Posey hitless in third spring start, will DH Wednesday


Posey hitless in third spring start, will DH Wednesday

Buster Posey made an uneventful third start this spring,going 0-for-2 in at-bats against Chris Volstad and Scott Maine in the GiantsCactus League game against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday.Posey started at catcher and hit cleanup and got his first chance against theright-handed Volstad with Pablo Sandoval on first and two outs in the bottom ofthe first inning.Posey took two balls from Vostad to get ahead early, but rolled over the thirdpitch for a routine ground ball for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro.

Against Chicagos left-handed reliever Maine, Posey swung at a breaking balland weakly bounced it to second baseman Darwin Barney for the second out of thefourth inning.Despite remaining hitless after five spring at bats so far, Posey is happy withhis progress.Posey allowed a Starlin Castro stolen base in the third inning, but cant beblamed for the theft. His throw was on line, just late because of a great jumpby Castro.Manager Bruce Bochy replaced Posey at catcher in the top of the fifth inning,as he explained he would do on Monday. Bochy also said Monday that Posey wouldserve as his designated hitter for Wednesdays game against the ClevelandIndians.

Former Giants OF Gregor Blanco agrees to deal with NL West rival

Former Giants OF Gregor Blanco agrees to deal with NL West rival

After five seasons with the Giants, outfielder Gregor Blanco has a new home.

The veteran outfielder has agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The deal includes a $1 million base salary if Blanco makes the major league roster, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Blanco has a chance to earn an addition $2.7 million in performance-based incentives and has an opt-out of April 1 in the deal.

Shortly after Polidor made the announcement, Blanco thanked the D'backs on Twitter for the bringing him to the organization.

"Thanks to the @Dbacks for let me part of a dream the same dream I got another ring another championship let's all dream together we can doit," Blanco wrote.

Blanco bounced around from Braves to the Royals from 2008 to 2010, but found a home with the Giants prior to the 2012 season.

Over five seasons with the Giants, Blanco appeared in 649 games. He hit .259/.338/.360 with 244 runs scored, 78 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs, 157 RBI and 75 stolen bases.

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Barack Obama pardoned Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey on Tuesday.

McCovey, along with Dodgers Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in July of 1995. The crime came from not reporting income McCovey earned from signing autographs and appearing at sports memorabilia shows. 

McCovey previously pleaded guilty to not listing $70,000 he made from 1988-90, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."

The 79-year-old McCovey was one of 64 people who received pardons from President Obama Tuesday as his final days in office wind down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.