PEORIA, Ariz. -- Right fielder Justin Maxwell -- who hit a three-run homer in the fourth -- keyed the Giants' five-run rally in the ninth to edge the Mariners, 9-8, in Cactus League action at Peoria Stadium on Saturday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A split-squad of Giants played to a 2-2, nine-inning tie Saturday against a collection of the organization's Minor League prospects, dubbed "The Futures," at Scottsdale Stadium.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The World Series wasn't on the line and millions weren't watching, but Madison Bumgarner was just as dominant pitching in late March as he was in late October.
Five months ago the left-hander was dominating the Kansas City Royals under the bright lights as he led the Giants to a World Series championship. Friday, he was pitching under a hot Arizona sun in a Minor League game against the A's with fewer than 100 fans in attendance.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Give Jake Peavy credit for constantly trying to adjust. At 33 years old and at this point in his career, the Giants right-hander's fastball isn't what it used to be. But whose is at an advanced baseball age? Just ask Justin Verlander and Tim Lincecum.
As recently as 2007, when Peavy won the National League Cy Young Award and the league's pitching Triple Crown for the Padres, Peavy's fastball topped out at 100 mph, and his average was 94. Last year, his top velocity was just a tad over 93, and his average was only a skosh under 90.
On Friday, Matt Harvey turned 26 and Buster Posey turned 28 (Mariah Carey also turned 45 and Fergie turned 40, but that's beside the point). The two 20-somethings are among the brightest stars in the league, so it's fitting that they share a birthday together. Maybe they'll celebrate together? Maybe they'll invite Fergie?
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Eric Sogard's two-run triple snapped a sixth-inning tie and led the A's to a 6-4 Cactus League victory over the Giants on Thursday night.
San Francisco, the reigning World Series champions, fell to a Major League-worst 6-19 this spring. The Giants have dropped nine of their last 11 games.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Aside from the Giants' sloppy defense, spotty offense and lack of a definitive batting order, manager Bruce Bochy didn't have a care in the world Thursday night.
Bochy never criticizes individual players publicly. But he revealed several concerns in his remarks following the Giants' 6-4 Cactus League loss to the A's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Angels tallied four singles in the ninth, capped by Kyle Kubitza's game-winning, walk-off hit.
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.
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.
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.