Prospect Arroyo soaking up big league advice

Giants' 21-year-old infielder doing what he can to hasten arrival

Prospect Arroyo soaking up big league advice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The salutatorian of the Class of 2013 at Hernando (Fla.) High School, Christian Arroyo has taken his hunger for learning from the classroom to the clubhouse.

Almost everywhere he turns, Arroyo encounters people who serve as examples for him or possess wisdom he'd like to absorb to hasten his journey toward his inevitable destination: the Major Leagues.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bumgarner confirmed to start Cactus opener

Bumgarner confirmed to start Cactus opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Madison Bumgarner was indeed named to start the Giants' Cactus League opener Friday against the Reds, though manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the assignment was not "etched in stone."

Bochy noted that Bumgarner might feel like delaying his turn.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Will Smith out with elbow inflammation

Lefty reliever hopes to return before end of Spring Training

Will Smith out with elbow inflammation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants learned Wednesday that left-hander Will Smith has inflammation in his throwing elbow, which is expected to sideline him for more than a month.

The ailment won't require surgery, just rest, which isn't such a bad thing for the Giants. Due to Spring Training's duration, which is longer this year due to logistics surrounding the World Baseball Classic, players are able to condition themselves at a more leisurely pace.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arizona an early outpost of integration in MLB

Cactus League Hall of Fame inducts four pioneering African-American players

Arizona an early outpost of integration in MLB

The Major League Baseball landscape and the social fabric of the country were both going through a dramatic transformation when Spring Training baseball came to Arizona in 1947.

While the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson were preparing to break Major League baseball's racial barrier, the game was expanding to new western frontiers, with the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants moving their Spring Training camps to Arizona.

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Charlie Vascellaro is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

A cut above: Melancon brings stability to Giants' 'pen

Offseason acquisition expected to be major boost at closer

A cut above: Melancon brings stability to Giants' 'pen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In their first Spring Training together with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, catcher Russell Martin had a simple message for reliever Mark Melancon.

"Listen, we're going to throw that cutter all the time, and you're just going to stick to it," Martin said.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gillaspie ready for any role he's asked to play

2016 postseason star vows to maintain diligence throughout

Gillaspie ready for any role he's asked to play

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As one of the Giants' key performers last October, it would seem Conor Gillaspie has no business mentioning the possibility of beginning this year at Triple-A.

Yet there he was the other day, raising the subject of a season-opening stint in Sacramento.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy sees Rockies on rise in NL West

Giants manager comments on tough division, difficulties of repeat championships

Bochy sees Rockies on rise in NL West

PHOENIX -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy typically says before every season begins that the National League West is a thoroughly balanced division.

This year is no exception. Moreover, Bochy has good reason to view the Giants and their West rivals as a bunched field.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Healthy Pence, Giants' success go hand in hand

Healthy Pence, Giants' success go hand in hand

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence came to camp this year with two solid goals in mind -- winning the World Series again after a two-year drought and remaining healthy for the entire season.

For those who might have had any doubt in the matter, the Giants are a much better team with a fully ambulatory Pence in the lineup.

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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.

Hundley confident about playing at AT&T

Catcher studied Giants while playing for NL West rivals

Hundley confident about playing at AT&T

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nick Hundley's presence on the Giants' roster demonstrates the lure of their reputation.

Except for a half-season stint with Baltimore in 2014, Hundley has spent his entire career with two of the Giants' National League West rivals, San Diego (2008-14) and Colorado (2015-16). When he became a free agent this offseason, he didn't have to think too hard when the Giants offered him a contract.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baer: Baseball brings us all together

Baer: Baseball brings us all together

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An effective president listens to his constituents. Larry Baer is no exception.

The Giants' president and chief executive officer, who has remained in the club's hierarchy since 1992, has made it a point to stay responsive to what fans want. It comes naturally for Baer, a fourth-generation San Franciscan who grew up rooting for the Giants and riding the Muni bus with his father to attend games at Candlestick Park.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy may open season with 5 outfielders

Giants want to give Span, Pence time off to avoid injuries

Bochy may open season with 5 outfielders

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that he is "leaning toward" opening the regular season with a five-man outfield contingent. That's standard operating procedure for many teams, but not always for the Giants, who frequently find themselves adding extra pitchers, not position players.

However, the injury histories of center fielder Denard Span and right fielder Hunter Pence almost demand that the Giants reinforce their outfield with enough personnel to rest the pair of veterans when necessary.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coleman's mission: Improve baserunning

Giants want to be more aggressive, smarter on bases

Coleman's mission: Improve baserunning

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Playing to win is different from playing not to lose.

Vince Coleman intends to help the Giants maintain the former approach more often in 2017.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Time with fellow All-Stars has Nunez ready to go

Giants third baseman spent offseason hitting with impressive group

Time with fellow All-Stars has Nunez ready to go

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Eduardo Nunez sharpens his swing in the offseason, he does it in select company.

That's why you can bet that Nunez, the Giants' projected starting third baseman, will have a productive season. Otherwise, his hitting partners might not welcome him back.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happy Glove Day: Giants get new leather

Happy Glove Day: Giants get new leather

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A fielder's glove can make a statement about its wearer, or it can serve as a fashion statement, or it can make no statement at all. Regardless of its function, it's taken seriously, for obvious reasons.

