Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 2/24/12

With everybody in camp, the San Francisco Giants conducted their first full-team workout today at Scottsdale Stadium.

Most of the workout was broadcast live on the Giants website, while Marty Lurie and a couple of the production dudes from SFG Live provided commentary and interviews with players. The Giants debuted two “SFG Shorts” with one featuring Sergio Romo driving his Beamer to work and the other one showing a behind-the-scenes look at Buster Posey‘s first day of catching bullpens with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.

Elsewhere…

Closer Brian Wilson was back out there throwing long toss, a day after throwing a 27-pitch bullpen session. He showed no lingering effects.

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Pablo Sandoval, Melky Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz, and Aubrey Huff were the first four players to take BP this morning. All of them put on their respective displays, especially Pablo, who was blasting BP pitches all over the place, much to the delight of the 200 or so fans who came to watch.

Sandoval, who had Lasik surgery on his left eye back in November, said he can now see the rotation of the ball as it approaches the plate. And that shoulder pain that prevented him from batting right-handed down the stretch last year? Gone, like the balls he blasted at Scottsdale Stadium today.

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That booing sound you heard today while Cabrera was mashing balls in the batter’s box? That would be “Moooooooooo” (as in cows, as in Melk Man). Not sure if I like it or not yet.

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After about 15 minutes of BP, a new set of Giants—Brandon Belt, Freddy Sanchez, Brandon Crawford, and Angel Pagan—went to work at the plate. Crawford was particularly impressive, knocking at least six balls out of the yard during his hacks.

The hitters will face live pitching for the first time on Sunday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News.

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In the field, it was new acquisition Ryan Theriot sharing time at shortstop with Brandon Crawford, while Mike Fontenot and Emmanuel Burriss shared time at second. No sign of Freddy today, who was rehabbing offsite according to Pavlovic.

Huff, Belt, Brett Pill, and yes, Buster Posey, all took turns fielding grounders at first base today.

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Speaking of Theriot and Fontenot, the two were interviewed during the Giants’ live stream today and a couple of things were really and quickly noticeable: Theriot has guns like a UFC heavyweight and Fontenot has shaved off his “Wolverine” sideburns.

The two teased each other about World Series bragging rights, with Fontenot (who won a ring with the Giants in 2010) acquiescing to Theriot, who just won his ring with the Cardinals this past year.

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According to Comcast SportsNet’s Andrew Baggarly, manager Bruce Bochy told him the Giants’ starting outfield will consist of Pagan in center, Cabrera in left, and Schierholtz in right. If that sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because that’s who I predicted would be out there on Opening Day in my “13 Giant Questions Entering Spring Training” article posted a week ago. (Translation: Stick with the veteran blogger who’s been a Giants fan longer than most of the saber-centric bloggers’ parents have been alive if you really wanna know what’s going on.)

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Cabrera, who was the last position player to arrive in camp yesterday, wasn’t trying to stall for time in order to shed a few more last-minute pounds before making his first impression on his new manager and teammates. According to Baggs, Bochy proclaimed the Melk Man “in great shape. He can play anywhere in the outfield. He’s flexible in the lineup. That’s what we’re talking about now. We’ll see what makes the most sense for us.” I can see Melky batting third or fifth in the Giants’ lineup and maybe even leadoff on days that Pagan rests.

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Prior to the players heading out to the field today, Bochy had them in the clubhouse talking  about the need to prepare and focus before games .

“I think we can do a better job with pre-game preparation,” Bochy told Baggarly. “That was a subject that we covered today.” The skipper also talked about the need for guys to hustle more.




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