Two sets of Giants, San Francisco's and Tokyo's, won this year's elite baseball leagues while Japan prepared to seek a third World Baseball Classic title in 2013 with no Major League Baseball stars.
Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with his teammates after striking out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in the tenth inning to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Two sets of Giants, San Francisco's and Tokyo's, won this year's elite baseball leagues.
The San Francisco Giants won their second North American title in three years by sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series last October. The Giants won their first crown since leaving New York in 1958 over Texas in 2010.
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