Robin Williams' smiling face, in a variety of his most well-loved characters, adorned the big screen at AT&T in a stirring tribute to the late award-winning actor. Zak Williams, the oldest son of the beloved Academy Award winner and comedian, lofted an emotional ceremonial first pitch to Billy Crystal to start Game 5 of the World Series between Williams' San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night.
Yusmeiro Petit bounced off the mound pumping his fists and shouting ''Let's go!'' The right-hander from Venezuela certainly has found his swagger this October as a lights-out long man who delivers in the clutch game after game, inning after inning. He did it again Saturday night for the San Francisco Giants, pitching three scoreless innings of relief against the Kansas City Royals in an 11-4 victory that tied the World Series at two games apiece. Petit came oh-so-close to throwing a perfect game in 2013 - now he's a perfect 3-0 this postseason. He entered in the fourth inning of Game 4 with the Giants trailing 4-2 and held Kansas City in check while his teammates rallied.
Will Clark remembers each moment of that day when a major earthquake interrupted the 1989 World Series, from the sprint out to center field he had just completed during warmups to the fear and chaos that followed in the ballpark and well beyond. The former Giants star first baseman, now part of another World Series as a coach with his old club, can hardly comprehend that 25 years have passed since Candlestick Park swayed just before Game 3 of the Bay Bridge Series against the Oakland Athletics.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Catcher Salvador Perez has been moved up two spots to fifth in the Kansas City Royals' batting order for Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night.
For more than a quarter-century Tim McCarver was as much a part of October baseball as champagne celebrations. On three networks, across four decades with four different play-by-play partners, McCarver was a near constant on the World Series soundtrack with his unique style as an analyst and familiar Tennessee twang. McCarver had been on the job for every World Series since 2000 before going on semiretirement after last year's Fall Classic and being replaced in the Fox booth by Tom Verducci and Harold Reynolds. McCarver called 24 World Series overall, including all but two since 1989.
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.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost could tell he was going to lose his challenge, even before the umpires got the final word from the replay room. Yost became the first manager to challenge a call in the World Series under Major League Baseball's expanded review system, asking for another look in Game 4 on Saturday after San Francisco's Joaquin Arias was ruled safe on a pickoff play at second base. In the meantime, Giants fans cheered louder and louder when the replay on the center-field video board showed Arias beat shortstop Alcides Escobar's tag in the sixth inning. ''But it was worth a shot.'' Crew chief Jeff Kellogg, who made the original call at second base, signaled safe after getting the word from umpire Jerry Meals in the New York replay center.