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How Larry Baer, Giants got Tim Lincecum to Bruce Bochy's final game

How Larry Baer, Giants got Tim Lincecum to Bruce Bochy's final game

It wasn't expected, but Giants fans had hoped he'd make an appearance.

They'd hoped Tim Lincecum, one of the most beloved Bay Area athletes of all time, would come home for one day to celebrate the career of his former manager, Bruce Bochy.

The feeling was that Lincecum would show up for Sunday's game against the Dodgers to honor the manager he won three World Series titles with, but he'd hang out in the background, not wanting to take the attention away from Bochy.

But as the postgame ceremony headed toward its crescendo, The Freak emerged from the behind the center field wall to the delight of Bochy, his former teammates and an Oracle Park crowd that went ballistic at the sight of the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

Lincecum shared an emotional embrace with Bochy, the two forever linked in Giants franchise lore, and soaked in a moment that never will be forgotten.

The 35-year-old admittedly is a bit of a recluse, so he wasn't easy to get to the ceremony. Giants CEO Larry Baer hopes this isn't the last time the franchise and its fans see Big Time Timmy Jim.

“With Timmy, we had a couple of helpers,” Baer told KNBR about getting Lincecum to the ceremony. “Guys that he’s texting with. And I won’t tell you who they are or else we’ll give up our sources.

“The thing with Timmy is he was really respectful. He knew it was Bochy’s day, so he wanted to be respectful to Boch, but he didn’t want it to be about him. But I thought he struck a great balance. He’s a wonderful guy. He’s around — in and out of San Francisco a fair bit — so hopefully we haven’t seen the last of it.”

Lincecum last pitched in the big leagues in 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels. He hasn't formally retired, and was candid about the transition out of baseball and how he's working through it.

Lincecum last pitched for the Giants in 2015. That start ended after he was hit with a comebacker and pulled after 1 2/3 innings. He signed with the Angels in the offseason, and Giants fans never truly got to give him the send-off that Bochy and likely Madison Bumgarner received Sunday.

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When Lincecum walked onto the field with his blond-streaked hair and flannel shirt tied around his waist, the eruption that had been four years in the making was unleashed.

Tim Lincecum came home. Then, the attention went back to Bochy -- just how Tim wanted it.

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.