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9:16AM

S.F. Examiner: It’s spring, so time to ease back into baseball

By Art Spander
San Francisco Examiner

MESA, Ariz. — Winter hung in the air, one more brief shower for the Valley of the Sun. But on the field Tuesday unofficially it was spring, the Giants and the A’s in a game that while it didn’t mean anything, it conversely meant a great deal.

Ballplayers on the diamond, people in the stands, both delighted to be in the presence of the other.

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© 2015 The San Francisco Examiner 

10:58AM

Newsday (N.Y.): Ex-Yankee David Robertson glad to be with White Sox

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The big silver structure of University of Phoenix Stadium, site of last month's Super Bowl, is visible a few miles away. Yet the facilities of Camelback Ranch, scraped out of the desert not even 10 years ago, seem far from civilization.

That's perfect for David Robertson after leaving the Yankees for the White Sox, who do their spring training about 15 miles west of Phoenix.

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Copyright © 2015 Newsday. All rights reserved.

9:16AM

S.F. Examiner: No matter the changes, Giants will answer bell 

By Art Spander
San Francisco Examiner

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Storm clouds swirled in the distance, above the Superstition Mountains. But Tuesday, for the Giants’ first full-squad workout of 2015, there was only sunshine.

When you’re the World Series champion, anything else would be unacceptable. So Panda has crossed the continent. “A good player, a good teammate, always a happy person,” center fielder Angel Pagan said about the dearly departed Pablo Sandoval. “But we have to move on.”

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© 2015 The San Francisco Examiner 

12:31PM

Global Golf Post: Thomas Already Has Big-Time Game

By Art Spander
Global Golf Post

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA — This is Hogan's place, actually "Hogan's Alley," a label that stands as surely as does the statue of Ben adjacent to the practice green at Riviera Country Club.

History counts here. History and reputations. Justin Thomas seems destined to create both. "Justin Thomas," said Graham DeLaet, "is part of the future of golf."

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Copyright 2015 Global Golf Post

10:01AM

Global Golf Post: Riviera's Short 10th Long on Difficulty

By Art Spander
Global Golf Post

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA — The sixth hole is a par-3 with a pot bunker. In the middle of the green. The 10th hole is a par-4 that's drivable. And perplexing.

Riviera Country Club, where the tournament is now called the Northern Trust Open but began existence in the late 1920s as the Los Angeles Open, is yet another example there's more to a golf course than length.

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Copyright 2015 Global Golf Post