Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debut

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Posey helps Wilson make scoreless spring debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Wilson was scheduled to throwaround 25 pitches in an inning of work Sunday against the Mariners.He only needed nine pitches, however, to record a scorelessfourth inning, and he was helped by his battery mate Buster Posey on aninning-ending strike em out, throw em out double play.It was nice to see Buster behind the dish throwing peopleout, Wilson said. Although the ideal situation is not to have a guy on. ButIll take it.

Carlos Peguero was the lone man to get on, as he singled ona line drive to left field after Wilson induced a ground out from Justin Smoakon his second pitch of the outing.EXTRAS: Crawford not just a glove, Sandoval's first spring shot
After throwing out his first baserunner of the spring, Poseysaid that he enjoyed catching the man who threw him the last pitch of the 2010World Series.Hes a fun guy to catch, Posey said. He commands the ball so well on bothsides of the plate.Wilson threw six of his nine pitches for strikes and reached93-94 MPH on his fastball. He mixed in a few cutters, including on his onestrikeout of Vinnie Catricala, but didnt use his slider.He was non-committal about whether he plans to debut theslide-piece before Opening Day.If the situation is necessary, he said. Maybe I just keepthat in the back pocket and snow that snapdragon during the season. Maybe havea reaction like Wow! I didnt know that was coming.Posey was impressed with Wilsons short but sweet debut.The ball was coming out really well, he said. The cutter was good. He lookedgreat.Wilsons first Cactus League action came behind schedule because of elbowissues that plagued him at the end of the 2011 season. But Wilson downplayedlast years injury and current concerns about his health.I was confident last year when I was put on the shelf,Wilson said. It was just precautionary measures.Wilson said that his next action will come on Wednesday and he will make histhird appearance on St. Patricks Day.Wilson also acknowledged that he has lost some weight, all fat, as he works onhis flexibility and endurance.I dont know exactly how much weight Ive lost but apparently its noticeable,he said. I think I look nice.

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former top prospect Andy Marte dies from car accident in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died early Sunday from a traffic accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.

Marte, a 33-year-old infielder, played for several Major League teams, including Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona, and was most recently playing in the Korean league.

Marte was playing in the Dominican winter league with the Aguilas Cibaenas team.

"We have awoken this Sunday with this sad news that we have lost a special being," club president Winston Llenas said in a statement about Marte.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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.”