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NLCS: Giants vs. Cardinals

Gregor Blanco is congratulated by manager Bruce Bochy

Gregor Blanco is congratulated by manager Bruce Bochy after Blanco scores on a base hit by Matt Cain in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Giants advanced to the World Series after defeating the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS.

San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is tagged out
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San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan is tagged out at home by St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the seventh inning of Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly stands on
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly stands on the mound during the third inning of Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma can't handle a
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St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma can't handle a ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval during the seventh inning of Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

David Freese reacts after flying out in the
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David Freese reacts after flying out in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a double in
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Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Skip Schumaker sits on the
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St. Louis Cardinals' Skip Schumaker sits on the bench during the sixth inning of Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Hunter Pence is congratulated at the dugout after
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Hunter Pence is congratulated at the dugout after scoring in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Hunter Pence hits a three-run double in the
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Hunter Pence hits a three-run double in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Buster Posey celebrates after scoring in the third
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Buster Posey celebrates after scoring in the third inning on a three-run double by Hunter Pence. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Angel Pagan reacts in the first inning of
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Angel Pagan reacts in the first inning of Game 7 of the NLCS. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Gregor Blanco is congratulated by manager Bruce Bochy
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Gregor Blanco is congratulated by manager Bruce Bochy after Blanco scores on a base hit by Matt Cain in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse reacts
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse reacts on the bench during the third inning of Game 7. (Oct. 22, 2012)

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo reacts
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San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo reacts after the final out in Game 5 of baseball's NLCS. (Oct. 19, 2012)

Pablo Sandoval hits a solo home run in
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Pablo Sandoval hits a solo home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 19, 2012)

Joaquin Arias celebrates the Giants 5-0 victory in
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Joaquin Arias celebrates the Giants 5-0 victory in Game 5 of the NLCS. (Oct. 19, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn breaks his
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn breaks his bat as he hits into a double play during the second inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 19, 2012)

The San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro can't handle
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The San Francisco Giants' Marco Scutaro can't handle the throw as St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran steals third during the first inning of Game 5 of the NLCS. (Oct. 19, 2012)

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is unable
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San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is unable to come up with a fly ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals outfielder David Freese in the second inning of Game 5 of the NLCS. (Oct. 19, 2012)

A St. Louis Cardinals fan waits for the
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A St. Louis Cardinals fan waits for the start of Game 5 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 19, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn delivers
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 19, 2012)

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tosses
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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tosses his helmet after striking out during the first inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 19, 2012)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito delivers
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 19, 2012)

Carlos Beltran talks to reporters during batting practice
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Carlos Beltran talks to reporters during batting practice before Game 5 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 19, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after the beating
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The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after the beating the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the NLCS at Busch Stadium. (Oct. 18, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter heads home
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter heads home as Giants catcher Hector Sanchez mishandles the throw and drops the ball, allowing Carpenter to score in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS. (Oct. 18, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter safely slides
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter safely slides in past Giants catcher Hector Sanchez as he dropped the ball in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS. (Oct. 18, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright reacts after
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright reacts after the end of the sixth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 18, 2012)

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum sits in the dugout
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Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 18, 2012)

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval reacts after he
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Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval reacts after he is unable to get out the St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig on an infield hit in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the ALCS. (Oct. 18, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma is congratulated
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma is congratulated by Daniel Descalso after both scored on a RBI double by Jon Jay in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 18, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig is nearly
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig is nearly hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the Giants. (Oct. 18, 2012)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18)
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) reacts as the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (13) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. (Oct. 17, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hits a two-run home run in the third inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 17, 2012)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) bunts
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) bunts the ball to advance Brandon Crawford to second base during the fourth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. (Oct. 17, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter #13 celebrates
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter #13 celebrates with teammates Jon Jay and Matt Holliday after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 17, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter rounds the
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning of Game 4 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 17, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran hits into
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St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran hits into a double play during the second inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants. (Oct. 17, 2012)

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey #28 and
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey #28 and pitcher Matt Cain #18 talk on the mound in the third inning of Game 3 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 17, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma turns a
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Pete Kozma turns a double play as San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Scutaro tries to break up the play in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. (Oct. 17, 2012)

San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence makes a
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San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence makes a sliding catch on a ball hit to right field by the St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Craig in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. (Oct. 17, 2012)

San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval fields
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San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval fields a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the NLCS. (Oct. 17, 2012)

A fan watches during the sixth inning of
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A fan watches during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 15, 2012)

San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong hits a double
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San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong hits a double during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's NLCS. (Oct. 15, 2012)

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt throws
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San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt throws during the eighth inning of Game 2. (Oct. 15, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay loses his glove
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St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay loses his glove as he tries to catch a double off the bat of San Francisco Giants' Ryan Vogelsong during the sixth inning of Game 2. (Oct. 15, 2012)

Matt Holliday slides into second knocking over Marco
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Matt Holliday slides into second knocking over Marco Scutaro during the first inning of Game 2 of the NLCS. (Oct. 15, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter throws
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter throws during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's NLCS. (Oct. 15, 2012)

Angel Pagan celebrates in front of St. Louis
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Angel Pagan celebrates in front of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after Pagan hit a home run during the first inning of Game 2 of baseball's NLCS. (Oct. 15, 2012)

St. Louis' David Freese hits a two-run home
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St. Louis' David Freese hits a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches
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Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches during Game 1 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Oct. 14, 2012)

A San Francisco Giants fan cheers while wearing
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A San Francisco Giants fan cheers while wearing a camera on his head, during the third inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches
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Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during the first inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

St. Louis' David Freese (23) and Mike Aldrete
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St. Louis' David Freese (23) and Mike Aldrete collide after Freese catches a foul ball off the bat of San Francisco's Angel Pagan during the third inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

St. Louis' Carlos Beltran catches a ball hit
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St. Louis' Carlos Beltran catches a ball hit by San Francisco's Marco Scutaro during the first inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn tosses
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn tosses the ball to first base to get San Francisco's Brandon Belt during the second inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

St. Louis' Daniel Descalso reacts after hitting a
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St. Louis' Daniel Descalso reacts after hitting a double during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws during the third inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches
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Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches during Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey watches as
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey watches as St. Louis' Jon Jay hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals catches
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David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals catches a fly ball hit by Angel Pagan of the San Francisco Giants over teammate Pete Kozma #38 to end the third inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey walks to
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey walks to the mound as St. Louis' Daniel Descalso scores on a double by Pete Kozma during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS. (Oct. 14, 2012)

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