• The Giants will face Japan's two-time defending champion World Baseball Classic squad Thursday at Scottsdale Stadium. Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit will start for San Francisco. Japan finished Pool A with a 2-1 record, defeating Brazil and China to earn a berth in the Classic's second round. Japan will face the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the finals of the second round Tuesday to determine the seeding for the Classic's semifinals at AT&T Park.
• Tony Abreu, who entered camp as a leading candidate to claim a utility infielder's role on the Opening Day roster, went 1-for-2 with an infield single in his Cactus League debut Monday. Abreu, bothered by a sore left knee all spring, said that he still felt lingering pain.
• Right-hander Heath Hembree struck out the side in an overpowering eighth inning. It represented a recovery for Hembree, who yielded four fifth-inning runs last Thursday against Cleveland. "Good for him to bounce back," Bochy said. "That's what you look for."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.