Duffy, Brown homer as Giants show off lively bats vs. Rangers

Starter Petit picks up where he left off with strong spring debut

Duffy, Brown homer as Giants show off lively bats vs. Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit had another solid afternoon Friday.

He was perfect. Again.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pence hopes to heal quickly, as he has in the past

Broken forearm likely to end outfielder's consecutive-games streak

Pence hopes to heal quickly, as he has in the past

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- When the San Francisco Giants open the 2015 season, the lineup will likely have a glaring omission.

Hunter Pence has played in 383 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors, and in every game with the Giants since the team acquired him in the middle of the 2012 seasons, but that may come to an end on April 6 in Arizona.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Giants don't know the meaning of the word 'panic'

Giants don't know the meaning of the word 'panic'

SCOTTSDALE -- Somebody ought to explain to the Giants that there are times when it's OK to panic.

They don't always have to take whatever happens in stride. They could act human once in a while and panic.

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

Rays, Giants back right-to-marry resolution

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays became the third professional sports team in support of same-sex marriage, joining the San Francisco Giants and New England Patriots.

More than 70 briefs from signatories -- including Fortune 100 companies, faith organizations, the mayors of 226 cities, children's advocacy groups, civil rights groups and others -- are expected to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs in marriage cases from four states that the justices will hear this spring.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Susac sees Posey as a mentor and role model

Giants catcher ups intensity as he battles for roster spot

Susac sees Posey as a mentor and role model

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Andrew Susac is hungrier than ever.

After making his Major League debut and playing in 35 games for the Giants in 2014, the 24-year-old catcher enters Spring Training determined to make the team and once again experience life in the Major Leagues.

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Aoki's versatility gives him shot at right field

Discussions are underway to decide on Pence's replacement

Aoki's versatility gives him shot at right field

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't have to decide who will replace Hunter Pence in right field for another month, but discussions are already underway.

"I've talked to [Nori] Aoki," Bochy said. "We're going to take a look at him for some games there. That doesn't mean it's going to be that way, but I did talk to him. He's got more experience playing in right field, but with our right field, it's a lot of ground there. But he's got the speed to do it. He says he's comfortable anywhere, but he did say he's more comfortable in right field."

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Petit happy with command, says velocity needs improvement

Petit happy with command, says velocity needs improvement

Surprise, Ariz. - Yusmeiro Petit picked up right where he left off.

After a dominating postseason in which the right-hander went 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA across 12 2/3 innings, Petit began the 2015 season with two perfect innings Friday in Surprise.

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Pence out 6-8 weeks, tweets with pitcher who hit him

Right fielder has non-displaced fracture in left forearm resulting from getting hit by pitch

Pence out 6-8 weeks, tweets with pitcher who hit him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The season hasn't started, but the Giants are already down a starting outfielder.

Hunter Pence was hit by a Corey Black pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, suffering a non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

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Carbonell sparks Giants rally with homer

Vogelsong allows grand slam; San Francisco mounts five-run eighth

Carbonell sparks Giants rally with homer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants used some late-inning magic to erase an early deficit and secure their first Cactus League victory, 8-6, over the Cubs on Thursday.

After trailing, 5-0, through five, the Giants scratched across a run in the sixth, scored two in the seventh via a Daniel Carbonell home run and took the lead with a five-run eighth.

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Cain, Hudson have encouraging BP sessions

Recovering pitchers look good facing batters

Cain, Hudson have encouraging BP sessions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants appear to be on the verge of getting a pair of arms back in their rotation as Matt Cain and Tim Hudson are each nearing a return to game action.

Hudson and Cain each threw live batting practice to hitters Thursday, and both of them looked good, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

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Pence and pitcher who beaned him make up on Twitter

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Pence and pitcher who beaned him make up on Twitter

Heading into the 2015 season, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence had a lot to feel good about: he's a two-time World Series champion and had the longest active streak of consecutive games played in MLB.

Emphasis on the past tense there because Pence was clunked with a pitch during a Spring Training game against the Cubs.

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Vogelsong happy with mechanics in spring debut

Giants right-hander cites mental focus as area for improvement

Vogelsong happy with mechanics in spring debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vogelsong admittedly wasn't as dialed in as he could have been, but as far as Spring Training debuts go, the Giants right-hander was pleased with his performance.

