Giants activate Sandoval, option Pill

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Giants activate Sandoval, option Pill

SAN FRANCISCO The Giants activated Pablo Sandoval fromthe disabled list prior to the first pitch of Monday nights game against theWashington Nationals, manager Bruce Bochy said.

Sandoval will not start but will be available off the bench.Hes expected to resume his role as the starting third baseman on Tuesday.

The Giants had postponed making Sandovals activationofficial as they weighed a corresponding move. After batting practice, the front office and coaching staff ultimately decided to stay with a 13-man pitching staff and optioned infielder Brett Pill to Triple-A Fresno.

Sandoval came through his test at Single-A San Jose with noissues, and although he acknowledged he hasnt run all-out on his strainedhamstring, he estimated he was at close to 90 percent effort on the basepaths.

Thats good enough, Bochy said.

Thats going to work, Bochy said. And itll get better. Its a huge boost any time you get a guy in the heart of your order. Betweenhis presence and energy, hell help us. Now we have more depth.

Bochy said he would use Marco Scutaro, who had taken overSandovals job as the everyday third baseman after coming over in a trade withthe Rockies, as more of a floating presence to give other infielders rest. Italso allows the Giants to go with the hot hand if second baseman Ryan Theriotscuffles.

Theyre all going to play, Bochy said.

For now, Sandoval will be limited to third base. He only workedat third while on the disabled list (although he didnt get a single groundball in rehab action for Single-A San Jose.) And because he hurt himself July24 as a first baseman while stretching for a throw, the Giants are leery to puthim back at that position anytime soon.

But Bochy said that eventually, he wants to have the optionto put Sandoval at first base.

Until we are certain he is 100 percent, hell concentrateat third base, Bochy said. It doesnt mean he wont play first base. Wellget more into this and hell get comfortable at third, but we would like tokeep that (first base) option open, occasionally.

Sandoval said he is eager to hit in the middle of the lineupfor the first time with Hunter Pence, who was acquired from Philadelphia just afew days after the Panda went on the DL.

Im happy to be back and be a part of this lineup,Sandoval said. Its going to be day-by-day, but I feel better and better.

Sandoval' power will be especially beneficial at home; he owns three of the 19 home runs hit by Giants in 58 games at AT&T Park.

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.

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

Giants spring training Day 14: Moore, Beede debut as SF improves to 3-0

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — An hour after he gave up a run, walked two, and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings, Matt Moore stood in front of his locker and smiled.

“I usually stink in spring training,” he said. 

That’s not entirely true. By spring training standards, Moore’s 4.06 ERA over 19 exhibition appearances is practically Cy Young-worthy. But the Giants have come to find that Moore, acquired at the deadline last summer, has high standards. He lived up to them the last time he took the mound in orange and black, throwing eight brilliant innings in the final game of the 2016 season. 

Moore had a long offseason to think about the way the postseason ended. He said he doesn’t have regrets. 

“The ball doesn’t go your way, but there’s nothing about what happened that night that I second-guess,” he said. “We all showed up. Boch managed the game, we played the game … that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

The Giants are counting on Moore to help them get back to October. To recover from last year’s lengthy run — his first full season back from Tommy John — Moore pushed the start of his offseason throwing program back a month. Sunday’s outing was just the second time facing hitters this spring because rain messed with some of the coaching staff’s workout plans, but Moore said he feels strong. 

“We got him where we wanted,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He looked good.”

GAME RECAP: The ball was flying at Goodyear Ballpark Way Out In The Middle Of Nowhere and the Giants took full advantage. Conor Gillaspie, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker homered in a 9-5 win over the Reds. The Giants are 3-0 in Cactus League play … Tyler Beede struck out one in two scoreless innings. Beede gave up two hits, but he finished his 2017 debut by getting a double-play ball … Jimmy Rollins scored twice while leading off … Albert Suarez made his debut, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings … Cincinnati’s pitching was mostly brutal, but former Giants prospects Luis Castillo and Keury Mella finished off the day with three scoreless innings. 

POSITION BATTLE: Parker had two hits and walked twice. His homer was a laser shot. “He smoked that one,” Bochy said. “I didn’t think it was going out, but he scalded it. It shows the kind of power he has.”

Mac Williamson had two hits, a walk, and two runs. He made a slick sliding catch for an out near the left field wall. The left field candidates are off to a good start. 

QUOTABLE: “It’s great. There are a lot more places to eat.” — Moore, on his first spring in Arizona. Moore is from New Mexico, so he’s happy with the switch from having camp in Florida.