CSN Bay Area to air 145 Giants games during 2017 season

CSN Bay Area to air 145 Giants games during 2017 season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- CSN Bay Area announced Thursday that it will carry 145 games during the 2017 regular season, which will be streamed in-market for the first time. 

The Giants will attempt to turn the odd-year tide starting on Sunday, April 2, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. All seven games of that season-opening swing through Phoenix and San Diego will be shown on CSN Bay Area, as well as the home opener on April 10. On April 18, the Giants visit Kansas City for the first time since Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. If the schedule holds, Madison Bumgarner will start the second game of that series.

The Giants will see last season's postseason foes early on. They visit the Mets the second week of May and the Cubs on May 22, with all of those games available on CSN Bay Area. The Giants will face the American League Central in interleague play, with the July 17-19 series against the reigning A.L. champion Indians available on CSN Bay Area. The network will also air 16 games against the rival Dodgers, who have won the N.L. West for four consecutive seasons. The Dodgers make their first appearance on the schedule on April 24. 

This season's broadcasts will take on a slightly different look. The pre and post-game shows are being expanded to one hour and will be available on and the NBC Sports App. Two recently-retired left-handers -- Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez -- will join Duane Kuiper in the booth when Mike Krukow doesn't travel. 

Live streaming will be available at no additional cost to CSN Bay Area subscribers for the first time. 

Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park


Barry Bonds back in left field at AT&T Park

Barry Bonds was back in left field Friday at AT&T Park. Calm down, he was in blue jeans not a Giants jersey. 

Before the Giants take on the Phillies, Bonds casual caught fly balls back at the spot he used to roam for San Francisco. On Twitter he wrote, "I think I still got it. What do you guys think?"

Known for his legendary power as baseball's all-time home runs leader, Bonds is also one of the best defensive outfielders the game has ever seen. Bonds won eight Gold Glove awards in his career, five of them coming with the Giants.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are the all-time leaders of Gold Glove awards among outfielders with 12 each. 

The Giants have used 13 players in left field this season. Perhaps they could use one more in Bonds.

Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2


Giants lineup: After beating Phillies to start series, no changes for Game 2

The Giants scored early and hung on to beat the Phillies on Thursday night. One night later, Bruce Bochy is going with the same eight.

Philadelphia Phillies (43-76)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Nick Williams (L) CF
4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
6. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Zach Eflin (R) P

San Francisco Giants (49-74)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Hunter Pence (R) RF
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
9. Matt Moore (L) P