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CSN Bay Area Announces 2016 San Francisco Giants Coverage

CSN Bay Area Announces 2016 San Francisco Giants Coverage

Schedule Includes 145 Games – 140 Regular Season Telecasts and Five Spring Training Games

 Former San Francisco Giants Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt Joins Network as Analyst for “Giants Pregame Live” and “Giants Postgame Live”

 Highlights Include Season Opener against Milwaukee Brewers on April 4, Home Opener on April 7 versus Los Angeles Dodgers

 Complete Game Analysis Leading up to and Following the Game on “Giants Pregame Live” and “Giants Postgame Live”

 “SportsNet Central” and “SportsTalk Live” to Provide Northern California’s Most Comprehensive Giants, MLB News and Analysis

 CSNBayArea.com to Feature Extensive Season-Long Coverage and Analysis in “Giants Talk” Section

Plus, Region’s Most Extensive Online Video Archive, Special Web-Exclusive Shows and More

 “Say Hey Tuesday” Returns, “SportsTalk Live,” “Giants Pregame Live” and “Giants Postgame Live”

Originating from Willie Mays Plaza from AT&T Park Every Tuesday Night Home Game

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 11, 2016) – CSN Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” today announced its comprehensive coverage of the San Francisco Giants for the 2016 Major League Baseball season, which will include 145 games (140 regular season, 5 spring training), pre- and post-game shows, in-depth nightly news coverage and complete 24/7 online Giants coverage on CSNBayArea.com.  In addition, former Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt has joined CSN Bay Area as a studio analyst for Giants Pregame Live and Giants Postgame Live.

CSN Bay Area will present the Giants season opener on Monday, April 4 at 11 a.m. against the Milwaukee Brewers from Miller Park and the home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Extensive Giants coverage on CSN Bay Area against playoff contenders include 12 games against the 2015 N.L. West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers (April 7, 9, 10, 16; August 23, 24, 25; September 19, 20, 30; October 1, 2), five contests against the 2015 N.L. Central Champion St. Louis Cardinals (June 3, 5; September 15, 17, 18), seven matchups versus the 2015 N.L. East Champion New York Mets  (April 29, 30; May 1; August 18, 19, 20, 21), plus four games against the 2015 N.L. Wildcard Champion Chicago Cubs (September 1, 2, 3, 4).  CSN Bay Area’s Giants telecasts feature the Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Duane Kuiper (play-by-play) and Mike Krukow (color analyst), who will be joined by Amy Gutierrez (in-game reporter, (@AmyGGiants) during home games.  Jon Miller and Dave Flemming (@FlemmingDave) will join CSN Bay Area for select Giants telecasts. 

Giants interleague action includes three games against cross-bay rival Oakland Athletics (June 28, 29, 30), three games against the 2015 A.L. East Champion Toronto Blue Jays (May 9, 10, 11), four matchups with the Boston Red Sox, including Pablo Sandoval’s return to AT&T Park (June 7, 8; July 19, 20), three games against the New York Yankees (July 22, 23, 24), and three games versus the Baltimore Orioles (August 12, 13, 14).

In addition to the 140 regular season games, CSN Bay Area will televise five spring training games, four from Scottsdale Stadium – Cincinnati Reds (March 8), Arizona Diamondbacks (March 12, 28), A’s (March 19), as well as a Bay Bridge Series game against the A’s at AT&T Park (March 31).

Prior to the games, Giants Pregame Live will provide a preview of the upcoming contest, exclusive pregame interviews, feature stories on Giants players and the latest team news. Immediately following the game, Giants Postgame Live will provide in-depth game analysis, game highlights, clubhouse interviews with coaches and players, player reactions and a preview of the next contest.  The shows are anchored by three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Greg Papa, along with the newest addition to the network, former Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt (@JeremyAffeldt), who joins an analyst rotation of former Giants Rich Aurilia (@RichAurilia35), Vida BlueShawn Estes (@sestes55), Tim Flannery, Bill Laskey (@laskey19) and Randy Winn

Affeldt played 14 years in the majors with the Kansas City Royals (2002-2006), Colorado Rockies (2006-2007), Cincinnati Reds (2008) and San Francisco Giants (2009-2015).  In San Francisco, he was a key member of the pitching staff and played on the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series championship teams.  During Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 of scoreless innings and earned a win to capture the Giants’ third championship in five years.  Through three postseasons with the Giants, Affeldt logged 22 consecutive scoreless innings; the only pitcher with a longer streak is future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.  Affeldt retired after the 2015 season.

