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Updated: Sunday October 20, 2002 8:37 AM
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San Francisco Giants
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Russ Ortiz W-L ERA
Postseason 0-0 0.00
Career vs. Angels 2-0 4.58
 
Kevin Appier W-L ERA
Postseason 0-0 0.00
Career vs. Giants 0-6 6.00
Anaheim Angels
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Game Time: Oct. 20 7:35 PM EDT |  Today's Scoreboard
  Russ Ortiz
  Kevin Appier

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- After stealing home-field advantage in Game One of the World Series, the San Francisco Giants hope to put the Anaheim Angels in a substantial deficit when they play Game Two on Sunday.

In Game One on Saturday, Barry Bonds homered in his first plate appearance and J.T. Snow burned his former team with a two-run shot in the sixth inning in a 4-3 triumph.

Bonds made his first World Series at-bat a memorable one, crushing a 2-1 offering from Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn well over the wall in right field in the second inning. He became the the 26th player - and first since Atlanta's Andruw Jones in 1996 - to homer in his first World Series at-bat.

With the Giants ahead, 2-1, in the sixth, Snow - who played for the Angels from 1993-96 - smacked a two-run homer off of Washburn, and Jason Schmidt, Felix Rodriguez, Tim Worrell and Robb Nen narrowly closed out the victory. Nen pitched the ninth and posted his sixth postseason save in six chances.

Troy Glaus hit two solo homers for the Angels in the loss.

Teams that win Game One go on to take the series 60 percent of the time. Saturday marked just the third instance in the last 15 years where the home team lost the opener.

San Francisco already has had a better World Series than its last trip to the Fall Classic, an earthquake-delayed sweep at the hands of Oakland in 1989.

Russ Ortiz (NR) will toe the rubber for San Francisco in Game Two. Ortiz is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three postseason starts this season, having beaten Atlanta twice in the NLDS and not factoring in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis in Game Three of the NLCS.

"The biggest change is just not having to worry about when my spot in the lineup is coming up," Ortiz said. "Any time I've pitched in an American League ballpark, I had to really tell myself that, 'Hey, I don't have to get ready to grab the bat and helmet,' and I get to kind of relax. So it's mostly, what I do in the dugout anyway is just try to think about the next hitter."

Kevin Appier (NR) will take the mound for Anaheim, which is playing in the World Series for the first time in its 42-year history. Appier, a veteran righthander, has struggled in the playoffs, going 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts.

"Actually, (my preparation) is the same," said Appier, who last pitched against the Giants while a member of the New York Mets last season. "The tapes we watch, scouting report, basically that's pretty much what we have to go off of. Granted, it's better to see them and have a better feel. But I just faced them last year, so that gives me a little better idea than if I was just coming out of the blue. But that's basically it."

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