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World Series 2012: Giants set starting rotation

The San Francisco Giants have decided on their starting rotation for the 2012 World Series.

Kevin C. Cox

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced the team's starting rotation for the World Series, and it shows where the Detroit Tigers will benefit from the Giants having gone seven games in the NLCS. Giants ace Matt Cain, who threw 5⅔ innings in San Francisco's clinching victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, is slated to start in Game 4, which would put him on schedule to start only one game in the series.

For Wednesday night's Game 1, Barry Zito will be on the hill for the Giants. Zito threw a gem for San Francisco in Game 5 of the NLCS, shutting the Cardinals out over the course of 7⅔ innings to keep the Giants alive. In Game 2, Madison Bumgarner will start for the Giants, and he'll be followed up in Game 3 by Ryan Vogelsong. If the series goes to seven games, Vogelsong is expected to start for San Francisco.

Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, who started San Francisco's Game 4 loss in the NLCS, will start the series in the bullpen, where he has worked for much of the playoffs.