Lincecum out, Zito in as Giants open Philly series

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Lincecum out, Zito in as Giants open Philly series

July 26, 2011

GIANTS (59-43) vs.
PHILADELPHIA (64-37)

Coverage begins at 4 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

UPDATE: Lincecum out with flu symptoms, Zito to start

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants ended the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies' season with a six-game victory in last year's NL championship series, en route to a World Series title of their own.

With Tim Lincecum and Vance Worley on the mound for the series opener Tuesday night in Philadelphia, the rematch between these division leaders becomes even more intriguing.

The Giants' 3-2 victory in Game 6 in Philadelphia set the stage for the franchise's first World Series title since moving from New York to San Francisco prior to the 1958 season. Now set to face each other for the first time since, the NL East-leading Phillies (64-37) own baseball's best record while the Giants (59-43) have a four-game cushion atop the NL West.

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San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy is aware of the hype, even if this three-game set won't determine the final standings.

"Sure, there's going to be some added interest in this series, but there's a lot of baseball left," Bochy told the Giants' official website. "We've got to play our best ball with the team they have (in Philadelphia) -- (leading) their division, (having) the best record. When you go in there, you better be on top of your game."

Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino is also set on bigger goals.

"I don't walk around saying I want revenge on these guys," he said. "Revenge would be bringing the trophy back to Philly."

That quest continues against Lincecum (8-8, 2.90 ERA), who pitched one-third of an inning in Game 6 of the NLCS after taking the loss in Game 5.

SIEGEL: Lincecum offers 'bulletin board material'

The left-hander has a 1.84 ERA over his last seven starts, but only a 3-3 record to show for it as he's received seven total runs of support in those outings. His tough luck continued Wednesday, when he limited the Dodgers to one run in seven innings but got charged with a 1-0 loss.

The Giants, winners of 9 of their last 12 including a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday, haven't produced much offense for any pitcher of late. San Francisco has scored eight runs over its last four games and is the major leagues' only team without a player with at least 10 home runs.

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Worley (6-1, 2.02) has been just as good as Lincecum lately, and he'll look to keep the Giants' offense in check. He's allowed either one earned run or none in eight of his 10 starts, and has won his last four while sporting a 0.99 ERA. He allowed one run in eight innings of a victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old rookie right-hander wasn't in Philadelphia's star-studded rotation at the beginning of the season, but he's stepped up after injuries to Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton.

The Phillies, who are 10-2 in Worley's starts, look to bounce back after having their five-game winning streak snapped in a 5-4 loss to San Diego on Monday, when their No. 1-4 hitters - Jimmy Rollins, Michael Martinez, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard - went a combined 2 for 13.

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Howard is hitting .171 since the All-Star break, but he's 6 for 19 with two doubles, three walks and three homers lifetime against Lincecum. However, Victorino (4 for 21) and Utley (2 for 20) haven't fared as well versus the two-time NL Cy Young winner.

If the Phillies get Lincecum out of the game, they'll have to contend with a Giants bullpen which has a 0.28 ERA since the break. San Francisco relievers have allowed one hit in 13 2-3 scoreless innings over the last six games.

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These teams split six regular-season meetings in 2010.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PLATFORM SPORTS NEWS FORMAT & PROGRAMMING LINEUP

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PLATFORM SPORTS NEWS FORMAT & PROGRAMMING LINEUP

SportsNet Central News, Scores and Highlight Updates Integrated into

Newly Expanded One-Hour Pregame Live & Postgame Live Shows

and Airing Throughout the Day

 

Beginning April 2, Live SportsNet Central Segments Available Across

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Multiple Platforms

Network Introduces Outsiders and Raw Franchises

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 29, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced a significant format change to its traditional sports news presentation, designed to provide fans with the latest sports updates on multiple platforms.  In conjunction with the start of the San Francisco Giants’ 2017 MLB season, SportsNet Central segments of 1-2 minutes will be integrated into the Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows and throughout the day across all programming.  The segments will be available on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app, beginning April 2.

