Belt homers, Arroyo impresses against A's

Rosales draws tiebreaking walk in 8th to lift Oakland

Belt homers, Arroyo impresses against A's

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Rosales drew a bases-loaded, two-out walk from Giants rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez that broke an eighth-inning tie Monday and lifted the Oakland A's past San Francisco, 5-4.

The A's scored twice in each of the first two innings to grab a 4-0 lead. Matt Joyce, who has homered in both games he has played, connected this time with one out off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. A two-out walk that Samardzija issued to Khris Davis also made a difference, since it set up Stephen Vogt's RBI single.

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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.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Giants hoping for Cueto's arrival this week

Pitcher waiting on ailing father's visa to travel from Dominican Republic

Giants hoping for Cueto's arrival this week

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants general manager Bobby Evans indicated Monday that the delay in obtaining a visa for Johnny Cueto's father could be resolved soon, meaning that the All-Star right-hander could report to Spring Training within a few days.

"Later this week is our hope," Evans said.

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Arroyo living up to prospect hype in spring

Arroyo living up to prospect hype in spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Christian Arroyo's bases-loaded, two-run single in the Giants' three-run, seventh-inning rally Monday against the A's was almost predictable.

Arroyo, the Giants' top position-player prospect, began torching Spring Training pitching last year, when he hit .556 (10-for-18) with two home runs and six RBIs. He's 3-for-4 this spring.

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Calixte an 'intriguing' presence with Giants

Utility player on 40-man roster, in camp on Minor League deal

Calixte an 'intriguing' presence with Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One way or another, Orlando Calixte will command attention. He possesses a cornerback's musculature and a hairstyle featuring brown highlights.

"It's just being young and crazy," the utility man said Monday with a laugh.

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Jim Callis

Breaking down the Giants' Top 30 list

Draftees make up overwhelming majority of club's top prospects

Breaking down the Giants' Top 30 list

The Giants have won three World Series and averaged 87 wins per season this decade, thanks in large part to their ability to identify and refine talent. They signed and developed their two superstars, former first-round picks Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, as well as All-Star infielders Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik. They're set to contend for another championship in 2017, and on many days they'll have seven homegrown players in their lineup.

San Francisco's farm system never seems to receive much acclaim but keeps churning out big leaguers. The majority of the players on our Giants Top 30 Prospects list are set to arrive at AT&T Park in the next year or two, and right-hander Tyler Beede, infielder Christian Arroyo and outfielder Steven Duggar could play significant roles. There's plenty of bullpen help on the way, with Joan Gregorio and Steven Okert the most likely candidates to contribute in 2017.

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Williamson, Parker shine as battle for LF job heats up

Williamson, Parker shine as battle for LF job heats up

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With a few more games resembling Sunday's, the competition for the Giants' starting role in left field featuring Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson could result in a photo finish.

Considered the leading contenders for the spot, Parker and Williamson both displayed their strengths in the Giants' 9-5 win over the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.

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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 blast trio of homers against Reds

Giants blast trio of homers against Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Giants slugged three home runs on Sunday to power their way to a 9-5 victory over the Reds at Goodyear Park. San Francisco has opened Cactus League play with a 3-0 record, while Cincinnati fell to 0-3.

"That's nice," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of his club's spring start. "But it's about getting ready [for the regular season]."

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moore pleased with first outing of spring

Lefty strikes out three over 1 1/3 innings vs. Reds

Moore pleased with first outing of spring

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Unlike many of his counterparts at this early juncture of Spring Training, Giants left-hander Matt Moore wanted to pitch with a purpose on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Instead of trying to refine each of his deliveries within his ration of pitches, Moore decided to stick mainly with what was working, trying to better capitalize on "getting in a competitive situation again."

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Beede strong against Reds, not focused on competition

Prospect tosses two scoreless innings of relief

Beede strong against Reds, not focused on competition

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Tyler Beede's two scoreless innings for the Giants in their 9-5 win over the Reds on Sunday won't catapult him into the thick of the competition for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

But it should cause the Giants' decision-makers -- who already regard Beede as essential to the franchise's future success -- to continue to watch the 23-year-old right-hander even more closely, as he progresses toward the berth in the rotation that he should likely claim in the future.

