Giants Have Parade in San Francisco

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Giants stage victory parade in San Francisco

Orange-and-black-clad hordes flooded the streets of San Francisco on Wednesday for a ticker-tape parade celebrating the 2012 World Series champion Giants a Halloween treat made all the more sweet as a repeat performance.

Tens of thousands of people decked out in the teams holiday- appropriate colors stood 20 deep behind barriers along the citys main commercial street to watch their favorite players wave from atop individual convertibles.

Standing next to a gold Rolls Royce that served as his ride, Giants manager Bruce Bochy credited the fans with helping lift San Francisco to its second World Series victory in three years. (AP)

Freeman suffers tendinitis Cardinals lefthander Sam Freeman was sidelined for the fall after experiencing tendinitis in his left biceps while pitching in the Arizona Fall League. Freeman was sent to the finishing school to get experience and innings that will set him up to contend for a big-league spot next spring training. He has a 3.86 ERA and eight strikeouts in seven innings over seven appearance in the AFL. Freeman and second baseman Kolten Wong were selected Wednesday for the leagues Rising Stars game, though Freeman will not participate because of the biceps discomfort. (Derrick Goold)

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