Parker embraces battle for roster spot

February 24, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The uncertainty surrounding Jarrett Parker‘s professional future could cause him to feel ill. Instead, he remains chill. Parker, San Francisco’s Opening Day left fielder a year ago, is rarely mentioned in the speculation about the composition of the Giants’ outfield. Rather than name him as a projected starter or as a candidate to earn a reserve role, the Giants traded for Andrew McCutchen, signed free agent Austin…

Read More >>

Stratton benefits from Cain's lessons

February 24, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Cain is retired, but his wisdom endures in the hearts and minds of the Giants’ younger pitchers, who received plenty of advice from the three-time All-Star, particularly last season. One of Cain’s most eager pupils was Chris Stratton, a leading candidate for one of the two starting-rotation vacancies. Saturday, Stratton stranded four baserunners in two innings, but still blanked a split-squad of Dodgers, who fell 9-3…

Read More >>

Cy Young winner Blue was Bay Area workhorse

February 24, 2018

Over the course of February — which is Black History Month — MLB Network and MLB.com are looking back at some of the most prominent African-American players in MLB history. On Saturday, we look back on the career of former A’s star Vida Blue. Before Vida Blue began a successful 17-year career in the Majors with the A’s, Giants and Royals from 1969-’86, he was drafted by the Kansas City…

Read More >>

Giants in high spirits at first full workout

February 20, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Almost midway through their calisthenics before Monday’s opening full-squad workout, the Giants suddenly broke into rhythmic clapping, as if it were choreographed. As left fielder Hunter Pence revealed, the moment was indeed planned. But the feeling behind it was spontaneous. It also was welcome, coming from a team that made little noise last year. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Almost midway through their calisthenics before Monday’s opening full-squad workout,…

Read More >>

Giants impressed by Lincecum's showcase

February 16, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants liked what they saw of Tim Lincecum during the free agent’s showcase effort Thursday. Whether that was enough to prompt the club to seek a reunion with its former staff ace remains uncertain. Lincecum, 33, easily could fit the Giants’ needs. Openings exist within the starting rotation, though Chris Stratton and Ty Blach are the favorites to claim those spots. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants…

Read More >>

Strickland schooled by Smoltz on sliders

February 16, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland sought offseason pitching tips, he bypassed peers, turned past teachers, eschewed experts and spurned sages. Strickland didn’t mess around. He went all the way to the master. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland sought offseason pitching tips, he bypassed peers, turned past teachers, eschewed experts and spurned sages. Strickland didn’t mess around. He went all the way to the master….

Read More >>

Bochy: 'We're looking for these guys to step up'

February 16, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants manager Bruce Bochy delivered a message on Thursday to the organization’s next wave of pitchers: If you want a big league job, start performing like a big league pitcher. “We’re looking for these guys to step up. They’re men now,” Bochy said. “They’re approaching pitching in the Major Leagues. We’re looking for them to get better, improving and doing all they can to win a job…

Read More >>

Bench role doesn't disturb cheery Sandoval

February 14, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Pablo Sandoval is a cornered cornerman, but he doesn’t seem to mind. Sandoval, the hugely popular Giants third baseman, knows that Evan Longoria, the three-time All-Star, will occupy the hot corner for a large percentage of the season. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Pablo Sandoval is a cornered cornerman, but he doesn’t seem to mind. Sandoval, the hugely popular Giants third baseman, knows that Evan Longoria, the three-time All-Star,…

Read More >>

'Same butterflies' as Blanco eyes SF roster spot

February 13, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Being relegated to a substitute role would be fine with Gregor Blanco. From his perspective, there’s no substitute for being a Giant. Blanco, who spent 2012-16 with San Francisco before defecting to the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, is thrilled to have rejoined the Giants, though he faces considerable competition for a reserve outfielder’s spot. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Being relegated to a substitute role would be fine with…

Read More >>