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Giants use long ball to top Dodgers, 4-1

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Giants use long ball to top Dodgers, 4-1

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A pair of big swings by Brandon Crawford and Nate Schierholtz put the San Francisco Giants in a better mood on Wednesday.Crawford and Schierholtz homered to lead San Francisco to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers."It's time for all of us to start swinging the bat better," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've been struggling the past week. Today was better."Crawford connected in the second inning, driving a 2-0 pitch from Nathan Eovaldi over the wall in right. Crawford also reached on an infield single in the fifth and scored on Angel Pagan's second double in as many days."For me, it's not about results right now," said Pagan, who is hitting .189 in 59 spring at-bats. "It's about how you feel. I'm feeling better at the right time. I just want to feel comfortable. You want to feel like your hands are going through the point where you want them to go."After studying video, I made some adjustments. My hands weren't going in the direction they have to. But now they are. That's the important thing. I'm seeing the ball better."Eovaldi gave up two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out none and walked two.James Loney hit an RBI double in the sixth for Los Angeles.Schierholtz belted a two-run shot to left in the eighth.Yusmeiro Petit allowed four hits in five scoreless innings for San Francisco. The right-hander struck out four and walked one.Petit pitched in Mexico and Venezuela last year before agreeing to a minor league deal in November. Petit, who has pitched for the Florida Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks, has worked eight scoreless innings in two appearances this spring.He was limited by shoulder problems when he was with the Marlins."I'm fine now," he said. "I've been working hard, very hard, for this opportunity. I got this chance because what I had been doing over on the minor league side. Today, I felt very good with a fastball, changeup, curve and some sliders."Petit got into trouble when Loney hit a two-out triple to deep center in the first. But he bounced back by striking out Josh Fields to end the inning."He's got experience," Bochy said. "What I like is that he does the little things so well."

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”