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NLCS First Pitch Sunday Night at AT&T

The San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals are both recent World Series winners.

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The San Francisco Giants will take on the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday night at AT&T Park in a best of seven contest where the winner will advance to the World Series.

First pitch is at 5:15 p.m. and you can bet the Bay Area and much of the country will be watching.

So far the 2012 post season baseball has been filled with thrilling come-from-behind wins. That is of course if your team wasn't on the losing end of the final score.

Both the Giants and the Cardinals are part of that Disney-like magic. 

The Giants came back from a 0-2 deficit at home to sweep the Reds in three must win games in Cincinnati.

The Cardinals were down six runs to Washington Friday night, but somehow found a way to come back and win. 

Both teams arrived in San Francisco early Saturday morning bleary eyed from overnight cross-country flights. 

The Giants were stuck on the tarmac in Cincinnati for nearly three hours thanks to a mechanical problem on the plane. They didn't get home until about 6 a.m.

The Cardinals got in town about an hour later. Both managers gave their guys a few hours of shut eye before they were to report back to AT&T for an afternoon practice.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy addressed the national media at 3:30 p.m. to talk pitching, potential and planning for the series ahead. 

 


Bochy said he will go with Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 and Ryan Vogelsong in Game 2 as starting pitchers, but when it came to Games 3 and 4 starters, he would not commit.

He said the Tim Lincecum would be available to come in out of the bullpen in the first two games and that seemed to point to Barry Zito as the starter for Game 4 assuming Matt Cain will start Game 3.

Cardinal's manager Mike Matheny also addressed the media Saturday. He predicted a "knock down drag out" series. 

 Matheny played the two last seasons of his career as a Giants catcher. He won a gold glove as a Giant in 2005 and also was a winner of the Willie Mac award. 

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