Zito Shows Up With New Windup

LHP Barry Zito, the projected fifth starter, arrived at spring training with a new windup. He's more in a crouch in a bid to generate more momentum with his legs and perhaps increase his velocity.

Zito arrived at spring training in 2007, the first year of his seven-year, $126 million contract, with a new windup, creating panic among the coaching staff. Five years later, a new windup hardly is considered huge news for a pitcher who has been a major disappointment.

--1B Angel Villalona, who's on the 40-man roster after his murder charges in the Dominican were dropped, was having trouble getting a visa to join the Giants' training camp. Team executive Bobby Evans said the U.S. government is delaying Villalona for not meeting elite athlete requirements. Apparently, his weight and medical condition were red flags. Evans said Villalona, who signed at 16 for $2.1 million, might miss a day or a couple of weeks. He was put on the 40-man roster after MLB took him off the restricted list in November.

--RHP Brian Wilson wasn't just hurt at season's end in 2011. He was hurt all year, he says now. In the wake of his bumpy season -- he was shut down in August because of a bum elbow -- Wilson claims he had arm and hip issues for most of the season. Nevertheless, Wilson vows to be ready for the season opener, saying he's right on schedule. "As far as pain, there are no ailments, no tweaks, no inflammation," he said.

--CF Angel Pagan will lead off. It was suspected all along, but manager Bruce Bochy made it official with an announcement. Initially, Bochy said OF Melky Cabrera was a candidate to lead off, but Cabrera will hit either second or fifth/sixth depending on whether they want to use his speed at No. 2 (where 2B Freddy Sanchez might be destined to hit) or his RBI potential at No. 5/6.

--2B Freddy Sanchez wasn't throwing to bases early in spring training, still recovering from shoulder surgery, but he vowed to be in the opening day lineup. Sanchez has been injury prone since the Giants acquired him in a trade from Pittsburgh in July 2009, but he was a huge contributor in the 2010 postseason as a clutch hitter and able defender.

BY THE NUMBERS: 201 -- hits for Melky Cabrera last season, when he played for the Royals, the fifth highest total in the majors.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yeah, four-seamers coming at 55 (mph). I tend to square that up." -- Catcher Buster Posey after hitting a few pitches off coach Ron Wotus over the outfield wall.

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