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Giants’ Denard Span eyes better year after an ice-free offseason

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Life is good when baseball players can do baseball things in the offseason. Life is good for Denard Span, who seems to be approaching the 2017 season like it’s 2014. [...] the Giants’ center [Read entire story]

Giants’ Christian Arroyo: next piece of homegrown infield?

Last summer, they traded for Eduardo Nuñez, who had played mostly shortstop during his career but played third after Duffy was traded to Tampa Bay. Heck, even Buster Posey played shortstop in college. No wonder the [Read entire story]

Giants’ Michael Morse making roster decisions tough

Morse, who was invited to spring training by team officials at Hunter Pence’s wedding, is making a serious run at the Opening Day roster. Morse’s latest hits were an RBI double in the sixth inning and tie-breaking [Read entire story]

Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto on different paths to season

The Giants’ aces were in separate places for different showcases. While Madison Bumgarner was pitching six scoreless innings in front of a packed crowd at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday, Johnny Cueto quietly threw [Read entire story]

Giants’ Jarrett Parker making case for left field

Jarrett Parker is putting up nice numbers in his bid to win the Giants’ left-field job, at least in a platoon role. “He’s shortened things up, he’s got better plate discipline, he’s laying off some tough [Read entire story]

Buster Posey’s absence means more work for Giants’ backups

Life without Buster Posey continues for the Giants’ pitchers. Meantime, backup catcher Nick Hundley is getting extra work with the pitching staff, probably a good thing for the newcomer who signed a one-year deal in [Read entire story]

Giants’ Joe Panik getting his offensive groove back

The ball was hit high in the Arizona sky, and no fewer than three Giants defenders drifted behind second base and were in range of making the catch. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins called for it. After his bummer of a finish [Read entire story]

Giants’ Matt Moore on 2016 finale: ‘I’ve gone back to that moment many times’

Matt Moore pitched four innings Sunday, the latest step toward preparing for his first full season with the Giants. Fans are anticipating a big year out of Moore, who turned into a reliable starter - and Dodger-killer [Read entire story]

A’s Marcus Semien tries to become on-base threat

MESA, Ariz. — Marcus Semien became a more complete major-league shortstop last season, dramatically improving his defense and power numbers. Ask him which areas he wants to improve in the upcoming season, and it [Read entire story]

Giants’ Johnny Cueto pitches in front of dad for first time

Johnny Cueto made his first Cactus League start Saturday at a sold-out Scottsdale Stadium that included someone special in his life. The elder Cueto, 71, had a mini-stroke in the Dominican and spent 10 days in a [Read entire story]

Giants’ Johnny Cueto pitches in front of dad for first time

Johnny Cueto made his first Cactus League start Saturday at a sold-out Scottsdale Stadium that included someone special in his life. The elder Cueto, 71, had a mini-stroke in the Dominican and spent 10 days in a [Read entire story]

Bob Tewksbury is Giants’ mental performance coach

Over the winter, the Giants quietly hired former pitcher Bob Tewksbury as their mental performance coach, the team’s first full-time mental performance professional at the big-league level. “Anything that’ll help [Read entire story]

Giants’ Eduardo Nuñez, Will Smith bouncing back from ailments

The beauty of an extended spring training, the result of the World Baseball Classic, is it gives injured players more time to prepare for the season. Two Giants who can benefit from a longer training camp are third [Read entire story]

Giants’ Bumgarner, Cueto on target to open season

The Giants play the Diamondbacks in Phoenix on April 2. Manager Bruce Bochy arranged his spring training rotation so that Cueto, who’ll make his first Cactus League start Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium, follows [Read entire story]

Giants coach Jose Alguacil returns to clubhouse, feels “great’

Giants coach Jose Alguacil returns to clubhouse, feels great’ Alguacil, 44, also sustained fractures of the eye socket when hit by a ball at Surprise Stadium, the result of a check swing by Kansas City’s Hunter [Read entire story]

Tinkering with split-finger gave A’s Madson a sore arm

For several days, reliever Ryan Madson was shelved with what the A’s called general arm soreness. “I was working on a new pitch, a split-finger fastball,” Madson revealed after his Cactus League debut [Read entire story]

Ex-Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla with A’s: ‘bigger need for me’

Santiago Casilla won three championship rings and saved 127 games, including four in the 2014 postseason, for the Giants. Casilla made his long-awaited arrival at A’s camp Sunday, enduring the visa issues that kept [Read entire story]

A’s Jharel Cotton: ‘I’m not scared. I’m more mature’

Long after his two-inning stint in Oakland’s 5-4 victory over the Mariners, Cotton was at his Peoria Stadium locker breaking down his pitch sequences with veteran catcher Stephen Vogt. Cotton said his relationship [Read entire story]

A’s get glimpse of the old Sonny Gray

Two innings. “It’s nice to be get back out there and compete and execute and feel good,” Gray said after striking out four batters in two scoreless innings in Oakland’s 5-0 loss to the Padres on Wednesday. Gray [Read entire story]

Any challengers for Giants, Dodgers in NL West? Uh …

The Dodgers have won four straight division titles, the Giants’ three World Series championships in seven years. The question is whether the Diamondbacks and/or Rockies will make noise. Because we know the Padres [Read entire story]