Feb. 18, 2011
Devine Feels Fine: Right-hander Joey Devine hasnt pitched since dominating American League hitters (42 games, 0.59 ERA) throughout the 2008 season, his first full year in the bigs. He took another encouraging step on his long road of recovery from Tommy John surgery Friday with a solid 30-pitch session off one of the mounds on the back field. You add Joey to what we already have in the bullpen, its like, Wow, said coach Tye Walller. Talk about shortening the game.Happy to be Here: Outfielder David DeJesus, acquired from the Royals in an offseason trade, has been a daily presence at Oaklands various workout facilities for a while. Three reasons for that, he said. One is that hes always shown up early to camp. Another is that he was so excited to get to work with his new teammates, noting the the As have a chance to really do something this year. The third? He lives in the Midwest, and he and his wife were eager to get away from the storms and bone-chilling weather.Godzilla Watch: Hideki Matsuis arrival at camp will be chronicled by as many as 41 credentialed members of the media from Japan; there are so many of them that a media guide for the media of sorts has been put together, complete with mugshots and affiliations. Its unclear exactly when Matsui will make his first appearance at Phoenix Muni, but hes scheduled to film a commercial Saturday at Papago Park. Matsuis father was a guest at camp Friday.
At Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Marrero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and drove in four runs as the Giants rallied after Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on two hits in the top of the first.
Marrero, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Nationals trying to revive his career as a non-roster invitee, had an RBI single in the fifth.
Kevin Shackelford, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher, walked Orlando Calixte to open the ninth and Christian Arroyo blooped a single into left field before Marrero hit a line drive over the wall in left centerfield.
Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run single off Bumgarner in the first and Hunter Pence doubled in a run off Reds starter Rookie Davis. Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, is likely to open with Double-A Pensacola this year.
VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.
Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.
Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.
Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.
Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.
Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.