CSN to air 'Giants Classic Games' from World Series run


CSN to air 'Giants Classic Games' from World Series run




Beginning Tuesday, December 11, Network to Present “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition”

Leading Off with Giants Winning NL West


Schedule Includes Giants/Reds NLDS Game 5, Giants/Cardinals NLCS Game 7

and All Giants/Tigers World Series Games


Postseason Telecasts to Feature Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller

and Dave Flemming's KNBR Radio Calls


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 6, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” relives and celebrates the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 championship season this month with “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” – an encore presentation of seven historic games from the team’s storybook season.  As an added bonus, each postseason telecast will include the KNBR radio call from the best broadcasting team in baseball – Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller and Dave Flemming.

 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will televise the first of seven “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. with the Giants clinching the NL West against San Diego.  “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” also includes the Giants beating Cincinnati in the NLDS; capturing the NL pennant against St. Louis; and sweeping Detroit in four games to win the team’s second World Series in three years.

 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” schedule is below:

Tuesday, December 11 (Giants win NL West) 7 p.m.  
September 22, 2012: Giants vs. San Diego Padres (Giants 8, Padres 4)

Madison Bumgarner pitched the Giants to their second NL West title in two years, and Marco Scutaro had three hits and three RBIs in San Francisco’s 8-4 win over the Padres.

 Monday, December 24 (Giants win NL Division Series) 7 p.m.  

October 11, 2012: Giants at Cincinnati Reds, Game 5 (Giants 6, Reds 4)

The Giants rally to win the NLDS by defeating Cincinnati in five games after losing the first two games at home.  San Francisco’s dramatic comeback was capped off by Buster Posey’s second career grand slam off Mat Latos.

 Tuesday, December 25 (Giants win NL Championship Series) 10 a.m.                 
October 22, 2012: Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Game 7 (Giants 9, Cardinals 0)

The Giants come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NLCS to beat the reigning 2011 World Champion Cardinals in seven games.  Marco Scutaro capped his series MVP performance with three hits; adding to his NLCS record 28 hits in the series.

Tuesday, December 25 (Giants win World Series Game 1) 7:30 p.m.              
October 24, 2012: Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 1 (Giants 8, Tigers 3)

Pablo Sandoval hits three home runs and drives in four runs in an 8-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1.  Barry Zito outduels reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander to get the win.

Thursday, December 27 (Giants win World Series Game 2) 8 p.m.                    
October 25, 2012: Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 2 (Giants 2, Tigers 0)

Madison Bumgarner tosses seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the Tigers, and San Francisco takes a 2-0 edge in the World Series.

 Sunday, December 30 (Giants win World Series Game 3) 7:30 p.m.              
October 27, 2012: Giants at Detroit Tigers, Game 3 (Giants 2, Tigers 0)

Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo combine for a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers.  The Giants take a commanding 3-0 lead as they become the first team in World Series history to record back-to-back shutouts since 1966.

Monday, December 31 (Giants win World Series) 8 p.m.                    
October 28, 2012: Giants at Detroit Tigers, Game 4 (Giants 4, Tigers 3; 10 innings)

The Giants top the Tigers in the tenth inning for the World Series sweep and their second championship in three years.  Marco Scutaro’s RBI single in the top of the tenth, driving in Ryan Theriot, was the difference in the Giants' 4–3 victory.  Pablo Sandoval was named series MVP, hitting .500 with three home runs, a double and four RBIs in 16 at-bats.

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No Indians first pitch for 'Wild Thing' in World Series


No Indians first pitch for 'Wild Thing' in World Series

CLEVELAND -- Wild Thing will have to stay in the bullpen during the World Series.

While actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League" offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games, Major League Baseball said the choices have already been made.

A spokesman told the AP on Friday that MLB has worked with the Indians to identify "former franchise greats" to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleveland. An announcement is expected early next week.

The Indians host Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. If necessary, Cleveland will host Games 6 and 7 on Nov. 1-2.

There had been a movement by fans on social media for Sheen to throw the first pitch and be part of the pregame festivities.

Sheen got wind of the buzz and responded on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in his Indians uniform and wrote, "Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I'd be honored."

Sheen made an appearance during the playoffs at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Released in 1989, "Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players including Vaughn, who struggled to find the strike zone and warmed up to "Wild Thing," a No. 1 hit song in 1966 by The Troggs.

The real Cleveland Indians, who overcame injuries to win the AL Central, before knocking off Boston and Toronto in the playoffs, took a page from "Major League" this season.

