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

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

COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA TO AIR “GIANTS CLASSIC GAMES,”

FEATURING SEVEN GAMES FROM 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP 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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Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

Giants spring training Day 44: Marrero caps huge spring with eighth homer

MESA, Ariz. — The Giants went 0-62 last season when trailing after eight innings. Chris Marrero wasn’t around for any of that, but it’s a stat that could help Marrero as he tries to lock up a bench spot. 

The first baseman/left fielder crushed a three-run shot in the ninth inning Tuesday, wiping out a two-run deficit against the Cubs. Marrero also has two walk-off homers this spring. 

“This kid, you see it when he goes up there. He’s got great focus,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s intensity and determination. From day one, you could see it in his at-bats. Late in the game, he seems very comfortable. He wants to go up there.”

Tuesday’s homer, which shot out to right-center, was the eighth of the spring for Marrero. That ties him with a guy named Bryce Harper for the MLB lead, and the vast majority of Marrero’s bombs were no-doubters. 

“It’s been a great spring for him,” Bochy said. “The last game here, it seems fitting that he would do something like that. He’s already done it a couple of times. This kid has done all he can. I love his swing and the work that he’s put in.”

With Michael Morse down, Marrero is the best remaining option as a power right-handed bat off the bench, a glaring need a year ago. Justin Ruggiano, another one in the mix, followed Marrero’s shot with one of his own. The homer was Ruggiano’s second of the spring. 

Ruggiano is a better fit defensively in the outfield, but Marrero has been solid at first and Bochy said he’s fine with what he’s seen in left field. “He’s still working on it,” Bochy said, noting that Marrero will play left field during the Bay Bridge Series. 

LEADING OFF: Denard Span saw a wild pitch bounce off the bricks behind home plate, and he never slowed down. Span sped around third in the second inning and slid in ahead of the throw. The notable part of the play wasn’t that a quirky bounce allowed Span to take 180 feet on a wild pitch. It was that his legs did. The 33-year-old has been a different guy in his second spring with the Giants. Last year, Span was coming off hip surgery. This spring, his old game has returned.

“I’ve just been able to do the things I’ve always been able to do,” Span said. “I have more control of my body. I’m stronger. I had a full offseason and a full spring training to get my legs up under me. The last couple of weeks, I’ve felt much better and more confident.”

A healthy and spry Span would be a big boost to a lineup that often looked flat in the second half last season Span showed off every aspect of his game Tuesday. He blasted a leadoff homer on Jake Arrieta’s second pitch, and during their second matchup, he put a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single. Span stole second easily before his race home. 

“He’s playing terrific baseball and he’s been a real inspiration, being our leadoff hitter,” Bochy said. “That’s what we needed — energy at the top of the order.”

TRAINER’S ROOM: Eduardo Nuñez (shoulder) is feeling much better, and Bochy said he’ll play third base during the games at AT&T Park before getting four or five innings at shortstop on Saturday. Joe Panik (drilled in the back on Monday) said he’s feeling fine. 

POSITION BATTLES: Here’s the latest on Matt Cain, and here’s an update on Aaron Hill and Jimmy Rollins. 

ICYMI: Big news today from NBC Bay Area. Matt Williams, Javier Lopez and Cody Ross have joined out pre- and post-game shows. You can find stories about those guys on our homepage here. Those shows will also now be an hour long on both ends of the game, adding an extra hour of Giants coverage to your day. Which is good. 

That’s all on the way during the regular season. If you missed any of our spring coverage, you can find a bunch of features here, and podcasts here (spring pods included Mike Morse, Matt Cain, Mac Williamson, Jimmy Rollins and others, with one more coming this week). And in case you’re new to our coverage, the Twitter account is here and the Facebook page is here. Next stop, San Francisco … 

 

Giants appear to have decided between Hill or Rollins for roster spot

Giants appear to have decided between Hill or Rollins for roster spot

MESA, Ariz. -- Aaron Hill didn't play in the final Cactus League game, but he didn't need to. By simply being on the flight to San Francisco on Tuesday, Hill got good news. 

The veteran infielder was due a $100,000 bonus on Tuesday, and while the Giants haven't formally announced their roster, you don't pay a man that much money to come play three exhibition games against the A's. Hill appears to have made this club as a second backup infielder, along with Conor Gillaspie. Another veteran, Jimmy Rollins, got the news that the Giants are headed in a different direction. 

Team officials spoke with Rollins this week about their future plans. He was not on the travel roster Tuesday and did not attend the game against the Cubs. 

"We're waiting to hear back from him," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He knows the scenario and the situation. We're waiting to hear back."

Rollins, 38, showed the Giants that he can still handle shortstop defensively, and he was a quick learner when he moved to second. But he hit just .119, falling behind Hill, Kelby Tomlinson and others in the mix for bench spots. It would seem unlikely that Rollins would want to get additional at-bats in Triple-A, but that feeling hadn't been fully conveyed to team officials Tuesday. There was a hope that Rollins, an East Bay native, might join the team for the Bay Bridge Series, which finishes Saturday in Oakland. Rollins grew up an A's fan.

Rollins and Hill were part of a crowded infield group at the start of camp. Gordon Beckham also had a retention bonus and he asked to be released when he was told he wouldn't make the opening day roster. David Hernandez, the third player due a bonus, also was released. He promptly signed with the Atlanta Braves.