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World Series Matchup Is Set: Giants, Tigers, Both Plucky, Will Face Off

The San Francisco Giants have completed another improbable journey to the World Series. Last night, they blew out the defending champions St. Louis Cardinals 9-0. They did so in Game 7, clawing their way back from 3-1 series deficit.

That means that they became only the third team in major league history to climb back that far in a National League Championship Series. The Braves did it in 1996 and the Marlins did it in 2003.

"How fitting that it happened in the rain," team President Larry Baer told The San Francisco Chronicle. "October is our most beautiful month in San Francisco and it's pouring outside. It's crazy, just like everything this team has done."

The Giants, who were already the Cinderella team of 2010, will play the Detroit Tigers. The AP adds:

"Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco rode Marco Scutaro's steady bat yet again.

"'The rain never felt so good,' Scutaro said. 'We're going to the World Series, this is unbelievable.'

"San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit."

So if you're a fan of storybook sports narratives, this World Series is one to watch: With the Giants you have a scrappy bunch of misfits who never gave up. And in Detroit, you have an unlikely Triple Crown winner in Miguel Cabrera leading a team that has not won a World Series since 1984. Jim Leyland, the Tigers manager, is looking to become the third manager in history to win a World Series in both leagues.

Leyland won a World Series in 1997, as a manager for the Florida Marlins.

The first game is in San Francisco on Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. ET.

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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