Bonds back with Gi­ants

Yan­kees’ Gre­go­rius will miss first month of sea­son.

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Barry Bonds is back with the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants just as the club had hoped.

Bonds, who spent a one-sea­son stint as Mi­ami’s hit­ting coach last year be­fore be­ing fired, will serve as a spe­cial ad­viser to CEO Larry Baer.

The home run king will work with the mi­nor league teams in Scotts­dale, Ariz.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come Barry back home to the Gi­ants,” Baer said. “As one of the great­est play­ers of all-time, Barry’s con­tri­bu­tions to our or­ga­ni­za­tion are leg­endary. He joins Wil­lie Mays, Wil­lie McCovey, Or­lando Cepeda and other dis­tin­guished alumni who help ad­vise the club and we look for­ward to work­ing with him again. “

Bonds, 52, also will rep­re­sent the or­ga­ni­za­tion in the com­mu­nity and at var­i­ous Gi­ants events.

“I am ex­cited to be back home with the Gi­ants and join the team in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity,” Bonds said. “San Fran­cisco has al­ways been my home and the Gi­ants will al­ways be my fam­ily. I look for­ward to spend­ing time with the team, young play­ers in the sys­tem as well as the Bay Area com­mu­nity.”

The seven-time NL MVP spent his fi­nal 15 sea­sons with the Gi­ants and hit 762 ca­reer home runs.

Yan­kees: Short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius is ex­pected to miss the first month of the sea­son af­ter strain­ing his right shoul­der while prep­ping for the World Base­ball Clas­sic. Yan­kees GM Brian Cash­man said Gre­go­rius is likely to be side­lined six weeks. Open­ing day for the Yan­kees is April 2 at Tampa Bay. Gre­go­rius was hurt while turn­ing a dou­ble play for the Nether­lands in an ex­hi­bi­tion game Satur­day against Ari­zona in prepa­ra­tion for the WBC semi­fi­nals. He re­turned to the Yan­kees’ spring camp this week. “It just hap­pened on one play,” Gre­go­rius said. “It was just a reg­u­lar throw and it hap­pened.” Gre­go­rius, 27, hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last sea­son. The Yan­kees have backup short­stops Ron­ald Tor­reyes and Ruben Te­jada in camp, along with util­i­ty­man Tyler Wade and top prospect Gley­ber Tor­res.

White Sox: Short­stop Tim An­der­son, 23, agreed to a $25 mil­lion, six-year con­tract. An­der­son, se­lected 17th over­all in the 2013 am­a­teur draft, was pro­moted in June af­ter Jimmy Rollins was re­leased. He hit .283 with 10 steals, nine homers and 30 RBIs in 99 games in his first sea­son in the ma­jors. He also struck out 117 times and walked just 13. An­der­son would have been el­i­gi­ble for free agency in 2022, so the con­tract gives the White Sox two more years of con­trol.

Rangers: Catcher Robin­son Chiri­nos signed a new con­tract through 2018 that also in­cludes a club op­tion for 2019. Chiri­nos, al­ready signed for this sea­son, is a backup to Jonathan Lu­croy.

Na­tion­als: Ryan Zim­mer­man went 2 for 4 on Tues­day to ex­tend his hit streak to six games. He is hit­ting .625 over that stretch af­ter go­ing 0 for 17 in his first nine games.

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in four in­nings in Tues­day’s 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Jimenez has al­lowed 10 earned runs in 10 in­nings over his past three starts.

World Base­ball Clas­sic

Puerto Rico 4, Nether­lands 3 (11): Ed­die Rosario’s sac­ri­fice fly drove in Car­los Cor­rea with the win­ning run in the 11th in­ning at Dodger Sta­dium on Mon­day, giv­ing Puerto Rico a berth in the cham­pi­onship game.

The Puerto Ri­cans also reached the fi­nal in 2013, los­ing to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic 3-0.

Barry Bonds will serve as ad­viser to Gi­ants’ CEO.

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