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EXTRAS: There's still no stopping Willie Mays

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EXTRAS: There's still no stopping Willie Mays

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Willie Mays is more energetic some daysthan others. Thats likely true for most people who have walked this earth for more than 80 years.

When hes up, hes an absolute riot. Wednesday was one ofthose days. As he sat in his usual shoot-the-bull spot with Mike Murphy in theGiants clubhouse, someone introduced Mays to outfielder Gregor Blanco. This isthe kid who went from first to third on a wild pitch the other day. Somethinglike that.

Whered you go? To third?! Mays screeched, to plenty oflaughter. Who stopped you?

As Mays is fond of recalling, he scored from first base on awild pitch. He remembered one similar instance when Art Mahaffey of the Philliesthrew one away and Mays jolted all the way around to score, bashing into Pat Corralesat the plate.

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I spent 45 minutes looking for that box score. Couldnt findit, but I have a hunch Mays is recalling this game on Aug. 15, 1965, when hescored from first on Bo Belinskys errant throw. (Actually, Willie McCovey, whohad hit a roller back to the mound, scored on the play, too. What did Belinskydo, shoot that throw into orbit?)

No matter. Legends require few hard facts.

Only to third?! Mays repeated, as Blanco laughed. Naw,naw, naw. I aint having that!

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A day after infielder Joe Panik opened eyes with a terrificat-bat at Camelback Ranch, another young Giants prospect took center stage.

Tommy Joseph collected a pair of RBI singles, including thetiebreaking line drive in a three-run eighth inning that powered the Giants toan 8-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

It was a big moment for Joseph, who went to Horizon Highhere in Scottsdale and is really making a name for himself as a solid defenderin addition to a promising power hitter.

Its also hard to believe that Joseph is still a few monthsaway from being able to buy a six-pack.

Great game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. He caughtwell, made a nice throw, blocked a couple balls there. He lives here, so itsgot to feel good with what he did today. For a young kid, Ill tell you, thatsa great experience to perform like that late in a ballgame.

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Josephs playing time might pick up in the next few days.Thats because catcher Hector Sanchez has a mildly tweaked hamstring and willneed to rest for the remainder of the week, Bochy said.

Sanchezs stroke has looked razor sharp thus far, but hefelt his hamstring grab on the basepaths Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

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If you were wondering which on-the-bubble players are out ofminor league options in Giants camp, the list isnt long: utilityman EmmanuelBurriss and catcher Chris Stewart.

Thats a point in their favor as roster decisions are made,since they could be lost on a waiver claim if they dont make the opening-dayclub.

I thought perhaps third baseman Conor Gillaspie might be out of options,but hes got one left.

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Stewart had a funny story to relay from Saturdays game at Talking Stick. He was told to get ready to enter the game. He assumed thatwould be to catch, so he began getting his equipment together.

At the last minute, Bochy told him no, he wanted Stewart togo into Aubrey Huffs spot as the DH. The problem: Huff's spot was already on deck.

Then Pablo goes and makes a quick out, Stewart said. Igrab a bat, rush out there and I hit a double off the wall. Later I said,Boch, go ahead and do that to me every time.

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Stewart didnt connect against 49-year-old Jamie Moyer,though. In two scoreless innings Wednesday, the ageless wonder got five ground-ball outs(from Huff, Brandon Belt, Ryan Theriot and Brandon Crawford) and allowed onesingle (to Nate Schierholtz).

Moyer struck out one batter: Stewart.

You cant stay back on that guy, Stewart said. I swear,Im gonna bunt every time I face him. Unbelievable. I told someone, I hope Ican still walk at his age.

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Nate Schierholtz wasnt lying when he told me he plans to bevery, very active on the basepaths. He stole his second base of the spring onWednesday.

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Ryan Vogelsong cannot wait to throw off a mound Thursday.Hes been forced to wait because of a strained lower back.

I am really, really tired of core exercises, he told me.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

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How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.