum: rookie right-hander Eddie Butler is still vying for a spot in Colorado's starting rotation and veteran Giants right-hander Tim Hudson is trying to begin what he says is his final season in good health.

Butler made a case for himself by pitching five innings of one-run, five-hit ball in Colorado's 5-2 victory. Hudson pitched three perfect innings before allowing Troy Tulowitzki's two-run homer and Nolan Arenado's RBI double in the fourth. Tulowitzki had two hits against Hudson, including a sixth-inning single.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aoki gathering speed heading into season

Giants outfielder raps RBI triple, could be San Francisco's leadoff man

Aoki gathering speed heading into season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Something essential to know about Giants outfielder Nori Aoki is that he possesses a healthy sense of humor.

Aoki conducted an interview Wednesday with Bay Area-based Giants beat writers by relying on his translator, Kosuke Inoji. But when asked for his opinion of Tim Hudson's ponderous baserunning when the pitcher doubled during the third inning of the Giants' 5-2 Cactus League loss to the Colorado Rockies, Aoki answered the question himself in perfect English.

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Bumgarner is also a mechanic in new Giants ads

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Bumgarner is also a mechanic in new Giants ads

At this point, I'm pretty sure that Madison Bumgarner is a character from a romance novel come to life. He's a tall, handsome, professional ballplayer with a World Series MVP, who is also a Southern cowboy and rancher with a dreamy drawl. 

Turns out, he also knows his way around an engine. As Bruce Bochy tells us in this new Giants ad, when the team's bus broke down, Bumgarner hopped off and, within a few minutes, had it back on the road. 

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Bochy pleased with Giants' recent spring effort

Posey dealing with sore shoulder; Casilla struggling in Arizona climate

Bochy pleased with Giants' recent spring effort

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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).

Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Colorado dropped the Giants to 6-18, with one tie. They have lost six of their last seven games and are 2-6 since Bochy criticized them March 17 for their lackluster spring performance.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vogelsong gives up pair of homers against Indians

RBI doubles from Maxwell, McGehee in four-run third not enough

Vogelsong gives up pair of homers against Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- 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.

Sands' shot came in the third inning, when he crushed a 3-0 pitch from Vogelsong to deep center field, where the ball easily cleared a roughly 55-foot-tall batter's eye behind the wall. The blast was the first of Spring Training for Sands, who is competing for a spot on Cleveland's bench as a utility man.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain progresses, but admits to lingering discomfort

Giants pitcher adjusting to throwing at full force as he rehabs from surgery

Cain progresses, but admits to lingering discomfort

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain's recovery from elbow surgery continued to progress Tuesday. However, he admitted that lingering discomfort occasionally gives him pause.

Cain took another step toward rejoining the Giants' season-opening starting rotation by throwing 75 pitches over five innings in a Triple-A exhibition against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander looked effective while striking out four, walking none, hitting a batter and allowing six hits, mostly on weak ground balls. Cain allowed a pair of unearned runs, only because a popup was dropped.

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Pagan says back feels good enough to play in games

Giants outfielder will start first Major League spring game since March 14

Pagan says back feels good enough to play in games

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday night that center fielder Angel Pagan, satisfied with the condition of his balky back, will play in Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies.

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, the same game right-hander Matt Cain started. Pagan went 1-for-4 with a single and was robbed of at least a double by an outfielder's difficult catch. Pagan himself made a nice running catch and glided smoothly from first base to third base on John Bowker's fourth-inning double. The ball temporarily appeared catchable, preventing Pagan from scoring.

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Giants find offense against familiar foes

San Francisco scores four off Volquez, defeats World Series opponent

Giants find offense against familiar foes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

San Francisco entered the game batting .231, next-to-last in the National League. But the reigning Series champions swung lively bats against Royals right-hander and No. 3 starter Edinson Volquez, who lost to the Giants in last year's Wild Card Game as a member of the Pirates.

