SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Giants met in

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the free agent slugger’s hometown of Las Vegas this week , and new San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi said the sides had mutual interest.Zaidi, the club’s new president of baseball operations, would not say whether an offer was extended to the star outfielder. The Giants still hope to add two outfielders.A fan posted that he had spotted Giants CEO Larry Baer in the Bellagio on Monday night.“It’s kind of hard to deny when your CEO gets made in the casino,” Zaidi said with a chuckle Friday. “There’s obviously mutual interest on both sides, so we thought it made sense to get together. We had a good conversation over a few hours and he’s obviously got a lot of suitors and a lot of interest. He’s going to have some decisions to make, but again I think it’s fair to say that was an expression of our interest level to make the trip out there and meet with him.”Zaidi said background discussions led to the meeting: “We didn’t just show up at his doorstep.”“Having kind of a face-to-face meeting gives you kind of a different level of being able to engage,” Zaidi said. “Can’t exactly deny that the meeting happened. But beyond that, not really going to have comment on the substance of the meeting beyond that obviously we have interest. You don’t make a trip out there to meet with a player just for show.”While cautioning that he is not familiar with negotiations, Commissioner Rob Manfred is eager to see some of the game’s big names with teams for spring training.“We want players signed, particularly star players,” Manfred said. “I wish they were signed and ready to go. We got another week before they have to report. I’m really hopeful that it’s going to get resolved during that period of time. But obviously we want our star players signed and ready to go when we start playing.”Also Friday, Zaidi confirmed the Giants agreed to a minor league contract with 35-year-old catcher Rene Rivera. San Francisco wants to add depth behind Buster Posey, who is healthy following season-ending right hip surgery in late August. Rivera batted .233 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 33 games between the Angels and Braves last season. If added to the 40-man roster, Rivera would get a one-year contract paying $1.3 million in the majors and would have the chance to earn additional performance bonuses.Posey George Foster Jersey , for one, is ready to play with Harper if the Giants can somehow pull off acquiring him.“Yeah, sign him up!” Posey said. “What team out there wouldn’t want a Bryce Harper, a Manny Machado or a lot of free agents out there? I think as players that’s what we, from the time you’re 5 years old, you aspire to play against the best competition, whether it’s in your Little League game or your high school, college, the big league level. As a fan myself and fans that come to the game or watch it on TV, when the Giants are playing X, Y and Z, fans to say ‘We’re going to get the best competition, we know that we’re going to get to see a great game tonight.'”Notes: The Giants said Derek Law and John Andreoli cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. Both are scheduled to attend big league camp as non-roster invitees. CHICAGO (AP) — The wind blowing in posed a challenge to some hitters. Not Mike Trout.Trout homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Saturday night.Trout’s 5-for-5 performance matched his career high for hits in a game and raised his batting average to .314.“The two balls he hit were killed Tom Seaver Jersey ,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “The wind was pushing them back. It shows you how strong Mike is. Great at-bats.”David Fletcher, Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons had two hits each for the Angels, who have won four of five.Ohtani hit a bases-clearing triple and scored on one of Thyago Vieira’s three wild pitches in a six-run ninth inning.Yolmer Sanchez and Kevan Smith each had two hits for the White Sox, who lost their fourth straight.Trout hit a full-count, two-run homer to center field with one out in the first inning. Justin Upton added an RBI single to make it 3-0.Trout smacked another full-count homer off White Sox starter James Shields — a three-run shot for his 33rd home run of the season — in the third, extending the lead to 6-1. He has 14 career multi-home run games and four this season. His most recent was July 25, against the White Sox.“I knew he was going to have a big game today, something about his swag today and it made me realize again how good of a player he is,” Ohtani said through a translator.Trout last had five hits May 26 at the Yankees, and drove in five RBIs in a game Sept. 17, 2015, against Minnesota.“He seems to get me quite often, unfortunately,” Shields said. “He’s one of the best hitters in the game Paul Konerko Jersey , if not the best hitter, so can’t really do that to that guy.”Six of Trout’s nine career hits against Shields have been home runs.“He’s been a great pitcher,” Trout said. “We compete against each other. It’s fun. Just not missing pitches. I can’t tell you the reason. Just getting a pitch to hit and just not missing.”In his other at-bats, Trout singled.“Couple balls they hit were hit pretty well. They just died,” Trout said about the wind. “It was weird. It was swirling the whole night.”Matt Shoemaker (2-0) gave up three runs and seven hits for the Angels in his second start since coming off the disabled list and third overall start this season. He has allowed six runs in 15 2/3 innings. Shoemaker missed 134 games after his season debut due to a right forearm strain.Four relievers combined to throw four one-hit innings.Shields (6-16) allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. It was his shortest outing since July 25.Yoan Moncada and Sanchez hit back-to-back doubles in the first to pull the White Sox within two.Smith’s double in the fourth cut the lead to 6-3.OHTANI UPDATEOhtani has a right thigh contusion after colliding with Vieira when he scored. He said he is fine and will be able to play Sunday.MAKING MOVESThe White Sox placed right-hander Michael Kopech on the 60-day disabled list Saturday after learning Friday he will likely need Tommy John surgery and miss next season. The team purchased the contract of right-hander Rob Scahill, who was 3-4 with a 5.64 ERA in 52 relief appearances at Triple-A Charlotte.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: 1B Jose Abreu (testicular surgery) will possibly return to the lineup Monday at Kansas City, manager Rick Renteria said. Abreu and LF Leury Garcia (strained hamstring) took live batting practice Saturday. Garcia is a little further away from a return, Renteria said. .RHP Nate Jones (pronator muscle strain) looked good throwing Saturday, Renteria said. Jones will take a day or two off and possibly throw in another simulated game before being activated.WELCOMEJoe Hudson made his major league debut with the Angels. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.UP NEXTLHP Andrew Heaney (8-9, 4.16 ERA) is set to start for the Angels in the series finale Sunday against the White Sox, and RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5-9, 4.37). Heaney is 1-6 with a 5.02 ERA on the road this season, but 0-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two career starts against Chicago. Lopez has not earned a home victory since June 26.

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