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.

Giants forced to scramble under rainy skies

Giants forced to scramble under rainy skies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Saturday's almost ceaseless rain forced the Giants to adjust their workout regimen. And with more rain expected Sunday, lack of sufficient preparation is a concern as the Giants approach Friday's Cactus League opener against the Reds.

The first day of "live" batting practice, with hitters facing pitchers instead of coaches, was postponed until Monday. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was "not ruling out" live work on Sunday if the rain stops long enough over Scottsdale Stadium.

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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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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.

Bike-riding Bonds surprises fans at FanFest

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Bike-riding Bonds surprises fans at FanFest

Every team in the league throws a FanFest event before the season begins, an opportunity for fans to flock to the stadium (or off-site location) and spend the day with players, coaches, radio personalities and mascots. It's a great way to spend an offseason day, that's for sure.

One of the major draws at any FanFest is the autograph session, where fans can meet and obtain signatures from their favorite players. Some Giants fans in line at #SFGFest on Saturday at AT&T Park, though, received an even more special experience when a man came by on his bicycle.

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Enthusiastic crowd greets Giants at FanFest

Enthusiastic crowd greets Giants at FanFest

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Melancon prompted noisy bursts of cheering without recording a save.

During Saturday's Giants FanFest at AT&T Park, the team's new closer pondered for only a second or two when asked to cite his favorite baseball moment.

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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.

Advanced stats have Posey optimistic about power

Advanced stats have Posey optimistic about power

SAN FRANCISCO -- This must be a new season. Buster Posey cited modern metrics.

Posey tends to take a dim view of statistics -- traditional or otherwise -- with the exception of victories. Yet the Giants' four-time All-Star catcher reluctantly acknowledged the significance of Statcast™ calculations that indicated that he's not becoming as powerless at the plate as his raw home run totals suggest.

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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.

Pence being 'a little cautious' about side injury

Pence being 'a little cautious' about side injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence expects to be ready for next week's start of Spring Training despite an apparently mild injury in his right side.

Pence, 33, acknowledged he isn't working out at full intensity -- "I'm being a little cautious," he said -- but sounded optimistic overall.

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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' ideal 2017 season depends on starters

With aces Bumgarner and Cueto at top, rotation looks strong

Giants' ideal 2017 season depends on starters

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: The perfect season.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Winning three recent World Series and posting the Major Leagues' best first-half record last season taught the Giants how an ideal season would unfold.

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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 banking on young guys to fill void

Opportunities available in left field, bullpen

Giants banking on young guys to fill void

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: What's the vision?

SAN FRANCISCO -- For many ballclubs in most team sports at any level, ability comes from stability. Hence the Giants hope that 2017 will be a year when younger players establish themselves in new roles.

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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.

Posey, Crawford, Cueto set for WBC 2017

Posey, Crawford, Cueto set for WBC 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto, who rank among the most celebrated Giants, earned another distinction on Wednesday when they were named to participate in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Posey and Crawford will represent the United States, while Cueto will join the Dominican Republic squad.

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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.

Former Giants reliever Lopez retires

Pitcher won four World Series championships with Red Sox ('07) and Giants ('10, '12, '14)

Former Giants reliever Lopez retires

SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Javier Lopez, an integral part of the Giants' three World Series triumphs, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Lopez, 39, was available in free agency but apparently did not prompt the same interest that led the Giants to offer him multiyear contracts -- twice -- to keep him in their bullpen. Lopez's ERA and WHIP rose from 1.60 and 0.890, respectively, in 2015 to 4.05 and 1.463 last season.

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Posey ready for a busy spring

Posey ready for a busy spring

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: How's your star?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Concern for Buster Posey's well-being probably won't ebb until his playing career ends.

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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.