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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The Kansas City Royals' mantra this entire postseason has been "Just get to the seventh inning with a lead." That's when their lockdown bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland usually takes over.
The Royals' bats did their jobs again in the sixth inning — scoring twice against the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of the World Series. The Royals had been holding onto a 1-0 lead since the first inning. Both starting pitchers had been dealing. But in the sixth, as the Royals faced Giants starter Tim Hudson for the third time, they were able to put together another rally.
It wasn't the five-run dagger they put on the Giants in Game 2, but it was still effective. A few of the usual Royals suspects were swinging the bats: Alcides Escobar singled to start the inning, then Alex Gordon doubled him in. Eric Hosmer then brought around Gordon to make it a 3-0.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — In the history of sports-related viral marketing stunts, this has to be one of the all-time worst. A national boat rental company put out a press release Friday — the first day the San Francisco Giants were playing at home in the 2014 World Series — saying it had secured the naming rights to AT&T Park's famous McCovey Cove and would rename it.
Boats patrol the cove in pursuit of homers, so it sort of makes sense. Except it was a total hoax.
The Giants fumed as word started to make its way around the Internet and through local news outlets. And Willie McCovey, the Giants great after whom the cove is named, called the Giants because he was confused. Was the name really being changed?
From the San Jose Mercury News' Daniel Brown:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The combined strength of America is just too much, apparently.
The San Francisco Giants rolled out a huge American flag for the pre-game national anthem at World Series Game 3. People stood in the outfield and stretched it out. There's wonderful metaphor in that. Problem was, the flag tore.
Such is the peril of having a big ol' flag: it can produce a big ol' hole.
Here's the flag malfunction in Vine form, via Erin Faulk:
America is a resilient country. We can overcome this.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
It's essentially a five-game series now. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals split the first two games of the World Series, so now the first team to win three more games gets baseball's ultimate trophy.
The series has shifted to San Francisco for Friday's Game 3, in which Tim Hudson pitches for the Giants against Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals. 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
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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — You have to wonder, by the end of Game 3 of the World Series, will the pundits be talking about how Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost made all the right moves or will they be calling him a dunce again?
Yost gave the Royals' lineup a shake-up before the pivotal game Thursday night against the San Francisco Giants. He's starting speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson instead of Nori Aoki and he's moved up both Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas in the batting order.
The moves are partially adjustments to NL rules, because the Royals will bat without designated hitter Billy Butler. They're also adjustments to AT&T Park, where Dyson's more sound defense will play better in a sometimes-unpredictable outfield.
- David Brown at Big League Stew8 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
SAN FRANCISCO — There's a long table running through the middle of the clubhouse. On it sits 54 boxes of baseballs. Each box has 12 balls. Giants players move from chair to chair, signing all the baseballs in front of them.
This is no quick task. There are 648 baseballs, so it's kind of like scrawling your name on a decade's worth of Christmas cards. It's probably not what any player wants to do between Games 2 and 3 of the World Series.
Tim Hudson, however, is playing in the first World Series of his 16-year MLB career. He'd already spent about a half hour signing baseballs Thursday, with many more still to do.
"Better than sitting at home," he said.
Hudson knows all about being at home during the World Series. Even though he's played on many good teams in his career, when the Giants reached the National League Championship Series, that was the furthest Hudson had advanced in the postseason.
- David Brown at Big League Stew11 hrs 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.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 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.