Notes: Posey returns, ‘good to be back’

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Cactus League play kicked off with a degree of normalcy for the Giants, who welcomed 863 fans to Scottsdale Stadium for their 5-2 loss to the Angels on Sunday. The supporters saved their biggest cheers for Buster Posey, who caught three innings and reached base in each of his two plate appearances in his first game action in nearly a year.

“It felt good to be back,” said Posey, who sat out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. “It’s a game I’ve loved to play since I was a kid. Just being able to get out and compete on the field was great.”

Posey drew a walk against Angels left-hander José Quintana in the first inning and singled to the opposite field off right-hander Gerardo Reyes in the third for the Giants’ first hit of the spring. Posey also flashed his arm by firing a nice throw to Donovan Solano when Jared Walsh took off for second in the third, but Walsh was automatically safe after Jo Adell took ball four from right-hander Jay Jackson.

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