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Giants (5-6) vs. Dodgers (6-5), Wednesday, 7 p.m. on CSN
Giants: Jonathan Sanchez (0-1, 2.53) - In his last outing, Sanchez allowed a run and four hits in five innings but took a no-decision against St. Louis. Sanchez, for his career, is 2-6 with a 4.68 ERA against Los Angeles. That includes a 4-3 loss April 1 at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers: Ted Lilly (0-1, 6.00) - The veteran southpaw has yet to make it through five innings in his first two starts this season. He lasted 4 13 innings Friday against San Diego, six days after going 4 23 innings in a 10-0 loss to the Giants. Lily has a 5.79 ERA in eight lifetime starts against San Francisco.
The Dodgers took the series opener, 6-1, on Monday before the Giants answered with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday. Buster Posey had three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Aaron Rowand had two hits and scored twice.
The Giants are 2-3 against the Dodgers this season. This three-game series is tied at one game apiece.
Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and is batting .368 on the young season. Righty reliever Sergio Romo has not allowed a run in five appearances, totaling four innings, this season.
Even though it seemingly has no impact on the actual game, it's impossible to view this game tonight without considering that it comes the same day as the Barry Bonds verdict. It will be interesting to see what the atmosphere is like at AT&T Park tonight. ... Can Pat Burrell (1-for-13 career against Lilly) break through against the veteran lefty? ... How critical is it for the Giants to avoid losing two series to the Dodgers in April?
Who would you rather have in a big game? Jonathan Sanchez or Ted Lilly?
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CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a great start and Roberto Perez finished off the Chicago Cubs in their first World Series game since 1945.
Kluber pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Perez hit two home runs and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday night. AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and got out of trouble in the eighth, preserving a 3-0 lead.
In a matchup between the teams with baseball's longest championship droughts, the Indians scored twice in the first inning off October ace Jon Lester and were on their way.
Perez drove in four runs - he became the first No. 9 batter to homer twice in a Series game, and the first Indians player to accomplish the feat. He hit a three-run drive to put it away.
Francisco Lindor added three hits, helping Cleveland manager Terry Francona to improve to 9-0 in the Series. Francona's success includes sweeps by his Boston teams in 2004 and `07.
The Game 1 winner has taken the title in the last six Series and 17 of 19.
Trevor Bauer, trying to come back from a sliced pinkie, starts Game 2 for the Indians on Wednesday night against Jake Arrieta. With rain in the forecast, the start time was moved up an hour to 7:08 p.m.
Kluber struck out eight in the first three innings. He combined with Miller and Cody Allen to fan 15.
With the Indians hoping for their first title since 1948 and the Cubs seeking their first since 1908, Lester stumbled in the opening inning. Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs, Jose Ramirez had a run-scoring swinging bunt single and Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch.
OAKLAND – Stephen Curry, back-to-back MVP and reigning NBA scoring champ, will be a free agent in July and so will Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.
Another charter member of the Warriors’ championship core, Shaun Livingston, also will be on the market.
“There’s always going to be speculation and it’s easy to start looking ahead,” Livingston told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday. “But that never does the player any good.”
Iguodala and Livingston love being Warriors, but it’s likely at least one of them may be sacrificed next summer for Patrick McCaw, who cracked the rotation as a rookie and in many ways is a composite of the two veterans.
Iguodala doesn’t hide from the fact that thoughts of the future will creep into his mind, and neither does Livingston, who is in the final year of a three-year deal worth $16.6 million.
“It’s human nature; we all want to get paid,” Livingston said. “We all want to perform well, to get numbers.
"But basketball sometimes in this league can get tricky,” he added. “You start worrying about that stuff, and you end up hurting yourself in the long run. But if you stay with it, stay on course, you may not have the same numbers but the team wins and you get paid more.”