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S.F. Giants Sign LHP Ricky Romero to Minor-League Contract FRANCISCO) -- Free agent left-handed pitcher Ricky Romero has signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants.

The 30-year-old Romero last appeared on a big league mound in 2013, when he made four appearances and two starts with the Blue Jays. He spent his entire five-year career with Toronto, posting a 51-45 record with a 4.16 ERA.

Romero was named to the 2011 American League All-Star team. He finished the season with a 15-11 record and a 2.92 ERA.

Last June, Romero underwent season-ending left knee surgery because of inflammation in his quadriceps tendon.

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Barry Bonds' Conviction Reversed

Rob Tringali/Sportschrome(NEW YORK) -- Former slugger Barry Bonds has been cleared legally after a federal court of appeals overturned the career home run leader's obstruction of justice conviction Wednesday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a rambling answer Bonds gave before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government's investigation into steroid distribution.

"Today's news is something that I have long hoped for," Bonds said in a statement. "I am humbled and truly thankful for the outcome as well as the opportunity our judicial system affords to all individuals to seek justice."

The jury also found that Bonds' guilty verdict of obstruction of justice in 2011 deadlocked on three counts of making false statements.

"The most one can say about this statement is that it was non-responsive and thereby impeded the investigation to a small degree by wasting the grand jury's time and trying the prosecutors' patience," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote. "Real-life witness examinations, unlike those in movies and on television, invariably are littered with non-responsive and irrelevant answers."

The government could ask the 11-judge panel to reconsider its reversal and prosecutors could also ask the U.S. Supreme court to review the case.

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Giants' Hunter Pence Still Recovering

Major League Baseball(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence may not be back before May 1 as he continues to recover from a broken left forearm.

The club had targeted his return date for May 1, but manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Pence is "making progress."

"He's got to go through hitting off a tee, soft toss ... all the boxes he's got to check off," Bochy added.

Pence was hit by a pitch in spring training on March 6 and was expected to miss six to eight weeks.

The defending World Series champions sit at 5-10 and in last place in the N.L. West, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by five games.

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Heston Leads S.F. Giants Past Diamondbacks, 4-1 FRANCISCO) -- Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston (2-1) allowed one earned run over 7 2-3 innings of work as San Francisco (4-9) took care of the Arizona Diamondbacks (6-6) on Saturday night, 4-1.

Heston gave up five hits and one walk while striking out six. Closer Santiago Casilla picked up his fourth save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Giants jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single from Second Baseman Joe Panik. Shortstop Brandon Crawford blasted a two-run home run in the fourth to give San Francisco a 4-1 lead.

Diamondback starter Rubby De La Rosa (2-1) allowed three-earned runs on nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/9/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 7 (3-0) – Minnesota Twins 1 (0-3)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (3-0) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (0-3)

Kansas City Royals 4 (3-0) – Chicago White Sox 1 (0-3)

New York Mets 6 (2-1) – Washington Nationals 3 (1-2)

Cleveland Indians 5 (2-1) – Houston Astros 1 (1-2)

San Francisco Giants 1 (3-1) – San Diego Padres 0 (1-3)

Texas Rangers 10 (2-2) – Oakland Athletics 1 (2-2)

Boston Red Sox 6 (2-1) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (1-2)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (2-1) – New York Yankees 3 (1-2)

NBA: Chicago Bulls 89 (47-32) – Miami Heat 78 (35-44)

Golden State Warriors 116 (64-15) - Portland Trail Blazers 105 (51-28)

NHL:  Ottawa Senators 3 (42-26-13; 97pts) – New York Rangers 0 (52-22-7; 111pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (30-40-11; 71pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (33-30-18; 84pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (37-29-15; 89pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (41-27-13; 95pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (49-22-10; 108pts) – Detroit Red Wings 3 (42-25-14; 98pts) OT

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (49-24-8; 106pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (32-35-14; 78pts) OT

St. Louis Blues 2 (50-24-7; 107pts) – Chicago Blackhawks 1 (48-27-6; 102pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (46-27-8; 100pts) – Nashville Predators 2 (47-24-10; 104pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (47-29-5, 99pts) - Arizona Coyotes 0 (24-49-8, 56pts)

Calgary Flames 3 (45-29-7, 97pts) - Los Angeles Kings 1 (39-27-15, 93pts)

San Jose Sharks 3 (40-32-9, 89pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (24-44-13, 61pts)

Colorado Avalanche 1 (38-31-12, 88pts) - Winnipeg Jets 0 (42-26-13, 97pts) SO

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Giants Reward Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean with Extensions

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After three World Series titles in five years, the San Francisco Giants are rewarding general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy.

The Giants announced that Sabean has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and will be replaced as general manager by Bobby Evans, who also assumed a senior vice president role with the team.

Bochy and Sabean also received contract extensions through the 2019 season. In addition, Jeremy Shelley was named vice president and assistant general manager of pro scouting and player evaluation. He joins John Barr and Dick Tidrow as assistant general managers.

"Brian and Bruce form the foundation on which all three championship teams have been built," Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said Friday. "The strength and stability of Giants baseball is a direct reflection of the strength and stability of the partnership of these two men. My top priority this offseason was to ensure that this partnership and our outstanding baseball organization remain intact for years to come."

Sabean was the longest-tenured general manager in baseball, having held the position for 18 seasons. The Giants have reached the playoffs seven times during that span.

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Diamondbacks Name Pitcher Josh Collmenter Opening Day Starter

iStockphoto(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Josh Collmenter will take the hill when Arizona opens the 2015 season  Monday, April 6, at home against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

In 33 games with Arizona last season, the 29-year-old Collmenter went 11-9 with a 3.46 ERA. He struck out 115 batters and walked 39 in 179 1-3 innings of work.

The Diamondbacks originally selected Collmenter out of Central Michigan University in the 15th round of the 2007 amateur draft.  In 141 appearances across four big league seasons with Arizona, he owns a record of 31-27 along with a 3.42 ERA.

Arizona finished with the worst record in baseball in 2014, at 64-98.

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Giants' Hunter Pence to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Broken Forearm

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will be out six to eight weeks after breaking his left forearm during a spring training game on Thursday.

Pence was hit in the arm by hard throwing Cubs prospect Corey Black in the sixth inning, and left the game after touching first base.

"Lost for words. Hope you heal fast @hunterpence hitting someone is never a good feeling. Hurting someone is even worse," Black tweeted following the news.

"Of course it's disappointing," Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said Thursday night. "Hunter's a vital part of the team. But knowing him, he'll move mountains to get back quickly."

Pence has played in 383 straight games -- the longest active streak in the majors.

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Giants Agree to 1-Year Contract with McGehee

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with third baseman Casey McGehee. The deal allows the Giants to avoid arbitration with him.

McGehee joined the Giants in December, when he was traded by the Miami Marlins for two minor league pitchers.

Last season, McGehee played in 160 games, hitting .287 with four home runs, 76 RBIs, and a .355 on-base percentage. He helps fill the void created when Pablo Sandoval signed with the Boston Red Sox this offseason.

McGehee was the Giants' last player in arbitration.

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Giants Avoid Arbitration with Brandon Belt, Agree to One-Year Deal

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants and first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.6 million on Monday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Belt was one of the keys for the Giants in their run to the World Series title, hitting .308 in the Fall Classic.

During the regular season, Belt batted .243 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs in 61 regular season games.  He missed the final 2½ months of the season with a concussion.

The Giants have to work out one more deal with third baseman Casey McGehee, who is also eligible to go into arbitration.

The Giants' position players are scheduled to report to spring training on Feb. 23.  Pitchers and catchers are on Feb. 18.

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