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Contrary tostatements he made 10 days ago after Andrew Friedman left the Tampa Bay Rays to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Maddon reportedly is using an opt-out clause in his contract with the Rays to leave the organization. He won't manage them in 2015, which Major League Baseball's account on Twitter confirms. Buster Olney of ESPN had the news first.
As Dave Cameron of Fangraphs points out, it's amazing how feelings can change so quickly.
“I’m a Ray, I’ve said it all along, I want to continue to be one,” Maddon said. “‘I still believe … it’s the best place in all of baseball to work…
Until it's not.
The Kansas City Royals not only evened up the World Series against the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 on Wednesday night, they also scored an impressive victory of sorts against the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs in the local TV ratings.
TV ratings for the World Series Game 2 rebounded somewhat, pulling an 8.8 overnight, winning the night. KC was a 49.6; SF was a 28.7.
Kansas City's TV market is No. 31 in the country, and San Francisco's is sixth, so MLB's strong showing among World Series towns impacts only about 3 percent of the country's televisions. Local results are another matter.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSt. Louis at Kansas CityPreview Game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many pundits figured Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost would find himself at a tactical disadvantage throughout the Major League Baseball playoffs. And yet, when pitted against the likes of Bob Melvin, Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter and now Bruce Bochy in the World Series, the Royals have seemed to manage just fine.
In Game 2 against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, Yost's maneuvers turned out better than those of Bochy, particularly in the sixth inning, when the Royals rallied and built a lead they would keep through the last out of 7-2 victory that tied the Series at a game apiece.
And it was Bochy's decisions, not Yost's, that were being questioned.
Bochy's bottom of the sixth
Is it possible that Bochy stuck with starter Jake Peavy too long, and then not long enough? Peavy had been cruising, having retired 10 straight to help keep the score tied 2-all. The concern: Peavy had never, in seven postseason starts, ever gotten past the sixth inning.Fri, Oct 245:07 PM PDTKansas City at San FranciscoPreview Game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler must be one of the first players in World Series history to take a curtain call after an RBI single. Such responses usually happen after home runs, but the home crowd at Kauffman Stadium wouldn't let Butler get away Wednesday night without waving "thanks" after he was removed for a pinch runner in Game 2.
Butler put the Kansas City Royals ahead to stay with an RBI single against Jean Machi in the deciding sixth-inning rally. Back in the first inning, Butler ensured the San Francisco Giants wouldn't keep a lead for long after they scored first for the second straight night.
Butler's dual contributions were key in a 7-2 victory that evened the Series at a game apiece.
"Especially at home, I felt like this definitely was a must-win game," Butler said.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Butler's go-ahead hit was crucial.
"The hit off Machi to put us ahead 3‑2 at that point was a monster hit for us," Yost said. "Because, again, I felt really strongly that whoever scored that third run was probably going to win the game."
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.
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."
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.
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.