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    Posey's return highlights Giants win

    CBSSports.com wire reports
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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Cain walked in from the bullpen and heard the roar of the San Francisco Giants fans at Scottsdale Stadium.

    "I thought everybody really loved me," Cain said, "and then I looked behind me and saw Buster."

    The return of Buster Posey was the story of the day for the Giants in Friday's 6-3 Cactus League victory over a Reds split-squad, with Freddy Sanchez's return a close second.

    Posey and Sanchez, both key cogs in the Giants' championship run in 2010, missed most of 2011 with injuries. Posey tore ligaments in his left ankle in a home-plate collision on May 25, and Sanchez dislocated his shoulder June 10. Neither had played in a game until Friday.

    Posey caught two innings and hit a flyout in his only trip to the plate, while Sanchez was 1 for 4.

    "It was fun," Posey said. "I've put in a lot of work. Even though it was only two innings, it was nice to be out there."

    Posey admitted to some anxiety before the game, but he felt better after passing the few tests the game provided. He had to drop to his knees to block a few balls, which he did flawlessly. He had to pop out of his crouch to throw to second on Miguel Cairo's steal attempt. Cairo was safe, but Posey said he was satisfied with the throw.

    "It was good to see Buster back out there playing again," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I know he was excited. It was great to see the ovation he got when he walked out to the bullpen. There was a little extra energy in the crowd and in the dugout today than you normally feel in a spring training game. It was fun. Everyone was happy to see Buster playing again."

    Bochy said Posey will catch again on Sunday, playing four innings.

    As for Sanchez, the Giants were happy to get him back into the lineup, but the true test of his surgically repaired shoulder will come when he is ready to play in the field. Bochy said the plan is for Sanchez to DH again on Sunday and play second base on Monday.

    "Playing defense will be a big steppingstone for me," Sanchez said. "I feel like I'm getting a little stronger each day."

    Cain picked up the victory with three scoreless innings, striking out four. He has not allowed a run in five innings in his two starts this spring.

    Reds starter Aroldis Chapman pitched two perfect innings, striking out two. The Reds are looking to see if the 24-year-old Cuban can pitch in the rotation instead of the bullpen, where he spent his first two major league seasons.

    Chapman is in the running for the No. 5 starter job with Homer Bailey.

    However, manager Dusty Baker told reporters this week that an injury to reliever Bill Bray could prompt the Reds to scrap plans to put Chapman in the rotation.

    Notes

    • New Giants OF Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homer, his third of the spring.
    • Brandon Belt also homered for the Giants.
    • Todd Frazier hit his second homer of the spring for the Reds.
    • Ryan Ludwick, who had one single in his first eight at-bats, doubled.
    • The Reds were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
     
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    Cincinnati Reds
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Brandon Phillips, 2B3010001 .300
        Henry Rodriguez, 2B2010000 .444
    Zack Cozart, SS3010012 .333
        Wilson Valdez, SS1110100 .333
    Ryan Ludwick, LF3010003 .182
        Danny Dorn, LF2011012 .500
    Juan Francisco, 3B3011011 .231
        Chris Valaika, 3B2000013 .286
    Chris Heisey, RF2000112 .154
        Daryl Jones, RF2000023 .333
    Miguel Cairo, DH2010000 .364
       a- Miguel Rojas, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Todd Frazier, 1B3111023 .286
        Michael Costanzo, 1B1000010 .333
    Devin Mesoraco, C3000013 .111
        Brian Esposito, C1010000 .333
    Denis Phipps, CF1100000 .333
       b- Kris Negron, PH-CF2000001 .100
    Totals373103211  
    a-flied out for Cairo in the 8th
    b-grounded out for Phipps in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Wilson Valdez (1, Lopez), Ryan Ludwick (1, Cain), Danny Dorn (1, Hembree)
    HR - Todd Frazier (2, Burres)
    RBI - Danny Dorn (1), Juan Francisco (3), Todd Frazier (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Francisco (1)
    SB - Miguel Cairo (1, 2nd base off Cain/Posey)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    DP - Valdez-Rodriguez-Costanzo
    Cincinnati Reds
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Aroldis Chapman 2000020 2.25
    Sam LeCure (L,0-1) 2544101 15.75
    Daniel Corcino 2411000 4.50
    Clayton Tanner 1000000 0.00
    Chad Reineke 1111011 6.00
    HBP - Pill (by Chad Reineke)
    Pitches-Strikes - Aroldis Chapman 10-10, Sam LeCure 17-12, Daniel Corcino 10-10, Clayton Tanner 3-3, Chad Reineke 10-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aroldis Chapman 1-3, Sam LeCure 2-4, Daniel Corcino 3-3, Clayton Tanner 1-2, Chad Reineke 1-0
    Batters Faced - Aroldis Chapman 6, Sam LeCure 12, Daniel Corcino 10, Clayton Tanner 3, Chad Reineke 4
    San Francisco Giants
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Melky Cabrera, CF3222000 .588
        Gary Brown, CF1000001 .125
    Freddy Sanchez, DH4010010 .250
    Pablo Sandoval, 3B3011010 .200
        Chris Dominguez, 3B1000000 .000
    Buster Posey, C1000000 .000
        Chris Stewart, C3110002 .273
        Jackson Williams, C0000000 .000
    Brett Pill, 1B3111001 .350
    Aubrey Huff, LF3000003 .214
        Justin Christian, LF1000001 .250
    Nate Schierholtz, RF2011000 .357
        Brandon Belt, RF2121000 .389
    Joaquin Arias, 2B3010001 .300
        Joe Panik, 2B1000010 .750
    Brandon Crawford, SS2100103 .364
        Ehire Adrianza, SS0000000 .000
    Totals33610613  
    Batting
    2B - Brett Pill (2, LeCure), Brandon Belt (1, Corcino)
    HR - Melky Cabrera (3, LeCure), Brandon Belt (2, Reineke)
    RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (6), Pablo Sandoval (2), Brett Pill (5), Nate Schierholtz (2), Brandon Belt (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (4), Nate Schierholtz (2), Brandon Belt (1)
    SB - Chris Stewart (1, 2nd base off LeCure/Mesoraco)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Crawford-Arias-Pill
    E - Joaquin Arias (1, Throwing)
    San Francisco Giants
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Matt Cain (W,1-0) 3300040 0.00
    Brian Burres (H,1) 3321121 2.25
    Javier Lopez (H,1) 1200020 0.00
    Santiago Casilla (H,2) 1100010 0.00
    Heath Hembree 1111120 3.00
    HBP - Phipps (by Matt Cain), Cairo (by Brian Burres)
    Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 21-19, Brian Burres 22-17, Javier Lopez 9-9, Santiago Casilla 6-6, Heath Hembree 12-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 2-2, Brian Burres 2-6, Javier Lopez 1-0, Santiago Casilla 1-1
    Batters Faced - Matt Cain 12, Brian Burres 15, Javier Lopez 5, Santiago Casilla 4, Heath Hembree 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10435
    Game Time - 2:39
    Temperature - 71
    Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Derryl Cousins