The KNBR 680 AM “Post-Game Wrap” simulcast returns for an ninth season on CSN Bay Area following home Giants games, featuring Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow and Dave Flemming.  

During the 2016 Major League Baseball season, tune in to CSN Bay Area’s SportsNet Central (@SNCAuthentic) and  SportsTalk Live (@CSNSTL) for in-depth, comprehensive news coverage on the Giants and the rest of MLB, expert analysis, breaking local and national news, up-to-the-minute scores, the best local video highlights and daily insider reports.  Anchored by Dave Feldman (@FeldyCSN) and Ahmed Fareed (@AhmedFareedCSN), SportsNet Central is the place for local fans to turn seven nights a week with half-hour newscasts at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.  Hosted by veteran Bay Area sports announcer Jim Kozimor (@CSNKoz), SportsTalk Live – airing Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – is a live, hour-long sports talk show featuring opinionated commentary, in-depth analysis and lively debate on the day’s trending sports and entertainment stories in the Bay Area.  Visit CSNBayArea.com for more information. 

CSNBayArea.com delivers complete Giants coverage and showcases Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovicCSN) and Senior Insider Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) on the website’s “Giants Talk” section (@CSNGiants) and provides insightful analysis and breakdown, daily insider reports, special web-exclusive videos and commentator blogs.  CSNBayArea.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, player and coach interviews, press conferences and content from CSN Bay Area’s SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, which offer news and analysis from the region’s most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.  Additionally, CSNBayArea.com will utilize NBC Sports’ “HardballTalk” for nationally-based MLB content.  Follow CSN Bay Area on social media –Twitter: @CSNAuthentic; Instagram: @CSNAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/csnbayarea.

CSN Bay Area brings back the popular Say Hey Tuesday, live shows on location from AT&T Park.  Every Tuesday night home game that the network broadcasts, Giants Pregame Live (6:30 p.m.) and Giants Postgame Live (after the game) will originate from Willie Mays Plaza.  SportsTalk Live (5 p.m.) will occasionally air from Willie Mays Plaza for Say Hey Tuesday.  The general public is encouraged to attend the live broadcasts.  The first Say Hey Tuesday of the season is scheduled for April 19, prior to the Arizona Diamondbacks game.  Beginning at 5 p.m., the first 500 fans in line at each Say Hey Tuesday will receive a free giveaway.  Visit CSNBayArea.com for more information on Say Hey Tuesday and the free giveaways.

For approximately 24 hours following each game, CSN Bay Area’s Giants telecasts will be available on XFINITY On Demand.

2016 San Francisco Giants on CSN Bay Area:

Tuesday

3/8

vs

Cincinnati Reds (Exhibition)

6:00 PM

Saturday

3/12

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks (Exhibition)

12:00 PM

Saturday

3/19

vs

Oakland A's (Exhibition)

1:00 PM

Monday

3/28

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks (Exhibition)

7:00 PM

Thursday

3/31

vs

Oakland A's (Exhibition)

