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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Barry Zito would be held back to pitch in a camp game Wednesday instead of facing the As at AT&T Park.More: Zito's 'momentum' hits a wall

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A couple days ago, right-hander Clay Hensley saw a group of reporters in the clubhouse and started limping to his locker. He caught our glances and a big smile broke across his face. That wasn't the case Friday.

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Not only did Buster Posey play nine, arduous innings Friday night, but he looked so good that Bruce Bochy said Poseys health, ability and steady progress have exceeded expectations.

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Just five days after the Chicago White Sox lit him up, the San Diego Padres took their hacks in three innings of glorified, very expensive batting practice Friday night against Barry Zito.

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Bruce Bochy made it clear that Emmanuel Burrisss terrific spring contributed to the difficult decision to place Mike Fontenot on waivers.More: Giants place Fontenot on waivers

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The Giants waived Mike Fontenot and placed three others on the DL Friday, clearing the way for new Giants to make the roster. Insider Andrew Baggarly has the analysis.

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All spring, Bruce Bochy has hinted that the backup catcher job will likely go to Chris Stewart or Eli Whiteside, with Hector Sanchez starting in Triple-A. Thursday, the Giants' manager explained his new thought process.

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After three hits Thursday raised his spring average to .407, Brandon Belt said that even if the Giants send him to Triple-A Fresno to work on some adjustments, hell be satisfied with the way he competed and performed.

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Matt Cain reiterated that the April 6 season opener would be a cutoff for negotiating a long-term extension. Although both sides have characterized it as a soft deadline, Cains language was as firm as his fastball.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he plans to begin the season with a 12-man pitching staff -- a somewhat surprising announcement, since the club will operate with just a four-man rotation for the first nine games.

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Matt Cain doesn't want to negotiate an extension during the season, which gives the Giants exactly eight days to lock Cain down. CEO Larry Baer talked about the contract hold-up Thursday.

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Santiago Casilla might be the most under-publicized member of the Giants bullpen. Looking at his numbers this spring, he's taking umbrage.

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Pablo Sandoval's fans wear panda hats. Brandon Belt's supporters don baby giraffe caps. But the Giants Dugout Store may need to start production on sharks hats if Gregor Blanco starts winning over fans in San Francisco.

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Just because the new ownership just spent over 2 billion to purchase the Dodgers doesn't mean they won't continue to spend on players, which could force the Giants to splurge to keep up in the standings.

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That the Dodgers have new ownership -- and new deep pockets -- should make Giants fans uneasy. Matt Cain is among the pitchers L.A. could target.

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