Royals think Giants wet dirt to slow speedsters (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 18 min ago

When it comes to the Royals' running game, Kansas City manager Ned Yost thinks the San Francisco Giants are being sticks in the mud. The Royals concluded the dirt was hosed down with extra vigor. ''Maybe the groundskeeper just was looking at all the Royals fans up in the corner there and just forgot,'' Yost said Saturday. When Moose (Mike Moustakas) or somebody got on - it might have been Moose - and he dove back into first base and he came up extremely muddy, I thought that it was a little damper than normal, yeah.'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy claimed he had not perceived any unusual moisture.

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Bumgarner to face Shields in Game 5 of Series (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 51 min ago
When it came down to it, the San Francisco Giants decided that having a fully rested Madison Bumgarner starting one game was preferable than trying to send him out twice on short rest. So Bumgarner will take his sterling postseason resume into Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night on his usual four days' rest when the Giants take on James Shields and the Kansas City Royals in the final game of the season in San Francisco. Bumgarner would be available in relief in Game 7 if necessary. ''I don't think at this point we should push Madison either,'' manager Bruce Bochy said.
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Royals claim Sierra off waivers from White Sox (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 4 hours 29 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Making a rare 40-man roster move in the middle of the World Series, the AL champion Kansas City Royals claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
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Mets pitcher Familia has hernia surgery (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 5 hours 58 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has undergone hernia surgery.
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Sweet dreams: Sleep expert helps Giants in October (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 9 hours 33 min ago

Some extra postseason pillow time has Brandon Crawford and the San Francisco Giants dreaming about another World Series championship. Looking for any advantage, the Giants are again getting help in October from a sleep expert. The Giants have reached the playoffs three times in five years, and every time they get that far, athletic trainer Dave Groeschner consults regularly with Dr. Chris Winter. He's the medical director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Giants were the first pro team he advised.

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Statcast: Perez's scoop and throw too fast for Blanco

Major League Baseball - 10 hours 26 min ago
Trailing Game 3 of the World Series by one run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Giants desperately needed a baserunner. They almost got one on a Gregor Blanco bunt, but Statcast shows how a smooth play by Royals catcher Salvador Perez and a poor decision by Blanco helped Kansas City hold on for a 3-2 victory and 2-1 Series lead.
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Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 10 hours 27 min ago

Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him. Four years ago, while home for the offseason in Arizona, Vargas and his wife decided to fly to San Francisco to watch Game 1 of the World Series between the Giants and Texas Rangers. The Giants won 11-7 on the way to their first World Series title in San Francisco.

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Pirates acquire infielder Sellers from Indians

Major League Baseball - 11 hours 38 min ago
The Pirates made a host of roster moves Saturday, headlined by the acquisition of infielder Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.
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Giants' bullpen blinks first in Game 3

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 4 min ago
The Giants' 3-2 loss to the Royals in Game 3 on Friday night in San Francisco played out much like the first two games of this World Series did. The team whose bullpen outperformed the other's won.
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Hudson's World Series debut doesn't lack intensity

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 7 min ago
Tim Hudson, at 39 years old, waited a long time for his World Series debut, but the Royals put the pressure on early in Game 3 so the Giants' veteran right-hander had little time to take in the experience.
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Escobar pounces quickly, providing spark for Royals

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 9 min ago
Before some fans at AT&T Park had even finished taking their seat, Alcides Escobar hammered the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson for a double. He scored later in the inning on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they'd never surrender in their 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
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Morse shrugs off illness for big Game 3 hit

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 11 min ago
A few hours before World Series Game 3, Michael Morse was sick -- a flu bug, he thinks -- leaving the Giants potentially without their best bench bat in a critical game. Yet by the time manager Bruce Bochy approached him in the middle innings to ask what he could contribute, Morse was feeling well enough to hit.
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Herrera's first MLB at-bat comes in World Series

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 13 min ago
Kelvin Herrera was 16 years old the last time he stepped into a batter's box in a competitive baseball game. And yet, there he was on Friday night, called upon to bat in a one-run game in the World Series. He promptly struck out on three pitches, but not before fouling off a Sergio Romo fastball.
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Seasoned Vogelsong ready for first clash with Royals

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 13 min ago
Even though Ryan Vogelsong has never started a game against the Royals, there is little they can throw at him in World Series Game 4 that he has not already seen.
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MLB pauses during Game 3 to Stand Up To Cancer

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 20 min ago
Major League Baseball used its biggest stage for the sixth year in a row to hold a live Stand Up To Cancer moment for a capacity crowd and a global FOX viewing audience.
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Sandoval's postseason on-base streak ends in loss

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 29 min ago
Pablo Sandoval entered Friday night's Game 3 a career .333 postseason hitter, with six home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 doubles in 34 games. He finished his night 0-for-4 with a groundout in the ninth inning, which snapped his string of reaching safely in 25 consecutive postseason games dating back to Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.
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Drastically different lineup comes through for KC

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 45 min ago
Ned Yost adapted to National League rules with a drastic lineup change, and after his Royals pulled out the 3-2 win that gave them a 2-1 advantage in this Fall Classic, only one word could accurately depict him: Genius.
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Giants aim to solve Royals, even Series right back up

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 47 min ago
A Royals team that was under .500 as recently as July 22 is now two wins away from claiming the World Series crown. And a Giants team that has owned even-year Octobers of late faces its first World Series deficit in the Bruce Bochy era. It's going to be fascinating to see how Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants respond and whether Jason Vargas and the Royals can seize control in Game 4 tonight at AT&T Park
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Royals perfectly suited for National League style

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 48 min ago
The Royals' remarkable fielding combines with a deep pitching staff to give them the ability to win low-scoring games. Kansas City is probably better constructed to compete in the National League and it showed with a 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night.
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Fresh from campus, Finnegan making history

Major League Baseball - 18 hours 58 min ago
After six postseason appearances, rookie southpaw Brandon Finnegan is beginning to look like an old pro, "like he's had five, seven years in the league," according to third baseman Mike Moustakas. But Finnegan admitted to feeling some jitters on Friday night in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
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