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The Giants' spring cheering section has gone (Micro) soft

Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates is a Seattle native and Mariners fan. But that doesn't mean Giants CEO Larry Baer is going to stop trying to convince him to choose San Francisco as his NL squad.

Given the team's proximity to Silicon Valley, it makes sense -- and former Giants managing partner Bill Neukom was Microsoft's top lawyer for 25 years.

-- Dan Wohl /

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