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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew45 mins ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The Mo'ne Davis world tour is still going and it zoomed into AT&T Park on Saturday. She threw out the first pitch before World Series Game 3 — a strike, of course — and met plenty of big leaguers.
It was two stars from the past, however, that Davis said she was most thrilled to meet.
"Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson," she said, a few minutes after watching the Royals score four runs in the third inning while eating an ice cream sundae.
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Failure to turn a double play, to cover first base properly on a grounder, and to change out starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong more swiftly proved costly for the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the World Series. The Kansas City Royals, using good plate discipline and some well-placed hits, scored four times in the third inning to take a lead.
The Royals lead 4-2 in the fifth inning, and t hey already lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
The key moment might have been an RBI infield single by Eric Hosmer, a tap that went into no-man's land near first base. Vogelsong didn't try to field the ball, and he didn't get to the bag in time for what should have been the third out of the inning. Instead, with the frame extended, Vogelsong walked Mike Moustakas to load the bases and allowed a two-run single by Omar Infante.LiveKansas City4 - 11San FranciscoFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have already brought out Barry Bonds and WWE star Daniel Bryan for their postseason pregame festivities, but they gave their best show yet before Game 4 of the World Series.
You couldn't help but root for both of the stars.
There was Mo'Ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitcher who became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. She threw out the first pitch. Then there was Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely injured on opening day 2011 at Dodger Stadium. He did the Giants' "Play Ball!" chant.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Can the Kansas City Royals take a commanding 3-1 series lead and move closer to their first World Series win in 29 years? Will the San Francisco Giants rebound from a one-run Game 3 loss and even the series again?
The fourth game of the 2014 World Series is upon us, pitting Jason Vargas against Ryan Vogelsong in a game that could very well swing either way. Whichever way that is, 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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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
You're never too young to love baseball. Just ask five-year-old Kelsey Aciego of Raymore, Mo. She loves her American League champion Kansas City Royals so much, she can not only name every player on their roster, but she can match each player to his jersey number.
No problem. Kelsey's mom, Rebecca Aciego, recently posted a video showcasing her Royals love and knowledge.
With little to no hesitation even, she rattled off every Royal in less than two minutes.
That's very impressive, especially considering Josh Willingham only joined the team on Aug. 11 in a trade with the Minnesota Twins, and hasn't played a major role since coming over. She knows who he is. And of course she couldn't let mom forget Terrance Gore. Good old No. 0 may only have two career plate appearances to his credit, but he's starred as a pinch-runner in September and October, and Kelsey has taken notice.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — After the Giants' lost Game 3 of the World Series and confirmed they'd be sending Ryan Vogelsong to the mound in Saturday's Game 4, Sandra Young knew where she needed to go: Super Duper Burger.
This wasn't an "eat your feelings" moment, it was Young keeping up a tradition that Giants fans have been indulging in since their last World Series run. They eat for Vogelsong. The Giants pitcher eats the same meal the night before his starts and fans copy him.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Attending a World Series game can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many fans, unless of course you are Marlins Man.
When that rare opportunity comes, it's one you don't want to let pass by if you can help it. In the case of Royals fans Stephanie and Jason Hetherington, that even meant tempting fate and attending Game 1 knowing the due date for their third child was a week away, and that the moment of truth could arrive at any time.
“Hopefully she stays in there long enough for us to enjoy the game,” was Stephanie's thought leading up to Tuesday's game at Kauffman Stadium.
Of course, the baby had other plans for the World Series, and they didn't involve sitting at the K for nine innings. As the couple gathered their pregame snacks, Stephanie realized that her water broke and the baby's estimated time of arrival had just dramatically changed.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Despite the World Series scene shifting to San Francisco on Friday, the now famous Marlins Man, aka Laurence Leavy, was seated front and almost center for Game 3 at AT&T Park.
Leavy was a little more difficult to spot as his bright orange Miami Marlins jacket and Marlins visor blended in with the San Francisco Giants orange being worn by fans around him. Still, once he was spotted, that's where our attention went as we once again pondered how he was able to land those second row seats.
At least those were our thoughts in the early innings. As we panned those same seats in the eighth inning, we noticed that Marlins Man was missing from his spot, but another familiar face had taken his place. As we quickly figured out, that was Steven Powell of the U.S. Navy, who just moments earlier performed a stirring rendition of “God Bless America” despite audio issues at AT&T Park.
It was no accident that Powell ended up in that exact seat, of course. It was Leavy's to start, but he happily gave it up so Powell could enjoy the final two innings from behind home plate.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The door is like many at AT&T Park — it's nondescript and it doesn't look like it goes anywhere special. Maybe it's a maintenance closet?
There's a sign to the right of the door that doesn't make too much sense to the average person. It reads, "Suite B2 Electrical and IDF Rooms." In the middle of the door is a square with two crossed bats and "GC 1883." If you were walking on AT&T Park's suite level and didn't know better, you'd keep on walking.
Heck, if you happened to open the door and look, you'd just see a blank grey wall. If you turned your head, though, and looked the other direction, you'd see a host stand and service staff dressed in black, welcoming you to The Gotham Club.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — Somewhere between Kansas City and the Bay Area, Giants slugger Michael Morse got hit with a flu bug.
There were Giants fans who wanted to see Morse — the team's go-to pinch hitter since the National League Championship Series — return to full-time duty in the outfield. The World Series shifting to San Francisco meant he couldn't be the Giants' designated hitter like he was in Games 1 and 2 in Kansas City. His bat, Morse supporters figure, is a necessity against these Royals.
The flu took that option off the table. It wasn't even abundantly clear that Morse would be able to pinch hit in the Giants' 3-2 loss in Game 3. Skipper Bruce Bochy asked Morse earlier in the day if he was well enough to pinch hit.
"I'll give you the best at-bat I can," Morse responded.