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The Vegas oddsmakers favored them, especially in Game 1. But they’ve been shut down by San Francisco’s pitching, and everything the Giants do seems to work.

As if anything else could go wrong for the Tigers, starting pitcher Doug Fister was hit in the head with a line drive by Blanco in the second inning that bounced off of him and ended up in center field for a hit. Thankfully, Fister didn’t seem injured by the glancing blow and went on to retire 12 straight Giants during one stretch.

“I’m not concerned. I have a minor bump,” Fister said. “According to my dad my whole life his saying has always been if I got hit in the head I’d be OK. That’s how I take it.”

The Tigers may not be able to absorb their lumps in San Francisco as easily. They’ve got to find a way to rekindle their offense, and do it against the two best starters the Giants have, and they have to find a closer they can trust after the awful postseason Jose Valverde is having.

But they’ll be at home in front of friendly fans, and it does still take wins in four games to win a World Series.

“They definitely got the breaks on their side, but they also play good baseball,” Fielder said. “Hopefully we go home and we get some breaks our way.”

If anything, the Tigers can take some consolation in what the Giants have done themselves. Just when all seemed lost in their playoff opener against Cincinnati, they won the last three games on the road to win the series, and followed that by beating the Cardinals three straight to get in the series.

Compared to that, coming back from a 2-0 deficit with the next three games at home seems quite doable for the Tigers.

“This is baseball,” Cabrera said. “It’s no time to put your head down. We’re going try go out there more aggressive at home, trying to win the first one. If we win the first one I think it’s going to be a different story.”

After a long two days in San Francisco, the Tigers can only hope that story has a better ending.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or follow at http://twitter.com/timdahlberg