Righty gets call with San Francisco facing NLDS elimination

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong long tosses during practice, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Cincinnati. Vogelsong has been named the starting pitcher for Game 3 of baseball's National League division series against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI -- It bothered Ryan Vogelsong this season that people still called him a fluke. It ticked him off when he was snubbed for the All-Star game. He viewed every duel with an opposing ace as a chance to prove he belonged with them.

But now that he holds the key to the Giants' season, Vogelsong doesn't care about any of that.

"It's not about me at this point," he said.

The right-hander takes the mound for Game 3 against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday with the Giants on the brink of elimination, trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five National League Division Series.

Considering the October stakes, this might be the biggest stage that Vogelsong, 35, ever gets to show a national audience that he ranks among the upper tier of N.L. pitchers.

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