The Giants haven't played at Comerica Park since sweeping the Tigers in the 2012 World Series. That changes Friday when the clubs open up a three-game Interleague series in Detroit. Jake Peavy will start against Rick Porcello.
San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings at Comerica Park in the title clincher, a 4-3 win in 10 innings, but he is unsure if he'll have time to reminisce. Right now, the Giants simply want to finish the final month of the regular season with a flourish.
The Giants are two games behind the Dodgers in the National League West after both teams lost Wednesday, but they own a three-game advantage over the Brewers and the Braves, who are tied for the second NL Wild Card spot. After an 11-4, 11-inning win over the Indians on Thursday, the Tigers are one game behind the Royals in the American League Central, and currently occupy the second AL Wild Card spot, 2 1/2 games behind the A's and a half-game up on the Mariners.
"I think right now we're just focused on winning ballgames. I pitched in that ballpark before the World Series many times," Affeldt said. "Maybe it will and maybe it won't; maybe all of a sudden it'll feel like, 'Yeah, I remember what we did the last time I was here. It was pretty fun.'"
Peavy was enjoying an All-Star season with the White Sox in 2012 during San Francisco's World Series run, but Friday he'll take the mound for the Giants looking to build on a resurgent month of August after being traded from the Red Sox in late July.
Since joining San Francisco, Peavy is 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA and an impressive 36-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in seven starts. He is also coming off his best outing in recent memory.
Facing the Brewers last weekend at AT&T Park, the veteran right-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Mark Reynolds finally singled. Peavy's final line: one hit over 7 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. The Giants went on to a 3-1 win.
"I've found a groove over here with Rags [pitching coach Dave Righetti], [bullpen catcher] Billy Hayes and Gardy [bullpen coach Mark Gardner]," said Peavy after the start. "These guys saw me when I was young and have been able to throw some of those remarks and coaching tips back at me.
"We've found a rhythm here."
Detroit's Porcello, who is enjoying a career year, has a 3.10 ERA and 3.30 K/BB ratio over 27 starts. The Morristown, N.J., native has a career-high 15 wins, as well.
He allowed 11 hits and six runs, although only three earned because of a number of errors, Sunday against the White Sox in a 6-2 Chicago win.
"It's baseball. You pitch through whatever you're going through," Porcello said. "I mean, if I'm out there giving up doubles in the gap, you regroup and keep battling. It's the same thing. It's not always going to go smoothly for us, and we need to find a way to reach down and at the very least show some heart."
Giants: Morse feeling optimistic about injury
Left fielder/first baseman Michael Morse was out of the Giants' lineup for the third straight day Wednesday because of a right oblique strain.
But Morse remains confident he'll be back sooner rather than later, perhaps when San Francisco opens its homestand Tuesday against the D-backs, because the injury is confined to a small area.
"That's why we're pretty confident it'll be just a couple of days," said Morse, who didn't play in the Colorado series.
Morse feels no need to rush back, not with everybody playing so well in his place. During his absence, his primary replacement at first was Buster Posey, which freed up catcher for rookie Andrew Susac, who has recorded three three-RBI games.
"The guys are all doing a great job," Morse said.
In 130 games with the Giants this season, Morse has a .280/.338/.477 slash line with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.
Tigers: Ausmus a big fan of Posey
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was a Major League catcher for 18 seasons, and he knows a great backstop when he sees one. Posey is one of them.
"He's had a heck of a career already, and what has he played, four or five years? Even in 2010 as a rookie, he really took control of the game," Ausmus said. "The other thing I like a lot is he carries himself really well behind the plate. You're a lot more active when you're catching, and he seems to relish that."
Posey batted .267 with a home run and three RBIs in San Francisco's four-game sweep of Detroit in the 2012 World Series. The homer came in the title-clinching Game 4 at Comerica Park.
Posey has been red-hot as of late, batting .453 (24-for-53) with four doubles, a triple, five home runs and 19 RBIs in his last 12 games. He's batting .355 on the road this season, compared with .258 at home.
• Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter did not start in Thursday's win over Cleveland due to a bone bruise on his left foot, sustained when he fouled a ball off the foot against the Indians on Wednesday. He did pinch-hit in the sixth, striking out, and hopes to be back in the starting lineup on Friday.
• Tigers catcher Alex Avila is cleared to play, but didn't start Wednesday or Thursday. He was struck squarely in the mask with a foul ball Tuesday.
• The Giants scratched outfielder Angel Pagan from their Wednesday lineup because of stiffness in his back, but he should be ready for Friday's series opener.
"He wanted to [play], but we wanted to stay a bit on the cautious side," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the Giants' 9-2 loss.
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.