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Giants crush Tigers' aura

By beating Justin Verlander, San Francisco showed it won't be intimidated

Updated: October 25, 2012, 12:49 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- These Giants aren't Those Giants, the ones who ended the championship drought dating back to the New York chapter of the franchise. Buster Posey is the only regular starter from the 2010 champs' lineup, but the lineage to the first championship team in San Francisco Giants history, though, could be felt in the first inning, when Pablo Sandoval took Justin Verlander out of the yard and started the Giants toward a Game 1 rout.

It was reminiscent of the opener in 2010, ...

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