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SAN FRANCISCO - Ryan Vogelsong visited the Houston Astros this week and had an uncomfortable feeling about how he might fit in, and he had discussions with other teams during the course of this off-season.Each time, everything pointed him back to the Bay Area and the Giants. His wife, Nicole, loves it, too, and he said she kept chirping in my ear every two seconds.Vogelsong just needed some patience as the Giants figured out the rest of their roster. The free agent right-hander finalized a $4 million, one-year contract Friday to stay with San Francisco, a deal includes an additional $3 million in performance bonuses.When a decision came down, everything kept leading me back to San Francisco. Its where Im supposed to be, Vogelsong said. Ive always considered myself a Giant. Theres not really any place Id rather play.Vogelsong passed a physical and reached the deal three days after general manager Brian Sabean said the pitcher was close to joining another team. Vogelsong met with new Houston manager A.J. Hinch, but wouldnt be specific about what made him uneasy.Some things happened I just wasnt comfortable with. Negotiations kind of broke down after that, Vogelsong said. Time to move on.Vogelsong went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts last season. The 37-year-old adds depth to a rotation that features ace Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, who is working back from elbow surgery that ended his season in July. Vogelsong would likely start until Cain returns, and manager Bruce Bochy has said two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Lincecum will begin the year in the rotation. Bochy prefers right-hander Yusmeiro Petit as a swingman out of the bullpen who can go long in relief.While the Giants pursued Jon Lester, they never expected to land a top-tier starter in free agency. Instead, they re-signed Peavy and Vogelsong and built around a talented pitching staff. San Francsico replaced departed third baseman Pablo Sandoval by acquiring Casey McGehee from Miami. New left fielder Nori Aoki was added this week on a $4.7 million, one-year contract.Vogelsong has spent the past four seasons with San Francisco, winning World Series titles in 2012 and 14. He made four post-season appearances last fall but didnt have a decision.He said some divine intervention was involved this winter.Sometimes patience is the best thing, he said. It might be a little bit easier for me because Im not looking to make the most money, Im not looking to have my ego stroked so to speak.Hes been in a similar position before.In December 2013, Vogelsong signed a $5 million, one-year contract a month after the club didnt exercise a $6.5 million option. That followed an injury-shortened 2013 season in which he went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2-3 innings. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20, 2013, and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand.Vogelsong won 13 in 2011 and 14 the following year. He became one of baseballs feel-good comeback stories in 2011, when he made the All-Star team after joining the Giants rotation first as a fill in for the injured Barry Zito.Vogelsong had toiled through three seasons in Japan before Triple-A stints in 2010 for Philadelphia and the los Angeles Angels. In the Bay Area with the team that originally drafted him in the fifth round in 1998, Vogelsong became a front-line starter at last.Invited to spring training in 2011 on a minor league deal, he went on to win the teams Willie Mac Award — named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and is voted on by players, coaches and training staff for the most inspirational Giants player on the field and in the clubhouse. Vogelsong set a career high for wins while going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA in 30 games and 28 starts.He then received an $8.3 million, two-year contract in January 2012.Vogelsong won three games during the 2012 post-season for the eventual World Series champion Giants, including one during a 4-0 sweep of the Tigers for the teams second championship in three years.We appreciate Ryan signing back with us, Sabean said. Hes been on our radar all off-season, though we at times have pursued other options, we know what Ryan has brought to the table and his contributions have not only been timely but I think contagious to the organization. I think some of our consistency, the hallmark of success is competition and depth, and he certainly has created that by re-signing with us. Air Max Outlet Italia . The two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medallist informed ESPN on Monday he plans to compete in Apsen, Colo. 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Air Max Scontate Online .com) - Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh called Joe Flacco the NFLs best quarterback last week.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Linebacker Chris Borlands stellar rookie season for San Francisco is likely over.49ers defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio said itd be a stretch right now for Borland to return from an ankle injury for the final two games. San Francisco (7-7) was eliminated from playoff contention in a 17-7 loss at Seattle on Sunday.The NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for November, Borland was injured on the final play of the first half against the Seahawks. He was scheduled for an MRI on the ankle Monday, and Fangio said Tuesday that Borland was unlikely to play against San Diego on Saturday night or in the season finale against Arizona on Dec. 28.He did an admirable job filling in for star Patrick Willis, who didnt play again after an Oct. 13 win at St. Louis and was eventually lost for the season last month when he needed surgery for a strained muscle in his left big toe.San Francisco was down to one healthy inside linebacker against the Seahawks. Adding depth at the position to get them through the final two games, the 49ers signed linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal.Borland had 107 tackles, good for 12th in the NFL and 33 more than teammate Antoine Bethea, who is second on the team.Hes done extremely well. He started off when he came in for Pat late in the second quarter of that first game that he played, Fangio said. He kind of just played and did fine. But, then the next game, which was his first start, he didnt play as well. And then from that point on, he has taken off and done well. He still makes some mistakes. Still doesnt react well to certain plays and certain coverages the way he should consistently enough, but I think that will come. I think we got a player that nobody was so sure that if he could play at his collegiate level in the pros and with his work this year, hes proven that he can, to some degree.Fellow defensiive rookie, cornerback and first-round pick Jimmie Ward, shared details of his second fracture and surgery on his right foot in eight months.ddddddddddddard was hurt in an overtime win at New Orleans on Nov. 9, and he underwent his second operation on the foot since March. He said doctors removed a screw that had bent and replaced it with a slightly longer screw of about 3 inches that could remain in his foot through next season, or until the bone is determined to be fully healed.Same injury, Ward said. Every injury is a concern. A couple more guys had the same injury and re-fractured their (foot) and had surgery again. Basically Im going through the same thing. Hopefully it heals well and Im ready to play next year.Ward, the 30th overall draft pick out of Northern Illinois, finished with 20 tackles and two passes defenced in eight games. From the time of the injury, Ward was told he would have to stay off the foot for 10 weeks, so he expects to be off crutches in another week. Then, he will have another X-ray to evaluate the healing. He is hopeful of being at full strength for the teams off-season program.I should be able to, more than ready to go, Ward said.Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks dislocated his left thumb, which could force him out Saturday.I dont know. Well find out, Fangio said. A thumb is an important part of your hand there and if he cant take on, or if hes hedging to take on, then well have to play somebody else.NOTES: Fangio offered his position on some of the penalties at Seattle: All three personal fouls were incorrect calls. I know the rules.... Clearing roster room for Bishop, the Niners placed WR Kassim Osgood on season-ending injured reserve. ... 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