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Posey turns corner, turning corners

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Posey turns corner, turning corners

Giants catcher Buster Posey is on the tail end of a grueling month and a half of rehabilitation in Arizona, and progress on his healing ankle continues to be positive.

Posey took a big step in the rehab process Monday when he tested his surgically repaired ankle running corners, the Giants announced on their team website.

"I've been running straight, but this was the first time I tested it running corners," Posey told MLB.com. "I was out there turning a lot. I thought it went well. No problems."

After close to 50 days of batting practice and working out, Posey and his family will plan to abandon their temporary Arizona apartment and move back to Georgia.

"All along, the game plan was to leave by the beginning of November," Posey was quoted. "From that point on, I want to have as normal an offseason as possible."

RELATED: Posey's rehab regimen expanding in Arizona

His normal offseason routine will be augmented with strengthening drills overseen by a physical therapist, but the real tests won't come until Posey returns to Arizona for the Giants' Cactus League games.

"I am anxious for that first Spring Training game, and the chance to test it out," Posey said. "All the simulated games aren't the same. You don't really know how it'll be when the adrenaline starts pumping, what kind of stress there will be on the joint. But I feel confident. I'm starting to feel pretty good, and we all have a lot to look forward to."

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

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Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

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Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P