Detroit 3 San Francisco 8
San Francisco leads series 1-0
The Central Division champion Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant by defeating the New York Yankees 4-0 (6-4, 3-0, 2-1, 8-1) in the Championship Series and the Oakland Athletics 3-2 (3-1, 5-4, 0-2, 3-4, 6-0) in the Division Series.
The Western Division champion San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 (4-6, 7-1, 1-3, 3-8, 5-0, 6-1, 9-0) in the Championship Series and the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 (2-5, 0-9, 2-1 (10), 8-3, 6-4) in the Division Series.
Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals also hit three home runs in one game. Ruth accomplished the feat in Game 4 of the 1926 Series and again in Game 4 of the 1928 Series, both times against the St. Louis Cardinals, Jackson in Game 6 of the 1977 Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pujols in Game 3 of the 2011 Series against the Texas Rangers.
San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval became the first player in World Series history to homer in each of his first three at-bats.
With Justin Verlander, Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum all pitching, this became only the second game in World Series history to feature three former Cy Young award winners. The other was Game 3 of the 1983 Series Mike Flanagan and Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles and Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies all appeared.
MLB dedicated Game 1 to the fight against cancer.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by Mario Barajas of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.
The national anthem was sung by Season 11 American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips.
God Bless America was sung by Sgt. Jerry D'Arcy of the San Francisco Police Department.
Official Scorers for the 2012 World Series:
Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, President, Baseball Writers' Association of America
Tom Gage, The Detroit News (Games 1 & 2)
Chuck Klonke, Detroit Tigers Official Scorer (Games 3 & 4)
Chuck Dybdal, San Francisco Giants Official Scorer (Games 1, 3 & 4)
David Feldman, San Francisco Giants Official Scorer (Game 2)
(on hitting three home runs)
San Francisco Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval: Man, I still can't believe it!
San Francisco Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval: We played our last game only two days ago. We're still hot. We just came here and played our game.
San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy: We're not known for our power.
San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy: Well, you know, it's hard to figure this game sometimes. You hear the old adage - 'That's baseball.' These guys are human, and sometimes they're not quite on top of their game.
Detroit Manager Jim Leyland: I'm one that's been around long enough to know that a lot of things happen in this game. This was a big-hyped game with Justin (Verlander), probably a lot of pressure on him. But I don't think it had anything to do with the pressure. His fastball command was not good. He got out of sync. He got on fast forward. He just did not pitch well tonight. It's that simple.
Detroit Starter Justin Verlander: I just didn't execute tonight. It was kind of a battle from the get-go. They took advantage of that and swung the bat pretty well, especially Pablo (Sandoval) and (Marco) Scutaro. A couple of good bounces their way, bad for us.
Matt Vasgersian - Pregame Host, A.J. Pierzynski - Pregame Analyst, Eric Karros - Pregame Analyst, Harold Reynolds - Pregame Analyst (booth located behind left field at AT&T Park)
Austin Jackson CF
Omar Infante 2B
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Avisail Garcia RF
Alex Avila C
Justin Verlander P
San Francisco Giants
Angel Pagan CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Buster Posey C
Hunter Pence RF
Brandon Belt 1B
Gregor Blanco LF
Brandon Crawford SS
Barry Zito P
San Francisco Giants
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