Posted March 26, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Pablo Sandoval gave the San Francisco Giants something to smile about with a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Monday. Sandoval had three hits, including a double, and scored twice. But what occurred in the first 2 2/3 innings was even more important for the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong, expected to be a key part of the rotation, made his first Cactus League start after twisting his back at the start of the spring. Vogelsong, a right-hander who was 13-7 in 30 games (28 starts) in 2011, gave up a run and two hits and struck out two in 2 2/3 innings. He threw 39 pitches, one short of the team's goal. ''It wasn't bad in the first inning (when the run scored), but it was definitely better in the second and third,'' Vogelsong said. ''It was good that I got to sit down, get back up, sit down, get back up, sit down, get back up for three innings.'' He said he hasn't been worried about his back this spring. ''I was confident that I would be OK,'' ...
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