More from Saturday, March 21
– Angel Villalona, the Giants’ 18-year-old first base prospect, made his first appearance in a Major League exhibition game by pinch-hitting in the seventh inning of the split-squad game against the Padres. He struck out on three pitches.
– Aaron Rowand went 0-for-3, but his diving catch in center field with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning saved at least two runs and set up the Giants’ surge against the Padres.
– Right-hander Keiichi Yabu, released Friday, was re-signed to a Minor League deal. The Giants now have 38 players on the 40-man roster. Expect them to make more tweaks to the bullpen. Left-hander Jack Taschner has been made available in trade talks, and the rumors about San Francisco acquiring lefty Will Ohman haven’t quite gone away.
– The Giants turned a triple play in the eighth inning against the A’s. Oakland’s lead runner was called out for running outside the baseline; Giants third baseman Ryan Rohlinger started the rest by throwing to second baseman Matt Downs, who then relayed to first baseman Scott McClain.
– Chris Haft