SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey took another big step in his comeback just by playing at home again after an injury-shortened season last year, and the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year didn’t even need to do much in the San Francisco Giants’ 4-2 exhibition win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
His mere presence on the field mattered most. Fans cheered when he stretched out in left field, then again and again at every opportunity.
Melky Cabrera earned his own share of praise from his new supporters when he connected for a solo home run in the sixth to put San Francisco on the board. He then added an RBI single in the seventh for his third hit.
Bearded closer Brian Wilson ran out for the ninth to roars of his own. He struck out the side in order for his first spring save and showed no ill effects from the elbow problem that sidelined him late last season, thrilling the sellout crowd of 41,823 at AT&T Park eager for another special October run like the 2010 World Series winners had.
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