UPDATES & NEWS
Carlos Santana says he's playing with sore left groin and it's hurting his hitting.
Well this a change from an earlier report in which Terry Francona expressed concern over supposed comments made by Santana that the position switches have affected his hitting. If it's an injury, then the team can deal with it appropriately, but if it's the position-switching that has him all twisted up, then Francona needs to find him a permanent home on the field and stick with it. This sounds like it could be a hot discussion over the next several days, so prepare yourself. Santana is currently batting .186 with no home runs and just one RBI.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Aldon Smith said he is "hungry" to bounce back in 2015.
While that's all well and good, the bottom line is that Smith needs to stay focused on the field and out of trouble off it. His suspension really hurt the 49ers defense and with a new regime taking over, he needs to really prove that he's more than just a problem child. He can be one of the best in the game if he's focused, so if he's really that hungry, the 49ers will let him eat. Analysis: Howard Bender