3/10/2014 5:15 P.M. ET
Affeldt on board to support Strike Out Cancer
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who energetically champions numerous charitable causes, has become the Giants' ambassador for a Strike Out Cancer initiative launched by St. Louis reliever Jason Motte.
Motte and the Major League Baseball Players Association have recruited a member of each team to distribute T-shirts, emblazoned with a backward "K" above the word "cancer." Several Giants have begun wearing the shirts, which the public can obtain on the 108 Stitches website. Only red T-shirts are currently available, though shirts in Giants colors are expected to hit the market closer to Opening Day.
From each Giants shirt sold, $5 will be donated to the organization of Affeldt's choice, which was Lazarex Cancer Foundation of Danville, Calif. Motte's foundation also receives $5 per shirt.
Lazarex assists cancer patients who have been told they have no hope left by providing assistance regarding clinical trials. The company helps pay for participation in the trials or informs the patient what options might be available.
"They do some good work, man," Affeldt said of Lazarex. "What they do is really, really awesome. I'm excited to be a part of it."
Huff gets into first spring game with Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Competing for a long-relief role, Giants left-hander David Huff made his Cactus League debut in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs by pitching the sixth inning.
Huff, whose activity has been delayed by shoulder problems, yielded a run, largely due to a wild pitch he threw. That moved Ryan Roberts into scoring position for Emilio Bonifacio, who hit a two-out RBI single. Huff then induced Ryan Kalish's popup, temporarily preserving the Giants' 2-1 lead.
"I thought he threw the ball fine his first time out," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We'll try to get him stretched out. It was good to see him pitch an inning."
Acquired from the Yankees for cash considerations in January, Huff is among a group of long-relief candidates that includes Yusmeiro Petit and Kameron Loe.
Bochy enjoys seeing former Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Bruce Bochy revealed a soft spot in his heart for former Giants Eli Whiteside and Jonathan Sanchez, who performed for the Cubs in their 3-2 exhibiton victory Monday over San Francisco.
Whiteside spent 2009-12 with the Giants, spanning their pair of World Series titles. Sanchez won five of his last six decisions in 2010 to help San Francisco surge to the National League West crown.
"I pull for these guys. They did a lot for the organization," Bochy said.
In Monday's game, Whiteside played six innings and went 0-for-3 before Sanchez pitched a perfect ninth inning to record a save.
"I was telling Johnny that I was trying to get a helmet and a bat myself," Bochy said jokingly. "But I ran out of time. I was just waiting for somebody to get on base."