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WORLD SERIES GAME 5: Surprising Giants take down Texas Rangers to win 4 games to 1

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It took 56 years for the San Francisco Giants to win a World Series but they did it!

Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria and the boys from Frisco won the 2010 World Series, by beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tight, tense Game 5  to win the series by a surprising 4 games to 1 margin.

The Giants had not won a World Series title since their days as the New York Giants back in 1954. The Giants moved to San Francisco prior to the 1958 season.

It’s hard to believe a franchise that has had Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Willie McCovey, Barry Bonds, Jim Ray Hart, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Will Clark could not win a World Series title.

Lincecum outpitched Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until World Series MVP Edgar Renteria earned a the award by hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy calls his team a ragtag bunch because they have other team’s castoffs like Pat Burrell, Edgar Renteria, Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff.

Their pitching staff shut down the explosive Texas Rangers offense by hurling 3 shutouts out of five games.

2010 MLB Commissioner's Trophy goes to SF Giants (file photo)

Baseball fans might recall, that San Francisco almost didn’t make the playoffs. They trailed the San Diego Padres by 7 1/2 games in the NL West on July 4 and won it on the next to last day of the season with a record of 92-70.

The Giants were one of several teams who weren’t suppose to make the playoffs joining, Cincinnati, Texas, Minnesota and Atlanta.

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Volquez can’t get out of 1st inning; Giants steamroll Reds, 11-2

The San Francisco Giants had trouble scoring runs in St. Louis this past weekend. However, home cooking might’ve been what the doctor ordered.

Starting pitcher Matt Cain, winless in his last three starts, was given early run support, while Andres Torres clubbed a two-run homer and San Francisco dominated the Reds, 11-2.

The Reds also lost starting outfielders Jim Edmonds and Laynce Nix to injuries.

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Matt Cain (MLB)

Aubrey Huff added a solo homer while leading off the eighth inning. Huff, Pat Burrell and Freddy Sanchez all doubled in runs in the Giants’ five-run outburst in the first inning to knock Edinson Volquez (3-2) out of the game after two-thirds of an inning. It was the shortest start of his career.

Sanchez had a season-high four hits.

Cain, who evened his record at 10-10, retired the final 14 batters he faced and struck out the side in order in the seventh. He gave up two runs on five hits in eight innings, struck out seven and walked one. He threw a season-high 125 pitches.

San Francisco batted around in the first inning and Volquez was removed by manager Dusty Baker after he walked Andres Torres for the second time in the inning on his 39th pitch. Jordan Smith came on in relief and struck out Buster Posey.

The NL Central leaders, the Reds had won eight of nine and 12 of 16 games coming into AT& T Park but were cooled off by Matt Cain, who usually pitches well against them. Their lead in the division is down to 2 1/2 games as St. Louis won at Pittsburgh on Monday night.

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Slumping Pat Burrell is dumped by Tampa Bay in favor of Blalock

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Pat Burrell’s stay in the American League and Tampa Bay is history due to being unproductive.

The Rays designated Burrell for assignment before Saturday’s game against Seattle and have picked up the contract of infielder Hank Blalock from their Triple-A team, Durham.

Burrell has struggled since he joined the Rays two months after helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat Tampa Bay in the 2008 World Series. He hit .221 with 14 homers and 69 RBI’s in 2009, while trying to make the transition from everyday outfielder to designated hitter.

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The 33-year old was hitting .202 with two homers and 13 RBI’s in 24 games this season. He was 2 for 25 with no extra-base hits or RBI’s in May and batted .053 (1 for 19) against left-handed pitching.

The rays will be responsible for the remainder of Burrell’s $9 million salary in the second season of  a $16 million, two-year contract.  If he is released, a team that signs him would pay just a prorated share of the $400,000 minimum.

In he is traded, Burrell would receive a $200,000 bonus.

Hank Blalock’s job will be to DH and play first and third base for Tampa Bay.

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Blalock, who signed a minor league contract with the Rays in March, is a two-time All-Star who spent his first eight MLB seasons with the Texas Rangers.

The 29-year-old Blalock hit .234 with 25 homers and 66 RBI’s in 123 games last year after missing much of the 2007 and 2008 with injuries.

Blalock’s minor league deal included a clause allowing him to opt out and seek a job with any team if he wasn’t going to make the 25-man roster coming out of spring training. Instead, he was patient and accepted an assignment with the Durham Bulls where he hit .349, tied for second in the International League, with four homers and 24 RBI’s in 26 games.

NCAA names its College World Series Legends Team

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Barry Bonds, Dave Winfield and Will Clark have been selected to the NCAA’s College World Series Legends Team.

Twenty-five players and three coaches were chosen by members of the National Baseball Writers Association. The Omaha, Nebraska World-Herald and the NCAA in commemoration of the final College World Series played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium next month.

The list also contains, Bob Horner, Nomar Garciaparra, Robin Ventura, Fred Lynn, Terry Francona and Burt Hooton. Current active players on the list include Huston Street, J.D. Drew and Pat Burrell.

Will Clark (Courtesy of Mississippi State Athletics)

LSU’S Skip Bertman, Southern California’s Rod Dedeaux and Augie Garrido, who coached at Texas and Cal State-Fullerton were selected as coaches.

Tampa Bay Rays are on a hot streak 12 wins in 14 games

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The Tampa Bay Rays, one of baseball’s youngest teams, are driven by pitching and defense in most games, but they have a persistent offense that leads the American League in runs and is number 1 of the major leagues with a .323 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Each night a different player has the crucial or key hit.

Outfielder Pat Burrell’s three-run homer keyed Tuesday night’s 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The American League East leaders improved baseball’s best record to 15-5. The victory total equals the number they had at the end of April two years ago, when they were 1-0 in March and 14-12 in April.

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Burrell’s three-run homer off Ben Sheets (1-2)  snapped a 4-4 tie in the third inning. In his career against Sheets, Pat Burrell is 8 for 19 with three homers.

The Rays have won 12 of their last 14 and are off to the best start in the team’s 13-year history. However, attendance at Tropicana Field for a first place team was only 10,825.