That's why a handful of Giants looked forward to Friday, when area representatives for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. visited the team's Spring Training headquarters at Scottsdale Stadium with dozens of gloves to distribute and sample.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants add veteran Hill to infield competition

Giants add veteran Hill to infield competition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Continuing to chant their mantra of depth and experience, the Giants signed free-agent infielder Aaron Hill to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league spring camp, the club announced Friday.

The Giants' Spring Training infield contingent includes Jimmy Rollins, 38; Hill, 34; Gordon Beckham, 30; and Michael Morse, 34, who'll be tested at first base as well as left field. Each has spent at least eight years in the Majors.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hwang prepared to battle for roster spot in Spring Training

Power hitter looking to improve versatility

Hwang prepared to battle for roster spot in Spring Training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jae-gyun Hwang brought three different fielder's gloves to Spring Training. The Giants are probably more interested in whether he brought his bat.

Hwang, 29, hit 53 home runs over the past two seasons with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization, a sampling of power that San Francisco would welcome if he can make the Opening Day roster. However, accomplishing that could require Hwang to demonstrate some versatility. Hence the aforementioned trio of gloves which Hwang, primarily a third baseman, will use at first base and the outfield in an effort to enhance his value.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Posey, Crawford pumped to play for Team USA

Posey, Crawford pumped to play for Team USA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants catcher Buster Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford are excited about being members of Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Posey said that it's a makeup of sorts because he was not able to play for the team in 2013, when the Giants hosted the title round at AT&T Park.

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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.

Morse excited to be back with Giants for Spring Training

Veteran spent part of 2016 in broadcasting after release from Pirates

Morse excited to be back with Giants for Spring Training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At some point between the slicing of the cake and the bride tossing the bouquet, Michael Morse and Giants general manager Bobby Evans met at Hunter Pence's November wedding and exchanged their own vows.

That's how the agreement between Morse and the Giants on a one-year, Minor League contract, with an invitation to Spring Training, came to pass.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rollins says he can still thrive in Major Leagues

Giants infielder accepts utility role, is ready to learn new positions

Rollins says he can still thrive in Major Leagues

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmy Rollins knows the first rule about quitting the game you love.

"I've been told, 'Make them take the uniform off your back,'" Rollins said Wednesday.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith shifts focus to claiming setup role

Smith shifts focus to claiming setup role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- To receive ultimate proof that the Giants have overcome the disappointment of last October's Division Series loss to the Cubs, check in with left-hander Will Smith.

Smith absorbed the decision in San Francisco's 6-5 loss in Game 4, which featured Chicago's four-run, ninth-inning surge that erased the Giants' 5-2 lead. Despite yielding pinch-hitter Willson Contreras' two-run single that tied the score, Smith was anything but the sole source of blame among the Giants, who couldn't stop the Cubs, despite using five pitchers during that inning.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants sign righty reliever David Hernandez

Giants sign righty reliever David Hernandez

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The relative lack of experience in the Giants' bullpen was a significant factor that prompted the club to sign right-hander David Hernandez to a Minor League contract Tuesday.

Hernandez has made 379 appearances, all but 27 in relief, in seven Major League seasons. By contrast, four members of the Giants' projected bullpen -- Derek Law, Steven Okert, Josh Osich and Hunter Strickland -- each possesses less than two years of Major League service time.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altered roles, not faces, in Giants' bullpen

Solid core in place, but team must determine where each reliever fits

Altered roles, not faces, in Giants' bullpen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants are rearranging the bullpen more than they're revamping it.

Five of their leading relievers entering Spring Training appeared in 56 games or more for the team last season: Cory Gearrin, George Kontos, Derek Law, Josh Osich and Hunter Strickland. The exceptions were: rookie Steven Okert, who made 16 appearances for San Francisco; Will Smith, who pitched in 26 games after being acquired at the Trade Deadline from Milwaukee; and David Hernandez, who signed with the Giants on Tuesday.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cain ready for fifth-starter competition

After recent injury-plagued seasons, veteran will try to earn spot back

Cain ready for fifth-starter competition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain's attitude with regard to the impending competition for the Giants' fifth-starter's spot is simple: Bring it on.

Cain has endured a myriad of injuries since 2013, which have sharply diminished the former staff ace's skills. Now he's pursuing the last spot in the starting rotation alongside at least four rookies.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants, Bumgarner not talking extension yet

Giants, Bumgarner not talking extension yet

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants ace Madison Bumgarner said Monday that club management has not begun talks regarding a contract extension that likely would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

A reporter jokingly reminded Bumgarner that the Giants have frequently broken news at the annual Play Ball luncheon held shortly before the regular season starts.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants fielded first all-black OF in '51 Series

Talented trio of Irvin, Mays, Thompson made MLB history

Giants fielded first all-black OF in '51 Series

SAN FRANCISCO -- One day after Bobby Thomson hit his memorable ninth-inning home run to lift the New York Giants past the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 National League playoff finale, another historic baseball event unfolded -- albeit with a little less drama.

The Giants opened the World Series against the New York Yankees on Oct. 4 with a lineup that featured the Majors' first all-black outfield: left fielder Monte Irvin, center fielder Willie Mays and right fielder Hank Thompson.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Resilient Giants ready for fresh start in camp

Club ready to put disappointing end to '16 in the past

Resilient Giants ready for fresh start in camp

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Giants squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants believe that the restorative power of a new season will help them shrug off the jarring effects of the last one.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.