- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Peavy was cruising, having retired 10 straight batters and looking like he would save the San Francisco Giants from needing to use their bullpen until the seventh inning. But the sixth inning has been a danger zone for him — Peavy never had made it past the sixth in seven career postseason starts.
The Kansas City Royals helped to continue Peavy's unfortunate streak Wednesday night in Game 2 of the World Series, knocking out Peavy in the bottom of the sixth during a five-run outburst that keyed a 7-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants. It was Kansas City's first World Series victory since 1985.
Omar Infante's two-run homer capped the scoring in the sixth, and it also prompted a strange moment when players from both teams left their respective bench areas because of an argument between Strickland and Salvador Perez of the Royals. Regardless, the big inning put the Royals in position to tie the Series at a game apiece heading back San Francisco for three games at AT&T Park starting Friday night.
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For reasons only he knows for sure, Tim Lincecum was not being truthful when he tried explaining why he missed the San Francisco Giants introductions Tuesday night before Game 1 of the World Series.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday he was told that Lincecum was vomiting about a half-hour before the first pitch. Bochy said the Giants head athletic trainer, Dave Groeschner, knew about Lincecum's illness, and pitching coach Dave Righetti was aware, too. Bochy, who didn't find out Lincecum was feeling ill until the next day, said it was his understanding that he was ready to pitch in Game 1 if need be.
"He was OK to pitch," Bochy said. "So he didn't feel he had to tell me [about missing the introductions] at that point.
"That's the honest truth."
- David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Attention small-business owners and Major League Baseball fans: Think twice before you start production on your own line of unlicensed intimate apparel related to the World Series. If you push ahead anyway, Homeland Security might conduct a panty raid on your store.
That's what happened at Birdies Panties in Kansas City on Tuesday, when federal authorities "visited the Crossroads store and confiscated the few dozen pairs of underwear, printed in Kansas City by Lindquist Press," the K.C. Star reported Wednesday.
The seized panties — marketed as boy shorts — were to be available in blue and white, and said "Take the Crown" and "KC" along the bottom. They're still visible on the store's website, but the buying mechanism has been disabled.
It was the "KC" part that got Peregrine Honig of Birdies Panties into trouble.
- David Brown at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A tradition like few others in sports, the base-line introductions at the World Series often are good for riling up the stadium crowd. It's also fun to see who gets booed, who gets cheered and how much.
Only the starting players for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals were introduced on Fox TV before Game 1 on Tuesday night, and it's a good thing for Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum. He missed the introductions because of unspecified matters inside of the visitor's clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium.
"I just didn't make it down in time," Lincecum said after the game. "I didn't want to run out there in the middle of everybody else getting introduced. That was just ... it."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a moment in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals seemed to have Madison Bumgarner in a bind. It turns out that he was just leading them on.
Bumgarner pitched around a defensive miscue by Brandon Crawford, along with an apparent mistake of his own to Mike Moustakas — who hit a double — and later a walk to load the bases. The Royals came away with nothing, and the San Francisco Giants rolled to a 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the World Series.
"He bowed his neck and made some great pitches to get out if it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner.
Fox's sensitive field microphones picked up every sound coming from Bumgarner, who grunted his way through seven effective innings, allowing a run, three hits and one walk. A home run by Kansas City's Salvador Perez broke up a shutout in the seventh, and ended a couple of remarkable streaks Bumgarner had been riding.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 11-day layoff might have made right-hander James Shields not as sharp in Game 1 of the World Series as he would have liked early on. The San Francisco Giants jumped on him for three runs and five hits in the top of the first inning Tuesday night to take a quick lead on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
The big blow was a 403-foot home run to center by Hunter Pence, a two-run shot for his second career postseason homer. Here's full video of it.
Earlier in the inning, Pablo Sandoval lined an RBI double to right that scored Gregor Blanco, but couldn't score Buster Posey — because he was nailed at the plate 9-4-3 on a relay by Omar Infante, after an aggressive send by third-base coach Tim Flannery.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Press conferences in Major League Baseball can be informative and fun. They also can be, well — just bang your head lightly against the nearest table. They can be like that, too.
Taking no chances Tuesday afternoon at a World Series press conference where Jake Peavy was speaking, David Ortiz entered a room of sports reporters about seven questions in so he could say hello to a former teammate. Sure, he could have waited to say hi on the field or in the dugout or clubhouse before Game 1, but it's always better to do what you do best.
In the case of Ortiz, that's making an entrance. He's at the World Series to provide analysis on Fox. Ortiz was said to be nervous about his TV gig, thinking he might not measure up to the job that another former teammate, Pedro Martinez, did for TBS in the earlier rounds of the postseason.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cindy Conner of says her husband, Doug, frequently gets mistaken for her favorite player on the Kansas City Royals, Billy Butler. And the resemblance is uncanny.
"You can see why I like Billy," she said, standing in line outside of Kauffman Stadium with her husband a few hours before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Cindy held a sign that said on one side, "Run Billy Run!" referencing Butler's rare and unexpected stolen base in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. The other side of the sign read, "We were Royals fans when being Royals fans wasn't cool!!" That message references the 29 years since Kansas City made the World Series.
The Conners were eager to ascend to the nosebleed section and root for their favorite team against the San Francisco Giants. Cindy said she got lucky with a second-chance lottery for tickets. She's never been to a World Series game before.
"I was a freshman in college at William Jewell College the last time they made it," Cindy said. "I can remember the cars honking horns in the streets when they won."
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Savvy by now of the San Francisco Giants' tendency to play meaningful games beyond the regular-season schedule, Brandon Belt and his family planned ahead this season. The Belts rented a house about 25 miles east of AT&T Park that included an option for the month of October.
Most players who don't live in their baseball city year-round sign leases that expire on the last day of September, because that's when the regular season usually ends. That often means having most of their belongings shipped to their offseason residence — which could be thousands of miles away — while the player and his family are compelled to live in a hotel until the playoff run ends.
San Francisco's run hasn't ended yet; The Giants visit the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Regardless of forethought, Brandon and Haylee Belt faced a dilemma as October approached. With their first child, a boy named Greyson Belt, being born in September, living closer to the ballpark made sense come playoff time. Even with a house already rented.
Answer Man: Terrance Gore talks velocity, dunking in the WNBA, jumping over a pickup truck and SkittlesDavid Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago
The Kansas City Royals caught Terrance Gore by surprise the day they drafted him in June 2011. Listed at 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, Gore figured he would become a teacher at the time he got a phone call from scout Colin Gonzales saying the Royals had picked him in the 20th round. It's been an unconventional journey to the majors ever since for Gore, reputed to be the fastest player in the league, who mostly serves as Kansas City's pinch runner.
Pegged as a latter-day Herb Washington — a sprinter Charlie Finley hired off the street for the Oakland Athletics 40 years ago — Gore has stolen eight bases without being caught in the majors, and his legs have helped the Royals win in other ways too. Gore has only two plate appearances in the majors but it's possible he could score one or more of the key runs in the World Series.
Not long before the World Series started, Gore slowed down for a moment for a quick Answer Man session to discuss his whirlwind rookie season.
David Brown: Does wearing No. 0 signify that it takes no time at all for you to get from Point A to Point B?