SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Improvement was the theme of manager Bruce Bochy's address to the Giants before their initial full-squad workout Friday."We talked about some things we want to get done," Bochy said, citing defense, baserunning and moving runners ahead. "We want to get away from being a little too one-dimensional. We have some work to do here." The Giants aren't coming off winning a World Series, as was the case last year. That focused extra attention on the club, particularly in the form of the Showtime series "The Franchise." That necessitated ubiquitous camera crews that followed the Giants through Spring Training and much of the season. Yet, Bochy believed that the Giants still can learn to cope more efficiently with distractions.
"I think we can do a better job with our pregame preparation," Bochy said. "That is a subject we covered today."
Bochy weighing lineup options for Melky
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Having tentatively decided that Angel Pagan will bat leadoff, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will turn his attention to finding a place in the batting order for left fielder Melky Cabrera.Bochy indicated that Cabrera, who hit .305 for Kansas City last year, could remain in the No. 2 spot that brought him success. But that could change if second baseman Freddy Sanchez, who's accustomed to batting second, recovers from his dislocated right shoulder in time to play on Opening Day. Bochy said that Cabrera could also end up hitting first, third or fifth.
"We're going to try some different lineups," Bochy said, looking ahead to the Cactus League season.Said Cabrera through infielder Emmanuel Burriss, who served as translator, "It doesn't really matter. I have faith in where Bochy's going to put me. My job is to come play baseball, not make the lineup."
Pablo and Co. unleash power during first BP
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The opening rounds of batting practice during Friday's initial full-squad workout at Giants camp featured some rousing hitting.Granted, the pitching provided by the coaches wasn't overly challenging. But it was obvious that many of the position players arrived in camp ready to hit. "They evidently did some baseball stuff before they got here, which you like to see," manager Bruce Bochy said. A refreshed Pablo Sandoval twice belted back-to-back homers batting right-handed. The switch-hitting third baseman attributed this to a pair of factors: His healthy left shoulder, which felt sore toward the end of last season and prevented him from batting righty, and the LASIK surgery he underwent in November, which sharpened his vision in his left eye. That, of course, is the leading eye for a right-handed batter. Aubrey Huff and Nate Schierholtz also repeatedly made authoritative contact.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.