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World Series Game 1 preview: Detroit Tigers vs. San Francisco Giants

Two legendary franchises who have never met in a World Series took different paths to get here.

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  1. The basics

  2. World Series Game 1: Detroit Tigers (88-74) vs. San Francisco Giants (94-68); Wednesday, 8:07 p.m. ET, from AT&T Park in San Francisco
  3. TV: FOX (Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal)
  4. Weather: Cloudy, with temperatures in the high 50s and falling.
  5. Odds: San Francisco +130
  6. Pitching matchup: Detroit's Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64 ERA)  vs. San Francisco's Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15 ERA) 
  7. Google+ hangout with the Mercury News, 7 to 7:45 p.m. ET, with sportswriter Darren Sabedra (link to come) 
  8. LIve chat, 8 p.m. ET
  9. LIve chat for Giants fans, 8 p.m. ET, San Jose Mercury News
  10. Justin Verlander has a few things going for him. He's on eight days' rest, and has been dominant so far this postseason, going 3-0 with a microscopic 0.74 ERA in three starts. In the 24 1/3 innings pitched, he's only allowed 10 hits; he's struck out 25. Verlander is certainly light years ahead of where he was in 2006 when the then-rookie lost twice in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. He's dominated Giants hitters in limited at-bats; current Giants' hitters are just 16-for-75 against him, with 18 strikeouts. 
  11. It's hard not to look at the performance that Barry Zito turned in against the Cardinals in Game 5. He shut out St. Louis, allowing only three runners to advance to scoring position. However, the St. Louis lineup is different than the one he'll see tonight. It's also not unusual to see runners on base when Zito is pitching. The Giants need to keep a sharp defense behind their pitcher if they want to come away with the win. 
  12. How they stack up

  13. History

  14. The San Francisco Giants have barely had a chance to come down from their NLCS celebration, while the Detroit Tigers have been lying in wait. 
  15. The last time the Tigers made the World Series, in 2006, they were also fresh off a sweep, while their opponent finished a seven-game NLCS. That World Series didn't turn out so well for the Tigers. 
  16. This time around, manager Jim Leyland tried to keep the rust off by scheduling light scrimmages against some minor leaguers from the Tigers' system. Leyland's hope was to keep the team fresh by facing live pitching and defense. 
  17. Get hyped!

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