By Manny Randhawa, Special to

Japanese slugger Shinnosuke Abe and San Francisco’s Buster Posey are both Giants, both catchers, both batting champs, and both MVPs

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ catcher steps into the batter’s box at AT&T Park for a nighttime batting-practice session. The repeated sounds of bat and ball colliding violently cause reporters to turn their heads to watch each shot streak over the right-field wall.

They are observing the 2012 batting champion and league Most Valuable Player perfecting his craft, the same player who led the Giants to another championship last season, to the delight of his adoring hometown fans. No, his name isn’t Buster Posey.     | Read More

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