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Posey, Crawford plot World Series defence

21 February 2013 00:44

World Series champions the San Francisco Giants have begun training in Arizona ahead of the new Major League Baseball season.

Confidence appears to be high in the playing group, with two of the past three World Series titles residing at AT&T Park.

Catcher Buster Posey was sidelined by an ankle injury 12 months ago - but bounced back to be named the National League MVP, and the 25-year-old is looking forward to seeing what he can produce with a full pre-season under his belt.

"It feels good, it is nice to have the whole squad out here now. Doing some live BP (batting practice), which is not really the hitters favourite thing to do, facing your own pitchers, but it is definitely good to be back out on the field," Posey said.

"There is obviously more attention (on Posey's injury status), there are different types of questions that you are going to get from the media.

"For me it is especially different because last year I was answering questions about my injury from the year before. So it is nice to have that pass me a little bit.

"For the most part you are just trying to do the same thing as you did last spring and that is to get prepared for the season."

With their divisional rivals picking up big-name signings, both Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford claim just reaching the post-season will be a huge achievement.

"We know we have our work cut out for us in the division," Posey said.

"The (Arizona) Diamondbacks are a team that can get really hot and play good baseball. I think they play baseball in the right way.

"Obviously the (Los Angeles) Dodgers have loaded up in the last year. Even the (Colorado) Rockies are a team... and the (San Diego) Padres... you just don't know."

Crawford meanwhile said the Giants cannot get sidetracked by the quality of their playoff rivals, and must keep their focus in-house.

"There has been a lot of talk about a couple of teams in our division, but we can only worry about ourselves, the division plays tough no matter who it is. That's why they are some of our rivals, but we can only worry about ourselves and prepare for the season," he said.

The Giants will begin the defence of their crown on April 1, as the 162-game regular season gets underway with a trip to Dodger Stadium.

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