What’s different and what’s the same for the Giants this spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The first Giants’ hitting group oozed with star power.

The second crew of hitters cracked jokes about 2012.

The third still wished it was 2012.

The Giants held their first full-squad workout of spring training on Monday as a team attempting to blend new energy with old magic hit the field at Scottsdale Stadium.

High-profile offseason acquisitions Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria joined with Buster Posey and Hunter Pence as a quartet with nearly 40 seasons of Major League experience took their first hacks of the year together.

“We’re all eager, we all put in the work this offseason because we want to make a change,” Pence said. “We want to make the adjustment and we’re excited to get back together and get that opportunity. It feels good, it feels fresh to be here.”

Andrew McCutchen’s first swings as a Giant pic.twitter.com/CaSVquNO58

— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) February 19, 2018

The second group to take batting practice featured three homegrown infielders –Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Joe Panik– as well as free agent signee Austin Jackson, an outfielder who lost the 2012 World Series with the Detroit Tigers to a Giants’ team that still features many of the same regular starters.

“Absolutely, it was fun, I played against these guys a few times and obviously in the World Series,” Jackson said. “Getting to be around this core group that was there during that time, it’s just awesome. We’ve been making a lot of jokes all day about that series and it’s been really fun.”

The third crew to step inside the cage on Monday included backup catcher Nick Hundley and three Giants’ players who won rings in 2012, eventually left the organization, and now find themselves trying to scratch out a job with the club. Gregor Blanco, Hector Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval, the 2012 World Series …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Ovechkin scores 35th goal as Capitals beat Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 35th goal, and the Washington Capitals reclaimed the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

John Carlson had a goal and assist and Philipp Grubauer stopped 32 shots in a game Washington led 2-0 after two periods.

Evgeny Kuznetsov sealed the victory by scoring into an open net with 26 seconds remaining, and the Capitals ended a four-game road trip at 2-1-1 and bounced back from a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday.

Washington improved to 34-18-7 for 75 points, moving one ahead of the idle Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kyle Okposo spoiled Grubauer’s shutout bid by having Scott Wilson’s shot from the high slot deflect in off him with 7:18 remaining to cut Washington’s lead to 2-1.

Evander Kane then closed the scoring with a goal with 4 seconds left in a final period in which Buffalo managed 17 of its 34 shots.

Backup goalie Chad Johnson stopped 27 shots.

The Sabres dropped to 2-7-1 in their past 10 home games.

Washington’s first two goals had to be reviewed.

Ovechkin scored 1:18 into the second period by getting his stick up to bat down Christian Djoos’ rising shot from the left point and bounce it inside the left post. The goal held up upon a video review, in which the NHL determined Ovechkin’s stick was not above the crossbar.

Carlson scored with 6:27 left in the second period during a scramble for the puck to the left of the Buffalo net. Carlson jammed the puck loose …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca


Report: Diamondbacks agree to contract with outfielder Jarrod Dyson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year contract with outfielder Jarrod Dyson, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Dyson’s contract is worth $7.5 million over two years.

The news comes less than an hour after it was reported that J.D. Martinez, who finished the 2017 season in Arizona, had agreed to a contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Dyson, 33, spent last season with the Seattle Mariners after playing the first six seasons of his career with the Kansas City Royals. In 2017, he hit .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 111 games.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca


Felix Auger-Aliassime falls to Tomas Fabbiano in Marseille

MARSEILLE, France — Seventh-seeded Damir Dzumhur staved off four match points to beat Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the first round of the Open 13 on Monday.

The Bosnian won 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 6-1 and will face Thomas Fabbiano of Italy in the second round.

Fabbiano beat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4 despite the 17-year-old wild card serving up seven aces.

Julien Benneteau of France also won in straight sets but the 2010 finalist will find it tougher against fifth-seeded Roberto Buatista Agut in the second round.

Benneteau had to save three break points to beat Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-4, 6-3.

The 36-year-old Benneteau is the oldest player in the draw and will retire after Wimbledon.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca


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