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It wasnt all that long ago that Detroit Tigers fans wanted to burn Jim Leyland in effigy.
Now, after five magical weeks, they want to toast the Tigers manager instead.
Getting his team to the World Series, which opens Wednesday night in San Francisco, has done wonders for Leyland's image.
When the Tigers were three games behind the White Sox with 16 to play, he was labeled an out-of-touch curmudgeon who had to go.
But after rallying to shred the White Sox, As and Yankees, he's once again a manager whom players love to play for and a master of the game.
Funny thing is, Leyland hasnt changed and seemed to enjoy relaying fan-reaction stories to reporters in recent days.
I did get one interesting comment, says Leyland, a smile slowly crossing his face. I was out and I actually had a guy come up to me and say, Great job! And I want to apologize for being mean to you all year long.'
When Leyalnd kept playing Ryan Raburn... kept putting Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde ...
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Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was asked about the rumor that he is dating supermodel Kate Upton. See what his response was.
DETROIT -- Not long ago, Quintin Berry almost gave up on baseball and searched for a "real job."
Instead, he stuck with his dream and is now headed to the World Series with the Detroit Tigers.
"I'm just trying to take this in," Berry said. "It is all a little hard for me to believe."
This past offseason, Berry was released by his fourth team in...
Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers found out the hard way that rest means rust in the World Series.
Six years ago, their last Series appearance, they lounged around for nearly a week before getting wiped out by St. Louis.
This time, while once again waiting for the National League opponent to be decided, they stayed busy by working on bunts, playing against their instructional...
While the National League will be represented by the San Francisco Giants who last appeared in the World Series in 2010, winning it all against the Texas Rangers. With that said lets take a look at the 2012 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Justin Verlander pawed at the mound with his feet during warmups, looked flabbergasted when his pitching coach came out for a visit and appeared out of sorts from the start.
Once again, nothing went right the for the Detroit Tigers ace in the World Series.
Verlander allowed two of Pablo Sandoval's record-tying three home runs, an RBI single to fellow pitcher...
Look Into The Face Of Giant Fear
We're going to make this quick and dirty, because baseball stopped being very interesting to me weeks ago, and even a historic comeback by the Giants has not re-stoked my fire. Also, I'm just seeing this on really, really simplistic levels.
Here's what I wrote about why the Tigers were going to beat the A's in five, which was exactly...
The 2012 World Series gets underway tonight in San Francisco with Justin Verlander and Barry Zito taking the mound for the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
The Tigers have taken the American League by storm after being out of the playoff picture with two weeks remaining in the season. The Giants have played much of the Postseason with their backs to the wall, rallying from...
The fall classic begins tonight. The Detroit Tigers travel to California to face the San Francisco Giants needing four more wins to achieve the ultimate baseball goal. This should be a very competitive series, with most pundits weighing in for one team or the other in six or seven games. Game one features a pitching match up classic between Justin Verlander and Barry Zito. Here...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Seven years later, it was the same result for Justin Verlander. The Detroit Tigers right-hander lasted just four innings and took the loss Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants rolled to an 8-3 victory behind Pablo Sandoval's three home runs in Game 1 of the World Series at AT&T Park. Two of Sandoval's three home runs came off Verlander as he...
To Win Series
Game 1 - Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants
Tigers with Justin Verlander starting - 170
Giants with Barry Zito starting +150
The total is sitting at 7.
TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX
WEATHER: There is a 54 percent chance of rain Wednesday with temperatures in the high 50s.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Justin Verlander (3-0, 0.74 ERA) vs. [...]