The San Francisco Giants captured their second World Series title in three years with a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers that followed comebacks during the first two rounds of Major League Baseball’s postseason.
Pablo Sandoval, known as “Kung Fu Panda” because of his girth, became the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game as the host San Francisco Giants won the opener 8-3 against the Detroit Tigers.
Detroit’s Armando Galarraga started to raise his hands in celebration at pitching a perfect game. Then he stared in disbelief as the umpire called the 27th Cleveland batter safe at first base, a decision the ump later acknowledged was wrong.
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and won it with another homer in the 12th as the New York Yankees took a 2-1 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics, who led smaller-payroll teams to Major League Baseball division titles this season, were honored as 2012 managers of the year.
The San Francisco Giants took a two- games-to-none World Series lead against the Detroit Tigers by a matter of inches, one night after winning the opener with three home runs that traveled nearly a quarter of a mile.