SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey got what he wanted from Wednesday's plate appearance that ended his brief spring hitting skid.Posey drove an opposite-field homer to right field that evened the score and lifted the Giants to a 2-2, 10-inning exhibition tie with the Cleveland Indians. Playing his fourth exhibition game and serving as the Giants' designated hitter, Posey was 0-for-7 before he sliced Tony Sipp's 1-1 fastball inside the right-field foul pole with two outs in the sixth inning, erasing Cleveland's 2-1 edge. Posey consistently displayed such opposite-field power until last May 25, when he sustained extensive left leg injuries in a home-plate collision that ended his season. "I'm just glad I hit it hard," said Posey, who sensed that his drive would clear the Scottsdale Stadium barrier. "I think that's the goal every time, coming up to bat." Though Posey downplayed the significance of lining the ball to right field, Giants manager Bruce Bochy reveled in the sight.
"That was a good sign," Bochy said. "It means you're staying in there, not pulling off the ball, not getting out front."Posey indicated that his comfort level has increased since he made his Cactus League debut last Friday.
"I think it's getting better," he said, referring to his timing at the plate. "I'm seeing the ball well. That's No. 1."Right-hander Matt Cain and his Giants teammates regard Posey's comeback as inevitable. "We're not worried about Buster hitting. He's going to hit," Cain said. "That's what Buster's done since he got here. Obviously it's good for him to get that going, but none of us worry if he doesn't get a hit for a couple of days. We're not worried about him on that side of the coin. We're really not worried about him at all. He's looking good." Probably the only lingering concerns surrounding Posey, the National League's 2010 Rookie of the Year, involve his physical status. The Giants are limiting Posey's playing time to reduce the risk of injury. "I think I've been lucky about [not] having setbacks," he said. "I don't know if I need to knock on wood or what. But we have a game plan the rest of the way through and I think like I'll be ready on April 6."
Wilson breezes through another inning
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Wilson looked more and more like the three-time All-Star closer that he is as he pitched a perfect fifth inning Wednesday in the Giants' 2-2 exhibition tie with the Cleveland Indians.Perhaps most importantly, Wilson's troublesome right elbow didn't bother him during his second Cactus League appearance.
"Another pain-free outing," he said.The first batter Wilson faced, Aaron Cunningham, flied out to deep center field. But Wilson easily handled the next two hitters, coaxing Felix Pie's fly ball and striking out Asdrubal Cabrera, who doubled in each of his previous two at-bats. Told that his fastball exceeded the velocity he reached in his initial exhibition appearance last Sunday, Wilson said, "There were a few pitches that felt a lot more comfortable. But I think I should stay low-90s as of right now, if I can, and just progressively work toward Opening Day to max out then and try to sustain that for the rest of the season.
"But if it's going to come out fast, it's going to come out fast. I'm not going to slow down anything. If it comes out fast, that just means my mechanics were loose and I felt really good and there must have been some good whip. So I'm going to keep riding that."
Non-roster outfielder Gregor Blanco continues to impress the Giants. Leading off in Wednesday's 2-2 tie against the Cleveland Indians, Blanco generated a first-inning run by drawing a walk, scooting from first base to third on Melky Cabrera's infield out and scoring on Pablo Sandoval's groundout. Blanco added a third-inning single and is batting .500 (13-for-26). "It's going to go down to the wire," manager Bruce Bochy said of the decision he faces with Blanco. Second baseman Freddy Sanchez accumulated some extra at-bats by joining a troupe of Giants Minor Leaguers who faced their A's counterparts in an exhibition game. Bochy remained hopeful that Sanchez, who has performed strictly as a designated hitter, will be fit to begin playing defensively by the weekend. Right-hander Matt Cain hoisted his pitch count to 71 with his 3 2/3-inning outing against Cleveland. The pair of earned runs he allowed were his first of the spring.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.