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  1. Homegrown Giants pitching proves unbeatable in World Series sweep

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:25 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Brian Sabean’s fondness for over-the-hill hitters has made him the butt of more than a few jokes during his 16-year run as the Giants’ general manager. What is undeniable, though, is that the man knows something about pitching, particularly young pitching. Four of the five starters the Giants used this year and in the postseason…

  2. Giants settle on Hector Sanchez as Game 3 designated hitter

    Oct 26, 2012, 6:52 PM EST

    Hector Sanchez

    The Giants will go with their 22-year-old backup catcher as their designated hitter in Game 3 of the World Series in Detroit on Saturday. Hector Sanchez is getting the call for the third time in the postseason. Aubrey Huff was the most likely alternative in the spot. Both of Sanchez’s previous assignments this month came…

  3. Giants manager Bruce Bochy keeps pushing all of the right buttons

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:13 AM EST

    Bruce Bochy

    The Giants weren’t as much of a surprise the Nationals, so it’s doubtful Bruce Bochy will get much love in the Manager of the Year award balloting when the results are announced next month. Now if there were a Postseason Manager of the Year award, there’s no doubt Bochy would claim it in a landslide.…

  4. Will the Giants get the good or bad Madison Bumgarner in Game 2 tonight?

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    Madison Bumgarner Getty

    Madison Bumgarner was bumped from the Giants’ rotation in the NLCS after back-to-back poor playoff starts in which he failed to make it out of the fifth inning, but manager Bruce Bochy is putting his faith in the 23-year-old left-hander tonight. Bochy chose Bumgarner to make the Game 2 start rather than Tim Lincecum, who…

  5. Giants capture Game 1 of World Series from Tigers behind Pablo Sandoval, Barry Zito

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1

    Pablo Sandoval went 4-for-4 with three home runs and Barry Zito yielded just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings as the Giants rocked and rolled to an 8-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday evening in San Francisco. Sandoval smashed a solo shot to right-center field in…

  6. Pablo Sandoval homers a third time in World Series Game 1

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:09 PM EST

    sandoval getty

    Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Albert Pujols. Those were the only players to homer three times in a World Series game before Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval joined the club with a solo blast to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning of this Game 1. Sandoval sent a shot to the very same…

  7. Pablo Sandoval goes deep again, Giants up 4-0 in Game 1

    Oct 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EST

    marco scutaro getty

    Justin Verlander had been a force throughout this 2012 postseason. But now he is getting hammered. Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, the MVP of the NLCS against the Cardinals, drove in Angel Pagan with a single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning, then Pablo Sandoval launched his second home run of…

  8. Pablo Sandoval homer gives Giants early Game 1 lead

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

    pablo sandoval getty

    AT&T Park is in a state of “Panda-monium.” Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval — who is affectionately nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” — hit a Justin Verlander pitch into the right-center field seats in the bottom of the first inning of this World Series opener, giving San Francisco a 1-0 lead. Giants left-hander Barry Zito looked a…

  9. World Series Game 1 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series between the Tigers and Giants, in San Francisco: DETROIT TIGERS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1. Austin Jackson, CF 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Omar Infante, 2B 2. Marco Scutaro, 2B 3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B 3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 4. Prince Fielder, 1B 4. Buster Posey,…

  10. Giants’ roster includes 11 players from 2010 champions

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    Less than half of the Giants’ current roster remains from the team that won the World Series in 2010. There are only 11 holdovers, or 12 if you include Game 1 starter Barry Zito despite his not being on the actual playoff roster in 2010. Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News has the…

  11. Tomorrow’s World Series narratives today

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:06 AM EST


    We’ve talked a lot about narrative lately, but that’s all pregame to the crowning jewel of narrative season: the World Series. The big narrative: that whoever wins four out of seven games is and always was special and uniquely destined for this. There will be lots of post-facto story-telling after each victory and especially after…

  12. Greetings from San Francisco

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    AT&T Park

    SAN FRANCISCO — Because of personal weekend travel on top of World Series travel, I wake up this morning in the third different time zone in the space of four days. I’ve wrestled American Airlines to something close to a draw — they may not have given me what I wanted for all of my trouble…

  13. Giants to start Madison Bumgarner in World Series Game 2

    Oct 23, 2012, 9:22 PM EST

    madison bumgarner getty

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced earlier this evening that left-hander Barry Zito will start Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night against the Tigers. And now we can fill in most of the other slots. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, left-hander Madison Bumgarner will be the starter in Game…

