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By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Alou says Giants are equipped for victory
ARLINGTON -- As a participant in perhaps the Giants' most famous near-miss in World Series history, Felipe Alou expressed confidence Saturday that the current San Francisco club can accomplish what his couldn't.Alou, who remains associated with the Giants as a special assistant to general manager Brian Sabean, is still haunted by his failed sacrifice-bunt attempt in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1962 World Series. Had Alou gotten the bunt down, his brother, Matty, would have advanced to second base and scored on Willie Mays' subsequent double to tie the score. As it was, the Giants lost, 1-0. Alou said on Saturday -- before the Giants lost Game 3 to the Rangers, 4-2 -- that after hitting .316 with 25 home runs and 98 RBIs that year, bunting wasn't a fundamental he was prepared to execute. That's not the case, he noted, with this year's Giants. "That's what this team is all about," said Alou, who's among the club officials on hand for the World Series. "[Manager Bruce] Bochy has them ready to do anything to win a ballgame." Alou rose through the Giants' system, played on the inaugural San Francisco squad in 1958, spent his first six Major League seasons with the club and managed the team from 2003-06. So he understands what a World Series title would mean to the city and organization. "Every time you pick up a newspaper, you read that we didn't win it in San Francisco yet," Alou said. "To win for the fans in San Francisco and to be the first group of players in San Francisco to win it, I know that would be something."
Sandoval not a lock to DH past Game 3
ARLINGTON -- Various factors probably will influence whether Pablo Sandoval retains his Game 3 role as the Giants' designated hitter.Sandoval's performance Saturday obviously is something manager Bruce Bochy will consider.
"As far as [Game 4] tomorrow, we'll see how it goes tonight," Bochy said before the Giants' 4-2 loss to the Rangers, in which Sandoval went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. "He's excited. I know he has been antsy to get out there."Sandoval's chances of returning as DH for Game 4 may have actually diminished if the Giants had won Game 3. That would have widened San Francisco's Series lead to 3-0, which in turn may have prompted Texas to start ace left-hander Cliff Lee in Game 4 in an effort to avoid a sweep. Since Sandoval hit .227 right-handed and .282 left-handed during the regular season, Lee would force the switch-hitter to bat from his weaker side. With Lee on the mound, Bochy may have preferred to use right-handed-batting Aaron Rowand or Pat Burrell as the DH.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.