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San Francisco preparing to celebrate

SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time in three years, San Francisco is gearing up for a ticker-tape parade to celebrate a World Series victory for the Giants.

Plans for the Wednesday bash were being made as the city cleaned up after a celebration Sunday night turned violent in some neighborhoods and police arrested three dozen people.

"I'm not going to let the spirit of this city be destroyed by 36 people," Mayor Ed Lee said. "We're going to move forward with a great parade, a wonderful celebration."

The parade will take a slightly different route from the one that followed the Giants' 2010 championship. Instead of the financial district, it will start at the foot of Market Street.

The new route is safer and affords better views than the previous route, which followed a path taken in 1958 to introduce the Giants to San Francisco after their move from New York, Mayor's Office spokesman Francis Tsang said.

"A lot has changed since then," he added.

Regardless of the route, hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to turn out and rival the crowd that celebrated in 2010, when players, coaches and other luminaries rode in open-air buses designed to look like cable cars and vintage convertibles.

Tens of thousands of people crowded into a park across the street from City Hall at the end of that parade to hear players, coaches and executives thank fans for their support.

This year, the parade occurs on Halloween, a historically notorious night for San Francisco, with landmarks such as Coit Tower and City Hall bathed in orange and black light.

KOREAN STAR EYES U.S.: LHP Ryu Hyun-Jin, 25, one of the Korea Baseball Organization's best pitchers since 2006, will be posted by the Hanwha Eagles and has hired agent Scott Boras to represent him.

A'S: The team exercised its $4.5 million option on former Rays RHP Grant Balfour, who had 24 saves this season. It declined its $10 million mutual option on SS Stephen Drew.

GIANTS: The club declined its option on former Rays INF Aubrey Huff.

MARINERS: Tim Kissner, who spent the past two seasons as a crosschecker in the Cubs organization, was named director of international operations.

PHILLIES: The team picked up a $6 million option on All-Star C Carlos Ruiz and declined options on former Rays reserve Ty Wigginton and RH reliever Jose Contreras.

TWINS: The team declined a $9.25 million option on RHP Scott Baker, who missed the season after reconstructive elbow surgery. The sides reportedly are negotiating a new deal.

YANKEES: The team picked up $15 million options on CF Curtis Granderson and 2B Robinson Cano.

San Francisco preparing to celebrate 10/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 9:25pm]
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