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San Francisco Giants: Russ Ortiz expects nothing less than to be in San Francisco's rotation as the fifth starter this season. That's why he returned to the comfort of his former club for 2007, and the Giants brought him back because they believe he can fill that void. Still, San Francisco isn't ready to name Ortiz a starter just yet -- and manager Bruce Bochy has said it still might be well into March before the Giants announce a decision.
The team is taking a serious look at rookie left-hander ...
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SPRING TRAINING NEWS
Follow the day's news from spring training in the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues as we begin the countdown toward Opening Day on Sunday (Mets at world champion Cardinals, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2):
• Colon, Weaver, Figgins on DL
• Pirates send Sanchez to the DL
• Rogers has clot removed, will miss first half
• Sabathia throws, says he's ready for opener
• Pavano to start Opening Day for Yankeees
• A's put Dan Johnson on DL with hip injury
• Walker signs minor league deal with A's
• Grapefruit: Towers wins spot in Jays' rotation
• Cactus: Big Unit to start season on DL