Frost: Keep Off the Field

Frost: Keep Off the Field

Feb. 23, 2010GIANTS PAGE
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SCOTTSDALE,Ariz. Tuesday marked the first full-squad workout for the Giants, and the dayfeatured a few other firsts, too.Greeting playerswalking up the steps from the clubhouse to the field early in the morning was asign that read, FROST: KEEP OFF THE FIELD.Thats right,frost. The recent rain left the outfield soaked, and the very cold night frozeit over. Also, the standing water on the tarp froze overnight, creating theunique-to-baseball sight of mounds of ice ringing the infield after the tarpwas removed.So practice wasdelayed by 30 minutes or so, and as far as anyone can remember its the Giantsfirst-ever frost delay.The sun isfinally back, though, and to the delight of about 45 fans, who showed up on thefirst day of spring for which the gates at Scottsdale Stadium were open to thepublic, the workout went off as planned.Theres not awhole lot to see, quite frankly. Drills, drills and more drills mostly. Butthat monotony is nothing to the die-hards here compared to the monotony of along winter without baseball. The lifers who showed up Tuesday were here moreto hear the sweet sounds of the game and get a first look at their boys thanthey were interested in the state of Alex Hinshaws breaking ball.Hinshaw, by theway, is quickly becoming one of my favorite Giants. Kevin Frandsen, too. Likeso many of their teammates, theyve got personality galore, and nicer, moreaccessible players youll have a hard time finding.Did a ton ofinterviews for various TV packages youll be seeing over the next couple ofweeks, and the best interview of the day might have been our long chat with newhitting coach Hensley Muelens.Bam Bam isunder the microscope as the man charged with transforming the offense, but hesure is comfortable with the role. Eloquent -- in five languages -- andengaging, he seems like a nice fit for a team that features a blend ofestablished veterans and youngsters on the rise.The other firsttoday was manager Bruce Bochys first team-wide address, delivered before theworkout, behind closed doors. I havent heard how it went as I write this post,but Im sure Ill have something on it later today in one of my flip-cam homevideos. --MychaelUrbanWhat's your take? Email Mychael and let him know. He may use it in his weekly Mailbag.

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

BOX SCORE

At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

MESA, Ariz. — An unexpected opportunity came Daniel Gossett’s way Sunday, and the young right-hander took it in stride.

When the A’s adjusted their starting rotation, Kendall Graveman got bumped to Monday and Gossett learned he’d be taking the ball to start Sunday’s Cactus League home opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I’m here for what they need me for,” Gossett said. “So anything they need, gimme the ball.”

He spun two scoreless innings in a game Oakland lost 5-3 at Hohokam Stadium. A nice first impression for Gossett, indeed, but the truth is A’s officials were already quite familiar with him.

A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, Gossett impressed at three levels of the farm system in 2016, beginning the year with Single-A Stockton and finishing it with Triple-A Nashville.

This is his first big league camp, and manager Bob Melvin even mentioned Gossett as being part of the fifth starter conversation.

“He impressed everybody in the organization last year, so when talking about that fifth spot, who knows?” Melvin said before the game.

The only blemishes on Gossett’s day were the pair of walks he issued. After walking Jefrey Marte to lead off the second, he got a lift from his catcher, as Josh Phegley fired a strike to second to nail Marte trying to steal.

“A pitcher’s best friend, I guess,” Gossett said. He went 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA across 27 starts at all three levels of the minors last year, and his 151 strikeouts led the A’s farm system. Gossett’s fastball ranges anywhere from 90-95 on the gun. He throws a changeup that gets the most swings and misses, plus a slider and curve.

Grady Fuson, an A’s special assistant to the general manager, liked the adjustments he saw with Gossett over the course of last season.

“He’s a super kid, a grinder,” Fuson said over the winter. “He’s a guy that hadn’t struck many guys out and had been very hittable in the strike zone. (In 2016), he started executing to different parts of the zone that limits the hard contact.”

CAMP BATTLE: Alejandro De Aza sparked the A’s first rally in the third Sunday with a triple, then scored on Mark Canha’s double. With Jake Smolinski sidelined currently by a shoulder issue, it’s a good time for De Aza, a non-roster invitee to camp, to make his mark. The door could be open for him to make a push to make the roster as a fifth outfielder.

“He’s an interesting guy,” Melvin said of the nine-year veteran. “He knows how to play the game, he can play all three outfield spots. We’ve seen him before when he’s given us trouble, too, with the White Sox.”

Another contender for a reserve outfield spot is Jaycob Brugman, who has yet to crack the majors but is already on the 40-man roster. He singled home a run in the seventh. Like De Aza and Smolinski, Brugman can play center field, and it stands to reason the A’s will want to carry someone who can back up Rajai Davis at that position.

NOTEWORTHY: Phegley admitted to some butterflies before getting behind the plate for his first game since July, when a right knee injury wiped out the rest of his season.

But he looked good springing up to nail Marte on the second-inning steal attempt. The A’s are counting on Phegley returning to his role as the right-handed hitting platoon partner with Stephen Vogt behind the plate.

STOCK RISING: Melvin was impressed, and entertained, by the first look he got at reliever Simon Castro on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Castro retired Kris Bryant to strand a runner at third, the only hitter he faced. But it was what happened before the at-bat that caught Melvin’s attention.

“When he came to the mound he was pretty vocal,” Melvin noted. “He was fired up, telling the guys ‘Let’s go!’ I haven’t heard that too many times out of pitchers, let alone in spring training. So he impressed me with his eagerness to pitch.”

FAMILIAR FACES: Campy Campaneris and Blue Moon Odom each threw out ceremonial first pitches before Sunday’s exhibition home opener, which drew a smallish crowd of 4,072.