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Panda Hits Game Winning Homer for Giants

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Panda Hits Game Winning Homer for Giants

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Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday and the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2.
 
Sandoval's third homer of the spring came off Greg Holland. Justin Christian singled with two outs and Sandoval connected.
 
Ryan Vogelsong, who went 13-7 last year and was an NL All-Star, made his first start after twisting his back at the start of the spring. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out two in 2 2-3 innings.

On Sunday, with just over a week left in spring training, the Giants lost 5-2 to the Chicago White Sox.
 
Giants starter Barry Zito gave up consecutive homers to A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios in the third inning and allowed five runs in 2 1-3 innings.

In his final two starts of spring training, Zito will be working on keeping his pitches down. He gave up nine hits, struck out three and walked two in 2 1-3 innings.

"The ball was up in the zone," Zito said. "I've been harping on getting the ball down, throwing a downhill plane and today I was just rushing with my body. The arm couldn't catch up."
 
Zito threw another 25 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game, to bring his pitch total to about 85. His ERA is 6.61.
 
"It's definitely something that requires attention," Zito said about his latest struggles.       

NOTES: The White Sox (10-12) finished with 14 hits to the Giants' 4. The Giants are 13-10. ... Giants reliever Scott Munter exited with a left calf strain after pitching to one batter in the third inning. He was injured while moving to cover first base on a grounder by Escobar. . For the White Sox, Paul Konerko went 3 for 3 and Escobar, a candidate for a bench role, went 3 for 4. Pierzynski hit his fourth home run, and Rios hit his first. . Crain (oblique) threw a bullpen Sunday and is expected to pitch in a game Tuesday. .The Kansas City Royals traded minor league outfielder Greg Golson to the White Sox for cash considerations.
 

     
 

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