Ryan Vogelsong stood on the cut grass at AT&T Park in his crisp San Francisco Giants uniform, giving an interview for Japanese broadcaster NHK in English. No need for an interpreter.
The backdrop on the scoreboard said it all: World Series.
Halfway around the world and back, Vogelsong's journey is ready to go global. The resilient right-hander will start Game 3 in Detroit opposite Anibal Sanchez on Saturday night looking to pitch the Giants one win away from another championship and cap a comeback that has become more improbable each time out.
''A lot of faith. A lot of hard work,'' said Vogelsong, who will take the mound with San Francisco ahead 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. ''You also have to have some things go your way to get opportunities.''
For so many years, they so often didn't.
Vogelsong was drafted in the fifth round by the Giants in 1998 and became the primary piece of a trade to get future ace Jason Schmidt from the Pit...