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DETROIT (AP) - Frost coming off their breath, Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants finished their workout at Comerica Park, headed back to the clubhouse and pulled off their hooded sweatshirts and parkas.
Halfway to a championship, they weren’t about to let a little chill bother them.
“The cold weather, obviously we’re going to have to deal with,” pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said Friday. “But it’s the World Series.”
The Giants take a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers into Game 3 on Saturday night, with Vogelsong set to start against Anibal Sanchez.
Vogelsong has been a postseason ace so far this month, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts. Facing temperatures that could drop into the low 30s was hardly a problem for him.
“I don’t suspect that cold weather is going to be much of an issue. If I am thinking about how cold it is, it means I’m not thinking about what I’m doing on the mound,” he said.
For Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Tigers, something better change real soon besides the weather or their year is going to end real shortly. They totaled only three runs and 10 hits while losing twice in San Francisco.
The Tigers are hoping that a switch in scenery _ the ivy hanging on the center-field backdrop at Comerica has turned to autumn colors since the AL championship series _ and a flip in pitchers might help.
Throttled by left-handed starters Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner at AT&T Park, the Tigers are eager to see the right-handed Vogelsong. Any right-hander, in fact: Detroit batted .275 against righties, .253 vs. lefties.
“Sometimes you can’t explain it,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila said before a workout Friday. “In our case, we’ve had trouble all year with left-handed pitching, which is strange because we have a lot of good hitters on the team.”
“It’ll be a nice change, obviously, to face a right-hander because we’ve had more success,” he said.”
The Tigers will see Vogelsong, followed by fellow right-hander Matt Cain in Game 4.
“We’ve gone through spurts this whole season where we’ve thrown the ball like this as a staff,” Vogelsong said. “We obviously had our downtime there in the middle of September and at the end of August.”
“And we’re just all kind of hitting our stride here at the same time. It’s up to me and Matt now to keep it going over here in Detroit.”
With the Series in the AL city, Vogelsong will be replaced by a designated hitter in the batting order. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was leaning toward using Hector Sanchez, a .280 hitter during the regular season who has yet to play in the Series.
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