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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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6th Inning Slam Puts Giants Past Worley, Phillies

Giants 7, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Lincecum (4-10, 5.72)
LP – Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82)

PHILADELPHIA — Through five innings Vance Worley was nearly unhittable.

With eight strikeouts and only a run and three hits allowed, Worley began the 6th inning. After loading the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, Worley gave up a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

After walking the next batter, a grand slam by Brandon Crawford blew the game wide open and it gave the Giants a 6-1 lead. They were the first four of a five-RBI night for Crawford, who went 2-for-4 in the win.

San Francisco went on to win 7-2, riding a tremendous pitching performance from Tim Lincecum.

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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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NL Demolishes AL in All-Star Romp

KANSAS CITY — The lineup was more dominant on paper. The pitching was more dominant on paper. And they had the crowd to their back.

Unfortunately for the American League, the National League stole the show in KC. Backed by a bases-clearing triple in the 1st by Pablo Sandoval, the NL squashed AL starting pitcher Justin Verlander en route to an 8-0 shutout win in KC, guaranteeing homefield advantage for the NL team in the World Series.

Sandoval crushed a 1-1 offering from Verlander with the bases loaded, giving the NL a 4-0 lead and blowing the game wide open only two outs in.

The Phillies featured three participants in the Midsummer Classic.

Carlos Ruiz caught for R.A. Dickey in the 6th, Cole Hamels in the 7th, Craig Kimbrel in the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th. He had one plate appearance, flying out.

Hamels pitched a perfect 7th inning and Papelbon pitched the final out in the 9th inning, hugging Ruiz as the NL celebrated it’s third straight win of the All-Star Game.


Series Preview: at San Francisco Giants

PHI: 4-5, 4th in NL East; SF: 4-5, 4th in NL West

When: April 16-18
Where: AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60) v. Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91)
Tuesday: Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) v. Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 3.46) v. Matt Cain (1-0, 3.00)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:15, TCN
Tuesday, 10:15, TCN
Wednesday, 10:15, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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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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Phils suffer back-to-back losses; drop series to Giants

Phils starter Kyle Kendrick gave the team another solid outing but the offense couldn't solve an ailing Tim Lincecum. The Phils dropped the series finale, 4-1. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

For the first time in 54-days, the Phillies lost back-t0-back games while snapping their streak of nine straight series wins.

Tim Lincecum battled the stomach virus and the Giants got four runs off Kyle Kendrick as they beat the Phils, 4-1, and took the NLCS rematch.

Kendrick was strong in his outing but the Phillies offense couldn’t take advantage of Lincecum, who was pitching two days later than scheduled thanks to the stomach flu. Kendrick scattered four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out four in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Pablo Sandoval got the scoring going in the 2nd with his solo homer off Kendrick. Nate Schierholtz’s RBI single in the 4th made it 2-0. The Giants added two more in the 7th on a throwing error to make it a 4-0 game.

Chase Utley’s RBI double in the bottom half of the 7th provided the only offense for the Phils, who managed only six hits on the night.

Lincecum was solid through out, pitching six shut out innings. His change-up was on, striking out six in the win while giving up only three hits and four walks. But the Phils were hitting the Giants pitching hard, hitting four doubles in their six hits. But the fact they only had six hits was the reason they managed only one run on the NL leading Giants in team ERA.

2B: Rollins (18), Ruiz (15), Utley (13), Gload (4).

WP: Lincecum (9-8). LP: Kendrick (5-5). S: B. Wilson (33).


Bats Die in Loss

Roy Halladay is human after all. After the way he pitched, Phillies fans would have never expected to see him allow five runs in a single outing. The Giants’ bats showed up and the Phillies’ didn’t as they lost 5-1 Monday night.

Halladay (4-1, 1.80) pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits, no walks, and five strike outs. He was hit hard all game, something we’ve never seen and didn’t last eight innings for the first time all season. He gave up his second homer of the year to Eli Whiteside to lead off the seventh.

Shane Victorino had himself a nice little game, attemping to spark the Phillies offense. He went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Ryan Howard continued to struggle, though getting a huge extension. He is homer-less in 60 AB’s.

Whiteside and Pablo Sandoval both had multi-hit games for the Giants. Whiteside doubled and homered with two RBIs and Sandoval had a double and a couple runs scored.

The Phillies got runners on base and forced Jonathan Sanchez to leave early after throwing 107 pitches. Sanchez only lasted five innings, allowing a run on three hits and five walks, one hit batter, and fanning six.

On a positive note, Antonio Bastardo pitched the eighth, allowing only a walk and striking out two.

It’s frustrating seeing the Phillies offense struggle, especially when Halladay shows signs of mortality. The Phillies stranded (11) runners in the game, a ridiculously high amount. They were also 0-for-11 with RISP while San Fran was 3-for-7 and stranded only five. That’s unacceptable when you have guys in your line up designed to hit the ball.

Doubles: Victorino 2 (2)

WP: Sanchez (2-1). LP: Halladay (4-1).


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.