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NIGHT FLIGHT Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria sent a pitch from Rangers starter C.J. Wilson into the leftfield stands to put the Giants ahead 1--0 in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. That run would prove to be enough for the Giants, who went on to win 9--0 and defeated Texas in five games for the franchise's first championship since 1954 (page 30). Renteria, who batted .412 and drove in six runs, was named the Series MVP.

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SECOND-INNING STRETCH Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez leaped to spear a line drive by the Rangers' Jeff Francoeur during the second inning of Game 4. The catch prevented a certain hit off San Francisco's starter, rookie lefthander Madison Bumgarner, who allowed only three hits in eight innings and combined with reliever Brian Wilson for a shutout.

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LONE RANGER Centerfielder Julio Borbon sat by himself with his back to the Texas dugout during Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco on Oct. 27. Borbon entered the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, singled and scored a run, but Texas lost 11--7.