Bochy calls spring play 'outstanding'
Giants manager pleased by team's effort
PHOENIX -- The Giants broke camp Wednesday, but their manager didn't break any news in his assessment of six weeks in Arizona."Our goal coming here was to play good baseball and set up our pitching. I couldn't be more pleased with how Spring Training has gone here," Bruce Bochy said. "We swung the bats, pitched well and played good fundamentals." Oh, the Giants also won some games. In fact, their 6-2 triumph over the Dodgers in Wednesday's getaway game still left them in position to match the franchise's most preseason wins on record, 25 in 1964. "Winning games is great. But it's more important that overall our play has been outstanding, and so was the effort," Bochy said. "You certainly feel better approaching the season when you're playing well, rather than the other way around." The Giants aren't quite done, obviously. For one thing, four more exhibitions await them, three in AT&T Park: the first two games of the Bay Bridge Series against the A's, and Sunday's preseason finale against the Seattle Mariners. And 13 more roster cuts await Bochy. The Giants made their way home with 38 players, perhaps the largest contingent with which they have ever left a Spring Training camp. However, many of the 13 players in excess of the regular-season roster limit of 25 were just getting a big league park reward for their spring efforts. "We have a real good idea where we are [with the 25]. We've talked among ourselves," said Bochy. "We'll huddle again in San Francisco. These decisions are always difficult, and we have some guys who will be disappointed, because they're in that group who had good springs. "We try to look at it as a silver lining, that it means we have depth, and I hope they will look at it like that, too."
Ford OK after crash into outfield fence
PHOENIX -- It takes a lot to upstage Tim Lincecum, but Darren Ford nearly did it Wednesday.Participating in a Double-A exhibition against a team of Oakland A's counterparts, on a diamond adjacent to where Lincecum was making his final spring tuneup, Ford collided with the right-center-field fence and was driven from the field in a golf cart. Ford, who established himself as one of the Giants' leading prospects this spring, banged his face and knee against the fence but insisted that he felt fine when leaving the complex and upon returning approximately an hour later. Briefly, however, all eyes turned from Lincecum to Ford after his speedy pursuit of a long drive by an A's hitter was roughly interrupted. He remained on the ground and was surrounded by teammates and coaches while the cart was immediately dispatched to take him for treatment. Ford displayed the same acceleration just minutes earlier when he hit a home run. Not certain whether his hit would clear the fence, Ford churned into second base and prompted laughter from teammates once the ball cleared the barrier. Sunday, Ford won this year's Harry S. Jordan Award in voting by players, coaches and the Giants' athletic training staff. Named in memory of a longtime Giants trainer, the award honors a player in his first big league camp whose performance and dedication best reflect the Giants' spirit. Ford, 24, hit .500 (10-for-20) with a .700 slugging percentage and four stolen bases in 17 Cactus League games with the Giants.