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    Returning Posey makes HR first hit

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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The San Francisco Giants got encouraging performances from two stars returning from injuries.

    Buster Posey had his first hit of the spring, a home run, in the Giants' 2-2, 10-inning tie with Cleveland on Wednesday. The young catcher suffered a devastating leg injury in a home-plate collision with the Marlins' Scott Cousins on May 25.

    Closer Brian Wilson, shut down for the final six weeks of the season with a sore elbow, pitched a hitless, scoreless fifth inning in his second outing of the spring.

    Posey, who broke his left fibula and tore ankle ligaments, served as the DH on Wednesday. He hit an opposite-field solo home run just inside the right-field foul pole off left-hander Tony Sipp with two outs in the sixth to tie the game.

    Posey said he thought the ball was going out of the park when he made contact.

    "I thought I hit it pretty good," he said. "I just wanted to hit the ball hard. That's my goal every time -- to hit the ball hard."

    The NL Rookie of the Year in 2010 is taking a steady approach to his comeback, catching every three or four days and getting at-bats when he can as the DH. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Posey could see more at-bats in minor-league games.

    Posey caught four innings against the Cubs on Tuesday, will catch again Friday or Saturday and will increase his time to six innings next week, according to Bochy. Posey has not had any issues defensively and appears to have picked up where he left off in handling the pitching staff.

    "It's about getting the at-bats, seeing the pitches and getting the timing. I am seeing the ball well," said Posey, who wears an ankle guard.

    "I think I've been lucky with no setbacks. We have a good game plan the rest of the way through, and I expect to be ready April 6 (for the season opener)."

    Wilson has given up one hit in two innings.

    "The motion feels good, another pain-free outing," the right-hander said.

    He did not have surgery but rehabbed the injury.

    "It was basically do nothing for six weeks and wait for it to heal," he said. "After that, I didn't have much of an offseason, rehabbing three days a week. It was worth it. ... I am working toward Opening Day, max it out (velocity) and keep it that way the rest of the season."

    Wilson's training regimen includes keeping his heart rate up as much as working the arm.

    "When you come into the game in this [closing] situation, your heart rate is 140 to 170," he said. "I try not to keep my heart rate below 160 (in workouts). Keep it steady."

    The Indians had to be encouraged by the strong four-inning effort from veteran right-hander Derek Lowe.

    Acquired in a trade with Atlanta on Oct. 31, the 38-year-old gave up a run on two hits with a walk.

    "I had a lot better command, a lot of quick outs, the majority on the ground," said Lowe, who threw 42 pitches.

    Notes: Bochy said he was pleased with the pregame bullpen session of right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who has yet to throw in a game because of a back strain. Vogelsong, who was 13-7 in 28 starts last season, threw a simulated game situation, taking breaks in between "innings.". .. Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

     
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    Buster Posey, who broke his left fibula and tore ankle ligaments on May 25, ties the game with this clutch HR in the sixth. (AP)
    Buster Posey, who broke his left fibula and tore ankle ligaments on May 25, ties the game with this clutch HR in the sixth. (AP)

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    Cleveland Indians
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Felix Pie, CF3000000 .188
       a- Trevor Crowe, PH-CF2020000 .375
    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4130010 .250
        Juan Diaz, PR-SS1000012 .333
    Shin-Soo Choo, RF4010012 .333
        Chad Huffman, RF0000000 .000
    Carlos Santana, C3000000 .143
        Beau Mills, 1B1000010 .000
    Travis Hafner, DH2100120 .167
       b- Nick Weglarz, PH-DH1000010 .250
    Matt LaPorta, 1B3010010 .176
        Matt Pagnozzi, C1000000 .000
    Cristian Guzman, 2B3010012 .231
        Gregorio Petit, 2B1000010 .333
    Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000032 .235
        Andy LaRoche, 3B1010000 .500
    Aaron Cunningham, LF4000011 .238
    Totals37290114  
    a-singled for Pie in the 8th
    b-struck out for Hafner in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (2, Cain, Cain), Matt LaPorta (1, Cain)
    CS - Trevor Crowe (1, 2nd base by Burres/Whiteside)
    Team LOB - 6
    Cleveland Indians
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Derek Lowe 4211100 4.00
    Joe Smith (H,3) 1100020 3.60
    Tony Sipp (BS,1) 1111011 11.25
    Vinnie Pestano 1000010 0.00
    Scott Barnes 3100040 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 18-14, Joe Smith 9-8, Tony Sipp 8-7, Vinnie Pestano 5-5, Scott Barnes 18-17
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-5, Tony Sipp 1-1, Vinnie Pestano 1-1, Scott Barnes 1-3
    Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 15, Joe Smith 4, Tony Sipp 4, Vinnie Pestano 3, Scott Barnes 9
    San Francisco Giants
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Gregor Blanco, CF3110121 .500
    Melky Cabrera, LF3000001 .433
        Juan Perez, LF1000000 .500
    Pablo Sandoval, 3B3001001 .222
        Joaquin Arias, 2B-3B1000010 .167
    Buster Posey, DH4111010 .111
    Aubrey Huff, 1B3000010 .280
        Chris Dominguez, 1B1000010 .222
    Nate Schierholtz, RF3000010 .286
        Roger Kieschnick, RF1000000 .143
    Hector Sanchez, C2010000 .444
        Eli Whiteside, C2010000 .313
        Tyler Graham, PR0000000 .100
    Ryan Theriot, SS3000011 .217
        Nick Noonan, 2B1000001 .200
    Emmanuel Burriss, 2B-3B^SS3010000 .391
    Totals3425218  
    Batting
    HR - Buster Posey (1, Sipp)
    RBI - Pablo Sandoval (6), Buster Posey (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (1)
    SB - Emmanuel Burriss (3, 2nd base off Smith/Santana)
    CS - Tyler Graham (3, 2nd base by Barnes/Pagnozzi)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    DP - Huff-Theriot
    San Francisco Giants
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Matt Cain 3.2522140 2.08
    Mitch Lively 0.1000010 0.00
    Brian Wilson 1000010 0.00
    Javier Lopez 1000010 0.00
    Clay Hensley 1000020 3.00
    Brian Burres 1200000 1.80
    Dan Otero 1000020 2.25
    Jean Machi 1200030 2.25
    WP - Mitch Lively (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 27-23, Mitch Lively 4-3, Brian Wilson 5-5, Javier Lopez 5-5, Clay Hensley 7-7, Brian Burres 5-4, Dan Otero 7-7, Jean Machi 11-11
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 3-3, Javier Lopez 1-1, Clay Hensley 1-0, Brian Burres 1-1
    Batters Faced - Matt Cain 16, Mitch Lively 1, Brian Wilson 3, Javier Lopez 3, Clay Hensley 3, Brian Burres 4, Dan Otero 3, Jean Machi 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10584
    Game Time - 2:40
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley