Venezuela Cheers for Nine World Series Players

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelans are celebrating the World Series almost as much as fans of the competing teams, the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.

Nine Venezuelans - five with the Giants - will feature in the series starting on Wednesday, the most ever.

Fans in Caracas cheered the Giants' clinching win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday with shouts and toasting glasses of beer because the star was one of their own, Marco Scutaro, the veteran second baseman who was named the most valuable player in the National League Championship Series.

Photos of Scutaro celebrating the victory in the rain were published on the front pages of Venezuelan newspapers. The sports daily Meridiano ran the headline "Venezuela Grows Giant."

Venezuelans playing for the Tigers are led by Triple Crown-winner Miguel Cabrera.