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Oct 29, 2012

Baseball: Kung Fu Panda rewarded for beating up Tigers

DETROIT (Reuters) – Big-hitting San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, affectionately known as Kung Fu Panda, was named World Series MVP on Sunday, completing a stunning turnaround to a career that appeared to have stalled.

Facing persistent weight problems and a benching just two years ago, Sandoval hit .500 in the Giants’ sensational four-game blowout of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

Oct 29, 2012

Baseball: Leyland stays humble after Giants tame toothless Tigers

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland offered no excuses for his club’s meek four-game surrender to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

“We got beat,” he told reporters after the Giants completed the series sweep by beating the Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings at Comerica Park on Sunday.

Oct 28, 2012

Tigers’ Verlander not throwing in the towel

DETROIT (Reuters) – The odds are stacked against them but Justin Verlander believes the Detroit Tigers have the talent, temperament and personality to become the first team to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win the World Series.

“Obviously it’s not another day at the office, but it’s not desperation, either,” Verlander said before Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

Oct 28, 2012

Lincecum relishes new bullpen role for Giants

DETROIT (Reuters) – While many starting pitchers would consider getting banished to the bullpen a demotion, Tim Lincecum has embraced his new role as a key reason the San Francisco Giants are on the brink of a World Series title.

Lincecum, a Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009 and arguably baseball’s best pitcher, was 10-15 this year with a 5.18 ERA before being yanked from the rotation for the playoffs.

Oct 28, 2012

Baseball: Giants silence Tigers bats, take 3-0 World Series lead

DETROIT (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants rode another virtuoso pitching performance to blank the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Saturday and move with one victory of their second World Series title in three years.

San Francisco, having held the Tigers scoreless for 18 straight innings, took a 3-0 lead and can claim the championship with a victory at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Sunday.

Oct 27, 2012

Giants’ Bochy hopes second time in Detroit a charm

DETROIT (Reuters) – San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hoping this trip to the World Series in Detroit turns out better than the one he had as a player in 1984.

As a reserve catcher for the San Diego Padres, Bochy came in with high hopes for a title and left wondering what might have been.

Oct 27, 2012

Baseball: Tigers crave home cookin’ to turn World Series around

DETROIT (Reuters) – After losing the first two games of the World Series in San Francisco, the Detroit Tigers are delighted to be hosting Game Three at Comerica Park on Saturday.

The Tigers are undefeated in four post-season games at Comerica in 2012 and their 50 home wins in the regular season earned them a tie for the second-best record in the majors.

Oct 27, 2012

Tigers face Giants’ Vogelsong in critical Series game

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit’s perceived advantage in pitching evaporated during the first two games of the World Series and now the Tigers find themselves facing the San Francisco Giants’ hottest starter in Game Three on Saturday.

The Tigers entered the Fall Classic well-rested and were able to throw their best pitchers at the Giants early in the series and allow for a second start if the series goes long.

Oct 26, 2012

Tigers happy to be back home in chilly Detroit

DETROIT (Reuters) – The Detroit Tigers arrived back on their home turf Friday to overcast skies, chilly temperatures and a lot of griping by the locals about the winter-like weather.

Detroit manager Jim Leyland, however, could not be happier with the conditions.

After losing the first two games of the World Series to the San Francisco Giants under sunny skies at AT&T Park, the Tigers hope a change in scenery will amount to a reversal of fortune.

Oct 26, 2012

Once-banished Bumgarner returns in a big way

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Madison Bumgarner made a stunning return to the starting rotation on Thursday to help the San Francisco Giants move to a commanding two-game lead in the World Series.

The crafty southpaw baffled the Detroit Tigers’ hitters for seven innings, giving up just two hits while striking out eight before giving way to relievers Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo.