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2012 World Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants

Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central
San Francisco: 94-68; 1st in NL West

Schedule – 8 PM, EST; FOX
Game 1: Oct. 24: Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64) at Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15)
Game 2: Oct. 25: Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45) at Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37)
Game 3: Oct. 27: Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 vs Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37)
Game 4: Oct. 28: Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74) vs Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79)
Game 5*: Oct. 29: DET vs SF
Game 6*: Oct. 31: DET at SF
Game 7*: Nov. 1: DET at SF

Rosters

Rotation: D. Fister, A. Sanchez, M. Scherzer, J. Verlander.

Bullpen: A. Albuquerque, J. Benoit, P. Coke (CL), O. Dotel, R. Porcello, D. Smyly, J. Valverde.

Catchers: A. Avillia, G. Laird.

Infield: M. Cabrera, P. Fielder, O. Infante, J. Peralta, R. Santiago, D. Worth.

Outfield: Q. Berry, A. Dirks, A. Garcia, A. Jackson, D. Kelly, D. Young (DH).

Rotation: M. Bumgarner, M. Cain, R. Vogelsong, B. Zito.

Bullpen: J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, G. Kontos, T. Lincecum, J. Lopez, J. Mijares, G. Mota, S. Romo (CL).

Catchers: B. Posey, H. Sanchez

Infield: J. Arias, B. Belt, J. Crawford, A. Huff, P. Sandoval, M. Scutaro, R. Theriot.

Outfield: G. Blanco, X. Nady, A. Pagan, H. Pence.

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Surgery For Utley, Manuel Suspended

The news that everybody didn’t want to hear came true today.  Phillies second basemen Chase Utley had surgery on his injured thumb and will miss a minimum of eight weeks.  Utley will wear a splint during the first five weeks.  Utley suffered the injury sliding into second base against the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the week.  It was also learned that Placido Polanco has chronic tendinitis and will rest his elbow for two weeks.  It is likely that Polanco will be out three to four weeks.

This puts the Phillies into an interesting position with both Utley and Polanco being out for an extended period of time.  The Phillies’ current choices for replacements are Wilson Valdez, Juan Castro, and Greg Dobbs.  I believe Manuel will stick with Valdez and play him at second or third base.  That still leaves another infield spot up for grabs.  It’s hard to imagine Greg Dobbs playing third base for more than a month.  It’s possible that Ruben Amaro Jr. could seek a trade for an adequate infield replacement. 

Names that have been tossed around include Ty Wigginton, Jhonny Peralta, and Kelly Johnson.  I’d personally like to see Amaro go after Ty Wigginton.  In 72 games for the Orioles this season, Wigginton is batting .262 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs.  He could fill in at third base for Polanco then shift over to second base when Polanco returns.  He also provides some right-handed power off the bench.  Wigginton wouldn’t command neitherly as much in terms of trade value.  A lower level prospect or two could easily land Wigginton in red pinstripes.

On a less serious note, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been suspended one game for a verbal altercation with umpire C.B. Bucknor during Wednesday’s game.  Manuel was suspended for inappropriate contact with Bucknor.  He will serve the one game ban tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates

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Lidge Saves Another Moyer Gem

Jamie Moyer made history tonight, but it was well overshadowed on another stellar performance by the 47-year-old southpaw. Moyer pitched eight innings and Brad Lidge picked up a huge save as the Phillies beat Cleveland 2-1 Tuesday night in Philly.

Moyer pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, his only mistake coming off of a monster solo shot by Russell Branyan in the second inning. Moyer only walked one and struck out five in the win. Branyan’s homer was a historic one in the second. With his second-deck shot, it was the 505th home run allowed by Moyer, tying him for the all-time lead with the late Phillies legend Robin Roberts in baseball history.

The Phillies got a pair of runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Ryan Howard and a sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth gave the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. After Branyan’s tying homer, both Moyer and Mitch Talbot got locked in a duel as both teams’ offenses combined for only seven hits. Howard had the only two-hit game.

Charlie Manuel got tossed earlier in the game so we can’t blame this almost-costly ninth-inning blunder. While holding a 2-1 lead, J.C. Romero started the ninth. He got the first batter to ground out and then allowed an infield single to Shin-Soo Choo. Romero then walked Carlos Santana (not the guitarist) to put runners on first and second with one out. Then entered Lidge to pick up Romero’s mess. Lidge locked in and struck out Austin Kearns and Jhonny Peralta to end the game.

WP: Moyer (8-6). LP: Talbot (7-6).

Boxscore.

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Seeing as I forgot to post a preview, here is this series’ probable pitchers and broadcast schedule:

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Jamie Moyer* (7-6, 4.76) vs. Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.48) vs. Jake Westbrook (4-4, 4.76)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (2-5, 6.96) vs. Fausto Carmona (6-5, 3.31)
*Lefty

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05: CSN
Wednesday, 7:05: CSN
Thursday, 1:05: CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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