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Former Giant Jake Peavy wants to party with Bruce Bochy, Tim Lincecum

Former Giant Jake Peavy wants to party with Bruce Bochy, Tim Lincecum

Former Giants pitcher Jake Peavy grabbed a microphone Sunday at Oracle Park as past players honored manager Bruce Bochy. Peavy thanked the skipper for all he did for him over his 15-year MLB career, and then, Peavy got a bit sidetracked. 

The former three-time All-Star brought up a memory off the field he will forever remember with Bochy. Peavy talked about being on country singer Willie Nelson's tour bus with Bochy, though the details remain a secret. 

Peavy did give a hint to NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez what he hopes to do with his former manager and another Giants legend, though. 

“I can tell you this, Timmy Lincecum’s in town and we may be onto something a little bit later here now that Boch is free of these drug tests from the San Francisco Giants," Peavy said. 

Bochy managed Peavy in eight of the former Cy Young award winner's 15 seasons in the big leagues between the Padres and Giants. Peavy said Bochy taught him how to be a professional and completely shaped his baseball career. 

Peavy says Bochy also showed him the importance of balance, too. 

“He was a constant professional, but you know, he liked to hoot it up. He liked to have fun, and he can find that balance within having fun and showing up on time," Peavy said. "… To me, that’s what life’s about: Finding that balance in between being a professional -- being on time and being accountable -- and then having fun along the way and enjoying the ride.

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"I think when Boch looks back, he’s gonna have a lot of fun memories, not just in baseball, but off the field as well.” 

Despite an ugly 9-0 loss to Dodgers, Bochy enjoyed his party at Oracle Park in his finale as the Giants' manager. And it sounds like the party could last a little longer off the field, too.

Giants vs. Rockies live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

Giants vs. Rockies live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The Giants are set to begin a daunting 10-game road trip Monday that could dramatically alter their 2020 season, as they will square off against the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros away from home over the next week and a half.

The Giants (5-5) start their trip at Coors Field against the surprising Rockies (6-2). The Giants are coming off a series win against the Texas Rangers, while the Rockies most recently took two out of three from the San Diego Padres.

Here's how you can watch the Giants play the Rockies online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Monday, Aug. 3

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 4

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 5

When: Giants Pregame Live at 5 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Thursday, Aug. 6

When: Giants Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. PT -- First pitch at 12:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: MyTeams app

Why Gabe Kapler sees signs of life with Pablo Sandoval's latest swings

Why Gabe Kapler sees signs of life with Pablo Sandoval's latest swings

It was just a single, and Pablo Sandoval ended up standing on first and watching three straight teammates strike out. But his hit in the second inning Tuesday might have been one of the more well-timed ones of his second stint with the Giants. 

All MLB teams have to cut from 30 to 28 players on Thursday morning, and with that deadline looming, it was not hard to look at Sandoval's stat line and see a potentially tough decision coming for the front office. Sandoval still has just three hits in 26 at-bats, and he's not being used in a versatile role. Regardless, manager Gabe Kapler stuck him right back in the lineup, noting that there were signs of life in Tuesday's loss. 

"Last night was a really good signal with respect to his swing," Kapler said on a Zoom call Wednesday morning. "He really crushed some balls, crushed them on the ground, and ultimately in a perfect world you're able to elevate the balls that you hit hardest, and when he's at his best that's exactly what he's doing. What we've seen with Pablo has been a slow progression towards his good swing."

Sandoval is working with the new staff to get his legs more involved, and on Tuesday he certainly looked more like his old self. In that first at-bat he pulled a 95 mph pitch from German Marquez into right field at 109 mph. He flied out to deep left in the fourth, and then grounded out twice, including a double play. But those two grounders left the bat at 104.7 mph and 108.7. 

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It's hard to tell what the Giants will do with Thursday's moves, especially since their need for 15 pitchers is still there, but it can't be a comfortable time for players who are slumping or pigeonholed, as Sandoval has been. He has not played third base yet, with Donovan Solano a preferred option as Evan Longoria's backup. He also has just five plate appearances against left-handed pitchers. 

"We have a lot of options to hit lefties, from Solano to (Wilmer) Flores to Darin Ruf to (Austin) Slater to (Mauricio) Dubon," Kapler said. "We've got a lot of guys who are really equipped to take down at-bats against lefties. It's a little bit thinner when we're facing a right-handed pitcher."

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Kapler still believes Sandoval is one of his best late-game options against tough righties, and on Wednesday he should get three or four more at-bats to prove if his swing is coming back. He is the DH against hard-throwing righty Jon Gray, and Kapler sounded confident in the choice. 

"We kind of evaluate Pablo very similarly to the way we evaluated him when we came out of our secondary camp," Kapler said.