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Brett Anderson is coming back to Oakland after an injury-filled season in 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

A’s take another low-risk flyer, bring back Brett Anderson

A day after agreeing to a one-year contract with Trevor Cahill, the…

 

Mark Melancon didn’t throw much in the 2017 season, but he faced live hitting for the first time since Sept. 5 on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Johnny Cueto, Mark Melancon take the mound; A’s build a Treehouse

The San Francisco Giants’ two most-important right-handers — Johnny Cueto and Mark…

 

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jason Bourgeois crosses home plate for a inside-the-park home run as Giants catcher Trevor Brown dives during the fifth inning of a spring training game on Wednesday. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Cain surrenders inside-the-park homer in second start of spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb connected for a three-run homer and…

 

Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies in the Giants' 10-4 win on Sunday, March 20, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Brandon Belt gets ‘strength back,’ Johnny Cueto returns in Giants’ win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandon Belt went 4 for 4, hit a homer…

Brandon Belt circles the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies in the Giants' 10-4 win on Sunday, March 20, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Adam Laroche and his son Drake, left, were told by Kenny Williams, center, to not come to the Chicago White Sox clubhouse anymore. Chris Sale, right, was quite upset about that decision. (John Lochner, Jae C. Hong, Adam Hunger/AP)

A father, a son and a cold baseball franchise

It shouldn’t be lost on Ken Williams why a father-son bond is…

Adam Laroche and his son Drake, left, were told by Kenny Williams, center, to not come to the Chicago White Sox clubhouse anymore. Chris Sale, right, was quite upset about that decision. (John Lochner, Jae C. Hong, Adam Hunger/AP)
Hunter Pence waves to fans as he walks toward the field for a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Both big-name starters struggle in Giants-Mariners tilt

PEORIA, Ariz. — Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas homered in Seattle’s 6-run…

Hunter Pence waves to fans as he walks toward the field for a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
A's pitcher Rich Hill has struggled mightily so far this spring training. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Rich Hill’s ERA jumps to 15.26 after another rough outing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mark Reynolds hit a three-run home run, Nolan Arenado’s…

A's pitcher Rich Hill has struggled mightily so far this spring training. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Johnny Cueto should've been wearing a helmet on the mound when he was drilled in spring training on Monday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Why wasn’t Cueto wearing headgear?

And to think pitchers are worried about image, cosmetics, how they might…

Johnny Cueto should've been wearing a helmet on the mound when he was drilled in spring training on Monday. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game.  (Morry Gash/AP)

Casilla makes spring debut, Williamson homers as Giants play split-squad games

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Socrates Brito hit a two-run homer, Rickie Weeks collected…

Santiago Casilla made his spring training debut on Saturday in a split-squad game.  (Morry Gash/AP)
Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt works on a drill during a spring baseball practice in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 21. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Stephen Vogt goes deep twice in spring training game

MESA, Ariz. — Stephen Vogt hit a pair of home runs and…

Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt works on a drill during a spring baseball practice in Mesa, Ariz., on Sunday, Feb. 21. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Oakland Athletics fans view batting practice prior to a spring training exhibition game in 2015. (Ben Margot/2015 AP)

A’s fall to Trout, Angels in spring debut

TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Trout went 3 for 3 and made an…

Oakland Athletics fans view batting practice prior to a spring training exhibition game in 2015. (Ben Margot/2015 AP)
Jake Peavy, seen here in a 2016 team photo, worked on his fastball Thursday to poor results.  (Morry Gash/AP)

Jake Peavy works on fastball in spring debut and is hit hard

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jake Peavy allowed six runs and nine hits, including…

Jake Peavy, seen here in a 2016 team photo, worked on his fastball Thursday to poor results.  (Morry Gash/AP)