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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.

Oct 26, 2012

Baseball: Giants blank Tigers to extend series lead

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants moved a step closer to claiming a second title in three years by blanking the punchless Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday to extend their World Series lead.

Detroit was held to two hits by Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and relievers Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo, failing to reach second base after the second inning as the Giants opened a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.

Oct 25, 2012

Tigers’ closer Valverde getting hammered in playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Detroit Tigers, taking on the San Francisco Giants in pursuit of their first World Series crown since 1984, may have to achieve their mission without help from struggling closer Jose Valverde.

Valverde saved 35 games in the regular season but during the playoffs has imploded, getting hammered in the American League Division Series against Oakland, the league championship series against New York and in Wednesday’s opener of the World Series.

Oct 25, 2012

LeBron’s quest for second title among many juicy plotlines

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – LeBron chasing the ghost of Michael, Superman taking his talents westward, and a soft-spoken teenager ready to revitalize Big Easy basketball are just three of the provocative plotlines ready to play out in the upcoming NBA season.

Throw in a new team in Brooklyn, Steve Nash wearing purple and gold, and a new setting for Linsanity, and you have the most anticipated NBA campaign in years.