  14. Barry Zito will start Game 1 for Giants

    Oct 23, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Barry Zito

    UPDATE: It’s official, Zito will start Game 1. ========== There’s no official word yet on the Giants’ rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers. He’d face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners…

  15. Tigers favored over Giants in World Series

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    180 sign

    San Francisco won six more games than Detroit during the regular season, but the Tigers are sizable favorites over the Giants in the World Series. Bovada has Detroit as -180 favorites, which means you’d have to risk $180 to win $100 on the Tigers and means they’d have to win the series 65 percent of…

  16. Giants to face rotation dilemma in World Series

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:37 AM EST

    Ryan Vogelsong

    With plenty of time to set things up, the Tigers have already announced their rotation for the World Series (Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and then Max Scherzer). The Giants have some decisions to make. Here’s one guess at how it could go: Game 1: Wednesday – Barry Zito – four days’ rest Game…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s playoff highlights

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Giants Celebration

    Giants 6, Cardinals 1: And we head to Game 7, as the Giants continue to only really want to turn it on this post season once they’re facing elimination. And of course as everyone predicted it happened thanks to a great Ryan Vogelsong start which followed a great Barry Zito start which all came while…

  18. Game 7 battle favors Giants over Cardinals

    Oct 21, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants' Belt hits a broken bat single against St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Rzepczynski in the eighth inning during Game 6 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

    With their backs against the wall, the Giants have been unstoppable this month, winning five straight elimination games against the Reds and Cardinals. It’s an impressive streak, no doubt. The Cardinals would likely be the first to admit it. After all, they’re riding a streak of six straight wins in elimination games themselves. Now one…

  19. Barry Zito, Bruce Bochy and Mike Matheny discuss Game 5

    Oct 20, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Giants Reuters

    Here’s video of Barry Zito, Bruce Bochy and Mike Matheny discussing the Giants’ 5-0 win in Game 5 of the NLCS last night. After a gem of a start, I guess Zito can get away with wearing that fedora. Zito’s excellent and unexpected pitching performance has naturally received most of the attention, but don’t forget…

  20. Looking ahead to Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants

    Oct 20, 2012, 10:33 AM EST

    Ryan Vogelsong Bochy Getty

    The Cardinals were hoping to clinch their second consecutive National League pennant last night, but vintage Barry Zito showed up to ruin the party. While they still hold a 3-2 lead in the NLCS, the series will now shift to San Francisco for Game 6 on Sunday night. Let’s take a quick look at the…

  21. Barry Zito turns back the clock with gem in Game 5

    Oct 20, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

    Barry Zito

    10 years after winning a Cy Young Award for the A’s, six years after signing one of the worst contracts in major league history and two years after being left off the postseason roster for the World Series champions, Barry Zito finally came up big for the Giants on Friday. With his team on the…

  22. Overaggressive Cardinals come up empty in Game 5 loss

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:34 PM EST

    Matt Holliday

    In getting shut out by the Giants on Friday, the Cardinals never worked a walk against Barry Zito and company. Their one free pass was intentional, as Pete Kozma was walked ahead of the pitcher to set up an inning-ending double play in the second inning. In all, the Cardinals have drawn a total of…

  23. Barry Zito shuts down Cardinals in Game 5 of NLCS to keep Giants’ season alive

    Oct 19, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

    Reuters Barry Zito

    With the Giants facing elimination, Barry Zito didn’t inspire much confidence coming into his start in Game 5 tonight. However, he turned in the best performance by a Giants’ starting pitcher this postseason while keeping his team’s season alive. Zito limited to Cardinals to six hits over 7 2/3 shutout innings tonight as part of…

  24. Barry Zito holds Cardinals scoreless through seven innings

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:36 PM EST

    Barry Zito Getty

    The Giants likely would have been thrilled if Barry Zito made it through five innings tonight while keeping the team in the game, but he has exceeded all expectations by holding the Cardinals scoreless through seven innings. Zito has allowed just five hits and one walk (which was intentional) while striking out five. The southpaw…

  25. Giants knock Lance Lynn out in fourth inning, grab 4-0 lead

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:32 PM EST

    Lance Lynn Getty

    Just like his start in Game 1 on Sunday, the fourth inning was Lance Lynn‘s undoing tonight. After holding the Giants hitless over the first three innings, Lynn allowed four runs in the top of the fourth inning before being pulled. Lynn gave up singles to Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval to begin the inning…

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