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With 'tons of confidence,' Belt ready to soar

Strong postseason has Giants first baseman anticipating big season

With 'tons of confidence,' Belt ready to soar

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is standing at the intersection of youth and experience, which is an enviable spot for any athlete.

Belt, who turns 27 on April 20, still has the capacity to improve -- and, as his performance has hinted, enough skill to accomplish this. Having played nearly four Major League seasons at a relatively early age, he can draw upon the savvy he has gained to help him sustain his ascent.

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Posey's tip gives Peavy new pitching weapon

Catcher urges veteran to try throwing four-seam changeup

Posey's tip gives Peavy new pitching weapon

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After making 337 career starts across 13 Major League seasons, Jake Peavy is still learning.

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. The right-hander estimated he flung at least five of them in the dirt before throwing a couple of them effectively, including one on his final pitch that struck out Lorenzo Cain to end the fifth inning and strand the potential tying run at second base. Peavy left the game with a one-run lead as the Giants proceeded to win, 8-3.

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Lyle Spencer

Giants' double-play combo boasts special bond

Crawford's calm a positive influence on Panik

Giants' double-play combo boasts special bond

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The first time they got together in what was destined to be a long-term relationship in the heart of the Giants' infield, Brandon Crawford saw something in Joe Panik, the kid from St. John's University, in the 2011 Arizona Fall League.

"He reminded me of Buster [Posey] in the way he would go about things," Crawford recalled. "I specifically remember his approach at the plate, hitting a lot of line drives up the middle. As I got to know him, he reminded me of Buster in his mental approach as well."

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

MLB Pipeline checks in from Giants camp

Shortstop Arroyo impresses; righty Beede discusses transition to professional level

MLB Pipeline checks in from Giants camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the San Francisco Giants.

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

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Longtime Giants beat reporter Peters dies at 75

Longtime Giants beat reporter Peters dies at 75

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

Peters reached the pinnacle of his profession in 2009, two years after his final season as a Giants beat writer, when he won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting among members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The honor reflects meritorious contributions to baseball writing and is the BBWAA's most prestigious award given to a writer.

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Bumgarner: 'All pitches are feeling good' as season nears

Bumgarner: 'All pitches are feeling good' as season nears

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

"I feel close," Bumgarner said when asked if he's ready for Opening Day. "I won't start honing in on that start until after my last Spring Training start."

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Pagan focused on being ready for Opening Day

Pagan focused on being ready for Opening Day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

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MadBum shows ace form over six in Giants' loss to Halos

Lefty allows one hit, retires final 16 batters faced in split-squad tilt

MadBum shows ace form over six in Giants' loss to Halos

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Madison Bumgarner is at the top of his game, he can be a nightmare for hitters, and that was case Sunday afternoon at Scottsdale Stadium.

The Giants' ace threw six strong innings, allowed just one hit and retired the final 16 batters he faced in the Angels' 3-2 win.

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Aoki, Crawford each knock two hits in Giants' loss to KC

Aoki, Crawford each knock two hits in Giants' loss to KC

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- When last seen by Royals fans, Nori Aoki was playing right field for the Kansas City club in last October's seven-game loss to the Giants in the World Series. Aoki went 1-for-14 in the Series.

He returned to Surprise Stadium on Sunday and played left field for a Giants split-squad and went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, the two hits coming against former teammate and left-hander Danny Duffy. Duffy allowed only four other Giants hits and two runs through 5 2/3 innings as the Royals won, 4-2.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants backstop Sanchez feeling fully healthy

Giants backstop Sanchez feeling fully healthy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

Sanchez struggled to stay on the field in 2014, but in 2015, so far so good.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lincecum goes four solid innings vs. Angels

Right-hander returns from neck soreness; Sanchez contributes RBI single

Lincecum goes four solid innings vs. Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- 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.

The Angels tallied four singles in the ninth, capped by Kyle Kubitza's game-winning, walk-off hit.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Versatile, valuable Blanco a match with Giants

Outfielder hopes to finish career with San Francisco

Versatile, valuable Blanco a match with Giants

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Gregor Blanco got used to moving around.

