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October 25, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Relishing the Underdog Role

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John Perrotto

The Rangers are favored to win the World Series and that's fine with the Giants, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

The Giants have seemingly been fighting an uphill battle forever. They were six games out of first place on August 28 in the National League West before chasing down the Padres for the division title. They were then underdogs in the National League Championship Series but upset the Phillies in six games.

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The Week in Quotes, September 30-October 6.

YEAR OF THE DOG (TWINS)

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OK, as an A's fan I now have to swallow the same advice I've been offering to grieving White Sox fans for the last couple of days: this year is just the first of many steps in what ought to be a great decade for both teams, and whatever gets accomplished, it will be valuable experience. As much as "wait til next year" smacks of Cubbish hopelessness, in the case of two well-run organizations, it is a motto of hope and not despair. I can gnash my teeth about sun fields produced by media moguls, but the Yankees won, and that's life.

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