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Champion Giants look for another special season

  • San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan makes a sliding catch on a pop fly by San Diego Padres' Alexi Amarista during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO — Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro made a pact over the winter as they weighed their baseball futures: They vowed to keep in touch during free agency.

They did just that, and both landed right back where they thought they best belonged — with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Not a bad place to be lately. The Giants' starting lineup features World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval, reigning NL MVP Buster Posey and, of course, the guy with a perfect game at the front of the rotation in Matt Cain.

CEO Larry Baer, general manager Brian Sabean, manager Bruce Bochy and all their players realize just how rare it is to keep almost an entire roster together. Especially after a championship season.

"I think that's the best thing we have," Pagan said. "The chemistry's the same. The atmosphere's going to be the same. The way we got along last year, it doesn't get any better than that."


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