SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are halfway to a World Series title after shutting down the Detroit Tigers 2-0 for a two games-to-none series lead.
Madison Bumgarner outdueled Detroit's Doug Fister in a classic pitchers' duel. Bumgarner and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout. Bumgarner struck out eight in his seven innings. Santiago Casilla (kah-SEE'-yuh) and Sergio Romo finished the gem.
The Tigers were shut out just twice in the 162-game regular season. They now have been blanked twice in the postseason.
In their opening game win, the Giants used three homers by Pablo Sandoval to bash the Tigers. In Game 2, the Giants used small ball to win their fifth straight postseason game.
They broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh inning without an RBI. Hunter Pence scored on a double-play groundout by Brandon Crawford. The Giants added an insurance run in the eighth without a hit, scoring on a Pence sacrifice fly.
Fourteen of the last 15 teams that have won the first two games have gone onto win the World Series.
Today is a travel day. The series resumes Saturday night in Detroit. The Giants send out 14-game winner Ryan Vogelsong against Anibel Sanchez.
Record low audience for opener
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants' 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers set a record low television rating for a World Series opener.
Fox said Wednesday night's game received a 7.6 rating and 12 share, and that it was seen by 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research.
Cards prepare to cut ties with Lohse, Berkman...Surgery for Sabathia and Zimmerman
UNDATED (AP) — Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak (MOHZ'-lee-ak) says it's unlikely the team can re-sign 16-game winner Kyle Lohse (lohsh) and doesn't see a spot for Lance Berkman even in a reduced role.
Lohse led the majors in winning percentage, going 16-3, and was among the league leaders with a 2.79 ERA. But the Cards have a stable full of young prospects to fill out their rotation. Berkman is 36 and has been troubled by injuries, getting in just 32 games this season.
In other baseball news:
— Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) has had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow. Sabathia was the Yankee ace during the season, going 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA. He was 2-1 in three playoff starts.
— Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Thursday and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Rizzo says Zimmerman "will be full go" in six weeks.
— Authorities say former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and television analyst Mark Grace has been indicted on four felony counts of driving under the influence from an Aug. 23 incident in Scottsdale, Ariz. He has a Dec. 5 court hearing. He took a leave of absence from his TV job and the D-Backs recently dropped him from their broadcast team.
— A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago White Sox are promoting general manager Ken Williams and assistant GM Rick Hahn, but it's unclear what their new titles will be. A news conference is scheduled for today.
Commissioner to step aside
NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern spent nearly 30 years growing the NBA, turning a league that couldn't even get its championship series on live prime-time TV into a projected $5 billion a year industry.
Confident the NBA is in good shape and certain he has found someone who can make it even better, the 70-year-old Stern is ready to end one of the most successful careers in sports history.
Stern will retire as commissioner Feb. 1, 2014, 30 years to the day after taking charge of the league. He'll be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.
At the news conference Silver said Stern will "be remembered as the best of all-time."
The Board of Directors also approved the sale of the Memphis Grizzlies to a group headed up by a California technology entrepreneur. The sale still must be finalized, and the Grizzlies say that is expected soon.
Lakers' Bryant iffy for opener...Sixers to keep Turner
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are not sure if Kobe Bryant is going to play in Tuesday's opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
Bryant is nursing a bruised and strained right foot.
In other NBA news:
— The 76ers have picked up a contract option on Evan Turner that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2013-14 season. Turner averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in his second year and is expected to start at small forward this season following the departure of Andre Iguodala (ih-goh-DAH'-lah).
— The Dallas Mavericks have suspended guard Delonte West indefinitely for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team, his second such ban in the past 10 days. West has bipolar disorder and addressed that topic in a tweet, saying "no I'm not off my meds." West was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland.
— The Mavericks claimed free-agent center Eddy Curry off waivers. The 7-foot Curry was waived yesterday by San Antonio after averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 15.4 minutes in five preseason games.
NFL-THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
Upset in the Metrodome
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have posted their most impressive victory under rookie coach Greg Schiano (shee-AHN'-oh).
Rookie Doug Martin racked up 214 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Bucs routed Minnesota 36-17 to hand the Vikings their first home loss of the season in the Metrodome.
