- David Brown at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
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In trying to explain whether right-hander Kelvin Herrera would be available to pitch Saturday in Game 4 of the World Series following a relatively heavy workload recently, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost used a bizarre adjective to describe his pitching staff as a unit.
Herrera has thrown 59 pitches in two games over three days, so the Royals might hesitate to use him much, or at all, in Game 4. If he plays catch Saturday and feels sub-par, Yost expects Herrera to tell pitching coach Dave Eiland without fear of reprisal.
"The one thing we do really well as a staff is, we communicate, and our relievers and our starting staff know that we have complete trust in them," Yost said. "And if they tell us they can't go, we trust them. We don't feel that they're soft. We don't feel like they're sissies. We know that they know their body."Sat, Oct 255:07 PM PDTKansas City at San FranciscoPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
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The first at-bat in the professional life of right-handed relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, coming in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the World Series, went as well as the Kansas City Royals could have hoped.
Actual hitter Eric Hosmer explained why after the Royals 3-2 victory Friday night at AT&T Park, which put them two more victories from their first championship since 1985.
"I was just hoping he didn't pull an oblique, or didn't get hit in the hand," Hosmer said. "That's all I was hoping."
Wisdom. Herrera came through healthy after his three-pitch strikeout against right-hander Sergio Romo, which stranded Jarrod Dyson at first base. Herrera even fouled off the second pitch, catching it off the end of his bat.
"He did make contact? That's pretty impressive," Hosmer said.
- David Brown at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
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The Kansas City Royals put the odds of winning a championship in their favor by edging the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. In the 56 times a Series has been tied through two games, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the championship 38 times — 68 percent.
The Royals' formula remained as it has been: Get a lead, play strong defense, let the bullpen take care of the ending.
A leadoff double by Alcides Escobar and, two batters later, an RBI groundout by Lorenzo Cain, got them on the board in the first. They extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth, thanks to key RBI hits by Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer.
Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was effective through five scoreless innings, but the Giants mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double by Mike Morse and, with two outs after Kelvin Herrera relieved Guthrie, an RBI grounder by Buster Posey.
Rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan retired two batters to strand the potential tying run at first base in the seventh, also starting a string of eight straight batters retired to end the game.
- David Brown at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
It's not Tommy John. It's not supposed to affect his offseason routine, and won't impact his preparation for the 2015 season, the St. Louis Cardinals say.
Regardless, the club confirmed Friday that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright has undergone surgery to "trim cartilage" in his right elbow. Wainwright and club general manager John Mozeliak had been saying that surgery was not on the horizon — as recently as Monday — but the pitcher sought a second medical opinion earlier this week and had a surgical procedure done Friday.
Wainwright has said he's felt periodic discomfort in his elbow going back to June, and it's likely to have affected his performance from time to time — even though Wainwright never used it as an excuse.
Reporter Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was told initially that Wainwright had undergone surgery on an elbow ligament — which, whoa — but it's not that.
- David Brown at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
From the standpoint of the Kansas City Royals, the throw made by the peanut vendor in the video above might have been the only meaningful highlight from Game 1 of the World Series. Sure, slugger Salvador Perez hit a home run late in the ballgame to get the Royals on the scoreboard, but a 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants was emotionally deflating from the time that Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer in the first.
@RoyalsDan on Twitter )" alt="(@RoyalsDan on Twitter)" class="editorial " src="http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2014-10-25/d05048e0-5bdd-11e4-b336-95aaba9d2dcc_image.jpg" align="right" width="150" Taking over when the ballclub otherwise was having a down night, Ace Peanut Man — also known as Daniel Nash — pleased the fans in right field by making a gargantuan toss from the lower-deck seats and reaching the pointy seats at the end of the upper tank at Kauffman Stadium.
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago
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.
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.