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

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

    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.…

  2. Bad baserunning, bottom of the lineup does in the Tigers

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Buster Posey

    One of the big stories of the 2006 World Series is how poor fielding from the Tigers’ pitchers did the team in. In 2012, the focus might go a similarly specific problem; bad slides led to two outs and cost Detroit at least one run in a 2-0 loss in Game 2. The Tigers lost…

  3. Madison Bumgarner delivers as Giants top Tigers in Game 2, take 2-0 lead in World Series

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner AP

    Coming into tonight, many questioned whether Madison Bumgarner was the right choice for Game 2 after his late-season struggles carried into the postseason. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to roll the dice with his young left-hander after some mechanical tweaks rather than go with Ryan Vogelsong on short rest or Tim Lincecum. It was…

  4. Giants break through in seventh inning, lead 1-0 in Game 2

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence Getty

    Game 2 is scoreless no longer. The Giants finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh inning when Brandon Crawford grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to score Hunter Pence from third base. The inning was set up when Doug Fister gave up a leadoff single to Pence. He was replaced…

  5. Madison Bumgarner and Doug Fister match zeros, Game 2 scoreless through five innings

    Oct 25, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner Getty

    The Giants ran away with Game 1, but pitching is the name of the game tonight. Madison Bumgarner and Doug Fister have matched zeros so far as Game 2 remains scoreless through five innings. Bumgarner, who struggled over his first two starts this postseason, has allowed just two hits while striking out six and walking…

  6. Doug Fister strands the bases loaded to keep Game 2 scoreless

    Oct 25, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Doug Fister AP

    The Giants had a scoring chance go by the wayside in the bottom of the second inning. Buster Posey singled off Doug Fister to begin the inning before Hunter Pence flew out to center field and Brandon Belt struck out swinging. However, Gregor Blanco followed with a line drive up the middle which deflected off…

  7. World Series Game 2 lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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

    Here are the lineups for Game 2 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,…

  8. Drugs, illness, the pro-PED doctor and other fun things in San Francisco

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Flask and credentials

    SAN FRANCISCO — Can’t believe none of you have called me out for using fancy datelines on these things yet. I started it as a bit of a put-on, but now I kind of like doing it. Too late to shame me for it. You missed out. When I get home I may start every…

  9. 2012 projections review: first base

    Oct 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    This is the second of a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Albert Pujols – Angels Projection: .306/.414/.586, 43 HR, 114…

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

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Don’t expect to see Jose Valverde pitch for the Tigers again

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Asked about Jose Valverde‘s latest terrible outing in Game 1 of the World Series last night, Tigers manager Jim Leyland replied: “You know, he wasn’t terrible. He just wasn’t good.” That’s about as nice as he could possibly phrase things considering Valverde has now allowed nine runs while recording a grand total of five outs…

  12. The Tigers are rusty? The Giants have momentum? Well, fine, I guess we have to go with that

    Oct 25, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander watches from the dugout in the seventh inning during Game 1 of the MLB World Series baseball championship against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO — The crowd at AT&T Park cheered a 5-4 putout in the first inning of last night’s Game 1 as though it were a walkoff home run in Game 7. This is not a criticism. It is merely an observation. They were hyped from the get-go — I think it started with the…

  13. Pablo Sandoval’s three-homer game is most impressive in postseason history

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:34 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Before Pablo Sandoval got to Justin Verlander twice and Al Alburquerque once for his first ever three-game game in the World Series opener, eight players in major league history had hit three homers in a postseason game: Babe Ruth (NYY) – Game 4, 1926 WS – 3-for-3, 4 RBI, 2 BB Babe Ruth (NYY) –…

  14. Don’t blame the layoff; blame Justin Verlander for Game 1 loss

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Done in by poor fastball location, Justin Verlander got lit up by the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, surrendering five runs and two Pablo Sandoval homers in four innings. Some facts from the outing: – It was just the third in three years in which he failed to go five innings. The…

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

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Jose Valverde can’t even mop up for the Tigers

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    After entering with the Tigers down 6-1, embattled ex-closer Jose Valverde retired one of the five Giants he faced in Game 1 of the World Series. He struck out Tim Lincecum before giving up hits to the top four hitters in the San Francisco lineup. Since Joaquin Benoit bailed him out from there, he was…

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

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Pablo Sandoval homer gives Giants early Game 1 lead

    Oct 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    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,…

  21. How to decide who to root for in the World Series

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    World Series Logo

    Obviously most of us are neither Tigers nor Giants fans, so how do we choose a rooting interest for the next eight days? ¬†Just some out loud thinking: If you’re a Dodgers fan or a fan of whatever team has decided that the Tigers are their big rival lately — White Sox maybe? — your…

  22. Giants’ roster includes 11 players from 2010 champions

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  23. Jim Leyland on Tigers’ closer situation: “Just going to play it by ear, see what happens”

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    After pitching in a simulated game over the weekend Jose Valverde told reporters that he corrected a mechanical flaw responsible for his postseason struggles, but when asked if Valverde will resume closing in the World Series manager Jim Leyland was non-committal. Leyland used the same phrasing he repeatedly uttered during the ALCS, saying the Tigers…

  24. Tomorrow’s World Series narratives today

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT


    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…

  25. Greetings from San Francisco

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    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…

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