Get set to relive the Giants' Orange October on CSN


Get set to relive the Giants' Orange October on CSN


Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the home of "Authentic Bay Area Sports" delivers to San Francisco Giants fans a neatly wrapped package just in time for the holidays.

Giants Orange October: The Authentic Edition, an encore presentation of crucial games from the Giants' historic postseason, relives the team's magical playoff run, its thrilling and suspense-filled march to a joyful World Series victory, and the excitement and jubilation of the championship parade down Market Street.

As an added gift to fans, each game telecast will include the KNBR radio call from the best broadcasting team in baseball, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller and Dave Flemming.

Dec. 9 at 8 PM -- NLDS Game 1REWIND: Tim Lincecum strikes out 14 Braves
Setting a new postseason franchise record with 14 strikeouts, Tim Lincecum allowed just two hits as he went the distance and ushered the Giants to a 1-0 series lead over the Braves.
Dec. 11 at 7 PM -- NLCS Game 4REWIND: Juan Uribe hits walk-off sac fly
In an instant classic, Buster Posey's four hits stand out, but it was a ninth inning walk-off sacrifice fly by Juan Uribe that propelled the Giants to within one game of the World Series.

Dec. 15 at 7 PM -- NLCS Game 6REWIND: Juan Uribe hits go ahead HR in 8th, Giants win NL pennant
The Giants are back in the World Series, thanks to Juan Uribe's 8th-inning HR and an army of relievers. Mychael Urban reports that the 3-2 Game 6 defeat of the defending NL champion Phils was a triumph of spirit.

Dec. 17 at 7 PM -- World Series Game 1REWIND: Freddy Sanchez, Giants rip Cliff Lee
So much for Cliff Lee being invincible. As Mychael Urban reports, the Giants pounded the Texas ace, opening the World Series with a stunning flurry of offense, punctuated by Juan Uribe's three-run home run.

Dec. 23 at 7:30 PM -- World Series Game 4REWIND: Madison Bumgarner delivers with eight shutout innings
On the strength of 24 outs recorded by a 21-year-old rookie, the Giants on Sunday moved to within 27 outs of baseball heaven. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner simply dominated the high-octane hosts, leading San Francisco to a 4-0 victory that left them needing but one more triumph to end a championship drought that dates back to 1954.

Dec. 24 at 8 PM -- World Series Game 5REWIND: Giants win first World Series since 1954
The Giants stake their claim as the best in baseball with a second straight win over Rangers ace Cliff Lee, winning the World Series in convincing fashion with a 3-1 win in Game 5, thanks in large part to series MVP Edgar Renteria's three-run homer.

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

The Warriors are NBA Finals bound for the third straight year.

Following their Game 4 victory over the Spurs on Monday night, Pau Gasol opened up about the Western Conference champions.

“They’re in a groove,” Gasol told Courtney Cronin of the Bay Area News Group. “They know what it takes to win and obviously they’ve been champions, they’ve established records that have never been set before and they’re on a path to get another championship.

"In all my years in the league, they’re playing at the highest level right now.”

Gasol entered the NBA as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 draft.

He won championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals with a record of 12-0.

Their average margin of victory in the playoffs is 16.3 points.

Giants notes: Blach shows resiliency; another option in center?

Giants notes: Blach shows resiliency; another option in center?

CHICAGO — John Lackey's night started with a leadoff homer. Ty Blach's night started with a 13-pitch battle. Neither one is a positive for a pitcher, but Blach didn't view it that way. He actually appreciated Ben Zobrist stretching him out.

"It's good to have a battle like that and get you locked in," Blach said. "It gets you focused and you'll be like, I can execute and get guys out. It's good. It's a good battle."

There, in a nutshell, is so much of what Bruce Bochy loves about his young left-hander. The Giants have found Blach's arm and resolve to be remarkably resilient. He wasn't bothered when they moved him to the bullpen and he didn't get too high when they moved him back to the rotation. He is the same after seven shutout innings or three poor ones. Bochy smiled when asked about the Zobrist at-bat, which ended in a strikeout looking. 

"How 'bout that?" the manager said. "He won that at-bat. It seems like the advantage goes to the hitter, seeing all those pitches. He kept his focus and got a called strikeout and here he is pitching in the eighth inning."

After needing 13 pitches for one out, Blach got the next 23 on 81 pitches. Bochy thought Blach tired a bit in the eighth, but the deep effort allowed Bochy to mix and match in the bullpen, and ultimately he found the right mix. Hunter Strickland and Mark Melancon closed it out and got Blach his second win.

--- From last night, Joe Panik's huge night helped give Blach an early lead. With the help of Ron Wotus and his shift charts, he also put on a show defensively.

--- We're trying something new right after the final pitch: Here are five quick takeaways from the 6-4 win.

--- The options game sent Kelby Tomlinson back to Triple-A on Wednesday when the Giants activated Melancon, but his latest stint in Sacramento comes with a twist. Tomlinson started his third consecutive game in center field on Monday. The Giants are getting a bit more serious about their longtime plan to make Tomlinson a super-utility player. 

“Tommy is a valuable guy in the majors and if we can give him some experience in the outfield, it gives you more flexibility and versatility,” manager Bruce Bochy said. 

This is not Tomlinson’s first foray into the outfield. He did work there in the offseason after the 2015 season and he has played 25 big league innings in left field the last two seasons. This is Tomlinson’s first real experience with center field, and while in the past he has said that the transition isn’t as easy as some might think, Bochy is confident Tomlinson can figure it out. He certainly has the speed to be a semi-regular in the outfield, and the Giants aren’t exactly brimming with quality center field options behind Denard Span, who is dealing with his second injury of the season. 

“It’s a little different now,” Bochy said when asked about Tomlinson’s past experiences in the outfield. “He’s in Sacramento doing it, and knowing there’s a possibility we could need help in the outfield.”

If the switch doesn’t come in handy this season, it could in 2018. Bochy compared Tomlinson’s infield-outfield ability to Eduardo Nuñez, who has found regular playing time in left but is a free agent after the year. 

--- Hunter Pence did some light running in the outfield before Monday’s game. Bochy said Pence is still about a week away from being an option.

--- Bochy has said it a few times now when asked about the standings, so it’s officially a new motto for a team that got off to a brutal start: “We’ve put ourselves in a great situation for a great story.”

--- They're starting to get a little grumpy around here with their team hovering around .500. Perhaps the Cubs thought they could fool a few on the way out of Wrigley.