Photos: San Francisco Giants star Brandon Crawford buys sprawling spring training home

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has purchased a $1.6 million property in Scottsdale, Ariz., reports Realtor. 
Meet the guy who helped ignite a baseball spark in Giants' Hunter Pence
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence honors the baseball facility owner who once gave him a glove when times were tough. 

As trial was to start, settlement reached in MLB TV dispute
Just as a trial was to begin, Major League Baseball and a group of its fans who had sued reached agreement Tuesday to expand the menu of online packages for televised games and lower prices. 

St. Louis Cardinals GM fears National League moving toward designated hitter
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says momentum has changed as NL front-office personnel soften their opposition to the DH. 

Giants, Belt exchange arbitration figures
First baseman Brandon Belt has asked for a $7.5 million salary for the 2016 season from the San Francisco Giants, who are offering $5.3 million. 

Monte Irvin, Giants Hall of Famer, dies at 96
Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96. 

Giants' Mike Krukow honored as California Sportscaster of Year
Comcast/KNBR voice Mike Krukow's coverage of Giants honored by national group. 

Bochy indicates that Span is final piece of Giants puzzle
Giants introduce new center fielder Denard Span, who combined with Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik will make the team a force up the middle. 

Why the Giants went after Denard Span instead of Upton, Cespedes, etc. -- and what their outfield will look like in 2016
Rather than write over the earlier post, here's the updated story on Denard Span with a lot more detail and info. 

Outfielder Denard Span agrees to three-year deal with Giants
Denard Span will get three years and $31 million to join the Giants; he likely will hit at the top of the lineup and play center field. 

Griffey, Piazza elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016, while Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens get closer.

Photos: San Francisco Giants star Hunter Pence scores a condo at Millennium Tower skyscraper
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence purchased a $4.25 million unit in San Francisco's tallest residential building, the Millennium Tower. 

2015 Bay Area sports: Golden State Warriors dominated hardwood, headlines
From championship parades to league MVPs to 37-point quarters to encores to celebrity toddlers, no one could keep up with the Golde State Warriors. 

Matt Duffy's cat Skeeter and his Christmas adventure
Skeeter, the cat belonging to Giants' third baseman Matt Duffy, already a social media star known for his healthy appetite. 

Mike Leake agrees to $80M, 5-year deal with St. Louis Cardinals
Former Giants pitcher Mike Leake and the Cardinals agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract, a move St. Louis hopes boosts their chances to win a fourth straight NL Central title 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy gives Tim Flannery a gift he'll never forget
Flannery, the San Francisco Giants' former third base coach, gets a World Series trophy from manager and close friend Bruce Bochy. 

A talk with mom helped Barry Bonds decide to coach
New Marlins' batting instructor was sitting on the fence when mom stepped to the plate 

Former Giants' infielder Freddy Sanchez retires
Second baseman had big hand in Giants' 2010 World Series run 

Ryan Vogelsong leaving Giants, signs one-year deal with Pirates
Vogelsong spent five season in San Francisco; he was with the Pirates for six years before that and will return as the Pirates' likely fifth starter. 

Suffering baseball withdrawal? These might help
For baseball fans suffering through their annual pangs of withdrawal caused by winter, there is still more than a month before the first pitchers and catchers report for the start of spring training. For those same fans, however, there are just two more weeks left until Christmas morning arrives with gifts that can help bridge the gap between the end of the World Series and the start of the 2016 season. 

Giants comfortable Cueto won't become another Zito-like deal
Johnny Cueto's $130 million guaranteed eclipses the $126 the Giants paid Barry Zito. 

Pitching-rich Giants co-favorites to win World Series
Additions of Samardzija, Cueto to rotation catch oddsmakers' notice in big way 

Cueto passes physical: he's officially a Giant
Free agent pitcher posts a picture of himself at AT&T Park and tweets to San Francisco fans, 'It's an even year and I'm ready to roll. Glad to be on board. Vamos!'  

Giants, pitcher Johnny Cueto agree to terms
Johnny Cueto will reportedly get six years for $130 million from the Giants to join Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija to make a formidable top three in the rotation. 

Giants comparison: Is Samardzija the next Jason Schmidt?
Jason Schmidt thrived with the Giants after being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001; will it be the same for Jaff Samardzija in San Francisco? 

Samardzija introduced by Giants, pitcher explains what happened last season
New San Francisco Giants' right-hander Jeff Samardzija had difficult 2015 season with the Chicago White Sox, but he's not expecting those kinds of results to continue in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. 

Buster Posey, Roy Jacuzzi, Blackhawk's Ken Behring hit for using too much water
Oakland A's executive Billy Beane makes EBMUD's list again, even though he slashed his water use.  

Giants decide not to pursue outfielder Jason Heyward
San Francisco Giants need an outfielder, but they have determined that Heyward wouldn't be the right fit in spacious AT&T Park. 

Baseball: Protective netting for fans recommended
The New York Mets filled a key spot by obtaining second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh for pitcher Jon Niese 

Giants notebook: Pitching higher priority than left field, Evans says
San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans is keeping all options open but says the team has 'a little more of lean' toward adding another pitcher than a left fielder. 

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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7 
Super Bowl 50: Alyssa Milano, Conan O'Brien top the list at Bleacher Report party

Actress Alyssa Milano and late-night host Conan O'Brien were among the eclectic list of athletes and media sensations at the Bleacher Ball in San Francisco on Friday night.