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Bochy confident 'it's going to be easier' for Hwang

Bochy confident 'it's going to be easier' for Hwang

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Another day brought another three-run homer that generated a Giants victory.

Granted, none of this slugging actually counted. Nevertheless, two games into the Cactus League season, it appears possible that healthy competition could be developing among the right-handed batters competing for a spot on San Francisco's bench.

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Melancon: 'Executed pretty well' in first SF outing

Melancon: 'Executed pretty well' in first SF outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Melancon's initial Cactus League appearance as a Giant was exactly what the ballclub expected.

Three batters up, three down against the top third of the Chicago Cubs' batting order. A pair of ground balls, which Melancon specializes in coaxing with his cut fastball. In short, he delivered a thoroughly uneventful outing in the Giants' 8-6 Cactus League triumph.

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Cain feels good after debut; searching for mechanics

Cain feels good after debut; searching for mechanics

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants right-hander Matt Cain sounded content after his Cactus League start Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, though he yielded a pair of runs and three hits in two innings. The Giants outlasted the Cubs, 8-6.

Second baseman Kelby Tomlinson bobbled Munenori Kawasaki's second-inning grounder for an error with a runner on third base, rendering that run unearned. Cain lacked swing-and-miss stuff, but wasn't concerned about that at this juncture of the spring.

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Newcomer Hwang homers to lead Giants past Cubs

Newcomer Hwang homers to lead Giants past Cubs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jae-gyun Hwang lined a three-run homer in the sixth inning Saturday to seal the Giants' 8-6 Cactus League triumph Saturday over a split squad of Cubs.

The Giants broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning as Orlando Calixte singled, advanced to second base on Tim Federowicz's walk and scored on Austin Slater's opposite-field single to right. Up came Hwang, a non-roster invitee who hit 27 homers last year in Korea. Hwang, who struck out in both of his plate appearances in Friday's spring opener against Cincinnati, also found the opposite field, clearing the wall in right with his drive off Jim Henderson.

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Bumgarner's start ends with Giants walk-off

Bumgarner's start ends with Giants walk-off

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Marrero blasted a three-run, walk-off homer as the Giants rallied past the Reds, 6-4, in Friday's Cactus League opener at Scottsdale Stadium.

Marrero, who finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs after replacing first baseman Brandon Belt in the fifth, followed Orlando Calixte's walk and Christian Arroyo's single off Reds right-hander Kevin Shackelford.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Playing spring opener important step for Pence

Playing spring opener important step for Pence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Do not underestimate Hunter Pence's enthusiasm.

Participating in the Giants' Cactus League opener Friday against the Cincinnati Reds was a top priority for the right fielder, who believed that he made a statement to all onlookers by digging in the batter's box for two plate appearances and playing three innings in right field.

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First start about building strength for Bumgarner

First start about building strength for Bumgarner

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In Madison Bumgarner's view, the less said about his outing Friday, the better.

Asked how he felt about his one-inning performance in the Giants' 6-4 win in the Cactus League opener Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, Bumgarner allowed himself a tiny smile and said, "I felt."

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Marrero quick to add name to OF competition

Marrero quick to add name to OF competition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Officially, the Giants' 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Friday's Cactus League opener meant nothing. Unofficially, the decision can allow the Giants to imagine that they'll be more resilient this season.

Chris Marrero, a non-roster invitee, lined a three-run, ninth-inning homer to erase the Giants' 4-3 deficit and address one of their faults still lingering from 2016. San Francisco performed lifelessly a year ago when trailing entering the ninth inning, compiling an 0-62 record in those situations.

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Better version of Panik in the making

Giants second baseman setting high standards for 2017

Better version of Panik in the making

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Given Joe Panik's array of accomplishments, improving means excelling.

Panik made the National League All-Star team in 2015. Last year, the Giants second baseman won a Gold Glove Award and established himself as the toughest player in the Major Leagues to strike out.

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Tomlinson honing skills at multiple spots

Tomlinson honing skills at multiple spots

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kelby Tomlinson doesn't need a spreadsheet to help him organize enough time to sharpen his defensive skills at the three infield positions he plays.

Years of playing second base, shortstop and third base have taught Tomlinson, the Giants' reigning utility man, how to allocate his attention to each spot as he strives to reacclimate himself around the diamond.

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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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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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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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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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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.