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Andrew Susac belted his first Cactus League home run as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4 on Friday.

His solo blast off Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning increased the Giants advantage to 5-3. Susac also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He has been scuffling at the dish this spring, hitting just .222 (4-for-18) with one homer and one RBI.
Mar 28 - 12:55 AM

Chris Heston delivered a strong start in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits over six frames.

Heston didn't issue a walk or strike out a batter on the night. With the dearth of rotation options that the Giants already have, the 26-year-old hurler has no chance of cracking the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A to begin the season and could be called upon to make a spot start at some point during the season.
Mar 28 - 12:55 AM

Tim Lincecum struck out seven but permitted four runs -- three earned -- over five innings of work Thursday against the Athletics.

He allowed four hits and walked a pair in what really was a pretty typical Lincecum performance. The right-hander has recorded 14 strikeouts over 13 Cactus League innings but also holds a 6.92 ERA. Lincecum has pitched better than Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong, which means he'll likely begin the season in the rotation. His leash will be short, though.
Mar 26 - 11:51 PM

Buster Posey is dealing with a mild right scapula injury.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy called the injury "very mild." Posey was removed a few innings early in Wednesday's game and he'll play first base Thursday to get a bit of a rest, but it doesn't sound like anything too concerning.
Mar 25 - 7:04 PM

Tim Hudson had a quality start facing the Rockies on Wednesday, yielding three runs in six innings.

All the damage was done in the fourth inning, when the Rockies scored two runs on a Troy Tulowitzki homer and another on a Justin Morneau ground out. Hudson allowed six hits overall, walking none, and striking out three. The 39-year-old has had a good spring so far, allowing four runs in 12 innings with a 9/4 K/BB ratio.
Mar 25 - 6:48 PM

Angel Pagan (back) will get some at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

It will be his first game action since his back issues cropped up a week ago. Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted just a few days ago to being concerned about Pagan having more problems with his surgically-repaired back, and the outfielder is far from out of the woods. Tuesday will be a nice step, though, provided he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 23 - 7:11 PM

Brandon Belt finished 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single in Monday's 8-3 win over the Royals.

Belt's RBI single came in garbage time, tacking on another run to make it 8-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Belt is a popular bounce-back candidate after missing a large chunk of 2014 due to concussion-related issues. He's batting .325 (13-for-40) so far this spring.
Mar 23 - 7:05 PM

Jake Peavy yielded three runs in five innings in Monday's start against the Royals.

The Royals scored once in the second inning and two in Peavy's final frame. Overall, he gave up seven hits and a walk, recording three strikeouts in the process. Peavy hasn't set the world on fire this spring, posting a meager 6.75 ERA in 12 innings, but the Giants know what to expect from the veteran right-hander, who posted an aggregate 3.73 ERA with a 158/63 K/BB ratio in 202 2/3 innings in Boston and San Francisco last season.
Mar 23 - 7:02 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double in Sunday's game against the Royals.

Aoki now has back-to-back two-hit outings, pushing his Cactus League average up to .190 (8-for-42). Signed to a one-year deal in January, Aoki will start every day for the Giants in left field and could bat lead-off at times.
Mar 22 - 6:56 PM

Madison Bumgarner looked strong on Sunday, limiting the Angels to one run on one hit over six innings.

The only run and hit come on an Albert Pujols solo home run in the first inning. Bumgarner issued no walks and struck out five, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 5.65 in the process. The spring results haven't been there, but there aren't any questions as to whether or not he can reprise his 2014 performance, which resulted in finishing fourth in NL Cy Young balloting.
Mar 22 - 6:39 PM

Justin Maxwell doubled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats Sunday versus the Angels.

Maxwell hit a solo home run off of C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie at the time. The 31-year-old hasn't made a lot of noise this spring, but he remains in the running for a bench role with Hunter Pence on the disabled list.
Mar 22 - 6:37 PM

Gregor Blanco went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double in Sunday's Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Blanco's spring average is up to .323 (10-for-31), a good sign for the Giants as he is their No. 1 option to fill in for Hunter Pence in right field. Though the Giants could swap Aoki in left field and Blanco, manager Bruce Bochy said he prefers someone with familiarity with AT&T Park's "quirky outfield".
Source: MLB.com
Mar 22 - 6:34 PM

Casey McGehee went 1-for-3 in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Angels.

The performance causes his Cactus League average to fall to .419 (13-for-31). McGehee has the unenviable task of replacing Pablo Sandoval at third base. He performed well for the Marlins last season, especially in the first half when he hit .319 with 53 RBI in 407 plate appearances.
Mar 21 - 8:08 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a triple in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Aoki has had a rough spring, as Saturday's performance only pushes his Cactus League average up to .154 (6-for-39). The triple was his first extra-base hit of the season. Aoki's gap power, though, should suit him nicely in San Francisco and should come close to 20 steals again.
Mar 21 - 8:05 PM

Tim Lincecum was effective over four innings, allowing one run, Saturday versus the Angels.

Lincecum had missed his last scheduled start due to a stiff neck, but appeared fine on Saturday. The right-hander limited the Angels to two hits and a walk but didn't record a strikeout. Lincecum will slot into the back of the Giants' rotation, but given his past results, expect the Giants to have a shorter-than-average leash on him.
Mar 21 - 8:00 PM


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