- Associated Press - Monday, October 29, 2012

Big-time pitching by Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt.

After walking pinch-hitter Avisail Garcia to open the eighth inning, Affeldt struck out Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young in succession.

Middle of the Detroit lineup, and all three go down swinging. Two of them right-handed against the left-handed Affeldt, too.

Score still tied at 3 heading to the ninth inning.


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Tigers starter Max Scherzer was lifted with one out in the top of the seventh. With a runner on second, rookie Drew Smyly retired Brandon Crawford on a flyball and Octavio Dotel got Angel Pagan on a grounder to second to keep the score tied.

Giants starter Matt Cain works a 1-2-3 seventh and we’re headed to the eighth tied at 3.

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FOX just showed Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the stands, wearing a ski cap and bundled up just like everyone else.

A few hours earlier, Stafford led the Lions to a 28-24 victory at home over the Seattle Seahawks. Play-by-play man Joe Buck points out, for the benefit of fantasy football owners, that Stafford had three touchdown passes (though he didn’t to mention that Stafford also ran for a score).

Buck says one thing he knows is that broadcast partner Tim McCarver does not have a fantasy team.

“No, I do not,” McCarver says proudly. “I live in real time, not fantasy, pal.”

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Delmon Young hits an opposite-field homer to right for Detroit, tying the score at 3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Giants starter Matt Cain appeared to be in great shape after striking out Miguel Cabrera and getting Prince Fielder on a popup to begin the inning. Young, however, sent a spinning slider into the strong wind and there was little doubt it would clear the fence.

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