Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Sometimes, a fire starts in the strangest way. Angel Pagan hit a harmless grounder down the line that Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera had covered. All he had to do was field the ball, show off his strong arm, and the Giants would be done in a 1-2-3 third inning. But the ball hit the inside portion of the bag and ricocheted like a hockey wrist shot into shallow left field. Cabrera stood and shook his head, and Pagan easily reached second base for a fluke double. Then Marco Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, singled to make it a 2-0 lead for San Francisco. Tigers starter Justin Verlander had been singed by a little bad karma. Pablo Sandoval then burned him, hitting an opposite-field, two-run homer for the second of his World Series record-tying three homers. The pitcher who had given up only two runs in three previous starts this postseason was on his way to an inexplicable early shower after one more inning. And the Tigers, coming off five days of rest after sweeping the Yankees in th...
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