EXTRAS: There's still no stopping Willie Mays

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EXTRAS: There's still no stopping Willie Mays

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Willie Mays is more energetic some daysthan others. Thats likely true for most people who have walked this earth for more than 80 years.

When hes up, hes an absolute riot. Wednesday was one ofthose days. As he sat in his usual shoot-the-bull spot with Mike Murphy in theGiants clubhouse, someone introduced Mays to outfielder Gregor Blanco. This isthe kid who went from first to third on a wild pitch the other day. Somethinglike that.

Whered you go? To third?! Mays screeched, to plenty oflaughter. Who stopped you?

As Mays is fond of recalling, he scored from first base on awild pitch. He remembered one similar instance when Art Mahaffey of the Philliesthrew one away and Mays jolted all the way around to score, bashing into Pat Corralesat the plate.

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I spent 45 minutes looking for that box score. Couldnt findit, but I have a hunch Mays is recalling this game on Aug. 15, 1965, when hescored from first on Bo Belinskys errant throw. (Actually, Willie McCovey, whohad hit a roller back to the mound, scored on the play, too. What did Belinskydo, shoot that throw into orbit?)

No matter. Legends require few hard facts.

Only to third?! Mays repeated, as Blanco laughed. Naw,naw, naw. I aint having that!

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A day after infielder Joe Panik opened eyes with a terrificat-bat at Camelback Ranch, another young Giants prospect took center stage.

Tommy Joseph collected a pair of RBI singles, including thetiebreaking line drive in a three-run eighth inning that powered the Giants toan 8-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

It was a big moment for Joseph, who went to Horizon Highhere in Scottsdale and is really making a name for himself as a solid defenderin addition to a promising power hitter.

Its also hard to believe that Joseph is still a few monthsaway from being able to buy a six-pack.

Great game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He caughtwell, made a nice throw, blocked a couple balls there. He lives here, so itsgot to feel good with what he did today. For a young kid, Ill tell you, thatsa great experience to perform like that late in a ballgame.

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Josephs playing time might pick up in the next few days.Thats because catcher Hector Sanchez has a mildly tweaked hamstring and willneed to rest for the remainder of the week, Bochy said.

Sanchezs stroke has looked razor sharp thus far, but hefelt his hamstring grab on the basepaths Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

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If you were wondering which on-the-bubble players are out ofminor league options in Giants camp, the list isnt long: utilityman EmmanuelBurriss and catcher Chris Stewart.

Thats a point in their favor as roster decisions are made,since they could be lost on a waiver claim if they dont make the opening-dayclub.

I thought perhaps third baseman Conor Gillaspie might be out of options,but hes got one left.

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Stewart had a funny story to relay from Saturdays game at Talking Stick. He was told to get ready to enter the game. He assumed thatwould be to catch, so he began getting his equipment together.

At the last minute, Bochy told him no, he wanted Stewart togo into Aubrey Huffs spot as the DH. The problem: Huff's spot was already on deck.

Then Pablo goes and makes a quick out, Stewart said. Igrab a bat, rush out there and I hit a double off the wall. Later I said,Boch, go ahead and do that to me every time.

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Stewart didnt connect against 49-year-old Jamie Moyer,though. In two scoreless innings Wednesday, the ageless wonder got five ground-ball outs(from Huff, Brandon Belt, Ryan Theriot and Brandon Crawford) and allowed onesingle (to Nate Schierholtz).

Moyer struck out one batter: Stewart.

You cant stay back on that guy, Stewart said. I swear,Im gonna bunt every time I face him. Unbelievable. I told someone, I hope Ican still walk at his age.

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Nate Schierholtz wasnt lying when he told me he plans to bevery, very active on the basepaths. He stole his second base of the spring onWednesday.

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Ryan Vogelsong cannot wait to throw off a mound Thursday.Hes been forced to wait because of a strained lower back.

I am really, really tired of core exercises, he told me.

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

Santiago Casilla says he never received offer from Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Over the final month of his time with the Giants, it became clear that Santiago Casilla and the team would part ways. On Friday, Casilla confirmed that he never had the opportunity to return. 

On a conference call to announce a two-year deal with the Oakland A’s, Casilla said he “would have been happy to return to the Giants, but I never got an offer from them. I understood.”

Casilla said he had several opportunities to go elsewhere and close, mentioning the Milwaukee Brewers as one interested team. Casilla signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the A’s, who likely won’t need him to pitch in the ninth. The Brewers went on to bring in Neftali Feliz for one year and $5.35 million; he is expected to close. 

“I preferred to return to the Athletics because that’s where my career started,” Casilla said through interpreter Manolo Hernández Douen. “And I’m very excited.”

Casilla spent the first six years of his career with the A’s before crossing the bridge and becoming a key figure in three title runs. In seven seasons in San Francisco, he posted a 2.42 ERA and saved 123 games. Casilla had a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, but he was stripped of a prominent role in the weeks leading up to the 2016 playoffs. 

Casilla, 36, blew nine saves before being pulled from the ninth inning. He appeared just three times in the final 14 regular season games and just once in the playoffs. He did not take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS, watching as five other relievers teamed up to give back a three-run lead. 

That moment stung Casilla, and it affected Bruce Bochy, too. The Giants struck quickly in December to bring Mark Melancon in as their new closer, but at the Winter Meetings, Bochy said he would welcome Casilla back in a setup role. 

“He’s a great team player (and) teammate,” Bochy said. “(I) certainly wouldn’t rule it out because he still has great stuff. And he had some hiccups there in that closing role, but I would take him anytime.”

As it turned out, that opportunity was never there for Casilla. The Giants didn’t make another move after the big deal with Melancon, and they’ll rely on younger arms to record most of the outs in the seventh and eighth. Casilla said he’s not bitter about the way it all ended. 

“I have left that in the past,” he said. “It’s a new year, it’s a new year. I have left this in the past.” 

Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

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Authorities: Two Dodgers security guards arrested, accused of theft

LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Juan DeDios Prada and Fernando Sierra pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges Thursday.

Prosecutors say the two security guards conspired with a third man, Jesse Luis Dagnesses, to steal baseball uniforms and other team merchandise to sell online.

They say Prada and Sierra stole more than $3,400 from a locked equipment room at the stadium between January 2013 and February 2016.

Authorities say Dagnesses is accused of receiving $950 in stolen baseballs and jerseys.

It wasn't immediately clear if the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.