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Zito tops Peavy; Giants beat White Sox 4-2

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Zito tops Peavy; Giants beat White Sox 4-2

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Barry Zito had most of his pitches working against the Chicago White Sox.Zito allowed just two base runners with a hit and a walk over five shutout innings and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday."Fastball, change up for the most part," Zito said. "I felt significantly better than I've felt on the mound during spring training. Things were just smooth. When things are quiet and moving slowly, that's where success lies."Zito had such an efficient day that he didn't reach his pitch limit in the game. He finished with 10 more pitches in the bullpen.
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"He's a pro. He's handled everything so well, including the postseason thing and the stuff that's been said," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Zito, who was left off the postseason roster for the Giants last season. "He comes out here and he gives it all he's got. That's all you can ask of a player."Zito outperformed Jake Peavy of the White Sox, who allowed one run - an Aubrey Huff solo home run - and one hit in 3 23 innings.Peavy is coming back from shoulder surgery in July that ended his season."It wasn't as free and easy as the other day," Peavy said of his start, his second of spring training. "My body did all we asked it to do. I wasn't very sharp, but I had pretty decent stuff. A good step in the right direction, obviously another hurdle cleared and moving on toward (my) ultimate goal, and that's to break camp with the team."Peavy said he plans to start every five days throughout the spring.Catcher A.J. Pierzynski said Peavy was only supposed to go three innings but that his slider was "as good as I've seen in the last two years."
VIDEO: Jeff Suppan postgame
The Giants fielded a lineup that could closely resemble their opening day group at the end of this month, with the exception of ninth-place hitter Mark DeRosa, who was the designated hitter Wednesday.Huff drove in two runs and San Francisco scored three in the sixth inning on RBIs from Andres Torres, Huff and Buster Posey off Chicago reliever Jeff Gray.Giants closer Brian Wilson worked out of a jam in his inning of work. He gave up two hits and a walk and struck out two.The White Sox got back-to-back solo home runs from Adam Dunn and Stefan Gartrell in the ninth inning.Notes: Before Wednesday's game, the White Sox optioned RHP Lucas Harrell and RHP Jhonny Nunez to Triple-A Charlotte, and reassigned RHP Kyle Bellamy, LHP Charlie Leesman, C Josh Phegley, C Jared Price and OF Brandon Short to minor-league camp. ... Bochy said the Giants could make roster cuts by this weekend.

Just a number? Longoria says slow down with concerns of Giants' aging roster

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Just a number? Longoria says slow down with concerns of Giants' aging roster

The Giants added two premier face of the franchise players this offseason in Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. Together the two have combined for eight All-Star Game appearances. 

What they don't bring to San Francisco though, is youth. Longoria (32) and McCutchen (31) are the latest to join an again Giants roster. Buster Posey turn 31 in March, Johnny Cueto turns 32 in February, Hunter Pence turns 35 in April, Brandon Crawford turns 31 in January, and Brandon Belt turns 30 in April.

Father Time though, is far from getting Longoria and the rest of the Giants' stars according to the third baseman. 

"I believe that all of us believe we're in our prime and we are more than capable of competing," Longoria said Wednesday on KNBR. "That's just ways of making waves in the news. Our job is to just go out and do our job. I think we'll be just fine." 

Longoria is entering his 11th season in the big leagues. That has certainly added wear and tear on him, but also added knowledge of his body. 

"I'm definitely a different player," Longoria says now at 32 compared to 22. "There's a lot of ways that I prepare now that I didn't have to do or I didn't know how to do when I was a younger player. For me personally, it's going to be quite an experience."

While Longoria and McCutchen may not have the freshest pair of legs in baseball, they are two of the most durable players in the game. In 2017, both players appeared in 156 out of 162 games.

"Being prepared for the season is one thing and I know how to do that and I know how to get myself ready for that," Longoria said. "It's just a matter of the day in and day out homework so to speak that I'll have to do. That's gonna change based on the league and based on the division."

Gameday: De'Aaron Fox vs Donovan Mitchell in rookie showdown

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Gameday: De'Aaron Fox vs Donovan Mitchell in rookie showdown

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings return to Golden 1 Center for a one game stop before heading out for a season-long six game road trip. They’ll face a struggling Utah Jazz team that is 4-15 over their last 19 games.

Sacramento has gone young, choosing rotate veteran players for the final 40 games of the season. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter received the dreaded DNP-CD on Monday in OKC. Who will sit Wednesday at G1C?

Utah had the making of a contending team before Gordon Hayward and George Hill departed via free agency. They are rebuilding around rookie Donovan Mitchell, who has been nothing short of phenomenal in his first 41 games as a pro.

BETTING LINE

Jazz by 4

MATCHUP TO WATCH

De’Aaron Fox vs. Donovan Mitchell -- Fox is showing that he’s ready to take a major step for Sacramento. In seven games since returning from injury, the Kentucky product is posting 14 points and 6.4 assists and is now averaging in double-figures on the season. Mitchell has the run of the house in Utah and he’s taken full advantage. The 13th overall selection from the 2017 NBA Draft is in a dogfight for rookie of the year honors, scoring a huge 18.6 points in 31.4 minutes per game for Utah.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 13-30, fifth place in Pacific

Jazz: 17-26, fifth place in Northwest

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) out, PG Frank Mason III (heel) out, F Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out.

Jazz: C Rudy Gobert (knee) out, SF Thabo Sefolosha (knee) out, Dante Exum (shoulder) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Take Advantage of the Opportunity -- Sacramento’s youth movement is in full swing, but it comes with a bit of pressure. The 25 and under crowd has a 40 game audition to show that they are NBA regulars. Malachi Richardson and Justin Jackson have struggled to get consistent minutes, but when they get a chance, they need to stay aggressive and follow the game plan.

Show up at Home -- The Kings are about to embark on a six game road trip across the country beginning Friday in Memphis. It’s a one game homestand, but still an opportunity to build some momentum heading into a long stretch away.  

Snap the Streak -- Sacramento’s  lost five straight and 10 of their last 12 games. Utah is scuffling as well. If the Kings bring energy early, they might be able to ride the wave of the Golden 1 Center crowd and get back in the left hand column.

SERIES HISTORY

The Jazz took the season series 3-1 over the Kings last season. Utah leads the all-time series 102-82 and holds a 79-49 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

"Going forward, what I'm going to do is, we're going to play a rotation where two of our five veterans are going to be out every night. It might be some times there'll be three. It's an opportunity for some other guys to get some minutes as we go throughout the course of the season.” -Dave Joerger on the Kings’ youth movement