Posey's first spring hit an opposite field home run

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Posey's first spring hit an opposite field home run

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Breaking News Alert: Buster Posey canstill hit.Posey sent a Tony Sipp fastball the other way for his first hit and first homerun of the spring in the sixth inning of the Giants 2-2 tie with the IndiansWednesday.With nobody on and two outs, Posey sent a 1-1 pitch down theright-field line, his first solid contact in nine Cactus League at-bats. It barely cleared the wall 360 feet away and almost hookedfoul. It stayed fair, though, meaning Posey didnt have to test his surgicallyrehabilitated ankle as he leisurely trotted around the bases at ScottsdaleStadium.Posey downplayed the importance of his first big fly since April 24, 2011 afterthe game.

I still think its just about getting ready and preparationand getting at-bats and seeing pitches and trying to work on timing as much as anything,Posey said. I feel like Im seeing the ball, so thats No. 1. With his first spring hit out of the way, the next step forPosey is to get more innings behind the plate. He was manager Bruce Bochysdesignated hitter Wednesday, but will catch on Friday after taking the day offThursday.Bochy thinks that by getting Posey some extra at bats inminor league spring games, he can get his catcher 50 at bats by March 23rdor 24th. I think I've been lucky as far as not having any setbacks --I dont know if I need to knock on wood or what, Posey said. Weve got agameplan the rest of the way through. I feel like Ill be ready on April 6.

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.