October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants former center fielder Willie Mays waves to the crowd while riding in a car during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Pre-Game & Lineups: San Francisco Giants Take On Cleveland Indians, Celebrate 1954

It’s a day to celebrate history as the Giants host the Indians today at 1:05 PT on the shores of McCovey Cove. With the Indians in town the Giants felt like this was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 1954 New York team that won it all. This is the 60th anniversery of that team and they are giving away replica World Series rings at the park today.

That season Cleveland won 111 games and was heavily favored heading into the series. Behind “The Catch” by Willie Mays, and some Dusty Rhodes clutch hitting, the New York Giants swept the series in 4 games. That was the last title for the franchise until 2010. Looks like Willie is also there to enjoy the festivities. Here’s our own Chris Corbett with a picure of Willie Mays and Marty Lurie of KNBR.

On to the game. The lineups this afternoon.

The Giants won the first game last night 5-1 behind a strong perforance from Tim Hudson. Today they send out RHP Tim Lincecum (1-1, 6.43 ERA) to face off against the Indians and RHP Zach McAllister (3-0, 2.28 ERA). Lincecum picked up his first win last Sunday after 6 strong innings of work. He’s been using his curveball more and keeping the ball down and the results are starting to show.

Michael Morse is the only Giants player to ever face Indians starter Zach McAllister. He is 0 for 3. Not much to draw on there.

Hunter Pence has a multi-hit game in 4 straight games. It’s fair to say he’s busting out of his early season woes. Not so much for Pablo Sandoval, but he did have a triple in last night’s game. It was an opposite field shot batting right-handed. I guess that’s a good sign.

It’s the same lineup as last night. The Giants jumped out early. I would expect the same approach this afternoon. Enjoy the game, I’m already heading to ebay to find me a ring.

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