"The new SportsNet Central represents a modernization of our deep commitment to Bay Area sports news,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “This new format will provide fans with the most relevant content on all of their favorite teams with immediacy and frequency, within our signature shows and at all times of day across all platforms and devices."

SportsNet Central moves away from the traditional half-hour format, and will be presented as live 1-2 minute news, scores and highlights updates within the newly expanded one-hour pre- and postgame shows and throughout the day across all NBC Sports Bay Area programming. Game-day shows Giants Pregame Live, Giants Postgame Live, Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors air on NBC Sports Bay Area and are live-streamed on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app for NBC Sports Bay Area subscribers. SportsNet Central segments on NBC Sports California and NBCSportsCalifornia.com will be announced at a later date. 

Warriors Outsiders, hosted by former Stanford basketball guard and current Santa Cruz Warriors analyst Drew Shiller and Warriors super fan Grant Liffmann, provides viewers with a fresh take following each Golden State Warriors game with analysis, commentary and basketball analytics – as seen through the lens of the social media universe from a fan’s perspective. Warriors Outsiders is simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience.

NBC Sports Bay Area presents Warriors Raw and Giants Raw, a same-day, condensed version of that day's game. Raw offers viewers highlights of key plays from alternative camera angles, authentic in-game sound and pre- and postgame interviews in an entertaining half-hour format. Warriors Raw will debut on Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. following the Warriors-Washington Wizards game.  Giants Raw will premiere on Thursday, April 6 at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area following the Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Giants & Warriors Game-Day on NBC Sports Bay Area:

The Happy Hour                         (1 hour)

Giants/Warriors Pregame Live    (1 hour)

Giants, Warriors game               (2.5 - 3 hours)

Giants/Warriors Postgame Live   (1 hour)

Warriors Outsiders                     (30 min.)

Warriors/Giants Raw                  (30 min.)

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

After conquering the third-place Rockets in Part I of the toughest two-night stint this season, the Warriors on Wednesday night will take aim on Part II of the challenge.

Which likely will be even more difficult, as the first-place Warriors are going into the historically imposing AT&T Center in San Antonio to face the Spurs, who reside in second place in the Western Conference.

A win by the Warriors (60-14) would reduce to five the magic number for clinching the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. A victory by the Spurs (57-16) would pull them within 1.5 games of the top-seeded Warriors.

The Warriors, buoyed by the best defense in the NBA this month, have won eight consecutive games. The win streak began immediately after their last trip to San Antonio, on March 11, when coach Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

The Spurs have won five in a row and will be trying to complete a three-game season sweep of the Warriors, who have not been swept by any team since Kerr was hired in 2014.

BETTING LINE

Spurs by 4.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson & Co. vs. Kawhi Leonard: Arguably the league’s best two-way player, Leonard has intruded on what was a two-man MVP race. He has emerged as a team leader and the man who must be neutralized to beat Spurs. Thompson will among several Warriors -- Matt Barnes and Green also will get opportunities -- trying to keep Leonard in check.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/C James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) is listed as probable. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Spurs: G Dejounte Murray (L groin strain) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Spurs: 7-3.

SERIES HISTORY

The Spurs won both games earlier this season, one in Oakland and one in San Antonio. The Warriors won three of four last season but have lost nine of the last 13 meetings overall. They have lost 34 of the last 35 games in San Antonio.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE CHESS GAME: Though neither coach has announced intentions to rest anyone, both realize they could meet again in the postseason. Therefore, neither is likely to tip his full hand in terms of schemes and tactics. Yet it could be said the Warriors, without Durant, have an ace in the hole.

THE FOURS: San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and the Warriors’ Green have been battling for several years. Despite height and physique that pale in comparison to Aldridge, Green’s aggressive nature and knowledge of angles and tendencies have allowed him to contain the bigger man. On the other end, Green hopes his tender ankle won’t prevent him from outrunning the bigger power forward.

THE BENCHES: San Antonio’s bench is deep and frisky; its 10.2 net rating is tops in the NBA. The Warriors, however, have gotten strong play from their reserves and now own the No. 2 net rating (7.4). Both teams have impact players here. Patty Mills is as much of a factor for the Spurs as Iguodala is for the Warriors.