Tigers outplayed in one-sided World Series


Tigers outplayed in one-sided World Series


DETROIT -- Inside the Tigers' clubhouse reality set in. Some players sat in their chairs with their heads down. Some looked like they were simply shocked it was already over. While they dealt with the gravity of what happened, the Giants engaged in a wild champagne celebration in the visiting clubhouse and on the field at Comerica Park.

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"They're the World Series Champs." Prince Fielder said. "I don't care what field they are on. When you lose you lose." A team backed into a corner can be a very dangerous adversary. Just ask the Giants, who found a way to stave off elimination six times in this postseason. Maybe that experience made the difference in the end as they swept their way past the Detroit Tigers to win the 108th World Series, and their second in the last three years."Congratulations to Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants," Tigers' manager Jim Leyland said. "Obviously there was no doubt about it, they swept us." On this night the Tigers became the third team in baseball history to sweep their opposition in the League Championship Series and in turn get swept in the World Series. Entering the Fall Classic they were considered a heavy favorite. In the end, they were outplayed in every facet of the game by the Giants.RATTO: Giants are the new platinum standard of modern baseball
"They played doggone flawless baseball," Tigers' ace Justin Verlander said. "They pitched well, they hit in clutch situations, they had things go their way. That's not to take anything away from them, that's just the facts and that's the way baseball goes."It was the 21st sweep in World Series history, and it was a one-sided affair. The Giants didn't trail the Tigers until the 30th inning of the series. When they finally did cough up a lead on a two-run homer by Triple Crown-winner Miguel Cabrera, they took it right back two innings later with a two-run homer by Buster Posey. The Giants looked dead into the eye of the tiger and said, "Anything you can do I can do better." "They did everything to win this series," Cabrera said. "I give credit because they played great baseball. They played great defense, they got hits when they needed them, they pitched great." The Tigers fans packed the house and tried to will their team to victory. They came up just short in Game Four. Down one run with two outs in the ninth inning, Cabrera stepped to the plate with a chance to tie the game against Giants' pitcher Sergio Romo . The entire crowd stood up, chanted MVP, and even waived their rally towels. Un-phased, Romo struck out Cabrera looking to end the game. After the game-ending strikeout, the Venezuelan slugger said his .330 average, 44 homers, and 139 RBI en route to baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967 meant nothing. "You don't want to feel this," Cabrera said. "You feel like everything you did in the season, in four games it goes down like you didn't do anything." After much hype, Cabrera and Fielder finished the World Series a combined 4 for 27 with three RBI. The Tigers only scored six runs in the entire series. "They didn't throw too many mistakes," Fielder said. "They're just a great team. They played great defense."Cabrera will probably end up taking home a trophy, just not the one he wants -- the American League MVP award. Posey will probably end up the National League's MVP. If that's the case it will be the first World Series match up of two MVPs since Jose Canseco's Oakland Athletics faced Kirk Gibson's Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. The World Series MVP honors went to Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval alone out played Cabrera and Fielder combined. He batted .500 with (8 for 16) with a double, three homers, and four RBI in the Fall Classic. Two of his homers were off Verlander in Game One. His three homer day set the tone for the series. Verlander, who was scheduled to pitch in Game Five, won't get a crack at revenge. "I wanted to face him again," Verlander said. "Really badly." The Tigers are left tipping their caps to the new World Series Champions. That's all they can do at this point. The Giants have earned the respect of Detroit's clubhouse and the baseball world. "Guys were up there trying their hearts out and it just wasn't going their way," catcher Gerald Laird said. "Nothing against them, they had a good team and they were playing good baseball." "They played excellent," Fielder said. "We played solid baseball, they just played better." It's clearly the consensus that the Giants played better. But even after the sweep it wasn't unanimous that San Francisco had the better roster. "No, I don't think they had a better team per say." Verlander said. "They played better baseball when it counted."

Instant Replay: Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels

Instant Replay: Manaea hurt in A's 8-5 loss to Angels


ANAHEIM – The A’s endured one of those nights Wednesday when the scoreboard couldn’t convey the extent of their blues.

The tone of an 8-5 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels was set early, when starting pitcher Sean Manaea left after two innings with what was announced as tightness in his throwing shoulder.

From there, things gradually unraveled as the A’s lost their third in a row and took on what looks to be another injury to a key player. The seriousness of Manaea’s injury wasn’t immediately known, but his early exit added to the recent run of medical misfortune, as center fielder Rajai Davis, shortstop Marcus Semien and starter Kendall Graveman have all hit the disabled list over the past 12 days.

Graveman will be activated Thursday and start against the Angels, but Manaea’s condition will loom large as the 25-year-old lefty is considered a foundation piece for the A’s, now and for the future.

The A’s trailed 4-3 in the seventh when the Angels pulled away with four runs off Ryan Dull. Matt Joyce’s two-run homer in the eighth pulled them closer but they lost for the second night in a row at Angel Stadium and will have to win Thursday night to avoid a sweep. Wednesday’s loss dropped them back below .500 at 10-11.

Starting pitching report:
It was obvious early that something was bothering Manaea. His fastball, which usually sits in the low 90’s and gets into the mid-90’s, was hovering in the 88-89 range. The A’s led 2-0 before the Angels struck for three runs in the second. Danny Espinosa and Martin Maldonado each delivered RBI doubles that landed just past the diving reach of right fielder Matt Joyce and center fielder Jaff Decker, respectively. Another run scored on Cameron Maybin’s single.

Bullpen report:
Frankie Montas gave up a run over 2 1/3 innings after being called into early duty when Manaea got hurt. Dull, trying to keep it a 4-3 game, did not have his command in the seventh. He threw a wild pitch, hit Danny Espinosa with a 1-2 pitch and then allowed Maybin’s two-run single that keyed Los Angeles’ four-run seventh.

At the plate:
It was a big night for Yonder Alonso, who had a two-run single in the first and then homered in the sixth to pull Oakland within 4-3. Alonso already has four homers, putting more than halfway to his 2016 total of seven in the season’s first month. The A’s struck out 13 times, giving them 24 strikeouts over the first two games of this series.

In the field:
It took until the seventh inning for the A’s to be charged with an error that snapped their streak of six consecutive errorless games. Stephen Vogt couldn’t hold on to Dull’s glove flip on Martin Maldonado’s squeeze bunt. But even before then, this wasn’t a sharp defensive effort. Joyce got caught off guard in the fourth when Maybin tagged up and made it to second on a fly to right. Joyce’s gesturing afterward seemed to suggest nobody was letting him now the runner was tagging. An inning later, Decker seemed stunned as the lumbering Albert Pujols went first to third on Andrelton Simmons’ single.

The announced crowd was 30,248.

Up next:
Kendall Graveman (2-0, 2.00) is set to come off the D.L. on Thursday and make his first start since April 14, when he was lost to a strained right shoulder. He’ll be opposed by Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 4.76), who took the Opening Night loss against the A’s at the Coliseum when he allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.


Manaea exits A's game in Anaheim with left shoulder tightness

Manaea exits A's game in Anaheim with left shoulder tightness

ANAHEIM — A’s starter Sean Manaea left Wednesday night’s game after two innings with tightness in his throwing shoulder.

It’s a troubling sign for an Oakland rotation that’s already been hit hard by injuries.

The A’s are about to welcome back Kendall Graveman from his own shoulder issue — he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch Thursday night. Sonny Gray’s return from a lat injury could come next week if he emerges from Thursday’s Triple-A rehab start OK.

But if Manaea goes on the shelf for any period of time, it certainly cancels out a portion of that optimism. The 25-year-old lefty usually sits in the low to mid-90’s with his fastball. Throughout Wednesday’s start, his fastball was in the 88-89 mile-per-hour range, only registering as high as 90 a handful of times. Manaea gave up three runs in the second inning against the Angels. For the season, he’s 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts.

More information should be coming after the game. The A’s trailed the Angels 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.