7:00 PM

Monday

4/4

at

Milwaukee Brewers

11:00 AM

Tuesday

4/5

at

Milwaukee Brewers

5:00 PM

Wednesday

4/6

at

Milwaukee Brewers

10:30 AM

Thursday

4/7

vs

Los Angeles Dodgers

1:30 PM

Saturday

4/9

vs

Los Angeles Dodgers

1:00 PM

Sunday

4/10

vs

Los Angeles Dodgers

1:00 PM

Tuesday

4/12

at

Colorado Rockies

5:30 PM

Wednesday

4/13

at

Colorado Rockies

5:30 PM

Thursday

4/14

at

Colorado Rockies

12:00 PM

Saturday

4/16

at

Los Angeles Dodgers

6:00 PM

Monday

4/18

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

4/19

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

7:00 PM

Wednesday

4/20

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

7:00 PM

Thursday

4/21

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

12:30 PM

Saturday

4/23

vs

Miami Marlins

6:00 PM

Sunday

4/24

vs

Miami Marlins

1:00 PM

Monday

4/25

vs

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

4/26

vs

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

Wednesday

4/27

vs

San Diego Padres

12:30 PM

Friday

4/29

at

New York Mets

4:00 PM

Saturday

4/30

at

New York Mets

1:00 PM

Sunday

5/1

at

New York Mets

10:00 AM

Monday

5/2

at

Cincinnati Reds

4:00 PM

 Tuesday

5/3

at

Cincinnati Reds

4:00 PM

Wednesday

5/4

at

Cincinnati Reds

9:30 AM

Thursday

5/5

vs

Colorado Rockies

7:00 PM

Friday

5/6

vs

Colorado Rockies

7:00 PM

Saturday

5/7

vs

Colorado Rockies

1:00 PM

Sunday

5/8

vs

Colorado Rockies

1:00 PM

Monday

5/9

vs

Toronto Blue Jays

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

5/10

vs

Toronto Blue Jays

7:00 PM

Wednesday

5/11

vs

Toronto Blue Jays

12:30 PM

Thursday

5/12

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

6:30 PM

Friday

5/13

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

6:30 PM

Sunday

5/15

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

1:00 PM

Tuesday

5/17

at

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

Wednesday

5/18

at

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

Thursday

5/19

at

San Diego Padres

6:00 PM

Monday

5/23

vs

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

5/24

vs

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

Wednesday

5/25

vs

San Diego Padres

12:30 PM

Saturday

5/28

at

Colorado Rockies

1:00 PM

Sunday

5/29

at

Colorado Rockies

1:00 PM

Monday

5/30

at

Atlanta Braves

10:00 AM

Tuesday

5/31

at

Atlanta Braves

4:00 PM

Wednesday

6/1

at

Atlanta Braves

4:00 PM

Thursday

6/2

at

Atlanta Braves

9:00 AM

Friday

6/3

at

St. Louis Cardinals

5:00 PM

Sunday

6/5

at

St. Louis Cardinals

11:00 AM

* Tuesday

6/7

vs

Boston Red Sox

7:00 PM

Wednesday

6/8

vs

Boston Red Sox

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

6/14

vs

Milwaukee Brewers

7:00 PM

Wednesday

6/15

vs

Milwaukee Brewers

12:30 PM

Friday

6/17

at

Tampa Bay Rays

4:00 PM

Saturday

6/18

at

Tampa Bay Rays

1:00 PM

Sunday

6/19

at

Tampa Bay Rays

10:00 AM

Monday

6/20

at

Pittsburgh Pirates

4:00 PM

Tuesday

6/21

at

Pittsburgh Pirates

4:00 PM

Wednesday

6/22

at

Pittsburgh Pirates

4:00 PM

Thursday

6/23

at

Pittsburgh Pirates

9:30 AM

Friday

6/24

vs

Philadelphia Phillies

7:00 PM

Saturday

6/25

vs

Philadelphia Phillies

7:00 PM

Sunday

6/26

vs

Philadelphia Phillies

1:00 PM

* Tuesday

6/28

vs

Oakland A's

7:00 PM

Wednesday

6/29

at

Oakland A's

7:00 PM

Thursday

6/30

at

Oakland A's

7:00 PM

Friday

7/1

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

6:30 PM

Saturday

7/2

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

7:00 PM

Sunday

7/3

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

1:00 PM

Monday

7/4

vs

Colorado Rockies

1:00 PM

* Tuesday

7/5

vs

Colorado Rockies

7:00 PM

Friday

7/8

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

7:00 PM

Saturday

7/9

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

1:00 PM

Saturday

7/16

at

San Diego Padres

5:30 PM

Sunday

7/17

at

San Diego Padres

1:30 PM

Tuesday

7/19

at

Boston Red Sox

4:00 PM

Wednesday

7/20

at

Boston Red Sox

4:00 PM

Friday

7/22

at

New York Yankees

4:00 PM

Saturday

7/23

at

New York Yankees

