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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Giants get ready to chill out

Giants get ready to chill out

DETROIT Should the NHL lockout ever end, the Winter Classic will be played about 45 miles west of here at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Baseballs Fall Classic resumes tonight with Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. It will have a decidedly Winter Classic feel as the Giants try to expand their 20 lead in the bestofseven series. ET game time and could dip below 40 by the later innings. While neither team is looking forward to playing in the cold, they also realize it is part of the deal of playing in late October in a northern city.

Its the World Series. You cant be worried about how cold it is, said righthander Ryan Vogelsong, who will start for the Giants against Tigers righty Anibal Sanchez.

I threw a game in Chicago last year where it was 34 degrees and it was raining and sleeting. I threw the ball pretty well that night. I dont suspect the cold weather is going to be much of an issue. If I am thinking about how cold it is, it means Im not thinking about that Im doing on the mound.

Though it was just chilly during batting practice, both teams will be bundled up for the game and have heaters in their dugouts and bullpens.

It would seem the Tigers are better equipped to handle cold weather than the Californiabased Giants. Yet while the first two games of the World Series were played on gorgeous early autumn evenings in San Francisco, there is usually a nip in the air at night at waterfront AT Park.

Whats more, of the nine players in Detroits lineup, all except right fielder and Kansas native Andy Dirks hail from Sun Belt climes such as Florida, Texas, California, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. The Giants? They will start four Venezuelans, two Texans and one player each frorm Puerto Rico, Georgia and California.

Tigers righthander Max Scherzer, who will start Game 4 on Sunday night, said there are tricks to beating the cold. He should know as he pitched cold springtime games while growing up in the St. Louis area and starring at the University of Missouri.

Wearing shorts underneath your pants, finding the right long sleeves, warming up extra long, anything you can do to keep your body warm, Scherzer said.

The Tigers need to beat more than just the cold. No team has ever fallen behind 30 and won the World Series and just 11 of 52 21.2% have rallied from being down 20.

Were two down with five to play and were playing the team weve got to catch, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. That pretty much simplifies it.

The designated hitter rule is in effect with the series shifting to an American League city and Bochy has chosen backup catcher Hector Sanchez to be the Giants DH. Bochy said he also considered veteran outfielder Aubrey Huff.

Sanchez hit .280 with three home runs in 74 regularseason games while Huff batted just. 192 with one homer in 52 games.

The Giants lineup: center fielder Angel Pagan, second baseman Marco Scutaro, third baseman Pablo Sandoval, catcher Buster Posey, right fielder Hunter Pence, first baseman Brandon Belt, left fielder Gregor Blanco, Sanchez, shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Pagan is 6for23 .261 against Sanchez. Sandoval is 1for6 .167, Posey 1for8 .125, Pence 6for18 .333, Belt 2for6 .333, Blanco 4for7 .571 and Crawford 0for5.

The Tigers lineup: center fielder Austin Jackson, left fielder Quintin Berry, third baseman Miguel Cabrera, first baseman Prince Fielder, designated hitter Delmon Young, right fielder Andy Dirks, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, catcher Alex Avila, second baseman Omar Infante.

Cabrera is 1for5 .200 against Vogelsong. Fielder is 0for3, Young 1for3, Dirks 0for3, Peralta 1for2 .500, Avila 0for1 and Infante 7for11 .636

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