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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 pitc...

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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 […]

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A-Rod Will Bat 2nd As DH In Return To Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Alex Rodriguez is batting second in the starting lineup as the designated hitter in his return to the New York Yankees. In his first game action in 17 months, A-Rod is […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MadBum Hit Hard In Spring Debut, A’s Pound Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarnerwas roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion […]

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Pitcher Pat Venditte #74 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ambidextrous Pitcher Hopes To Find Spot With A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-1 to win Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Giants’ RHP Strickland: ‘ I Am Intense, Yet Very Relaxed’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got in a verbal skirmish […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Casey McGehee #14 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

McGehee’s Move To Giants A Homecoming

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Phegley #36 of the Chicago White Sox runs to first after hitting against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Phegley Hopes His Style Will Catch On With Oakland A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child any day now. […]

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Eric Chavez #3 of the Oakland Athletics looks on against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a Major League Baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Longtime Fan Favorite Joining A’s Broadcast Crew

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez is joining Oakland’s broadcast crew. Comcast SportsNet California made the announcement on Thursday. Chavez will work as a color commentator on 20 telecasts, starting April 24 when […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants flips the ball to second base for the start of a double play in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Confidence High For Young Giants Duo Entering 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a stellar […]

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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 […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MadBum Hit Hard In Spring Debut, A’s Pound Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarnerwas roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Hunter Strickland #60 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Royals by a score of 7-1 to win Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Giants’ RHP Strickland: ‘ I Am Intense, Yet Very Relaxed’

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got in a verbal skirmish […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Casey McGehee #14 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

McGehee’s Move To Giants A Homecoming

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants flips the ball to second base for the start of a double play in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Confidence High For Young Giants Duo Entering 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a stellar […]

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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 […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 27, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MadBum Hit Hard In Spring Debut, A’s Pound Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarnerwas roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion […]

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Pitcher Pat Venditte #74 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ambidextrous Pitcher Hopes To Find Spot With A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Phegley #36 of the Chicago White Sox runs to first after hitting against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 16, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Phegley Hopes His Style Will Catch On With Oakland A’s

MESA, Ariz. (AP) It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child any day now. […]