Traditional rivals face off in season openers

For the first time in 87 years, the Yankees will face the Red Sox and the Dodgers will face the Giants in their season openers on the same day.  On April 13, 1926, the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 12-11, at Fenway Park as Babe Ruth went 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles.  That same day, the Brooklyn Dodgers topped the New York Giants, 3-0, at the Polo Grounds behind a one-hitter by Jess Petty.   Frankie Frisch managed the Giants’ only hit, a bloop double to right field in the sixth inning.

The Upton brothers unite in Atlanta

B.J. and Justin Upton could become only the fourth pair of brothers to play at least 100 games each in the outfield for the same team in the same season.  The only brothers to do so were Paul and Lloyd Waner for the Pirates (10 times between 1927 and 1938), Jesus and Matty Alou for the Giants (1965), and Tony and Billy Conigliaro for the Red Sox (1970).

Age is Not an Issue

Davey Johnson won the National League Manager of the Year award, beating out Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy in the voting.

Johnson, who is 69 years old, is the second-oldest winner of the award in either league.  The oldest was Jack McKeon, who won the award at age 72 with the 2003 Marlins.

  • This is Johnson’s second Manager of the Year award, having earned the same honor in the American League with the 1997 Orioles.
  • His wins, 15 years apart, represents the longest span of time between Manager of the Year awards.
  • The previous longest span was 14 years for Jim Leyland, who won in 1992 with Pittsburgh and next in 2006 with Detroit.

Lincecum Unhittable out of Bullpen

Tim Lincecum tossed 2⅓ hitless innings in both Games 1 and 3 of this series.  The only other pitcher to have two hitless outings of more than two innings in World Series games during his career was Pittsburgh’s Roy Face, who did it on consecutive days (2⅔ hitless innings in Pirates victories at Yankee Stadium in both Games 4 and 5 of the 1960 World Series).

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Giants Offense: Two Runs and 12 Strikeouts

San Francisco Giants batters struck out 12 times in the team’s 2-0 win over the Tigers. San Francisco became only the second team in World Series history to win a game in which it scored two or fewer runs and totaled at least 12 strikeouts. The other was the 1972 Reds, who defeated the Athletics in Oakland, 1-0, despite 14 strikeouts by their hitters. Jack Billingham defeated Blue Moon Odom in that Game Three pitching duel, with the lone run scoring on an RBI-single by Cesar Geronimo.

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