1:00 PM

Sunday

7/24

at

New York Yankees

TBD

Monday

7/25

vs

Cincinnati Reds

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

7/26

vs

Cincinnati Reds

7:00 PM

Wednesday

7/27

vs

Cincinnati Reds

12:30 PM

Thursday

7/28

vs

Washington Nationals

7:00 PM

Saturday

7/30

vs

Washington Nationals

1:00 PM

Sunday

7/31

vs

Washington Nationals

1:00 PM

Tuesday

8/2

at

Philadelphia Phillies

4:00 PM

Wednesday

8/3

at

Philadelphia Phillies

4:00 PM

Thursday

8/4

at

Philadelphia Phillies

10:00 AM

Friday

8/5

at

Washington Nationals

4:00 PM

Saturday

8/6

at

Washington Nationals

4:00 PM

Sunday

8/7

at

Washington Nationals

10:30 AM

Monday

8/8

at

Miami Marlins

4:00 PM

Tuesday

8/9

at

Miami Marlins

4:00 PM

Wednesday

8/10

at

Miami Marlins

9:00 AM

Friday

8/12

vs

Baltimore Orioles

7:00 PM

Saturday

8/13

vs

Baltimore Orioles

6:00 PM

Sunday

8/14

vs

Baltimore Orioles

1:00 PM

Monday

8/15

vs

Pittsburgh Pirates

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

8/16

vs

Pittsburgh Pirates

7:00 PM

Wednesday

8/17

vs

Pittsburgh Pirates

12:30 PM

Thursday

8/18

vs

New York Mets

7:00 PM

Friday

8/19

vs

New York Mets

7:00 PM

Saturday

8/20

vs

New York Mets

1:00 PM

Sunday

8/21

vs

New York Mets

1:00 PM

Tuesday

8/23

at

Los Angeles Dodgers

7:00 PM

Wednesday

8/24

at

Los Angeles Dodgers

7:00 PM

Thursday

8/25

at

Los Angeles Dodgers

7:00 PM

Saturday

8/27

vs

Atlanta Braves

6:00 PM

Sunday

8/28

vs

Atlanta Braves

1:00 PM

* Tuesday

8/30

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

7:00 PM

Wednesday

8/31

vs

Arizona Diamondbacks

12:30 PM

Thursday

9/1

at

Chicago Cubs

5:00 PM

Friday

9/2

at

Chicago Cubs

11:00 AM

Saturday

9/3

at

Chicago Cubs

11:00 AM

Sunday

9/4

at

Chicago Cubs

11:00 AM

Monday

9/5

at

Colorado Rockies

1:00 PM

Tuesday

9/6

at

Colorado Rockies

5:30 PM

Wednesday

9/7

at

Colorado Rockies

5:30 PM

Friday

9/9

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

6:30 PM

Saturday

9/10

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

5:00 PM

Sunday

9/11

at

Arizona Diamondbacks

1:00 PM

Monday

9/12

vs

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

* Tuesday

9/13

vs

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

Wednesday

9/14

vs

San Diego Padres

12:30 PM

Thursday

9/15

vs

St. Louis Cardinals

7:00 PM

Saturday

9/17

vs

St. Louis Cardinals

6:00 PM

Sunday

9/18

vs

St. Louis Cardinals

1:00 PM

Monday

9/19

at

Los Angeles Dodgers

7:00 PM

Tuesday

9/20

at

Los Angeles Dodgers

7:00 PM

Thursday

9/22

at

San Diego Padres

7:00 PM

Friday

9/23

at

San Diego Padres

7:30 PM

Saturday

9/24

at

San Diego Padres

5:30 PM

Sunday

9/25

at

San Diego Padres

1:30 PM

* Tuesday

9/27

vs

Colorado Rockies

7:00 PM

Wednesday

9/28

vs

Colorado Rockies

7:00 PM

Thursday

9/29

vs

Colorado Rockies

7:00 PM

Friday

9/30

vs

Los Angeles Dodgers

7:00 PM

Saturday

10/1

vs

Los Angeles Dodgers

1:00 PM

Sunday

10/2

vs

Los Angeles Dodgers

12:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule as of 2/11/16; Dates and times subject to change

145 games (140 regular season, 5 spring training)

* - Say Hey Tuesday from AT&T Park

CSN Bay Area and CSN California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. CSN 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. CSN 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 sporting events per year, over 1,500 live studio shows, including SportsNet Central, SportsTalk Live, Pregame Live, Postgame Live, Press Conference Live, as well as compelling digital content, up-to-the-minute scores, highlights and breaking news via www.CSNBayArea.com and www.CSNCalifornia.com. Follow both networks on Twitter via @CSNAuthentic.  

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How running back Matt Breida became 49ers' best surprise in 2018

How running back Matt Breida became 49ers' best surprise in 2018

Editor’s note: The 49ers break for the bye week with a 2-8 record. This is part of a series that recaps the first 10 games with an eye to the future. In this installment, we look at the team’s best surprise.