Slugger Mike Napoli and second baseman Jason Kipnis constructed a shrine in an empty clubhouse stall between their lockers like one in the movie. In the film, character Pedro Cerrano practices Voodoo and prays to an idol named, "Jobu" to help him hit curveballs.

Like Cerrano, Napoli and Kipnis have their own "Jobu" and have left gifts, including small bottles of rum and cigars, to keep them out of hitting slumps.

Cubs homer twice in win over Dodgers; tie NLCS 2-2


Cubs homer twice in win over Dodgers; tie NLCS 2-2


LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and the rest of the Chicago Cubs' bats broke out in a big way.

Rizzo homered and ended a postseason slump with three RBIs, Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth that stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak, and the Cubs routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the NL Championship Series at 2-all.

Kenta Maeda is set to pitch for the Dodgers in Game 5 on Thursday against Jon Lester. Before the game, manager Dave Roberts said he will not start Clayton Kershaw on short rest after the Los Angeles ace threw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Chicago ensured the NLCS will return to Wrigley Field for Game 6 Saturday.

To break out of his prolonged slump, Rizzo used teammate Matt Szczur's bat.

"I know Szczur's bat has a lot of hits in it," Rizzo said. "I've done it a few times this year, just switching up the bat, switching up the mindset."

Following consecutive shutout losses, the Cubs rapped out 13 hits on an 80-degree night with the warm Santa Ana winds fluttering the flags in center field.

Rizzo and Russell had three hits each. Chicago's 3-4-5 hitters - a combined 2 for 32 in the first three games - busted out. Every Cubs starter got at least one hit except Kris Bryant, who walked twice.

"Today was a must-win for us," Ben Zobrist said.

Los Angeles was limited to six hits and made four errors in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 58 minutes.

Mike Montgomery won in relief of John Lackey, who was chased after consecutive walks opening the fifth. Four days shy of his 38th birthday, Lackey allowed two runs, three hits and three walks.

Julio Urias, at 20 years, 68 days the youngest postseason starting pitcher in major league history, gave up four runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was the third consecutive left-hander to start the series for Los Angeles.

Chicago rattled off three straight hits to open the fourth, sparked by Zobrist's leadoff bunt single to third.

"With the way that our bats were swinging it at the beginning of the game, we just had to do anything we could. That was my thought process," Zobrist said. "I felt like if he threw a strike, I could get one down in a good spot and was able to do it.

He took second on Javier Baez's single to left, and Willson Contreras followed with a single to nearly the same spot in shallow left, scoring Zobrist.

Baez moved up to third and Contreras took second on left fielder Andrew Toles' errant throw to the plate that skidded all the way to the backstop.

Jayson Heyward hit a run-scoring groundout, and Russell followed with his first extra-base hit since Sept. 30 and his first homer since Sept. 19. He jubilantly pumped an arm as he rounded the bases on his two-run drive, which put the Cubs ahead 4-0.

Rizzo homered off Pedro Baez leading off the fifth, snapping his 0-for-11 skid in the series. Rizzo had entered 2 for 26 in the postseason.

Los Angeles closed to 5-2 in the fifth. With the bases loaded and one out, Justin Turner's likely double-play grounder caromed off Montgomery's outstretched glove and Russell, who scrambled on all fours at shortstop as the ball went into left-center field for a two-run single.

Chicago tacked on five runs in the sixth off relievers Ross Stripling and Luis Avilan. Dexter Fowler singled in the first run, Rizzo added two more on a bases-loaded single and Javier Baez hit a sacrifice fly, with a second run scoring on an error by center fielder Joc Pederson.


Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was tagged out at home to end the second. A sliding Gonzalez stretched his left hand toward the tip of the plate as catcher Contreras applied the tag with his left hand near Gonzalez's upper left arm.

The Dodgers challenged Angel Hernandez's call, which was upheld on video review. That drew online scorn from Washington star Bryce Harper.

"He was safe! Replay system still broke..Same thing all year long! (hashtag)DontMessItUp," Harper tweeted.


Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will attend Thursday's game, his first time back at Dodger Stadium since calling his last home game on Sept. 25. The 88-year-old ended his 67-year career this month with the regular-season finale at San Francisco.


Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. left in the seventh because of left hamstring tightness.


Ashton Kutcher and wife Mila Kunis announced the Dodgers' starting lineup. Also on hand were Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, George Lopez, Larry King and Mary Hart.


Lester allowed one run in six innings of Game 1 in the series, getting a no-decision in Chicago's 8-4 victory. ... Maeda has a 9.00 ERA in two postseason appearances. He allowed three runs and four hits in four innings of the NLCS opener and didn't factor in the decision.