- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — Billy Butler stood in front of his locker Thursday afternoon, smiling and talking about his very abrupt role change in the World Series. His two singles and two RBIs keyed the Kansas City Royals' Game 2 victory, but now he'll wait his turn as a pinch hitter when the series shifts to the Giants' home turf for three games starting Friday.
It's something that comes up every year in the World Series — the American League team is forced to find a new role for its designated hitter. For the Royals, a mostly small-ball team, there's reason to worry about what will happen to their offense when Butler is confined to just one at-bat per game at most. But the team is putting a positive spin on it, mostly because it has no other choice.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The last time the Kansas City Royals played at AT&T Park, it was still called SBC Park and Jeremy Affeldt, the San Francisco Giants relief pitcher, was wearing blue.
It was 2005 and those Royals included Terrence Long in the outfield and Angel Berroa at shortstop. Ned Yost was managing the Milwaukee Brewers and Lorenzo Cain was playing his first year of rookie ball.
These Royals, the ones who will take the field Friday for Game 3 of the World Series, are a very different bunch. Playing at AT&T Park for them is like handing a 13-year-old an Atari joystick.
So the Kansas City bunch — a team that relies very much on its defense, mind you — spent their workout day learning the quirks of the Giants' home park. It's not a typical outfield out there, particularly in right field and right-center, where the wall plays an atypical game of geometry.Fri, Oct 245:07 PM PDTKansas City at San FranciscoPreview Game
The Kansas City Royals erased any doubts about how they'd bounce back from their first loss of the 2014 postseason. They were just fine in Game 2 of the World Series, potent in fact.
The Royals, powered by a five-run sixth inning, beat the San Francisco Giants by the count of 7-2. Omar Infante hit a two-run homer, Salvador Perez knocked a two-run double and Billy Butler had two RBI singles. The Giants imploded in the sixth after pulling starter Jake Peavy. They used four relievers in the inning. The one people will remember is rookie Hunter Strickland, who allowed Perez's double, Infante's homer and then lost his temper, causing the Royals' bench to clear.
Here are five key moments, starting with Strickland's meltdown:
The San Francisco Giants came out swinging in Game 1 of the World Series, routing the Kansas City Royals and taking a 1-0 lead in the series. The Royals try to even things up in Game 2 at home, sending their young fireballer Yordano Ventura to the mound to face Giants vet Jake Peavy.
Can the Royals rekindle their postseason magic? Or will the Giants head to S.F. with a 2-0 lead. We'll find out soon enough. And the Yahoo Sports MLB crew — columnists Tim Brown and Jeff Passan, plus the bloggers from Big League Stew — will be serving up commentary from start to finish.
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According to overnight ratings, Game 1 of the 2014 World Series struck a new low. Neither the Cinderella story of the Kansas City Royals or the dynasty-in-the-making Giants seemed to captivate the nation, as the game finished with an 8.0 rating. That's worse than Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, when Game 1 got an 8.8 million overnight rating.
Actor Paul Rudd isn't the only Kansas City celebrity reveling in the Royals' long-awaited return to the World Series. Another of Kansas City's famous entertainers — albeit in a very different field — was front and center at Game 1 of the World Series.
Tech N9ne, the rapper who very proudly hails from Kansas City, was on national TV all night, because he was sitting right behind home plate. He was dressed in all black Royals gear, sitting just a few seats down from Marlins Man.
We all cope with disappointment in our own ways, so some people in the Kansas City area might double down on sadness by switching their TVs from the Kansas City Royals' Game 1 World Series loss to a news update about a dead body.
But that's probably not the best way to advertise your newscast.
KCTV learned that Tuesday night, when it sent out the ill-advised tweet below.
Oh, sweet RT @KCTV5: Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news for the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more.
The tweet was understandably deleted by the station, but preserved in manual retweet form by Gabe Lacques. The Royals were pretty cold tonight, but a dead body? KCTV soon recognized its tweet was distasteful, then apologized and tried again.
The World Series' return to Kansas City wasn't nearly as happy as Royals fans were hoping. The San Francisco Giants routed the Royals in Game 1 of the World Series, winning the game 7-1 and snapping K.C.'s eight-game winning streak this postseason.
Madison Bumgarner turned in another dominating playoff performance, pitching seven innings of three-hit ball. The Giants jumped on Royals starter James Shields early, scoring three in the first inning. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence each had two hits and two RBIs for the Giants. The Kauffman Stadium crowd, loud and happy at the start, ended the night disappointed.
Here are five key moments from Game 1:
The random Miami Marlins fan is back, with the best seat in the house. pic.twitter.com/vfTr4DjmQ0
The World Series returned to Kansas City on Tuesday night for the first time in 29 years and sitting right behind home plate, in an otherwise sea of blue, was a guy wearing a bright orange Miami Marlins jacket and a Marlins visor he sometimes turned to the side.
Lots of people watching at home had the same reaction: Who the heck is that guy and why is he wearing Marlins gear? Fair questions. Believe it or not, he's a somewhat famous traveling fan and the Marlins gear is basically his uniform.
This sure beats getting tipped 15 percent: A waiter at a restaurant near Kansas City was handed a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series as a tip.
The customer? Katelyn Davis, wife of Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis, the team's lockdown, eighth-inning reliever.
KMBC-TV in Kansas City says some of the Royals' wives hang out at Rock & Brews in Overland Park, which is 20 miles away from the stadium. That's where Davis was Tuesday afternoon before Game 1 when she gave a ticket to Ryan O'Connor, now the luckiest waiter in the country.