Giants Spring Training Notebook, Week 1

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Turns out the Panda's ears really were burning all winter, because Pablo Sandoval showed up to spring training having shed 38 pounds, according to the Mercury News.

    Sandoval left the 2010 season weighing 278 pounds.

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    MLB.com has an eye on just how catcher Buster Posey will handle his first, long, arduous season in the bigs -- after becoming the heart of the team for the stretch run to the World Series. And that killer parade, too.

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    Want to keep AT&T Park at the top of baseball fans' minds once again? Check out this release and, if you so desire, click the link to vote:

    Event Solutions Conference and Tradeshow recently announced that AT&T Park, home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, has been named as a finalist in the 2011 Spotlight Awards in the category of Event Site of the Year.

    Considered one of the most beautiful and unique ballparks in the country AT&T Park has also been recognized as a pioneer in the use of a sports venue for public and private events. Over the past eleven years, AT&T Park has produced more than 700 private events and hosted numerous public events including major concerts, motor sports events, international soccer matches, professional and college football games, Cirque de Soleil, simulcasts, and festivals.

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    Can't have a roundup of spring training news without SBNation.com's Five Things to Know. The top thing? Know that it's really, really hard to repeat, but that the Giants have the core that can do it. Especially those arms...