Giants set to renew rivalry with Cards

Giants set to renew rivalry with Cards

SAN FRANCISCO -- Since this is the Giants' 50th anniversary of their first year in San Francisco, it's worth remembering that, next to their rivalry with the Dodgers, they've played some of their most competitive baseball against the St. Louis Cardinals, who begin a four-game series at AT&T Park on Thursday.

When the Giants originally moved to San Francisco, they drew many of their biggest crowds not for the Dodgers, but for the Cardinals. Northern Californians hungered for a glimpse of Stan Musial, the St. Louis icon who was among the game's biggest stars at the time.

The Giants finished second to the pennant-winning Cardinals in 1967 and '68. During the latter season, they no-hit each other on consecutive days as Gaylord Perry and Ray Washburn did the honors.

True Giants and Cardinals addicts might recall the season series in 1982, in which seven of the 12 games were decided by one run, including three in extra innings.

Five years later, the Giants and Cardinals met in a spirited NL Championship Series. The Giants forged ahead, three games to two, before St. Louis swept the final two games at home to advance to the World Series.

The teams met again in the 2002 NLCS, with the Giants surviving this time, four games to one.

Bottom line: Since the Giants moved to San Francisco, their record against the Cardinals is 312-308. That's about as even as it gets.

Pitching matchup
SF: RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
Correia pitched relatively well last Saturday against Milwaukee, considering he had endured a stomach virus all week that caused him to drop 12 pounds, from 200 to 188. The weight loss diminished Correia's velocity slightly, but he managed to last six innings, allowing four runs and six hits. A San Diego native who still lives there in the offseason, Correia is 1-0 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 lifetime appearances (mostly in relief) against the Padres.

STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
After a slow start in 2007, Wainwright posted a 2.71 ERA with 77 strikeouts, 30 walks and only four homers allowed in 99 2/3 innings after the All-Star break. Wainwright's first start was washed out after three innings, but he was strong in his second start on Saturday against Washington. Wainwright allowed two runs on eight hits over eight innings, with four strikeouts and one walk, to help the Cardinals defeat the Nationals, 5-4.

Tidbits
To replace injured outfielder Dave Roberts, the Giants recalled outfielder Clay Timpner because Nate Schierholtz, who might have been their first choice, is on day-to-day playing status with an injured right shin. ... Rich Aurilia needs one hit to tie Matt Williams for ninth on the all-time San Francisco Giants list with 1,092. ... Another reminder: Thursday's series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals has been moved to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus. ... The Giants and CHW will host a food drive Saturday to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. Fans who donate food or $5 will receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary mug.

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• CSN-BA+

On radio
• KNBR 680, KLOK 1170 (Español)

Up next
• Friday: Giants (Barry Zito, 0-2, 6.30) vs. Cardinals (Kyle Lohse, 1-0, 0.00), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Giants (Matt Cain, 0-1, 3.60) vs. Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 1-0, 2.25), 1:05 p.m. PT
• Sunday: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 1-0, 1.80) vs. Cardinals (TBD), 1:05 p.m. PT

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.