World Series Game 5: Giants take title

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Game over: Giants 3, Rangers 1

Wilson closed it out by striking out Cruz. What a story for the New Hampshire native as he recorded saves in six of San Francisco’s 11 postseason games.

Renteria was the MVP and Lincecum won his fourth game of the postseason.

Middle of the 9th: Giants 3, Rangers 1

Feliz held the Giants down for two innings. Now Wilson in to try and close out the Rangers. What a terrific game.

Top of the 8th: Giants 3, Rangers 1

The Giants started the inning with singles up the middle by Ross and Uribe. Huff than put down the first sacrifice bunt of his 11-year career. Burrell then struck out for the 10th time in 12 Series at-bats. Renteria was next and took two balls before Lee threw a cut fastball that drifted over the plate. Renteria hammered it over the wall in left center.

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Cruz took Lincecum deep in the bottom of the inning. But that was it. Giants now six outs away from a title.

Top of the 7th: Giants 0, Rangers 0

The Giants had a shot against Lee in the top of the sixth when Sanchez reached on a bloop single and Posey crushed a ball to right field. But Cruz tracked it down at the wall, right near the 377-foot sign.

Lincecum then allowed a leadoff single by Moreland before setting down the side. Six innings are finished and no runner has reached second base.

Top of the 6th: Giants 0, Rangers 0

Five innings of a World Series game were just played in 72 minutes. That’s how good Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum have been.

Top of the 5th: Giants 0, Rangers 0

Lincecum allowed a leadoff single by Young then retired the side. Texas has been held scoreless in the last 16 innings, hitting 6 for 48 and advancing only one runner as far as second base.

Lee, who has a great curveball tonight, has been nearly as impressive as Lincecum. This is the game we thought we would see in Game 1.

Top of the 4th: Giants 0, Rangers 0

It may not take too many runs to win this game. Lincecum has a no-hitter through three innings and has thrown only 34 pitches. Lee has given up two hits, a pair of two-out singles that proved meaningless.

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Top of the 3rd: Giants 0, Rangers 0

Six up and six down for Lincecum, who is flashing a 94-mph fastball. That’s high end for him. Lee, meanwhile, looks sharp as well.

Top of the 2nd: Giants 0, Rangers 0

Cliff Lee, in what could be his final game as a Ranger, allowed a two-out single by Posey. But that was it. Lincecum then retired the side in order.

Top of the 1st: Giants 0, Rangers 0

We’re about to get underway here in Texas. Fergie Jenkins just threw out the first pitch to Jim Sundberg. Charley Pride did the anthem and appropriately enough included a little country warble.

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Hope you enjoy the game and, please, feel free to leave your comments.

Meanwhile, there was a pre-game hubbub involving the Rangers owner. Here is some of what I’m writing for the paper tomorrow:

As his team was fighting to stay alive in the World Series against the Giants, Texas Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg decided to pick a fight with the Yankees.

During an appearance on a Dallas radio show yesterday, Greenberg ripped Yankees fans for their behavior during the American League Championship Series.

“I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful. They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good,” he said. “So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I’ve seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment.”

In New York, Yankees officials were furious when they heard the remarks but issued only this terse statement: “At this time, we are honoring the Commissioner’s policy regarding respecting and not distracting from the World Series.”

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Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig reportedly admonished Greenberg for his comment. He then called Yankees president Randy Levine and owner Hal Steinbrenner to apologize before issuing a statement through the team.

“Earlier today, in the course of praising the extraordinary support and enthusiasm of Texas Rangers fans, I unfairly and inaccurately disparaged fans of the New York Yankees,” Greenberg said.

“Those remarks were inappropriate. Yankees fans are among the most passionate and supportive in all of baseball. I have spoken directly to Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine to apologize for my intemperate comments.”

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