Between playing for three organizations in the first four years after his Major League debut and bouncing among all three outfield positions, Blanco was seemingly always on the move.

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Barry M. Bloom

Lincecum getting back on track for season and career

Giants righty, who worked on mechanics in offseason, rebounds after neck injury

Lincecum getting back on track for season and career

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There always seems to be some issue to overcome for Tim Lincecum. This spring it's been a stiff left side of his neck that limited him to three relief appearances and four innings before Saturday's start against the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Lincecum said after pitching four innings of one-run, two-hit ball that he had hurt his neck while sleeping. No matter. He's still on track for the fifth slot in the Giants' rotation when they open defense of their third World Series title in five years at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix against the D-backs on April 6.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pagan feels good working out, could return soon

Pagan feels good working out, could return soon

TEMPE, Ariz. -- 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.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ishikawa, Hudson shine as Giants fall late

Reds score five in ninth inning after Duffy error

Ishikawa, Hudson shine as Giants fall late

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

Cincinnati's defensive lapses had helped the Giants break a 1-1 tie after Joe Panik's two-out single prolonged the fifth. After catcher Devin Mesoraco's passed ball advanced runners to second and third, shortstop Zack Cozart mishandled Buster Posey's line drive for a run-scoring error.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants looking internally for left-field options

Belt could return to outfield; Perez also in mix while Pence, Pagan sidelined

Giants looking internally for left-field options

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

Bochy cited several other potential candidates for left field, which stands out as a gaping hole as long as Pence's fractured left arm renders him inactive and center fielder Angel Pagan deals with back pain. With both of them unavailable -- Pence could return by the end of April; Pagan's status is uncertain -- Nori Aoki and Gregor Blanco probably will occupy center field and right, respectively.

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Mike Bauman

Giants aren't sweating over staff's spring ERA

Vogelsong, Hudson pleased with latest Cactus League outings

Giants aren't sweating over staff's spring ERA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants shift four players to Minor League camp

Heston, Hall, Parker optioned to Triple-A; Delfino reassigned

Giants shift four players to Minor League camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Panik, Belt supply power in Vogey's strong start

Veteran right-hander shakes off first-inning scare in scoreless outing

Panik, Belt supply power in Vogey's strong start

PHOENIX -- Joe Panik and Brandon Belt homered for the Giants, and Ryan Braun snapped a spring slump for the Brewers in San Francisco's 3-2 victory Thursday at sold-out Maryvale Baseball Park.

Giants right-hander Sergio Romo notched a save, working out of a two-on, no-out situation in the ninth inning.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Vogelsong shakes off liner to leg in sharp outing

Right-hander improves case for Giants' rotation with 4 2/3 scoreless innings

Vogelsong shakes off liner to leg in sharp outing

PHOENIX -- Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong took a shot off the inside of his left shin during the first inning of Friday's start against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park and overcame the incident to record his best outing of the spring.

"I love to compete. That's why I didn't come out of the game today," said Vogelsong, who threw 4 2/3 innings of shutout, two-hit ball in the Giants' 3-2 win. "I want to compete and coming over here and facing two hitters doesn't get me ready for April 6."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lincecum, Cain in similar but unfamiliar territory

Right-handers striving to stay strong, regain firm grip in Giants' rotation

Lincecum, Cain in similar but unfamiliar territory

PHOENIX -- Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain chose almost exactly the same words Thursday to describe the self-maintenance they must maintain.

"I just have to listen to my body," Lincecum said, adding that he must remain aware of whether it's "going to bark or not bark."

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Pagan receives injection for ailing back

Bochy says outfielder needs few more days before returning to action

Pagan receives injection for ailing back

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Still bothered by back soreness, Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will be sidelined for at least two or three more days, manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday.

Bochy said Pagan's pain is not concentrated in the same spot where he underwent surgery last September to repair a bulging disk. Bochy added that Pagan received an injection to ease the discomfort and was "doing a lot better."

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