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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


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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Phillies Win With Jimmy Rollins Walk-Off In 12th

Phillies 2B Chase Utley heads for third on an RBI triple in the 1st. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Giants 4 (12 innings)
WP – Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.57)
LP – Brad Penny (0-1, 3.88)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies had a little bit of extra-innings magic in them this afternoon.

Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the bottom of the 12th drove home the winning run as the Phillies prevented the sweep with the win, taking down the Giants, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Carlos Ruiz worked a one-out walk and Laynce Nix singled to move Ruiz to third and set up the winning run by Rollins.

The Giants struck first only three pitches into the game. Nate Schierholtz hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton to lead off the game, giving San Francisco an early 1-0 lead.

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2011 Moments: #3 Utley does things the hard way

There are certain things only certain athletes can do.

The Phillies have one of those athletes and his name is Chase Utley.

On July 26, Utley rounded the bases much like he has 188 times in his career. But this time was different. The 32-year-old second baseman needed a little extra hustle to make it home safely, a testament on his hustle and abilities as a ball player.

With the Phillies leading 5-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning against the San Francisco Giants, Utley took a Barry Zito pitch to straight away center. The ball ricocheted off the top of the side wall near left-center and got away from Giants center fielder Andres Torres.

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Worley pitches first career CG

Ever since I blogged about Vance Worley being a mirage last week, he has turned up his game to a whole new level. Hey, keep reading the blog, Vance, we’ll say nice things about you now.

No, I really don’t believe he reads TTB but I do believe that he is starting to improve. And I feel any time a player like this makes me eat crow, it’s a good thing.

Worley went the distance for the first time in his career, holding the reigning World Champion Giants to three hits and two runs as the Phillies won 7-2.

The Phillies gave Worley four home runs, one the hard way, and the offense took advantage of the Giants’ late switch.

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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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Series Preview: Giants

Phillies (11-7) @ San Francisco Giants (10-8)

Where: AT&T Park

Pitching Probables:
Mon: Roy Halladay (4-0, 0.82) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 1.86)
Tue: Jamie Moyer (2-1, 5.00) vs. Todd Wellemeyer (0-3, 8.16)
Wed: Cole Hamels (2-2, 5.11) vs. Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.00)

10:15 PM; CSN
Tue: 10:15 PM; CSN
Wed: 3:45 PM; CSN, MLBN

Hot (last three starts) – Roy Halladay: 3-0, 0.69 ERA, 26 IP, 19 K, 1 BB
Not (last seven games) – Shane Victorino: .167 (5-for-30), 6 K

Player to watch: Tim Lincecum. If there is going to be a pitcher who will be in Doc’s place in 10 years, it will be Lincecum. Lincecum is a rare pitcher. I’m sure we all hear about how he torques his small frame and extends his delivery to freakish lengths, getting everything he has and putting it into each pitch. Last time he pitched against the Phillies, Pedro Martinez out-dueled him. His numbers speak for themselves and the Phillies hitters will have a hard time with him.

Series overview: The Phillies are going up against one of the more dangerous teams in the NL… The Giants pride themselves in pitching and fortunately for the Phils, Barry Zito and Matt Cain will not be seen this series… Hamels v. Lincecum is the marquee match-up… Pablo Sandoval is the Giants best hitter… The Phillies will need their pitching to step up and their offense to fire at all cylanders again… Should be a tight series and will go either way.

Lee’s Debut Moved Up

Cliff Lee was originally scheduled to pitch tomorrow versus San Francisco’s ace, Tim Lincecum. The Phillies had other plans as they wanted to debut him tonight and have Joe Blanton pitch Saturday versus the young phenom. Also Cole Hamels will pitch in Sunday’s game in place of Jamie Moyer.

Lee is 12-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 22 starts in his career versus the NL. He is also 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA vs. the Giants. He will face Ryan Sadowski (2-3, 4.81 ERA) tonight. Game time is 10:15 ET.

Remaining Probables:
Saturday: Joe Blanton (7-4, 4.11); Tim Lincecum (11-3, 2.30)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (7-5, 4.42); Barry Zito (6-10, 4.54)