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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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Giants Win in Extras; Beat Phillies In Possibly Hamels’ Last Start At Home

Giants 6, Phillies 5
WP – Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, .349)
SV – Santiago Casilla (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Gregor Blanco knew he messed up the suicide squeeze.

What could have been the go-ahead run, Blanco whiffed on a suicide squeeze that could have scored Buster Posey and given the Giants a 6-5 lead. But Posey was caught dead in his tracks and the rally ended.

Blanco made up for it in the 10th inning, driving in Melky Cabrera with an RBI single, giving the Giants the 6-5 win.

What was billed to be a pitcher’s battle turned into a bit of a slugfest between Cole Hamels and Matt Cain.

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Game 95: Phillies Cole Hamels vs Giants Matt Cain the Only Story

Phillies SP Cole Hamels. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

PHILADELPHIA — Centered around the Phillies season is Cole Hamels.

With the team in the middle of its worst season in over a decade, retaining Hamels is their focus. With the Giants in town today, another player being the indirect focus during these contract negotiations will pitch against Hamels today.

Matt Cain, whose contract is what the Phillies will base their contract off of, will face Hamels today on National TV, a 4:05 game on FOX.

Let’s look at what these two pitchers have done this season:

  • Hamels: 18 starts, 11-4 record, 3.07 ERA, 125 strikeouts, 1.087 WHIP.
  • Cain: 18 starts, 10-3 record, 2.56 ERA, 124 strikeouts, 0.955 WHIP.

Cain, 27, also has a perfect game and two shutouts under his belt this season while Hamels, 28, has none. Cain’s 0.955 WHIP is also the lowest in the Majors.

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Series Preview: vs San Francisco Giants

PHI: 41-52, 5th in NL East; SF: 51-41, 1st in NL West

When: July 20-22
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) vs Tim Lincecum (3-10, 5.93)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) vs Matt Cain (10-3, 2.56)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) vs TBA

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Talks Between Phillies, Cole Hamels Intensifies

The Phillies want Cole Hamels.

They want to sign Hamels so bad that the Phillies, ”are really not even entertaining (trade) offers at this point,” according to a source of Jayson Stark’s. Their goal is to sign Hamels before the July 31 deadline.

More from Stark:

Another source said the Phillies are now willing to sign Hamels to a six-year contract, a first for any starting pitcher in club history. For months, length of contract has been the No. 1 sticking point in the negotiations. The Phillies initially offered Hamels a four-year extension last offseason, but they came to the conclusion they had no alternative but to soften that stance as Hamels draws closer to becoming a free agent this fall.

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Phillies, Giants Save Best For Last

Phillies SP Cliff Lee pitched 10 scoreless innings in the Phillies 1-0 loss to the Giants. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The pitching probables looked like a fight card heading into the Phillies, Giants series.

There was the big aces duel between Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum which Halladay took handedly. Then there was the mismatched battle between Joe Blanton and Madison Bumgarner which the Giants righty took with ease.

The main event: Cliff Lee and Matt Cain. Two of the wealthiest pitchers in the National League and famous Robins to their respective Batmans that pitched the Monday night match up.

On Wednesday, the two sidekicks combined to pitch 19 shut out innings, each earning no-decisions in a Giants 1-0 win that rewarded people who stayed up late on the east coast to watch an instant classic in the young 2012 campaign.

“This is one I’ll remember,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who has seen thousands of ballgames. “It doesn’t get any better than what we saw tonight.”

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Giants Pitching Out-Duels Phillies in 11

Giants OF Melky Cabrera celebrates after his walk-off single in the 11th inning as the Giants beat the Phillies, 1-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The rubber match of the Giants and Phillies series featured an outstanding pitcher’s duel between the Phillies Cliff Lee and the Giants Matt Cain.

The duel would not see a winner between the two aces but the Giants as a team took the rubber match, beating the Phillies 1-0 in an 11-inning pitcher’s duel.

Double plays were turned, defensive plays were made, and both pitcher’s barely broke a sweat. The Phillies could only muster two hits in the first nine innings off Matt Cain.

Cliff Lee was outstanding as well, pitching 10 innings while giving up seven hits, no runs or walks, striking out seven. He only threw 102 pitches (81 for strikes), and turned four Giants double plays.

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Hamels shuts the Giants up

Phils pitcher Cole Hamels went the distance, striking out five in a complete game win over the Giants. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The dust had settled and air was calm. It was only 15 hours removed from an ugly brawl in the middle of the 6th inning yesterday but the Giants and Phillies were back to playing baseball.

Cole Hamels was as sharp as ever and Phils offense put up the only run it needed in the 1st inning to put themselves in a great position to sweep the Giants. Their 2-1 win Saturday afternoon in San Francisco expanded their winning streak to nine games, furthering themselves from the rest of baseball record-wise.

Hamels was electric, mowing down Giants batters left and right. He allowed only seven hits while striking out five. His complete game his second of the season. He was denied a shut out in the 9th inning when Pablo Sandoval homered with two outs to make it a 2-1 game.

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Series Preview: vs San Francisco Giants

PHI: 64-37, 1st in NL East; SF: 59-43, 1st in NL West

When: July 26-28
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02) vs Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) vs Barry Zito (3-2, 4.78)
Thursday: Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.45) vs Matt Cain (8-6, 3.06)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Monster Eighth Sends Giants to 2-0 lead

The Giants expanded on their 2-0 lead in the eighth with seven runs to win, 9-0, on Thursday.

C.J. Wilson pitched good enough for the win but the Rangers offense didn’t show up again. Matt Cain pitched 7 2/3 of shut-out, four-hit ball.

The series heads straight to Texas now with the Rangers in a 2-0 hole. Still a chance to revive the bats in their own park in a town that hasn’t seen a championship.

But this is a Giants offense that has woken up since game six of the NLCS. Should be an interesting three-game trip to Arlington.

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