A’s closer Andrew Bailey throws first round of batting practice

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Andrew Bailey successfully faced live hitters yesterday for the first time since injuring his forearm in mid-March, throwing live batting practice.

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Bailey threw 25 pitches, all of them fastballs, and afterward manager Bob Geren said the A’s closer “looked real good” and “felt good.”

He’s expected to throw another round of batting practice while mixing in some off-speed pitches, at which point the A’s may clear him to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Oakland’s bullpen has thrived without Bailey, posting a 2.88 ERA while fill-in closer Brian Fuentes converts seven of nine save chances.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.