West

Family friend taught Blach how to throw lefty
mlbrealtalk.com

Anytime someone insists that left-handers are born, not made, invoke the saga of Ty Blach. The Giants’ lefty is a natural righty. He does everything right-handed — eating, playing golf, swinging a bat and throwing a football. Everything, that is, except pitch.

496
Like
Save
Bochy: 'We're looking for these guys to step up'
mlbrealtalk.com

Hector Sanchez said on Thursday that two other teams expressed interest in him as a Minor League free-agent acquisition. Once the Giants contacted him, however, any discussion ended regarding which club he might select.

837
Like
Save
Wood, Buehler miss workout with minor issues
mlbrealtalk.com

Dodgers pitchers Alex Wood and Walker Buehler missed Thursday’s workouts with health issues the team believes are minor.

643
Like
Save
Greinke taking faster approach this spring
mlbrealtalk.com

Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke has been told by the team that he’s allowed to set his own pace in Spring Training.

327
Like
Save
Submariner Makita realizes Majors dream
mlbrealtalk.com

Padres reliever Kazuhisa Makita was a freshman at Seisei Kogyo High School in Japan when one of his coaches hatched an audacious idea. At the time, Makita’s windup was relatively innocuous. But the torque in his body led that coach to believe he might succeed if he lowered his arm angle.

978
Like
Save
Padres pitchers happy to see Galvis at SS
mlbrealtalk.com

Don’t blame the ground-ball-happy Padres pitchers if they rejoiced a bit on Thursday morning when Freddy Galvis strode into camp.

686
Like
Save
Sources: Ellis reaches Minors deal with Padres
mlbrealtalk.com

The Padres added a veteran backstop to their backup catcher battle Wednesday evening, agreeing to a non-roster deal with free agent A.J. Ellis, according to team sources.

597
Like
Save
Bench role doesn't disturb cheery Sandoval
mlbrealtalk.com

With Evan Longoria acquired to play third base, Pablo Sandoval is likely relegated to the Giants’ bench — but Panda doesn’t mind at all.

107
Like
Save
Black may hit Blackmon 3rd in Cactus games
mlbrealtalk.com

Rockies manager Bud Black will experiment with dropping standout leadoff man Charlie Blackmon in the order, most likely to third, during Cactus League games.

859
Like
Save
Ailing Cueto to take it easy for a few days
mlbrealtalk.com

Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto began a five-day stretch of diminished activity Wednesday, which prevented him from participating in the Giants’ initial workout for pitchers and catchers.

598
Like
Save
Jansen calls Kemp, Puig 'brothers for life'
mlbrealtalk.com

The Dodgers’ reliever is glad to have his former teammate back, and says it’s a completely different clubhouse this time around.

336
Like
Save
Friedman comfortable with rotation depth
mlbrealtalk.com

Despite missing out on free agent Yu Darvish, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman feels fine about the team’s starting pitching depth heading into the season.

649
Like
Save