Giants' Vogelsong prepares for new role as reliever

San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is making the transition from starter to reliever with the help of bullpen coach Mark Gardner, who has been through it himself. 
Ask our experts about the Giants and A's prospects this season
Join in the discussion as Bay Area News Group sports writers John Hickey and Carl Steward take your questions during our discussion about the Giants and A's this season. The discussion takes place Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at AT&T Park, but your can submit questions now that may be read on the air.  

Families & fandom: Multi-generational Giants, A's clans share their stories
Everyone knows families in the Bay Area that are bound by baseball. We wanted to know more about the history and geography and geneaology that leads to such multi-generational magic. 

Giants, A's pitchers share secrets of their money pitch
From Sergio Romo's slider to Sean Doolittle's four-seam fastball, A's, Giants break them down. 

Purdy: Baseball's magic tied to cross-generational connection
Giants, A's fandom runs deep in the Bay Area because of the stories that are passed on and shared. 

Geracie: Me, my boy and the bond of baseball
Longtime baseball writer, columnist and sports editor Bud Geracie has been to 24 major league ballparks with his son Nick. 

MLB Preview: Rating the NL West
Can Giants keep pace with Dodgers and Padres in NL West? 

Is baseball battling a Tommy John epidemic?
As MLB elbow surgeries continue, experts hone in on a culture that may be pushing young pitchers too much, too soon. 

A's, Giants describe what they love about their glove
Stephen Vogt, A's CModel: All-Star Pro EliteHistory with this glove: Vogt has used this model since getting to the big leagues. 

Major league bling: A look at the World Series ring tradition
Giants, A's have collected handsomely over the years 

Giants notebook: Sanchez wins out over Susac for backup catcher job
Hector Sanchez appears to have won the San Francisco Giants backup catcher job after the team optioned Andrew Susac to Triple-A Sacramento; Juan Perez and Hunter Strickland also were sent down. 

Giants notebook: Two draftees from Stanford epitomize the off-the-field smarts of San Francisco's top prospects
Giants second baseman Austin Slater and first baseman Brian Ragira put instructional league on hold to continue studies 

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner looks sharp against Oakland A's minor leaguers
Bumgarner strikes out 11 in six innings against the A's Triple-A lineup. 

Giants' Panik unfazed by tepid spring
San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik is hitting just .160 this spring, but he remains as established as any other starting position player on the roster. 

Giants notebook: Closer Santiago Casilla has seen dreams come true
Deeply religious San Francisco Giants pitcher Santiago Casilla says God speaks to him in dreams, and at times the closer's predictions have proved prophetic. 

San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain admits to some soreness after starts
Giants starter Matt Cain, who had elbow surgery last August, looks completely healthy on the mound this spring but admits to having some soreness. 

Hall of Fame member, longtime Giants writer Nick Peters dies
Hall of Fame baseball writer Nick Peters dies. No journalist has covered more San Francisco Giants games than Peters, a San Francisco native and San Jose State graduate, who tended the baseball beat for 47 years while writing for the Berkeley Gazette, Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News. 

Giants' Peavy likes results with new pitch
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy experimented with a four-seam changeup while pitching five innings in an 8-3 exhibition victory against the Kansas City Royals on Monday.
 

Giants' Bumgarner has no regrets over contract
The San Francisco Giants control ace Madison Bumgarner's rights for the next five seasons in what might be the club-friendliest contract in either league. 

Tim Lincecum tightens grip on final spot in Giants rotation
Former Cy Young Award winner didn't overpower the Los Angeles Angels, but manager Bruce Bochy said it was enough to re-establish Lincecum ahead of Ryan Vogelsong 

Giants again considering Belt as an outfield option
With Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan injured, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says first baseman Brandon Belt is being considered as an option in the outfield. 

Major League Baseball treasures found in San Mateo County museum
Bats used by Ty Cobb and Willie Mays and a contract signed by Joe DiMaggio among artifacts to be displayed in Bay Area exhibit 

Shipping containers take on new life in 'The Yard' at AT&T Park
Using shipping containers as a retail, restaurant or residential building material isn't an entirely new concept, but these metal boxes are being used in a high-profile way with Friday's opening of The Yard, a retail and beer garden space in San Francisco, across from AT&T Park.  

Uggla an unlikely World Series ring recipient with Giants
Dan Uggla was downright awful as a Giant briefly in 2014, but he's getting a ring. 

Giants notebook: Cain, Vogelsong have good outings
San Francisco Giants pitchers Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong took big steps toward being ready for the regular season Thursday, while Tim Lincecum's status remains open to speculation.
 

Giants' Angel Pagan sidelined with more back problems
San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan will be out at least the next three days after getting an injection for back stiffness; manager Bruce Bochy says latest back pain in a different area from the surgery.
 

Giants coach Roberto Kelly making tough switch across the diamond
Roberto Kelly, the San Francisco Giants' first base coach for the last seven seasons, is replacing Tim Flannery as manager Bruce Bochy's third base coach this season. 

Manager Bruce Bochy wants San Francisco Giants to step it up
Bruce Bochy wants to see improvement from the 4-12 Giants, saying 'We're not even close to being ready.'  

Giants' Romo opens up after spring debut
Sergio Romo hated the idea of leaving the San Francisco Giants in free agency, and he's thrilled to be back for an 11th season with the organization. 

Giants' Crawford halfway to milestone
Brandon Crawford can become the first San Francisco Giant to play 1,000 games at shortstop; he reached 500 in less than four full seasons. 

 
 
 
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