"All of my pitches are close to being where I want them already, so from that standpoint it was good," Vogelsong said. "Just [need to] work on the mental side a little bit."

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Panik aiming to build on special rookie campaign

Infielder looking ahead after making debut, winning title and getting engaged in 2014

Panik aiming to build on special rookie campaign

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's hard to have a better year than the one Joe Panik had in 2014.

The Giants infielder is just 24 years old, and he has plenty of time ahead of him, but it will be hard to top a season in which he made his Major League debut, won a World Series and got engaged to his high school sweetheart.

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Umpire injury leads to odd strike-calling scenario

Umpire injury leads to odd strike-calling scenario

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Thursday's Cactus League game between the Giants and Cubs got off to a painful start for home-plate umpire Dale Scott.

Cubs right-hander Jacob Turner's first pitch of the bottom of the first ricocheted off the glove of catcher Welington Castillo and hit Scott near his right wrist and hand.

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Giants pitching has rough afternoon against A's

Posey doubles in two runs in spring debut; Peavy goes one inning

Giants pitching has rough afternoon against A's

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Marcus Semien maintained his torrid production, driving in three runs Wednesday to help pace the A's to a 9-2 victory over the Giants in a Cactus League exhibition.

Semien, who drove in four runs against San Francisco on Tuesday, contributed a two-run, first-inning single and an RBI single in Oakland's four-run fourth inning. The A's scored in each of the first five innings as they hiked their two-day scoring edge against their cross-bay rivals to 18-6.

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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.

'Little things' help Giants come up big on offense

Situational hitting, contributions throughout lineup, baserunning spark champs

'Little things' help Giants come up big on offense

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One thing the Giants are good at doing with their offense is maximizing it.

Cynics cite their lack of power and polished practitioners of the on-base percentage art, among other flaws. But they finished fifth in the National League in scoring last year with 665 runs, an average of 4.1 per game -- barely exceeding the four-runs-a-game benchmark that general manager Brian Sabean has mentioned as the suggested daily requirement for a Giants victory, given their pitchers' tendency to hold opponents below that figure.

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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.

Crawford taking it easy with mild shoulder soreness

Shortstop serves as DH, expects to play in the field next week

Crawford taking it easy with mild shoulder soreness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is enduring mild soreness in his right (throwing) shoulder but said Wednesday he expects to resume playing defensively next week.

Crawford, who didn't appear in Tuesday's exhibition opener against the A's, occupied the designated hitter role Wednesday vs. Oakland. He has been taking ground balls and said he might be able to rejoin infield practice, which would require him to throw forcefully, by Friday.

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Ishikawa working to hone outfield skills

Giants first baseman got trial by fire in left during 2014 postseason

Ishikawa working to hone outfield skills

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Travis Ishikawa was informed he would be the Giants' starting left fielder at the beginning of the 2014 postseason, the 31-year-old journeyman first baseman was excited, anxious and worried about the mental health of his manager Bruce Bochy.

"I thought [Bochy] had gotten hit on the head and he didn't know quite what he was thinking," Ishikawa said with a smile.

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Ari Kaye is a graduate student in the journalism masters program at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

MadBum's mechanics -- and personality -- are stress-free

MadBum's mechanics -- and personality -- are stress-free

MESA, Ariz. -- Madison Bumgarner's first spring fling was no fun at all. The man who ruled October for the World Series champion Giants was hammered by the A's on Tuesday and didn't even get to swing his loud bat to vent any frustration.

None of it -- including the four runs and five hits he yielded while recording five outs -- was relevant in any way, shape or form. In the big scheme, MadBum got a feel for pitching again in game conditions and didn't hurt himself. His history informs him that good springs can lead to bad starts to the regular season, and the other way around.

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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.

Bumgarner not sharp in Cactus League debut

Lincecum gives up one hit in one inning; Duvall homers

Bumgarner not sharp in Cactus League debut

MESA, Ariz. -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien made quite the first impression in green and gold, belting two home runs and finishing 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the club's Cactus League opener against the Bay rival Giants at Hohokam Stadium on Tuesday, which the A's won 9-4.

