DETROIT — When the Giants were forced to go seven games in the National League Championship Series, that pushed ace righthander Matt Cain back to Game 4 of the World Series. When San Francisco won the first two games of the Series, that turned a potential problem into a positive.
“I was going to take the ball whenever they wanted me to take it, and that’s always been my way,” Cain said on Saturday before the Giants won Game 3, 2-0. “Whenever they want me to pitch, I’m going to take it. Take the ball, and go out there and try to find a way to win.”
Cain won his start in the 2010 Series, beating the Rangers in Game 2. He threw 7⅔ shutout innings, allowing four hits in a 9-0 victory.
“Start to start it’s different, year to year it’s different,” Cain said. “But you try to think back to kind of what goes on throughout the playoffs or the World Series, and sometimes there’s lots of stuff that can go on with media and signing different things or just the whole entire atmosphere can get a little overwhelming.’’
Cain didn’t even try to pretend that it’s just another game.
“You know what’s going on,” he said. “It’s like your mind and your body, they know what’s going on.’’
Commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson presented Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera with an actual crown before the game for winning the Triple Crown.
Cabrera hit .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. Robinson won the Triple Crown for the Baltimore Orioles in 1966. Until Cabrera, the last Triple Crown was won by Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Cabrera and Giants catcher Buster Posey also received the Hank Aaron Award for being the best offensive players in their leagues. Aaron was on hand to present that award.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland had plenty of praise for Giants manager Bruce Bochy. But he doesn’t look at the Series as a matchup between managers.
“I never try to outmanage anybody, and I don’t get involved in being outmanaged. I try to manage my players,” Leyland said. “Obviously his track record speaks for itself. He’s one of the best managers in all of baseball, there’s no question. Handles his bullpen tremendous; as good as you can handle a bullpen.
“He’s at the head of the class with some other guys, there’s no question about that.’’
When the Tigers beat the Padres in the 1984 World Series, Bochy was a backup catcher for San Diego.
The Tigers won the Series in five games. Bochy was 1 for 1.
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Few cities have a richer musical tradition than Detroit. But Zooey Deschanel sang the national anthem on Saturday and Demi Lovato is set for Sunday. Deschanel is from California and Lovato from New Mexico. Not coincidentally, both appear on shows televised by Fox. Jack White, a Detroit native, was on the field watching the Tigers take batting practice . . . Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle became the first woman to be elected as president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.