Classic Rivalry About to Ignite

The Associated Press

You know it's a new day in the Giants-Dodgers rivalry when the major topics include scooters, medieval helmets and Yasiel Puig's maturity. It's safe to say this time-honored theater has seldom been more compelling.

Looking back, it's always been about contrasts. From the moment the Giants arrived in San Francisco, they crafted an image of fearsome power hitting against the Dodgers' superlative arms. The flamboyant Tommy Lasorda managed against stern Frank Robinson, Humm Baby Roger Craig and an ex-Dodger with a grudge, Dusty Baker. Barry Bonds did a pirouette out of the batter's box (1997) and left an L.A. franchise in ruins.

There's a hint of the mismatch in this season's dynamic, and the Dodgers know it. While the Giants...

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