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10/23/2012 | AT&T Park's quirks present challenges for hitters
Just because AT&T Park masks the Giants' offensive potency, it doesn't mean they can't hit.

10/23/2012 | Lincecum to stay in 'pen as Bumgarner gets Game 2
Following Barry Zito, who will open the Series for San Francisco on Wednesday, Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 2, with Ryan Vogelsong drawing the Game 3 assignment and Matt Cain pitching Game 4.

10/23/2012 | Best teams are playing their best ball at the best time
It is not the better team that wins. It is the team that plays better. This fundamental truth is borne out by the presence of the Giants and Tigers in the 2012 World Series. Nobody played better than these two teams when the stakes were highest. Now one team will start to turn from better to best when the Series opens on Wednesday.

10/23/2012 | Bumgarner tweaks mechanics, gets Game 2 nod
Tabbed to take the mound for the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, Madison Bumgarner will have a chance to test out his cleaned-up delivery that has Giants coaches confident enough to put the 22-year-old southpaw back in the rotation.

10/23/2012 | Tigers temper expectations for pitchers at plate
The Tigers spent the weekend getting Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello used to hitting again by having them take practice.

10/23/2012 | Admiration flows between Verlander, Morris
Four years after Jack Morris made headlines when he said he believed Justin Verlander was pitching hurt, the current and former Tigers pitching greats have a pretty good relationship going.

10/23/2012 | Tigers to start Young in left to keep bat in lineup
With NL rules kicking in for Game 1 of the World Series, Tigers manager Jim Leyland will start designated hitter Delmon Young in left field at AT&T Park.

10/23/2012 | Bochy pulling all the right strings in return to Series
Manager Bruce Bochy led the Giants to their first World Series victory since 1954 only two years ago. It's hard to duplicate and surpass all that, but Bochy is on his way to doing it.

10/23/2012 | Pence's intensity drives him -- and NL champions
Many fans following the World Series on television will be seeing the San Francisco Giants perform for the first time this season. And it's a good bet that Hunter Pence will be the Giant that viewers remark upon first and remember the longest once this Fall Classic pitting San Francisco against Detroit begins Wednesday.

10/23/2012 | Verlander rises to top with complete package
Tigers ace Justin Verlander made his reputation by throwing a 100-mph fastball, but these days, he's way more than that.

10/23/2012 | Tigers inspired to reward Ilitch with Series ring
As the Tigers await Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, nobody figured Mike Ilitch was satisfied. The Tigers want this World Series for their owner.

10/23/2012 | Fall Classic rich in Venezuelan flavor
Detroit star Miguel Cabrera heads the list of nine Venezuelan-born players in this year's World Series.

10/23/2012 | Phillies outright Martinez to Triple-A
The Phillies have outrighted infielder Michael Martinez off the 40-man roster to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

10/23/2012 | Jansen has surgery to correct irregular heartbeat
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on Tuesday to correct an irregular heartbeat and the club announced that he can begin physical activity in seven to 10 days without restriction.

10/23/2012 | Reds mourn loss of former minority owner Strike
Former Reds minority owner George Strike lost his battle with cancer Saturday, and on Tuesday the Reds offered their condolences to his family and friends.

10/23/2012 | Honored Zito focused on job of starting Game 1
After playing a critical role in the Giants' run to the World Series, Barry Zito will start Game 1 of the Fall Classic against the Tigers on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. PT on FOX.

10/23/2012 | Lovullo headed to Boston as Farrell's bench coach
It appears as though first-base coach Torey Lovullo is going to follow his good friend John Farrell to Boston. A source confirmed on Tuesday that Lovullo is expected to become Farrell's bench coach with the Red Sox. The move seemed somewhat of a foregone conclusion after Farrell agreed to a multiyear contract with Boston on Sunday.

10/23/2012 | Astros pitch in with Community Leaders program
Astros owner Jim Crane, mayor Annise Parker and other team, community and business leaders on Tuesday broke ground on a refurbishment project on the baseball and softball fields at Diez Park on Houston's east side.

10/23/2012 | Experience now part of Verlander's arsenal
Pitching in the World Series is not new to Justin Verlander, but the Tigers' ace right-hander now understands the precious and fleeting nature of being on the mound in the Fall Classic

10/23/2012 | Davis named World Series crew chief umpire
Gerry Davis' latest umpiring assignment not only is an important one, but will be a record breaker as well.

10/23/2012 | Farrell: Past commitment to Blue Jays unwavering
If John Farrell could have left for the Red Sox a year ago, he would have. He made that clear for the first time on Tuesday, after putting a Red Sox hat back on.

10/23/2012 | Dunn named TSN AL Comeback Player of the Year
Adam Dunn was chosen by his peers as the American League Comeback Player of the Year, but he said the honor is "bittersweet."

10/23/2012 | Cherington confirms team has met with Otani
The Red Sox have met with 18-year-old flamethrower from Japan, Shohei Otani. The right-hander reportedly has hit triple digits, and has decided to skip the Nippon Professional Baseball draft in favor of playing professionally in the U.S.

10/23/2012 | Lovullo expected to join Red Sox as bench coach
John Farrell's first-base coach in Toronto, Torey Lovullo, is expected to join the Red Sox as their bench coach, a baseball source confirmed Tuesday.

10/23/2012 | Myers earns Spink Award as top Minors player
Outfielder Wil Myers, the top prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization, was named the recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps/Minor League Player of the Year on Tuesday.


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