Three of those RBIs came against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Back on the mound for the first time since his World Series MVP performance, Bumgarner faced 10 batters and was tagged for four runs and five hits, including a two-run homer to Semien, with two strikeouts.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Happy Bday to Sergio Romo: Photobomb King

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Happy Bday to Sergio Romo: Photobomb King

Giants reliever Sergio Romo, who turned 32 on Wednesday, is known for many things. 

His exceptional work in the telenovelas scene.

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Lincecum shows flashes of dominance in spring debut

Giants pitcher strikes out two, gives up one hit in one inning

Lincecum shows flashes of dominance in spring debut

MESA, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum displayed skills and shortcomings alike within a four-batter span Tuesday in the Giants' 9-4 Cactus League loss to the A's.

Lincecum demonstrated his potential for dominance, striking out two and reaching two-strike counts to each hitter he faced while working the third inning. He also proved susceptible to lapses as he surrendered Ben Zobrist's leadoff double and wild-pitched him home.

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MadBum not disappointed by shaky spring outing

MadBum not disappointed by shaky spring outing

MESA, Ariz. -- Admitting that he concentrated on preparation rather than results, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings as the reigning World Series champions opened their Cactus League season Tuesday against the A's.

"I'm not wanting to give up hits and runs, but that's not my main concern right now," said Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of last year's National League Championship Series and World Series. "If I could go through everything and be feeling good and getting outs, that would be much better. But right now it's about getting ready."

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Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

Numerous candidates vying for remaining relief, bench roles

Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With Tuesday's Cactus League opener against the Oakland A's, the Giants will begin conducting auditions for the few vacancies in their cast.

Given the safe assumption that they'll open the season with 12 pitchers, the Giants will have exactly one relief spot up for grabs. That's all that remains after factoring in five starters (Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson), two long relievers (Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong) and four veteran relievers (Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo).

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Lyle Spencer

Righetti a quiet constant in Giants' success

Pitching coach entering his 16th season in role with San Francisco

Righetti a quiet constant in Giants' success

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Asked early Monday morning if he ever wonders why he still seems to fly under the national radar as pitching coach of the three-time World Series champion Giants, Dave Righetti grinned, winked and said, "That's the idea."

Bruce Bochy, distinguished manager of the reigning champs, doesn't hesitate in freely praising Righetti. The Giants lost one vital coach to retirement this season with former third-base coach Tim Flannery taking his guitar to the beach, but "Rags," as he's been known in clubhouses for years, is still at Bochy's side.

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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.

Big innings don't always equate to struggles next season

History shows Bumgarner's 2014 workload doesn't necessarily mean extra obstacles this year

Big innings don't always equate to struggles next season

At some point between the final out of the World Series and that time a photo of Madison Bumgarner and an ox went viral, the question emerged: Was the big Giants lefty's huge postseason on top of a career-high innings load too much of a great thing?

The answer may be evident in the relative similarity in size between the man and an actual beast of burden, but really it will be proven by how Bumgarner performs in 2015. And before we find out, charting it up a bit shows that his total of 270 innings between Opening Day and Game 7 was the most in zero years, ranked fifth in the past five seasons and wouldn't have rated in the Majors' top 10 for just the regular season many years in the 1960s and '70s.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain cancels Giants' workout before Cactus League opener

Rain cancels Giants' workout before Cactus League opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nobody seemed to complain Monday as the Giants were rained out of their final workout preceding Cactus League play.

Right-hander Tim Hudson still threw off a bullpen mound, continuing his progress toward rejoining the season-opening starting rotation. Rookie position players still sought refuge in the batting cages as they attempted to refine their swings.

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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.

Whiteside ready for next chapter as Giants' bullpen catcher

Veteran turned down Minor League offer to pursue coaching career

Whiteside ready for next chapter as Giants' bullpen catcher

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As a catcher, Eli Whiteside grew accustomed to surveying the whole field. He certainly looked at the big picture when he decided to rejoin the Giants as their bullpen catcher.

Whiteside, who appeared in 199 games for the Giants from 2009-12, was offered the bullpen catcher's job after Bill Hayes, who held that role for 13 years, was promoted to first-base coach in December. Whiteside already had signed a Minor League contract with the Atlanta Braves. But, at age 35, Whiteside realistically considered how much longer he could continue to play, particularly if reaching the Majors wasn't part of the reward.

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