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Video: Pablo Sandoval ends Giants’ season with walk-off home run

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Pablo Sandoval fittingly ended the Giants’ 2017 season on Sunday afternoon, drilling a walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning against Padres reliever Phil Maton. Sandoval finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon, also knocking in a run in the second on a ground out.

Sandoval, 31, rejoined the Giants in July, a few days after the Red Sox released him. He spent two and a half turbulent years in Boston, failing to put up the numbers to justify his five-year, $95 million contract. He didn’t hit much better after starting his second stint in San Francisco, batting .224/.263/.359 in 167 plate appearances, but he remains a fan favorite as a crucial member of the 2010-14 Giants that won three championships.

Sandoval’s future is up in the air. He hasn’t been a productive player in three years and now that he’s crossed 30, he may have to settle for a minor league deal to find work in 2018.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: