Spotlight: Detroit Tigers


Spotlight: Detroit Tigers

Now that the Giants have completed their NLCS comeback, letstake a quick look at their World Series opponent, the Detroit Tigers:Important information
Established: 1894
Owner: Mike Illitch (since 1992)
General Manager: Dave Dombrowski (since 2002)
Manager: Jim Leyland (since 2006)
Stadium: Comerica Park (since 2000)

Franchise history
American League pennants: 11 (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935,1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, 2012)
World Series titles: 4 (1935, 1945, 1968, 1984)
Notable Hall of Famers: Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, CharlieGehringer, Hank Greenberg, Harry Heilmann, Al Kaline, George Kell, HalNewhouser
Most Valuable Players: Ty Cobb (1911), Mickey Cochrane(1934), Hank Greenberg (1935, 1940), Charlie Gehringer (1937), Hal Newhouser(1944, 1945), Denny McLain (1968), Willie Hernandez (1984), Justin Verlander(2011)

2012 regular season
Record: 88-74 (first place, AL Central)
Most games over .500: 14 (88-74)
Most games under .500: 6 (26-32)
Longest winning streak: 6 (July 4-13, August 1-7)
Longest losing streak: 5 (April 22-27)
Most runs scored: 13 (June 27, July 17)
Most runs allowed: 13 (April 8)
Longest game: 13 innings (July 14)
Record in extra-inning games: 4-5
Record in one-run games: 21-27
Record in interleague play: 11-7
Record in the first half: 44-42
Record in the second half: 44-32
Batting average leader: Miguel Cabrera (.330)
Home runs leader: Miguel Cabrera (44)
RBIs leader: Miguel Cabrera (139)
Wins leader: Justin Verlander (17)
ERA leader: Justin Verlander (2.64)
Strikeouts leader: Justin Verlander (239)

2012 postseason
Record: 7-2
Most runs scored: 8 (ALCS, Game 4)
Most runs allowed: 4 (ALDS, Game 2; ALDS, Game 4; ALCS, Game1)
Record in extra-inning games: 1-0
Record in one-run games: 2-1
Batting average leader: Jhonny Peralta (.343)
Home runs leader: Jhonny Peralta, Delmon Young (2)
RBIs leader: Delmon Young (8)
Wins leader: Justin Verlander (3)
ERA leader: Phil Coke,Octavio Dotel, Drew Smyly, Al Alburquerque, Rick Porcello (0.00)
Strikeouts leader:Justin Verlander (25)

Former Giants OF Gregor Blanco agrees to deal with NL West rival

Former Giants OF Gregor Blanco agrees to deal with NL West rival

After five seasons with the Giants, outfielder Gregor Blanco has a new home.

The veteran outfielder has agreed to a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

The deal includes a $1 million base salary if Blanco makes the major league roster, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Blanco has a chance to earn an addition $2.7 million in performance-based incentives and has an opt-out of April 1 in the deal.

Shortly after Polidor made the announcement, Blanco thanked the D'backs on Twitter for the bringing him to the organization.

"Thanks to the @Dbacks for let me part of a dream the same dream I got another ring another championship let's all dream together we can doit," Blanco wrote.

Blanco bounced around from Braves to the Royals from 2008 to 2010, but found a home with the Giants prior to the 2012 season.

Over five seasons with the Giants, Blanco appeared in 649 games. He hit .259/.338/.360 with 244 runs scored, 78 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs, 157 RBI and 75 stolen bases.

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Obama pardons Giants legend Willie McCovey

President Barack Obama pardoned Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey on Tuesday.

McCovey, along with Dodgers Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in July of 1995. The crime came from not reporting income McCovey earned from signing autographs and appearing at sports memorabilia shows. 

McCovey previously pleaded guilty to not listing $70,000 he made from 1988-90, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Through the Giants, McCovey said: "I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans. He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future."

The 79-year-old McCovey was one of 64 people who received pardons from President Obama Tuesday as his final days in office wind down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.