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Getting ready in the City by the Bay

Oct 24th, 2012 - Sports News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants and Tigers have made their final preparations before squaring off in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. Both clubs worked out Tuesday in San Francisco, where the field was in good shape following a heavy rainstorm that began just before the Giants completed their 9-0 rout of the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS the previous night.

Detroit has been off since completing a four-game ALCS sweep of the New York Yankees on Thursday. Tigers manager Jim Leyland says he's kept the team busy during the long layoff after sensing his 2006 World Series team got rusty while waiting for the NLCS to be completed.

Three times in the past, the World Series has matched a team that went to Game 7 in the LCS against a club that swept its series. In all three instances, the team coming off a Game 7 win breezed to the championship.

The home team plans to send left-hander Barry Zito to the mound to face Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the best-of-seven title showdown. Doug Fister will start Game 2 for Detroit against Madison Bumgarner.

San Francisco has home-field advantage thanks to the NL's victory in this summer's All-Star game.

In other World Series notes:

— Gerry Davis will be the crew chief for the umpires working the Fall Classic and will work behind the plate for Game 1. He'll be joined by Dan Iassogna , Fieldin Culbreth, Brian O'Nora, Brian Gorman and Joe West.

— The grounds crew at AT&T Park worked until midnight last night and began again at 8 this morning to get the field in shape after last night's heavy downpour. The puddles are long gone and the infield dirt is fresh and dry.

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