Tigers look to cool off Giants at home in Game 3

Associated Press Modified: October 26, 2012 at 3:18 am •  Published: October 26, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The temperature will be chillier and the Detroit Tigers are hoping home field will cool off the San Francisco Giants in the World Series soon.

After all, October sure has been warmer for San Francisco this fall.

With the Giants getting some friendly bounces and powerful pitching at spacious AT&T Park, the Tigers head back to Comerica Park down 2-0. Detroit's Anibal Sanchez starts opposite San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong in Game 3 on Saturday night, with temperatures expected to be in the low 40s.

Whether those "baseball gods" some Giants joked about travel to the upper Midwest remains a mystery.

"Maybe they favor the home team," quipped Detroit slugger Delmon Young.

Teams that have won the first two games at home in the World Series are 29-7.

The AL champion Tigers were 50-31 at home during the regular season and only 38-43 on the road. In the postseason, they are 4-0 at home, winning twice against both the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees.

"We're going try go out there more aggressive at home, trying to win the first one," Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera said. "If we win the first one I think it's going to be a different story."

The Giants, however, have traveled well in the playoffs.

After losing the first two at home in the NL division series, San Francisco won three straight to stun Cincinnati and become the first team in major league history to overcome an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-five series by winning the final three on the road. The Giants were 1-2 in St. Louis in the championship series, winning Games 6 and 7 at home.

"You can't count anybody out. Look at what we were able to do the last couple series," Giants closer Sergio Romo said. "You definitely can't count that team out. They were American League champions. They were picked to be here from the get-go for a reason. (But) we like our position and we like our chances and the way our team has fought."

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CLOSE DOWN: He's a bearded and boisterous reliever pulling pranks in the dugout and closing out games for the San Francisco Giants in the World Series again.

No, it's not Brian Wilson — though it might be hard to tell.

Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first World Series save Thursday night, stranding Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera — the potential tying run — on deck to finish off San Francisco's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 2.

The sold-out crowd of 42,982 cheered Romo's every gyration.

"You don't feel alone out there. I'm 5-10. I don't feel 5-10 out there," said Romo, who helped the Giants take a 2-0 Series lead. "I feel 6-10. I feel much bigger. I feel important. I feel like my teammates legitimately feel like I'm somebody."

So does an entire city.

On the Fox broadcast earlier in the game, Romo teased teammates, popping up behind them for all the television cameras to catch — photobombing. The jokes helped him become a worldwide trend on Twitter and showed that Wilson, out since April recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery, might not be the only San Francisco closer with some personality.

"He's a little different than me," laid-back lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt said of Romo. "And it works for him."

For all his antics, Romo looks totally in control in the ninth.

Romo, a self-described "fan for the first five innings," had the look in his eye as soon as he ran out to the bullpen in third-base foul territory to roaring cheers from the crowd. He got Quintin Berry to fly to left and struck out Austin Jackson swinging on 79 mph slider that energized the orange-and-black faithful even more.

The right-hander capped his 11-pitch inning by forcing Omar Infante to pop up to first. With the ball still in the air, Romo punched his glove and jumped, then hugged catcher Buster Posey in a rather casual celebration by his standards.

"It's just a way to show personality and just kind of show who I am," Romo said. "And I appreciate that opportunity to do so. All in all, it's just fun to be on this stage and do so."

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PANDAMONIUM: Pablo Sandoval had more than 300 text messages on his phone when he woke up Thursday morning. Players from around major league baseball, including the rival Dodgers' Matt Kemp, acknowledged his accomplishment on social media. Even Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tweeted in Spanish, "There goes the third! Pablo makes history!"



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