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Giants Hope Pitching Will Lead To Another NL West Crown

The Giants are hoping their strong pitching staff will allow them to win another National League West crown.

They have kept their 2010 pitching staff in intact, which isn't a bad idea considering the fact that they won the World Series last season.

It was their first championship since 1955.

"I think legitimately we can start the season saying that our goal is to win the division," general manager Brian Sabean said. "We should be in a position to be favored to do that. We have to live up to that."

Via MLB.com

Giants Close To Deal With Torres

The Giants appear to have reached an agreement on a contract with outfielder Andres Torres, their lone remaining player eligible for arbitration.

The contract should be finalized Sunday, according to a report on CSNBayArea.com.

Via MLB.com

Mays Brings World Series Trophy To Harlem

Willie Mays brought the 2010 World Series trophy to Harlem on Friday, where he used to dazzle fans with his play at the Polo Grounds.

Mays and the Giants organization brought the trophy back to the organization's roots, as Mays stopped by PS 46 to talk to the students and showcase the championship memorabilia.

"[In] 1951, when I first started, I lived right on top of the hill here," Mays said. "I used to go up and down this street all the time so I'm familiar with this area. That's why I wanted to come back and let all of the youngsters know what I was doing here."

Via ESPN.com

Giants Sign Suppan As Insurance

The Giants signed free agent right-hander Jeff Suppan to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.

Suppan has been primarily a starter during a Major League career that began in 1995, making 411 of 442 appearances in that role.

Via MLB.com

Giants' Prospect Ford Receives Pretrial Diversion

Giants prospect Darren Ford has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program that, if completed, will enable him to avoid trial and potential incarceration in a New Jersey theft case.

One requirement of the program is Ford repaying $2,297.23 that he allegedly stole from an auto dealership that employed him.

Ford, 25, was charged with five felonies in July after police in Vineland, N.J., alleged he concocted a story of being robbed at gunpoint as he was taking the money to a bank for the dealership.

Via San Francisco Chronicle

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