SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants held their first live batting practice sessions of the spring, with Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Jeremy Affeldt and others squaring off against the team's regulars.
Throwing to Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan, right-hander Chad Gaudin impressed. The non-roster invitee allowed just one ball to be put into play and showed plenty of movement down in the zone.
Fellow veteran Scott Proctor also drew raves from hitters, and Bochy said he was pleased with what he's seen from the group of relief pitchers fighting for the last spot in the bullpen.
"There's some good experience there," he said. "It's going to be competitive, we know it."
General manager Brian Sabean hinted that the competition will come down to the veterans, saying hard-throwing minor leaguer Heath Hembree is "more of a long shot" to make the roster.
"It's not going to be me during the season, it's going to be an opponent," Blanco said. "Torres and I are going to get to everything."
"I'm willing to listen and willing to talk," Torre said. "If something makes sense, we'll take it seriously. But my stance has not changed or softened."
Cain took the ball for the beginning of the live BP session and surprised his teammates and coaches by floating a curveball down the middle on the first pitch to Pablo Sandoval. Early in camp, pitchers tend to throw almost exclusively fastballs. Sandoval didn't get a swing off, and both pitcher and hitter exchanged good-natured laughs.
"That was Buster," Cain said later. "Buster likes to throw wrinkles in there every once in a while. You know (Pablo) -- he was going to be hacking."