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Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants delivers a pitch during a Cactus League game. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum Goes 5 In 6-4 Loss To A’s

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Lincecum pitched five shaky innings for the San Francisco Giants, and Billy Butler hit a two-run do...

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 11, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Giants Look To End Trend: 4 Things To Know For 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval to big money and the Boston Red Sox. They missed out paying big money to left-hander Jon Lester, who instead signed with the Chicago Cubs. While the […]

MESA, AZ - MARCH 24:  Manager Bob Melvin #6 of the Oakland Athletics throws batting practice before action against the Chicago Cubs in a preseason Cactus League game at HoHokam Stadium on March 24, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

New-Look A’s Expect To Contend: 5 Things To Know

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane […]

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4)

Major League Infields Shift In Response To Data Explosion

Players no longer are told to do everything the way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson did. The Big Shift is on, and long-held beliefs have burst in this post-steroids era, where hits and runs have become as precious as rare gems.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Juan Perez #2 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after scoring in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Shifting Juan Perez Toward Left-Field Line In Game 7 Changed World Series For Giants

If not for Perez playing shallow and closer to the foul line than he typically would, Game 7 and the title might have gone differently for Aoki and the Royals last fall.

WASHINGTON, DC- FEBRUARY 04:
Major League Baseball's 10th Commissioner of Baseball, Robert Manfred visits the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C. on February 04, 2014. 
(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Manfred: ‘Getting New Ballpark For Athletics A Priority’

MESA, Ariz. (AP) New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the Oakland Athletics’ desire for a new ballpark is a top priority, though he’s unsure what influence his office can have on the matter. Manfred, who […]

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Will Ferrell Playing With The A’s?

Will Ferrell is a comedian; not a baseball player. That is something we can all agree on. Well, that’s not stopping him! Ferrell plans on playing in the Cactus League on Thursday, March 11th. Ferrell […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 4: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants looks on before a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Giants’ Pence Upbeat Despite Broken Arm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Despite a cast on his left arm, the perennially optimistic Hunter Pence arrived upbeat in the San Francisco clubhouse on Friday. The Giants outfielder is expected to miss six to eight weeks […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 4: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants doubles in the first inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Giants’ Pence Breaks Arm In Win Over Cubbies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over […]

Manager Joe Maddon laughs on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Chicago Cubs spring training in Mesa, Ariz. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

A’s Tie With Cubs In Maddon’s Debut

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Joe Maddon gushed about the ballpark and the fans. He praised starter Travis Wood and said he liked the performance by his team. Surrounded by his family under a beautiful blue sky, […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 4: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run in the fifth inning during a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Offensive Onslaught Continues For A’s, Rout Giants 9-2

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring, but Josh Reddick had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in leading the Oakland […]

Giants
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 11, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Giants Look To End Trend: 4 Things To Know For 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval to big money and the Boston Red Sox. They missed out paying big money to left-hander Jon Lester, who instead signed with the Chicago Cubs. While the […]

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4)

Major League Infields Shift In Response To Data Explosion

Players no longer are told to do everything the way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson did. The Big Shift is on, and long-held beliefs have burst in this post-steroids era, where hits and runs have become as precious as rare gems.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Juan Perez #2 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after scoring in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Shifting Juan Perez Toward Left-Field Line In Game 7 Changed World Series For Giants

If not for Perez playing shallow and closer to the foul line than he typically would, Game 7 and the title might have gone differently for Aoki and the Royals last fall.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 4: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants looks on before a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Giants’ Pence Upbeat Despite Broken Arm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Despite a cast on his left arm, the perennially optimistic Hunter Pence arrived upbeat in the San Francisco clubhouse on Friday. The Giants outfielder is expected to miss six to eight weeks […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 4: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants doubles in the first inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Giants’ Pence Breaks Arm In Win Over Cubbies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over […]

A's
MESA, AZ - MARCH 24:  Manager Bob Melvin #6 of the Oakland Athletics throws batting practice before action against the Chicago Cubs in a preseason Cactus League game at HoHokam Stadium on March 24, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

New-Look A’s Expect To Contend: 5 Things To Know

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane […]

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4)

Major League Infields Shift In Response To Data Explosion

Players no longer are told to do everything the way Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth and Christy Mathewson did. The Big Shift is on, and long-held beliefs have burst in this post-steroids era, where hits and runs have become as precious as rare gems.

WASHINGTON, DC- FEBRUARY 04:
Major League Baseball's 10th Commissioner of Baseball, Robert Manfred visits the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C. on February 04, 2014. 
(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Manfred: ‘Getting New Ballpark For Athletics A Priority’

MESA, Ariz. (AP) New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the Oakland Athletics’ desire for a new ballpark is a top priority, though he’s unsure what influence his office can have on the matter. Manfred, who […]

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Will Ferrell Playing With The A’s?

Will Ferrell is a comedian; not a baseball player. That is something we can all agree on. Well, that’s not stopping him! Ferrell plans on playing in the Cactus League on Thursday, March 11th. Ferrell […]

Manager Joe Maddon laughs on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Chicago Cubs spring training in Mesa, Ariz. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

A’s Tie With Cubs In Maddon’s Debut

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Joe Maddon gushed about the ballpark and the fans. He praised starter Travis Wood and said he liked the performance by his team. Surrounded by his family under a beautiful blue sky, […]