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Oct 30, 2012

Game On Dude installed as early Classic favorite

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Game on Dude was installed as the early 9-5 favorite and will break from the fifth post for the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.

The Bob Baffert-trained gelding was leading the race a year ago but was caught by a high-flying Drosselmeyer in the final strides at Churchill Downs and finished second.

Oct 29, 2012

Champion Giants shine despite many opportunities for disaster

DETROIT (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants overcame injuries and potentially devastating roster changes to claim their second World Series crown in three years because they are an unselfish club with a common goal, pitcher Matt Cain says.

“A lot of guys are loose and relaxed, and it just seemed like all the pieces fit together,” Cain said after the Giants completed their four-game blowout of the Detroit Tigers.

Oct 29, 2012

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: 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.