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World Series Game 2 Preview 10-25-12

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Miguel Cabrera #24 and Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers talk on the mound in th eseventh inning against the New York Yankees during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Miguel Cabrera #24 and Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers talk on the mound in th eseventh inning against the New York Yankees during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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(AP) — While Pablo Sandoval didn’t play a big part in the San Francisco Giants’ World Series run two years ago, he’s already left his mark on this one.

After becoming the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game, all eyes will be on Sandoval as the Giants host the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 on Thursday night.

Sandoval took Justin Verlander deep twice before belting a solo shot off Al Alburquerque, leading San Francisco to an 8-3 win Wednesday in Game 1. The two-time All-Star joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols as the only players with three-homer games in the Series, finishing the night 4 for 4 with four RBIs.

“Man, I still can’t believe it,” said Sandoval, who was benched in four of five games during the Giants’ 2010 World Series win over Texas. “You have to keep focused, keep focused and playing your game. You don’t have to be too excited. The series is not over. You have to keep playing your game.

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