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Sunday, it was Bruce Bochy expressing doubts about whether his second baseman would be ready for opening day. Monday, Freddy Sanchez himself acknowledged a frustration with his lack of progress so far this spring.

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Gregor Blanco, the MVP of the Venezuelan winter league, leads the Giants with a .444 average. His seven stolen bases lead all of MLB, and he also ranks second in the majors with 10 runs.

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Brian Wilson is a well-known gym rat, but his new routine, in which he is joined by fellow reliever Clay Hensley in a military-style regimen, is a sight to behold in Scottsdale.

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After throwing five shutout innings against the Padres in Arizona Tuesday, Madison Bumgarner is getting much more attention from scouts, including a few that think he could be the Giants' best starter this year.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged he is less certain that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will be ready to start on opening day.

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Aubrey Huff is out of the lineup again on Sunday, but isn't worried about his back. And after another round of cuts, the Giants are down to 33 roster players and 10 non-roster invitees.

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Chris Dominguez bears strong resemblance to Albert Pujols. He flashed the leather at first base Saturday and the Giants are hoping the similarities don't stop with looks.

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His 30-pitch ceiling kept him from completing an inning Saturday, but Bruce Bochy was encouraged by Brian Wilson's outing. The closer just wants to be 100 healthy for the season's start.

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Tim Lincecum is doing something new this spring -- pitching to contact. The key? Confidence hurling pitches at the heart of the strike zone.

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Buster Posey had a busy Saturday, batting in every inning of a minor league exhibition. All went well and the catcher is ready for more work.

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First baseman Aubrey Huff was a late scratch from Saturday afternoon's lineup against the A's because of lower back tightness.

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Brett Pill considered testing his skills in other fields after an unimpressive spring last season. This year, a refocused Pill is showing off his baseball versatility in a very real attempt to make the big league roster.

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Angel Villalona still doesnt have his work visa to travel to the United States, and now, he doesn't have a locker with the big-league team.

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Buster Posey accomplished another first Friday -- running the bases. A success, though he admitted he was cautious about which foot hit the base.

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Buster Posey returns behind the plate for the Giants today against the Cubs at Ho Ho Kam Park in Mesa; plus, a look at tomorrow's lineup vs. the A's.

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