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Tim Flannery finds inspiration after tragedies, releases new album

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Tim Flannery finds inspiration after tragedies, releases new album

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Flannery has released 14 albums, pulling inspiration from all kinds of sources. Sometimes he would write about the music scene in a certain city, or a character he met during his decades on the road playing and coaching baseball.

But the album Flannery will release Saturday has special meaning. Flannery wrote it after dealing with two different kinds of emotions. 

“This album really started probably out of tragedy,” he said this week.

Last January, Rob Picciolo, a longtime big league coach, and Kevin Towers, the former general manager of the Padres, passed away in the span of a few weeks. Flannery, the former Giants third base coach and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst, found himself attending the funeral of a close friend on back-to-back weekends. He wrote a song about it called “The Light.”

Later in the year, Flannery’s son, Danny, called him and told him he would be going to rehab in Oregon. That experience was turned into “Ghost Town,” the second track on the album, also called “The Light.”

“That whole episode of dealing with it and even when he got out, some of the things he was thinking and saying about not wanting to go back to his ghost town again, that’s easy for me to relate to,” Flannery said. “I’m sure everybody has their ghost town. The next thing I know I’m writing another song out of it, and something else and something else, and a year and a half later, you’re playing these songs at shows.”

Flannery said he didn’t expect to make another album after his previous one, but he never stops playing, and he found new stories to tell. He said his son was happy that the story was being told through music. 

“He said, ‘I think we can help other people deal with things.’ He’s all-in,” Flannery said. “He’s a changed man and asked me to tell the story.”

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe will debut the album on Saturday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. All proceeds will go to the non-profit Love Harder Project for anti-bullying and anti-violence programs across the country.

“This record is for me like a burning light in a world that has gone dark at times,” Flannery said. “It’s gone dark for different people, for different reasons, but this record is a record of hope, a record of love and light.”

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Pablo Sandoval starting in series-opener

Giants vs. Braves lineups: Pablo Sandoval starting in series-opener

Pablo Sandoval has hit a pinch-hit home run in each of the Giants' last two games, both victories.

He won't get a chance to make it three straight, but for a good reason: He's in the starting lineup Monday night.

After becoming the first player in franchise history to hit pinch-hit home runs in consecutive games since Armando Rios in 1998, Sandoval will bat fifth Monday night when the Giants open up a four-game series with the Braves at Oracle Park.

Left-hander Andrew Suarez will make his first big-league start of the season for San Francisco after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day. Suarez did not make the rotation out of camp and has a 6.33 ERA in six minor league starts. 

[RELATED: Suarez returns to Giants for another big-league shot]

Rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (4-1, 0.98 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves, and he's been Atlanta's best starter so far this season. He's coming off a win over the Cardinals in which he pitched seven scoreless innings, and he hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his appearances.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the MyTeams app.

Here are the lineups for both teams in the series opener:

San Francisco Giants (20-25)

Joe Panik, 2B
Steven Duggar, CF
Buster Posey, C
Brandon Belt, 1B
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mac Williamson, LF

Andrew Suarez (2-3, 6.33 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento)

Atlanta Braves (25-22)

Ronald Acuna Jr., CF
Ozzie Albies, 2B
Freddie Freeman, 1B
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Nick Markakis, RF
Austin Riley, LF
Johan Camargo, SS
Tyler Flowers, C

Mike Soroka (4-1, 0.98 ERA)

Andrew Suarez returns to big leagues for another shot with Giants

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Andrew Suarez returns to big leagues for another shot with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- For several days, the Giants listed Monday's starter as "TBA," leading to speculation that they would try an opener for a second straight week. Instead, it will be a familiar starter.

Left-hander Andrew Suarez will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to make his first big league start of the season. Suarez made 29 starts for the Giants last season, posting a 4.49 ERA in a rookie season that was a bit better than the final numbers indicated. 

Suarez did not make the rotation out of camp and has a 6.33 ERA in six minor league starts. He missed more than two weeks with a hamstring strain and has given up seven earned runs in 8 2/3 innings since returning to Triple-A Sacramento. 

"I'm sure he's chipping a little rust off," manager Bruce Bochy said. "A day like this, especially for a guy that made as many starts as he did, can be pretty uplifting and fire a guy up. We need a starter tomorrow and with his experience and what he did last year, this makes sense for us."

With Suarez and Shaun Anderson set to go the first two games against the Braves, the Giants will have taken a look at all four young pitchers who could be part of a future rotation. Dereck Rodriguez and Tyler Beede already have gotten a look and been optioned. Both are in Triple-A, currently. 

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Given the state of the roster, it's possible either Suarez or Anderson is sent back to Triple-A after his start. Bochy said the young pitchers know the deal. 

"I think they see it around baseball and they understand it," he said.