Martin ran 29 times for 135 yards. He also caught a screen pass 64 yards for a score, one of three touchdowns thrown by Josh Freeman. Adrian Peterson had a season-long 64-yard run for a score that brought the Vikings to 30-17, but his lost fumble in Minnesota territory in the second quarter led directly to a touchdown by the Buccaneers.
The Bucs improved to 3-5 while Minnesota fell to 5-3, in second place in the NFC North behind Chicago.
Browns' sale complete to truck stop magnate...Packers' No 1 receiver goes for surgery
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns officially belong to Jimmy Haslam. His $1.05 billion purchase of the NFL franchise from Randy Lerner was closed today, just nine days after the sale was approved by the league's owners. Haslam now owns 70 percent of the team, and the truck stop magnate will get the other 30 percent from Lerner in four years.
In other NFL news:
— Greg Jennings, the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 receiver will have surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle that has kept him out for most of the season. Jennings would not put a timetable on his return, but said recovery from the 20- to 25-minute outpatient procedure is not season-ending.
— Denver Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter missed practice to see a doctor about symptoms he continues to experience following a seizure he suffered in August. Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said Porter is hoping to get medical clearance to play Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints, his former team.
— Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (gahr-SOHN') says he has a torn ligament on the bottom of his right foot and that he's hoping to avoid surgery. Garcon described the injury that's sidelined him for four of Washington's past six games as a "plantar plate tear" near his second toe. Garcon only has eight catches for 153 yards this season, his first with the Redskins after signing a $42.5 million, five-year contract as a free agent.
Clemson beats Wake handily
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Clemson used a quick-strike big-play offense to open a 35-0 lead and cruised past overmatched Wake Forest 42-13. Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes for the 14th-ranked Tigers. Sammy Watkins added a school-record 202 yards receiving.
Boyd was 27 of 38 and connected with Watkins for three plays of 50 or more yards, including a 61-yarder for a score.
Watkins finished with eight catches. Boyd added touchdown throws of 9 yards to Brandon Ford, 12 yards each to Sam Cooper and DeAndre Hopkins and 2 yards to Charone Peake.
"Honey Badger," 3 other LSU players arrested
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police say they arrested four former LSU football players, including one-time Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu (TY'-ran MATH'-yoo), after finding them with marijuana at Mathieu's apartment. Baton Rouge police say they also arrested ex-LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, and former defensive backs Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher.
Mathieu is a cornerback known as the "Honey Badger." He was dismissed from the Tigers in August for failing a drug test.
Hopes for full 82-game season fade
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL's deadline for playing a full, 82-game season arrived Thursday with no new discussions between the league and its locked-out players.
The players have rejected the league's latest offer of a 50-50 revenue split.
Governing body lifts U.S. boxing's suspension
UNDATED (AP) — Amateur boxing's international governing body lifted its three-month suspension of USA Boxing on Thursday over its response to several controversial statements by its former president.
The International Boxing Association's (AIBA) disciplinary commission leveled the suspension last week, effectively canceling all American amateur boxing competitions and clinics until mid-January.
Former USA Boxing president Hal Adonis has been suspended from all amateur boxing activities for two years. He was quoted in the New Yorker magazine earlier this year claiming connections between childhood abuse and successful boxers.
Second round results from Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs) shot a 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the CIMB Classic today. Tiger Woods is tied for fifth at 9-under.
Second round complete
YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) — Suzann Pettersen (PEHT'-ur-suhn) shot a 7-under 65 to share a two-stroke lead with Inbee Park of South Korea halfway through the Taiwan Championship. They were at 10-under 134 while defending champion Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sehng) , the local favorite, slipped into a tie for third with Catriona Matthew of Scotland.
Former Tour de France champ says corruption, not drugs, is the problem in cycling
GENEVA (AP) — Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has urged the leaders of cycling's governing body to resign in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping affair, calling them "the corrupt part of the sport." LeMond posted an open letter on his Facebook page calling for the resignations of International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen to step down.
Famed boxing trainer dead at 68
DETROIT (AP) — Emanuel Steward, the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, died Thursday. He was 68.
Six-time Grand Slam champion dies at 94
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Margaret Osbourne duPont, who won more than 30 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles spanning three decades, has died in El Paso, Texas. She was 94.
DuPont won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1947, the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open) singles title from 1948 to 1950 and the French singles title in 1946 and 1948, according to the website of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
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