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San Francisco executed a fine double cutoff on the play, with second baseman Marco Scutaro _ who else? _ making the relay throw to the plate. He alertly dashed over toward the left-field line to be the second cutoff man. Nice defensive fundamentals.

FOX said it was the first 7-4-2 putout in World Series history.

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Strong start for Tigers right-hander Doug Fister as well.

He struck out leadoff man Angel Pagan, flashed a nice curve and retired Game 1 star Pablo Sandoval on a fly to left for a 1-2-3 first inning.

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Great start for Madison Bumgarner, who really struggled during the NL playoffs.

Two strikeouts to start the game and then he gets Miguel Cabrera on a grounder to shortstop with a low breaking ball.

Bumgarner got a little help on the corners and at the top of the strike zone from plate umpire Dan Iassogna. A couple of close pitches, could have gone either way. Bumgarner doesn’t appear to be throwing as hard as usual, but he hit his spots in the first inning.

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Welcome back to the World Series.

Now that Justin Verlander lost, the Tigers are in trouble. That seems to be the conventional wisdom, at least.

Hardly anyone was expecting baseball’s top pitcher to turn in such a dud during Game 1 in San Francisco on Wednesday night. And most observers who picked Detroit to win this World Series were probably counting on Verlander to put his team ahead in the opener.

But don’t brush off the Tigers just yet. Doug Fister is certainly capable of coming through with a big game, and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is a question mark in Game 2 tonight.

First pitch coming up in a few minutes.

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