NLCS Gm1: Mijares perfect in the top of the ninth

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Jose Mijares, attempting to overcome a sore elbow, took his first major step toward returning to competition by throwing batting practice Wednesday to Hector Sanchez and Kensuke Tanaka.

The Giants must evaluate Mijares' condition Thursday before determining his next activity. If he physically withstands the BP session, he could be pitching in Cactus League games by early next week. Mijares' injury has limited him to two appearances this spring.

Non-roster catcher Johnny Monell, who served as Mijares' batterymate, was impressed.

"He had a lot of life on his fastball," Monell said of Mijares, who had a 2.55 ERA in 27 relief appearances after the Giants claimed him off waivers from Kansas City last Aug. 6. "His sinker and breaking ball looked really good, too."

Still bothered by soreness in his right shoulder, the switch-hitting Sanchez took batting practice right-handed against Mijares and with the rest of the team before getting some extra at-bats in a Minor League exhibition.

First baseman Brett Pill, who underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday in San Francisco to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, has improved so rapidly that he might resume baseball-related activities sooner than later. By contrast, infielder Tony Abreu, who began camp with a solid chance of securing a utility role, remained inactive with a knee injury.

"It's pretty amazing," manager Bruce Bochy said. "[Pill] had surgery, and he could be ready before Abreu."

Vogelsong continues Giants starters' momentum

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vogelsong's six sparkling innings in Wednesday's 10-inning scoreless tie with the Brewers continued a familiar trend: The Giants' starters are thriving.

Vogelsong, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito have combined for a 1.80 ERA in their most recent outings. They've allowed 15 hits and struck out 19 in 25 innings.

"It seems that things are falling in place for all of us," said Vogelsong, who surrendered three hits in his first performance for the Giants since returning from his stint with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. "It's better to be that way than fighting the other way."

As well as Vogelsong pitched, he still found flaws to address. For instance, he was dissatisfied with his changeup.

"There's always stuff to clean up," he said. "I missed some pitches that in the regular season probably don't get fouled off. So I definitely got away with a few that I need to work on."

Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt also appeared in his first game since participating for the U.S. in the Classic and worked a perfect seventh inning. Left-hander Javier Lopez, who had been scored upon in three of his previous four Cactus League games, struck out two in a three-up, three-down eighth.

"I'm sure he needed that for his sanity," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lopez, who entered the game with an 18.90 ERA.