Running back Matt Breida came to the 49ers immediately following the 2017 draft almost as an afterthought.

The 49ers recruited him, and he signed with the club as an undrafted rookie with the enticement of a $5,000 signing bonus.

The 49ers wanted him. But at the time, they wanted a running back from Utah named Joe Williams a lot more. The 49ers invested a fourth-round draft pick in Williams.

As the 49ers take a step back during their bye week, Williams’ NFL career already appears to be over. Meanwhile, Breida has been the 49ers’ best surprise through 10 games as the team’s starting running back.

Breida is the NFL's seventh-leading rusher with 632 yards and three touchdowns. His 5.6-yard average is better than any of the other running backs ahead of him on the list.

Breida has also shown improvement as a pass-catcher with 15 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

“He's worked on it a lot,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Breida's worked on everything.”

Breida was the 49ers’ No. 2 back last season behind Carlos Hyde. His role for this season was in question when the club signed Jerick McKinnon as a free agent.

McKinnon and Raheem Mostert were assured of being suited up on game days, with Mostert serving as the third running back and a core special-teams contributor. That would have left a question whether Breida or Alfred Morris would have been active to open the season.

After McKinnon sustained a season-ending knee injury a week before the season opener, Morris got the first start of the season. Then, Breida took over. Despite dealing with shoulder, knee and ankle injuries, Breida has made every start for the past nine games.

“He worked a lot in this offseason so he could be ready for those opportunities,” Shanahan said of Breida.

In a season that has gone nowhere near up to expectations, the 49ers can enter next season feeling good about the possibilities on offense with a healthy McKinnon and a proven player with Breida as options – on the field, together.

Shanahan was asked this week if he can envision certain offensive packages with McKinnon and Breida in the backfield to pose the threat of more speed, creating dilemmas for opposing defenses.

“I envisioned it this year, so that won't change next year,” Shanahan said.

Raiders QB Derek Carr appreciates owner Mark Davis’ vote of confidence

Raiders QB Derek Carr appreciates owner Mark Davis’ vote of confidence

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr can do no right these days. The Raiders quarterback either pushes the ball downfield in an unsafe manner or checks down so often playing it safe.

Such is life as the face of a franchise that can’t buy a win. Focus has honed on Carr’s every move this season after years sharing the spotlight with Khalil Mack and, to a lesser extent, Amari Cooper. Those guys have been traded, leaving Carr and the lightning rod for criticism among the players. His hefty paycheck doesn’t help matters much, as he struggles to score steadily and orchestrate Jon Grduen’s offense well.

Raiders owner Mark Davis recognizes this, and defended his quarterback in a Sunday interview with ESPN.

"Derek's taking a lot of s--- right now," Davis said. "He is the franchise quarterback right now. He doesn't have Amari Cooper. He lost (Martavis) Bryant to a knee injury today. Guys have been getting hurt. Who's he throwing to? Jordy Nelson and Seth Roberts, which are good guys. But they're not putting the fear of God in anybody.

"The tight end (Jared Cook) is playing his ass off. You look at the quarterback and he's playing behind a battered offensive line ... so I don't know what you can put on Derek and I don't think it's fair to put all the blame on him."

[RATTO: Raiders owner Mark Davis is just poking the rubble by taking the blame now]

Davis is right. The Raiders offensive struggles are not all on Carr. The offensive line’s less reliable than any point in the last few seasons. The skill spots aren’t as strong, especially with Cooper gone and Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve.

Fan frustrations are largely taken out on Gruden, and the man making the most money. That’s Carr. The signal caller was thankful for the vote of confidence but was far more interested in giving his owner and Raider Nation what they really want.

“It just is what it is. It’s nice words,” Carr said Wednesday. “He’s just telling the truth, man. He’s not one to sugar coat things. It hasn’t been easy, but there’s no excuse. I still hold myself to a standard. Whether he calls me and tells me those things, I still say, ‘But I could’ve done this or this. I could keep doing this.’ He keeps having my back. He keeps telling what everyone keeps telling me inside (the building). I just go by what they say. For him to say that, it feels good.

"It’s nice, but at the same time I just want to win. The words are nice and it means a lot. I don’t want to take anything away from that. But at the end of the day I wake up early, I work my tail off, grind myself to sleep until tonight because I just want to win. It feels good, but winning is definitely better.”