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Live from AT&T: Tigers-Giants II

SAN FRANCISCO -- We're just about ready for Game Two of the World Series. More outstanding pregame ceremonies as MLB honored veterans' service. Great video narrated by Tom Brokaw, appearances by the likes of Jerry Coleman and Tommy Lasorda (he got only 50-50 cheers-boos). The standard flyover (I've seen it 100 times but it's still impressive -- and ear-splitting).

You want the latest news? Where ya been all day? Lots of updates on the blog -- including a photo tour of the ballpark for the benefit of those who haven't made this trip. Be sure to stay with the blog every day during the series.

Our Internet issues of last night seem to be taken care of and we should have plenty of thoughts during the game. Remember, no pitch-by-pitch updates as per MLB rules but you can follow the MLB Gameday page here.

Repeating the lineups:

Detroit:  Jackson, cf; Infante, 2b; Cabrera, 3b; Fielder, 1b; Young, lf; Peralta, ss; Garcia, rf; Laird,  c; Fister, p
San Francisco: Pagan, cf; Scutaro, 2b; Sandoval, 3b; Posey, c; Pence, rf; Belt, 1b; Blanco, lf; Crawford, ss; Bumgarner, p.

The Giants' screechy PA announcer has done her daily duty of imploring the fans to scream and wave their orange towels for the benefit of FOX's sign-on. It's time to play. Keep it here.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

End-1st (0-0): The first pitch from Bumgarner to Jackson was high for a ball at 5:09 p.m. PT. The temperature is 64 degrees. Very nice. Both teams went down 1-2-3, with Bumgarner striking out the first two men he faced. The crowd roared as Pablo Sandoval came to the plate after his 4-for-4, three-homer Game One performance. And he was hacking but lofted a lazy fly to left on the first pitch.

End-2nd (0-0): The Giants make a great play to cut off the game's first run at the plate but, seriously now, what in the world is Tigers 3B coach Gene Lamont doing sending burly Prince Fielder first-to-home on a double to left with nobody out? Just a terrible coaching move.

Prince-Posey IIFielder was hit by a pitch and chugged around the bases on Delmon Young's rope into the left-field corner. Scutaro came over from second base to get the relay and make the throw from just on the infield dirt after Gregor Blanco overthrew SS Brandon Crawford, the initial cutoff man, and Buster Posey got the tag down on Fielder's right (rear) foot just before the left one got down on the plate (above). Great play by Scutaro, who can't do any wrong this month.

Instead of second and third with no outs and Jhonny Peralta up, the Tigers had an out. Peralta popped up on the first pitch and Avisail Garcia fanned. No runs. Could have been a big early inning against Bumgarner, who was drubbed in his two previous starts this postseason.

FisterIn the bottom of the inning, Fister got out of a two-out bases-loaded jam by getting Bumgarner on a lazy pop-up to Peralta at short but Fister bears watching the next couple of innings. He took a line drive from Gregor Blanco right off the coconut -- top of the head -- and it deflected all the way to center field for a single. He stays in and looks unfazed. Crazy. The trainer came out and checked on him (right) and apparently found no problems.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who covers the Oakland A's, immediately tweeted shock that Fister was allowed to continue. She covered the scary liner that felled Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy in September and McCarthy developed a life-threatening brain bleed a few hours later. 

End-3rd (0-0): Fister trudged onward with a 1-2-3 inning (although Scutaro looked like he beat a chopper to short but was called out after a head-first slide into first). Bumgarner added two more strikeouts in his perfect frame. Fister at 49 pitches, 32 strikes; Bumgarner at 39-25. Two hits for the Giants, one for the Tigers.

End-4th (0-0): Two more 1-2-3 frames, although the Tigers got close against Bumgarner as Cabrera lashed a liner that Sandoval speared and Fielder took Blanco deep the wall in left.

End-5th (0-0): The linescore is 0-2-0 for the both sides. That said, this favors the Giants because of bullpen strength. The Tigers can't possibly use Valverde anymore and the Giants have a full complement of guys down there. Fister is at 86 pitches (58 strikes). Bumgarner is at a stunningly economical 56-36.

MadBumEnd-6th (0-0): Fister at 108. He's gotta be done -- with 13 2/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts. Just like Verlander said after the game last night, the Tigers have other guys too. Drew Smyly and Octavio Dotel warming in the pen. Fister gave up one hit after getting plunked in the head.

The Tigers have to find a way to get to Bumgarner (left, after striking out Infante in the sixth) because the bullpen is not in their favor.

End-7th (1-0, Giants): The Giants take the lead on Brandon Crawford's double-play ball with the bases loaded and no outs. Yes, I know the Tigers are trying to defuse the big innings but playing the infield back when you only have six outs to work with? Wow.

Smyly relieves Fister after Pence pulls a leadoff single through the left side. Brandon Belt walks on a full-count pitch and Blanco drops a perfect bunt that rolls and rolls and rolls and STOPS on the edge of the grass for a single. Giants getting every break. 

Santiago Casilla in for Bumgarner to start the 8th. Final pitching lines:

Fister: 6+ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1 BB, 3K, 114-76
Bumgarner: 7 IP, 2H, 0R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8K 86-54

Mid-8th (1-0, Giants) Another 1-2-3 inning. Giants three outs away. Cabrera and Fielder don't bat in the ninth if Tigers go down 1-2-3. Leyland will get roasted if they lose 1-0.

End-8th (2-0, Giants): Pence droves home an insurance run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Sergio Romo coming in. Giants three outs away from a 2-0 lead.

IT'S OVER: Giants win, 2-0, and lead the series, 2-0. On to Detroit.

(Photos by Associated Press)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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