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- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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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:
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 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."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
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.
Use this handy Twitter tracker to follow the game with live commentary from our writers and other MLB experts.
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
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.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – What happens on the field during the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals is the central theme for MLB Productions annual World Series Film. But it sometimes isn't the main focus.
The film, which MLB says is the "definitive visual historical document of the World Series each year," began in 1943 as a way to inform troops overseas fighting in World War II about the baseball they had missed.
As MLB took over production of the film in 1998 and the explosion of instant information makes it almost impossible to not access the box score details of a World Series, the production focuses on the stories surrounding each team thanks to nearly unlimited and exclusive access.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
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.
- 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."