EXTRA BAGGS: The Misfits rise again, etc.

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EXTRA BAGGS: The Misfits rise again, etc.

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SAN FRANCISCO Two years ago, the Giants won the WorldSeries with a bunch of outcasts and misfits.

But even in that social circle, there existed a subculture.Misfits among the misfits. Outcasts among the outcasts.

Barry Zito was left off all three postseason rosters, anemasculating experience for a former Cy Young Award winner reduced to a 126million knickknack. And Pablo Sandoval was banished to the bench, too out ofshape to be trusted to pick up a ground ball at third base.

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Buster Posey thought back to that postseason. Into thatcontext, he inserted the events of Wednesday night, when Zito outpitched theimpregnable Justin Verlander and Sandoval thrust himself into baseball historywith three home runs.

It just goes to show you that this game this is a greatgame, Posey said, spreading a smile of admiration. If you work hard andpersevere, good things will happen. Those two guys never complained in 2010,not that I heard, anyway, and they have a love of the game. That counts for awhole lot.

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The Giants have won 14 consecutive Barry Zito starts. Whoever thought youd hear club employees greet each other with Happy Zito Day!?

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Tim Lincecum was dominant in relief. He faced seven battersand retired them all, five by strikeout. He acknowledged afterward that hesbeen in a better frame of mind as he jogs from the bullpen.

For me, its just getting mentally locked in, Lincecumsaid. When Im starting, I fall off. I start thinking about the wrong things.When Im in the bullpen, Im just out there, just thinking about getting outs.

Lincecum said he could back up Madison Bumgarner in Game 2after throwing 32 pitches. But manager Bruce Bochy said he planned to giveLincecum the day off.

Heres Lincecums aggregate stats as a reliever thispostseason: 10 23 innings, three hits, one run, one walk, 14 strikeouts.

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You think the Detroit Tigers should be nervous after losinga Justin Verlander start in Game 1? Thats nothing. They should be absolutelyterrified if Buster Posey starts finding his swing after a dry postseason.

Posey had a very Poseyish RBI single to right field in theeighth inning.

Yeah, that was a better path, he told me. Ive been inand out of the zone a little bit too fast there. So that was nice. Hopefullythat was a good sign.

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Hunter Pences current bat is named Nikko, according to thediligent reporting of Alex Pavlovic of Bay Area News Group. And his backup batis named Zeak.

Nikko and Zeak. That was a Disney movie, wasnt it?

From the looks of Pences swings at sliders in the otherbatters box lately, though, youd swear he named his bat Rowand.

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Lincecum relieving Zito marked the first time a former CyYoung winner relieved another former Cy Young winner in a World Series gamesince 1983, when the Orioles Jim Palmer came in for Mike Flanagan. SteveCarlton started for the Phillies in that game, and he also was a Cy Youngwinner as was Justin Verlander for the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Zito deserves the last word after his first World Seriesvictory in his first World Series appearance:

I battled in September to make the postseason roster.Thelast thing I would have expected at that point was to be starting Game 1.Justthe opportunity was just magical.To be able to go up against Verlanderand give our team a chance to go up 10, and the fact that we won, it's justkind of surreal.It's just a pleasure to be a part of it all.

Giants now hoping Cueto arrives later this week

Giants now hoping Cueto arrives later this week

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Giants will go at least one more turn through the spring rotation without their top right-hander.

Johnny Cueto didn't arrive over the weekend, as hoped, but general manager Bobby Evans said Cueto is now expected in camp later this week. Cueto has missed the first two weeks while tending to his 71-year-old father, Domingo, who has been dealing with health problems. The Cuetos are trying to secure a visa for Domingo so he can come to the United States, and the Giants believe that process should be wrapped up in the next couple of days. 

While Cueto has missed workouts at Scottsdale Stadium and the early slate of Cactus League games, he has been throwing bullpen sessions in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic. Cueto has faced Giants prospects during live BP sessions, too. 

"It's not the same as having Rags and Gardy's hands on you and facing big leaguers and pitching in games here," Evans said. "But there is a large percentage of value in what he's doing there. Based on our calculations, assuming this doesn't go much longer, he should be lined up for the start of the season."

Cueto's participation in the World Baseball Classic remains up in the air, and Evans said that while Cueto has communicated to the Dominican team that he may not be able to play, a final decision has not been made. The Dominican Republic is scheduled to open play on March 9 in Miami. The Giants have not yet told Cueto that he has to skip the event, but the timeline is starting to make the decision a no-brainer. Coaches and players surely would not be thrilled if Cueto showed up later this week and then immediately left to represent another team. Cueto had originally been scheduled to start multiple spring games before leaving for the WBC. 

Cueto's first regular season start will come April 4 at Chase Field in the second game of the season. 

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

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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.