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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Tony Watson On “Great Clubhouse,” Ray Black Debut “Truly Emotional”

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Today we focus on the Giants bullpen and hear from LHP Tony Watson and rookie RHP Ray Black. Watson is loving playing in San Francisco and putting up good numbers, posting a 1.50 ERA in his first 42 relief appearances. Black is ecstatic about getting his shot in the Major Leagues after a long, injury-filled journey. The man with the 100+ mph fastball put his less-than-stellar debut behind him and pitched well Tuesday night agains the Cubs, retiring the side in order with 2 strikeouts. We also hear from Giants skipper Bruce Bochy before Wednesday’s game with the Cubs.

Listen To Watson and Black

Join us again Saturday when we chat with Ray Woodson.

Photos courtesy of the San Francisco Examiner and the Athletic

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Buster Posey On Rodriguez/Suarez “They’re Coming Into Their Own”

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Giants All Star catcher Buster Posey tells The Sports Virus his thoughts on what’s happening right now with the Giants offense, the return of Madison Bumgarner/Johnny Cueto and the emergence of young pitchers Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez.  LHP Derek Holland also joins the podcast as well as assistant hitting coach Rick Schu. Plus, we hear from Giants skipper Bruce Bochy from his daily chat with the media.

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Join us again next week when the Giants face the Chicago Cubs.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Gearrin Talks About Trip, Groeschner On Injuries, Amy G On Clubhouse Vibe

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Monday at AT&T Park in San Francisco we chatted with Giants reliever Cory Gearrin about the recent 10-game road trip. We also hear from Giants manager Bruce Bochy, trainer Dave Groeschner and NBC Sports Bay Area reporter Amy Gutierrez.

Giants trainer Dave Groeschner talked about Madison Bumgarner’s rehab: “He’s made great progress the last 10 days or so, throwing just about every day and got off the mound today. …He did a great job keeping his arm strong and the rest of his body strong, his lower body, his core…He did a lot of shoulder exercises, we did a lot of different things, cuff weights on his arm, just to do anything we could to keep his strength in there…Everyone sees Bum’s competitiveness on the field and that’s pretty much what he  does with his rehab. He works really hard. He gets after it just like he does in the game and that helps us. We get a guy that’s that motivated, I really feel like that helps you come back bigger, stronger and quicker and he’s been working his butt off.”

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Join us again later this week when our regular guest Ray Woodson joins us to talk about the current homestand trip.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Closer Hunter Strickland, Pitching Coach Curt Young & Reporter Kerry Crowley

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Wednesday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, after he signed autographs for the kids, Giants closer Hunter Strickland joined The Sports Virus. Plus, we caught up with SF pitching coach Curt Young and beat reporter Kerry Crowley from the Bay Area News Group. We also hear from Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

The last time the Nationals visited San Francisco, a brawl broke out after Hunter Strickland drilled Bryce Harper with a pitch. The Sports Virus asked Strickland on Wednesday if he wished he faced Harper in this series: “I’ve gotta get them out no matter who I face…This is a new year. You learn from the past and you move forward.”

Listen To Strickland, Young and Crowley

Join us again later this week when our regular guest Ray Woodson joins us to talk about the upcoming Dodgers Series.

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Bruce Bochy: “Very Difficult Calls” In LF – John Shea: “Panik Helping Out Rollins At 2B”

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy and San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea join us from Scottsdale Arizona.

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Bochy tells The Sports Virus about his left fielders:  “It’s going to be competitive with these guys. We’ve got a lot of experienced guys battling for a spot on this team and two young guys in Parker and Williamson. We probably won’t make a call  until very, very late in the spring. We feel like we have some good choices, have some depth there, but some very difficult calls.”

Shea talked to The Sports Virus about Jimmy Rollins: “Here’s a guy who’s played his entire career at shortstop. He’s darn near 40 years old and he’s learning this new position (second base). You can’t count him out at all. An MVP, the Gold Glove award winner, a World Champion. Now he’s trying to win a job as a back up infielder and Joe Panik has been fantastic with him. Panik won a Gold Glove last year. Even though he’s in his 20’s, he’s really helping out Jimmy Rollins at second base.”

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Come back MONDAY for Giants LHP Ty Blach and Barry Bloom from MLB.com.

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Our special guests from AT&T Park in San Francisco are  Giants CF Denard Span and KPIX Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell.

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  Span talked to The Sports Virus about new Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr.:

… “He’s one of the reasons why I played this game. He’s influenced this game so much. I think you could go around every clubhouse in Major League Baseball and I guarantee you probably 95% of the guys would say he was their favorite player growing up. Salute to him. Unbelievable career.”

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 O’Donnell talked to The Sports Virus about Bruce Bochy:

… “I think Bochy has done one of his best managing jobs since being a Giants manager. If you look at the first half they compiled the best record in baseball really without 30% of their lineup. If you miss that much talent and you have the best record, at some point you’re going to hit the skids. The 1-7 (to start the second half) doesn’t surprise me. They’re not a 1-7 team but I think this kind of streak was inevitable given the fact that so much talent is sidelined.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY when GIANTS RHP SERGIO ROMO is our guest.

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USA Today Reporter Jorge Ortiz On 2016 All Star Game

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Our special guest to talk about the All Star game and the Giants is USA Today Reporter Jorge Ortiz.

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 Ortiz talked to The Sports Virus about Santiago Casilla:

… “If they don’t pick up an elite closer he’s going to be a critical guy so (Bruce) Bochy needs to keep riding him because what are his options otherwise? You could go matchup, but Javier Lopez has not had a good year, (Sergio) Romo just came off the DL, (Josh) Osich is very young-sometimes good, sometimes not so great, Hunter Strickland throws gas but he is a home-run-giving machine.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY when former Giants reliever JEREMY AFFELDT is our guest.

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea, Part 2

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We talk about the second half of the season for the Giants as our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us from San Diego in part 2 of our conversation.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Shea about San Francisco bench players coming through this season:

… “When (Hunter) Pence was lost last year the Giants were done. It was over. They never recovered from that. This year they lose him and don’t miss a beat and just roll into the All Star break…I think (Bruce) Bochy has a lot to do with this. It’s one of his best managerial efforts.”

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Come back MONDAY when JORGE ORTIZ from USA TODAY is our guest. Then on WEDNESDAY, we’re scheduled to chat with former Giants LHP Jeremy Affeldt.

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea, Part 1

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We talk about Giants recent winning ways with our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea in part 1 of our conversation.

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 Shea talked to The Sports Virus about the possibility of Madison Bumgarner competing in the All Star home run derby: … “he hasn’t gotten hurt. He hasn’t had arm problems. He’s a big durable guy and if he wants to hit in the home run derby I think you just let him do it because he pretty much does that every day. He takes regular batting practice and it’s a show. He hits balls farther than anybody on that team except for maybe (Hunter) Pence and maybe (Brandon) Belt here and there. He’s a big, strong man and he hits the ball a long way and that’s a perfect addition to the home run derby.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY for part 2 of our conversation with John Shea.

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CSN Bay Area Giants Reporter Amy Gutierrez

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Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area Giants Reporter Amy Gutierrez, is our guest to talk about how newcomers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are fitting in with the team as well as what Buster Posey does as leader of the team.

 

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 Amy G talked to The Sports Virus about Buster Posey’s leadership ability: “…I think Buster Posey has a demeanor in a game and with the fan base and then I think he has a different demeanor in the clubhouse. Posey is probably one of the most approachable teammates that you’re going to come across in the game.”

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Come back FRIDAY when we are scheduled to chat about the Giants farm system with Chris Hogan from 27outsbaseball.com

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