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3/5/2015 | Cain, Hudson have encouraging BP sessions

The Giants appear to be on the verge of getting a pair of arms back in their rotation as Matt Cain and Tim Hudson are each nearing a return to game action.


3/5/2015 | Pence out 6-8 weeks after breaking left forearm

The season hasn't started, but the Giants are already down a starting outfielder. Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, breaking his left forearm.


3/5/2015 | Carbonell sparks Giants rally with homer

The Giants used some late-inning magic to erase an early deficit and secure their first Cactus League victory, 8-6, over the Cubs on Thursday. After trailing, 5-0, through five, the Giants scratched across a run in the sixth, scored two in the seventh via a Daniel Carbonell home run and took the lead with a five-run eighth.


3/5/2015 | Vogelsong happy with mechanics in spring debut

Ryan Vogelsong admittedly wasn't as dialed in as he could have been, but as far as Spring Training debuts go, the Giants right-hander was pleased with his performance.


3/5/2015 | Umpire injury leads to odd strike-calling scenario

After home-plate umpire Dale Scott was hit by a pitch and had to leave Thursday's game between the Cubs and Giants, Jim Joyce took over calling balls and strikes, doing so from behind the pitcher's mound.


3/5/2015 | Panik aiming to build on special rookie campaign

It's hard to have a better year than the one Joe Panik had in 2014. The Giants infielder is just 24 years old, and he has plenty of time ahead of him, but it will be hard to top a season in which he made his Major League debut, won a World Series and got engaged to his high school sweetheart.


3/4/2015 | 'Little things' help Giants come up big on offense

One thing the Giants are good at doing with their offense is maximizing it. Three factors help the Giants thrive: situational hitting, balanced contributions and baserunning.


3/4/2015 | Giants pitching has rough afternoon against A's

Marcus Semien maintained his torrid production, driving in three runs Wednesday to help pace the A's to a 9-2 victory over the Giants in a Cactus League exhibition.


3/4/2015 | Ishikawa working to hone outfield skills

After Travis Ishikawa delivered a memorable postseason at the plate, and an up-and-down postseason in the outfield, the National League Championship Series hero is working hard this spring to provide the Giants another viable outfield glove for 2015.


3/4/2015 | Crawford taking it easy with mild shoulder soreness

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is enduring mild soreness in his right (throwing) shoulder but said Wednesday he expects to resume playing defensively next week.


3/3/2015 | MadBum's mechanics -- and personality -- are stress-free

Madison Bumgarner wasn't even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.


3/3/2015 | Lincecum shows flashes of dominance in spring debut

Tim Lincecum demonstrated his potential for dominance, striking out two and reaching two-strike counts to each hitter he faced while working the third inning. He also proved susceptible to lapses as he surrendered Ben Zobrist's leadoff double and wild-pitched him home.


3/3/2015 | MadBum not disappointed by shaky spring outing

Admitting that he concentrated on preparation rather than results, Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed four runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings as the reigning World Series champions opened their Cactus League season Tuesday against the A's.


3/3/2015 | Bumgarner not sharp in Cactus League debut

Back on the mound for the first time since his World Series MVP performance, Madison Bumgarner faced 10 batters and was tagged for four runs and five hits, including a two-run homer to Marcus Semien, with two strikeouts.


3/2/2015 | Rain cancels Giants' workout before Cactus League opener

Nobody seemed to complain Monday as the Giants were rained out of their final workout preceding Cactus League play, which begins Tuesday against Oakland in Mesa.


3/2/2015 | Whiteside ready for next chapter as Giants' bullpen catcher

As a catcher, Eli Whiteside grew accustomed to surveying the whole field. He certainly looked at the big picture when he decided to rejoin the Giants as their bullpen catcher.


3/2/2015 | Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

With Tuesday's Cactus League opener against the Oakland A's, the Giants will begin conducting auditions for the few vacancies in their cast. The Giants will have exactly one relief spot up for grabs, and also could have as many as two roles available for position players.


3/2/2015 | Righetti a quiet constant in Giants' success

Asked if he ever wonders why he still seems to fly under the national radar as pitching coach of the three-time World Series champion Giants, Dave Righetti grinned, winked and said, "That's the idea." Bruce Bochy, distinguished manager of the reigning champs, doesn't hesitate in freely praising Righetti, who is entering his 16th season as pitching coach.


3/2/2015 | Big innings don't always equate to struggles next season

History shows Madison Bumgarner's workload of 270 innings in the regular season and postseason combined last year won't necessarily bring extra hurdles to the Giants ace this year.


3/1/2015 | Bochy announces pitchers for first week of Cactus League

Madison Bumgarner will be followed by Jake Peavy, Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit for the Giants in Cactus League action.


3/1/2015 | Pair of Matt Duffys makes MLB see double

Matt Duffy is a Giants infielder. Matt Duffy is an Astros prospect. Don't worry: You're not the only one to be confused.


3/1/2015 | Cepeda: Minoso a pacesetter for Latin American ballplayers

Orlando Cepeda spoke in a voice thick with emotion as he eulogized his close friend, Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, who died Sunday. Cepeda called the Cuban-born Minoso the pacesetter for Latin American ballplayers such as himself.