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)

Bochy updates status of Belt, Panik in concussion recoveries

Bochy updates status of Belt, Panik in concussion recoveries

The Giants' right side of the infield is currently on the shelf due to each dealing with a concussion. Joe Panik, who sustained his concussion more rently than Brandon Belt, is far ahead in a return date to the Giants. 

Panik ran sprints at AT&T Park on Sunday. He also took 50 swings between working off a tee and soft toss from a coach. The second baseman says if he feels well enough, he will take batting practice on the field Monday. 

"I’m not dealing with any balance issues," Panik said to the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. "I hope to pick up where I left off."

Panik has been out since Aug. 13. When trying to score a run on the road against the Nationals, a throw struck him near his temple while sliding into home plate. He still stayed in the game. 

Last season, Panik missed time with a concussion after being hit in the head by then-Rays pitcher Matt Moore.

Belt is in a different stage than Panik. He is limited to work in the gym and light cardio for now. 

"With Belt, the best way I can describe it is, he's doing OK," manager Bruce Bochy said before Sunday's game. "He's doing cardio up to the point he needs to stop. He's not at a stage where he can push it right now."

Belt now has four career concussions between college and the pros. After taking a pitch to the head against D'backs rookie Anthony Banda, Belt immediately went down and has been out since that game on Aug. 4. 

Bochy expects Panik back soon, but not before the Giants' homestand ends on Wednesday. Belt's retun to the field this season is still in question.

Giants lineup: Pence sits in series finale vs Phillies


Giants lineup: Pence sits in series finale vs Phillies

As the Giants look for a series win over the Phillies at home, Hunter Pence will be replaced by a rookie in right field.

Philadelphia Phillies (44-77)

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
6. Nick Williams (L) CF
7. Pedro Florimon (S) LF
8. Cameron Perkins (R) RF
9. Ben Lively (R) P

San Francisco Giants (50-75)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
3. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 1B
8. Carlos Moncrief (L) RF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P