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SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence got the last laugh, and it had nothing to do with his new contract. San Francisco Giants president Larry Baer and Pence held an intense, 15-minute meeting after Friday nights game to work out details of a $90 million, five-year contract. "I told him how much I appreciated winning the Willie Mac award," said Pence, with a sly grin. Pence and the Giants finalized the contract on Sunday, a deal that keeps the outfielder off the free-agent market. The announcement was made at a news conference before the season finale against San Diego, the Giants final game as defending World Series champions. The Giants hope it sends fans a message that the team will work to pursue its players who are eligible for free agency, a group that includes Tim Lincecum and Javier Lopez. "The first priority is the core of our club," assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. "Thats the reason Hunter Pence is signed." Pence gets $15 million next year, $18 million in 2015 and $19 million in each of the following three seasons. He was given a standing ovation by fans when he came out to stretch before the game and again when he batted in the first inning. "I realized how intelligent this organization is," Pence said. "They want to win. Im extremely happy." Pence began the day with a .282 average, a career-best 27 homers and 96 RBIs. He became the first Giants player to appear in every regular-season game since Alvin Dark played in 154 in 1954. "Im motivated to become a better ballplayer," said Pence, who asked for and received a full a no-trade provision. "Im looking forward to the next five years and Im going to give it all Ive got." The two-time All-Star was acquired from Philadelphia in July last year and was credited with being instrumental in San Franciscos second title in three years. "Hes a true leader and a role model for the organization," Baer said. "Its a credit to how he holds himself on and off the field." Pence became the second-highest-paid Giants position player behind catcher Buster Posey, who has a $167 million, nine-year contract. "This is a class organization," outfielder Angel Pagan said. "They take a lot of pride in winning. Thats what were here for. Im sure thats why Hunter wanted to stay here." Pence was an immediate hit when he joined the Giants last year, despite his offensive struggles early. "I dont know how we could replace what Hunter does," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Theres no drama with this guy. He just wants to play baseball." Andre Holmes Jersey . PAUL, Minn. 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The second 10 consists of Maryland, Kansas, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Wichita State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, North Carolina, Seton Hall and VCU. Iowa State tumbled eight spots from ninth after a Saturday loss to South Carolina. Seton Hall not only knocked off Villanova, but also topped a ranked St. Johns squad last week to secure its spot in the rankings for the first time this year. VCU was ranked earlier this season, but fell out after late November losses to Villanova and Old Dominnion.dddddddddddd. The last five teams ranked this week are Baylor, Ohio State, Arkansas, St. Johns and Old Dominion. St. Johns had the biggest fall within the poll, plummeting nine places from 15th after losses to Seton Hall and Butler. Arkansas was also ranked earlier this season, while Old Dominion is in the poll for the first time in the programs history. The Monarchs, playing in Conference USA, have won nine straight games. Washington was 21st last week, but followed a stunning first loss of the season on Dec. 28 to Stony Brook with losses in its first two Pac-12 games at California and Stanford. Northern Iowa was 23rd and lost at Evansville on New Years Day, while Colorado State was 24th and 14-0 before a loss at New Mexico on Saturday. Georgetown, which was the lone newcomer last week at No. 25, lost its Big East opener on New Years Eve at Xavier. In addition to a pair of top-25 battles on Monday between North Carolina and Notre Dame and Texas and Oklahoma, the first week of January is filled with ranked matchups. Villanova and St. Johns will meet at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, while Kansas plays its first Big 12 game on Wednesday at Baylor. Saturdays slate features Louisville at North Carolina and Virginia at Notre Dame in the ACC, plus a Big 12 tussle between Iowa State and West Virginia in Morgantown. 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