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Little goes right for Tigers in World Series

DETROIT — The Tigers had so much go right this season, what with a second straight AL Central championship, 1B Prince Fielder's debut, 3B Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown, RHP Justin Verlander's potential-Cy-Young-Award-repeat performance, a tense division series win over the A's and a thrilling championship series sweep of the Yankees.

And so little went right at the end.

With their once-mighty offense shackled by the Giants' pitching, the Tigers barely put up a fight, becoming the 21st team to be swept in Series play.

"I'm disappointed; we're going to say our goodbyes tonight,'' manager Jim Leyland said. "We just didn't go good enough. They were better than us. And you can't say anything different.''

Cabrera and Fielder were definitely part of the problem, going a combined 4-for-27 with three RBIs, including Cabrera's two-run homer Sunday. He also made the final out on a called third strike.

The Tigers became the third team to sweep the LCS then get swept in the Series, joining the 1990 A's and 2007 Rockies.

The Tigers have lost seven consecutive Series games, the last three in 2006, all four this year.

Leyland, 67, is at the end of his contract, though team president Dave Dombrowski said they plan to work out an extension.

TWO MEN DOWN: The Tigers sustained one loss before the game when C Alex Avila was scratched from the lineup due to a badly bruised right forearm, the result of a foul ball in Wednesday's opener. Gerald Laird started, with Avila available only in an emergency.

Then 2B Omar Infante had to leave in the ninth inning, a bone on his left hand broken by a Santiago Casilla fastball.

TRIPLE FROWN: Leyland was not pleased to hear that Cabrera left the clubhouse without talking to the media after Saturday's Game 3 loss.

Though Leyland said he wanted to first make sure there wasn't a legitimate reason — Cabrera said later Sunday it was because he had family in town — the manager made it clear he puts a high value on accountability and planned to talk to Cabrera about it.

"I will deal with the situation and check into it, because you have to be there through the good and the bad," Leyland said. "You can't be on this podium only when you win."

DOUBLEHEADER: Downtown Detroit was bustling all day. The Lions hosted the Seahawks at 1 p.m. at Ford Field, and the Tigers faced the Giants at 8 next door at Comerica Park. It was the sixth time in the past nine years there was a World Series game and an NFL game in the same city on the same day, including 2008, when the Rays played at the Phillies and the Eagles hosted the Falcons.

POMP: Singer Demi Lovato performed the national anthem. … Former Tiger Magglio Ordonez threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … On hand were Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt, and actor Matthew Perry.

MISCELLANY: Giants manager Bruce Bochy considered ex-Ray Aubrey Huff for DH duty but chose INF Ryan Theriot. … Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw won the Roberto Clemente Award, acknowledging sportsmanship and community involvement; LHP David Price was the Rays' representative. … Former Ray Pat Burrell, a scout for the Giants, tried to fight CBS Sports writer Jon Heyman in a hotel bar Saturday, with former player Kevin Millar among those stopping Burrell, per Heyman on Twitter.

Little goes right for Tigers in World Series 10/28/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 1:00am]
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