DETROIT -- With so much at stake in Detroit, the Giants saw no need Friday to fret over Doppler radar images, stiff winds or temperatures in the 40s.
As long as there's a Game 3 in the forecast, their outlook remained sunny.
"It's the World Series," Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong said. "You can't be worried about how cold it is."
The series shifts to chilly, drizzly Detroit on Saturday after the Giants captured the first two games at AT&T Park. That was no small feat. The team that has taken a 2-0 lead in the World Series has gone on to win 41 of 52 times (78.8 percent).
The last team to overcome an 0-2 deficit in the Fall Classic was the 1996 New York Yankees.
While the Giants are happy to have a lead, especially after needing to roar back from the dead in the first two playoff series, they had no plans to let up. They are on a roll, having won a franchise record five consecutive postseason games over the St. Louis Cardinals and Tigers by a combined score of 30-4.
But if the Giants needed a reminder about premature celebrations, their workout Friday took place 10 years to the day after San Francisco's epic Game 6 collapse in the 2002 World Series against the Angels.
"(2-0) is just a number," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's all it is."
The Tigers, meanwhile, hope a change of venue will mean a change of fortune. They were outplayed badly in San Francisco. In Game 1, Justin Verlander was roughed up in an 8-3 loss. In Game 2, the Tigers' vaunted big bats were shut down in a 2-0 defeat -- the 113th shutout in World Series history and only the fourth all season for Detroit.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland, not one for panic, spoke evenly Friday.
"I can simplify this one pretty easy," he said. "The way I look at it, we're two games back with five to play. And we're playing the team we need to catch."
For the Tigers to turn the series around, they will need more from their struggling middle of the order. Sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder combined for 74 home runs and 247 RBIs during the regular season.
In the postseason, they have two homers in 85 at-bats.
"We need to start over," Tigers Game 3 starter Anibal Sanchez said. "We need to forget what happened in San Francisco. I know we've got the talent. That's why we're here. We've got a pretty good team, so we have to fight to the end."
The Tigers were 50-31 at Comerica Park during the regular season and are 4-0 there during the postseason. This time they will have a noted Giants-killer on the mound with Sanchez, who is 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA against them in 361/3 career innings.
The Giants counter with Vogelsong, who will try to continue a dazzling run by the rotation. Over the past five games, Giants starters have allowed two earned runs in 33 innings -- an 0.55 ERA.
"We're all kind of hitting our stride here at the same time," Vogelsong said. "It's up to me and Matt (Cain) to keep it going over here in Detroit."
Vogelsong's degree of difficulty will include doing it in what might be described as football weather. But the right-hander pointed back to his start at Wrigley Field on May 14 of last season, when he dealt with rain, sleet and temperatures in the 30s -- and was credited with his first major league shutout.
"I threw the ball pretty well that night," he said. "I don't suspect that the cold weather is going to be much of an issue. If I'm thinking about how cold it is, it means I'm not thinking of what I'm doing on the mound."
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