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Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn't yet named the fourth and fifth starters for the team's pitching rotation. And Saturday's events probably didn't hasten any judgments for Bochy and the Giants' decision-makers.
The Giants will have some big roster decisions to make -- especially in center field -- as the end of Spring Training nears.
Veteran pitchers and Spring Training don't always mesh well, and the Giants will have to assume Jeff Samardzija's past two outings are not indicative of what's to come.
Giants left-hander Andrew Suarez was among top prospect performers in Spring Training on Saturday.
Two key members of the Giants pitching staff -- Johnny Cueto and Mark Melancon -- got their work in Wednesday in a Minor League game, hours ahead of the big league team's night game in Peoria.
Derek Holland's final destination is still to be determined, but including a decent 3 1/3-inning performance in Wednesday's 5-4 Giants loss to the Mariners at Peoria Stadium, the veteran left-hander has achieved at least one goal, in giving the Giants a viable option to fill out their pitching staff when they break camp in less than two weeks.
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If Giants fans needed a reminder that Opening Day is looming, they needed to look no further than the players who comprised their team's lineup Tuesday night in a 2-1 loss to the split-squad Cubs.
The winds at AT&T Park make playing a game there sometimes challenging. Right field, especially, creates its own unique environment, with an odd-shaped brick wall and the swirling gusts that come off McCovey Cove. New Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen, who has played 28 games at AT&T Park as a visitor -- albeit in center field -- appears ready for it.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy did a valiant job of remaining vague on Monday when pressed about specific candidates who might fill out his rotation come Opening Day. But, it's becoming increasingly obvious Chris Stratton may have already pitched his way into the rotation.
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Giants' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Where outfielder Steven Duggar lands when camp breaks in a couple of weeks is still to be decided, but even if he does not make that final cut, he's given the Giants plenty to ponder as they inch toward Opening Day.
Boxers learn to keep their hands elevated, lest they expose themselves to a vicious punch. Giants outfielder Mac Williamson has lowered his hands and has just begun to fight.
Hunter Pence might not have silenced all skeptics, but he at least drowned out a few doubters Sunday with a first-inning grand slam that propelled the Giants to their fifth consecutive Cactus League victory, a 5-4 decision over the Padres.
Third-base coach Ron Wotus and first-base coach Jose Alguacil possess the responsibility of refining the Giants' baserunning skills. Both believe that the club can consistently put its best feet forward this year.
The Giants' 10-7 Cactus League triumph on Friday over the Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium raised a couple of essential issues about Buster Posey: the frequency with which the All-Star catcher can play the game's most grueling position and, when he does play, the spot in the batting order that he'll occupy to maximize his offensive production.
Competition brings out the best in most athletes, which seems to be the case for Giants outfielder Mac Williamson this spring.
Jeff Samardzija's pitching line was filled with crooked numbers, as baseball people like to call digits other than one or zero. San Francisco's No. 3 starter, who's prone to yielding home runs, coughed up three of them -- all in the third inning -- in Friday's 10-7 Cactus League victory over the Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy ended an offseason of speculation Wednesday by declaring his preference to bat Joe Panik leadoff against right-handed pitchers, followed by Brandon Belt.
Following right forearm surgery, an offseason of recovery and a 1-2-3 inning in his Cactus League debut Wednesday, Giants closer Mark Melancon wasn't quite sure how to summarize the state of his throwing arm.
Giants beat reporter Chris Haft answers questions from fans about the rotation, non-roster invitees and more.
Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the upcoming season. Some compete for jobs in big league camp, while others vie for spots on Minor League affiliates. MLB Pipeline will visit all 30 camps this spring, and today we check in on the Giants.
Garrett Williams made headlines with a huge performance in the Little League World Series, but he struggled to live up to expectations in college. He's now making strides while developing in the Giants system as their No. 9 prospect.
So far, the skeptics and the hitters Ty Blach faces have responded identically to his pitching. They've disappeared almost noiselessly.
Brandon Crawford bobbled the first ground ball hit to him Monday, Joey Gallo's first-inning smash that found the Giants shortstop playing a few paces to the right-field side of second base in an overshifted alignment. The mild misplay shouldn't have been surprising, since Crawford was appearing in his first Cactus League game on defense.
A rookie's goal is to make club management want to see more of him. On Sunday, Steven Duggar left the Giants hoping for the sight of him on at least 150 occasions between late March and October.
Evan Longoria started his initial Cactus League game at third base for the Giants on Saturday and hit a home run.
The Giants don't list Pablo Sandoval as an assistant batting coach. But he has provided analysis and instruction for fellow hitters, particularly with rookie center fielder Steven Duggar.
Madison Bumgarner pitched three perfect innings in the Giants' 3-2 Cactus League loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Bumgarner was so efficient that he did not reach his 50-pitch limit. He threw 42.
Kyle Jensen, a non-roster invitee, crushed his team-leading fourth homer of the spring in the second inning off Reds starter Homer Bailey on Friday, and Steven Duggar launched his second exhibition homer an inning later.
A non-roster invitee to the Giants' Spring Training camp who's competing for a utility role, Chase d'Arnaud possesses enough athleticism to have played parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues.
In contention for a spot in the back of the Giants' rotation, left-hander Ty Blach followed up a strong spring debut last week with three impressive innings Wednesday in a 10-10 tie with the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Blach was followed by Andrew Suarez, who's also fighting for a rotation spot.
If you can believe it, Opening Day is only four weeks away, and we're previewing each division every Wednesday. Baseball is an individual sport masquerading as a team sport, so, thus, we'll be previewing each division by counting down the 20 most pivotal players in the division. These aren't necessarily the best players. They're just the ones whose 2018 performance will be most vital to their teams' success this season, and in seasons moving forward. To keep it fair, we can only pick four players from each team.
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Andrew McCutchen hung out with Willie Mays