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Tyler Kepner
If this game matches the first pitch (Mo'ne Davis) and the anthem (Carlos Santana), we're in for a classic.
On Baseball: Royals' Bullpen is Fearless, and Nearly Flawless…
Only Marlins Man could give up his regular awesome seat to a veteran...then somehow find an even better seat.
Not satisfied, Brandon Finnegan also plans to play in the World Series of Poker.
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Danny Jackson in to pitch for the Royals.
Love that Sergio Romo warm-up music.
On Baseball: From His RV, a Candid Joe Maddon Hits the Open Road…
Wow, that's a major league play right there. Sliding backhand grab at 2B, short hop fielded flawlessly at 1B. Nice.
Escobar thisclose to a Jeter moment (1st-pitch HR in World Series). I'm sure the Players Tribune will have a sidebar about that.
SF fan Huey Lewis pumps up the crowd. Now the ballpark is playing "Power of Love", a smash hit in 1985, year of the Royals. Mixed message.
Talked to Joe Maddon. He said he had no idea he even had an opt-out tied to Friedman's departure until the Rays told him he did.
MLB paying tribute to the late, great Tony Gwynn with a nice video on the scoreboard right now.
On Baseball: Kansas City's Most Valuable Misfit
Hunter Strickland joins Chris Narveson (2011) as the only relievers to yield 5 homers in a single post-season.
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Three overly enthusiastic KC relievers ran all the way into the infield. Maybe they just needed a jog.
Four pitchers for four batters. 1979 Earl Weaver still not impressed:…
Javier Lopez in, thus keeping alive my super-baseball-nerd dream of someone tying Darold Knowles' record for pitching in all 7 games of a WS
Here's Kelvin Herrera. I asked him once why he has that big "Herrera" tattoo down his left forearm. "So I don't forget my name," he replied.
Posey hitting .280 in the postseason, but somehow no extra-base hits. Yet.
That pitch is what Roger Clemens would have called a "gutter ball" -- middle/middle. And KC has its first lead.
Now here comes Alex Gordon, 10 for 28 (.357) lifetime vs. Peavy
KC is 1 for 4 on stolen-base attempts since the start of the ALCS
Daughter: "Does Jeremy Renner pitch for the Giants?"
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Blanco 1st to lead off top of 1st in a WS game with a HR since Johnny Damon in 2004. Last NL player to do it was Lenny Dykstra in 1986
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Ventura's fb averaged 97.0 mph, #1 among MLB starters, according to Fangraphs. Obviously proud of it, but Blanco caught up to 8th in a row.
On Baseball: "Vroom, There He Goes..." Hunter Pence, Leading the Way Again For Giants
Nice gesture by Yost to give Willingham a World Series at-bat right there.
Part of the fun of the WS, even in a one-sided game, is looking up guys like Christy Mathewson to see how he compares w/a guy pitching now.
Back a bit further, Giants in Game Ones in this century have faced 14 starters who are 0-12, 8.00.
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Tough game for him so far, but here's my pre-game column on the very entertaining Royals catcher Salvador Perez:…
Still not the worst Game 1 relief outing in recent years. Ryan Speier issued 3 bases-loaded walks in a row for Rockies in 2007.
Say what you want about Marlins-jacket guy, but the best WS-fan-behind-home was that lady rolling her arms at Red Sox pitchers at Shea in 86
This implies Danny Duffy exists. RT @philgrogers Prediction: Danny Duffy will get up in the bullpen if Travis Ishikawa reaches to start 2nd.
1 run would have been enough for Bumgarner in either of his other 2 WS starts. Career 15 innings, no runs.
MLB is experimenting with 20-second "shot clocks" in the Arizona Fall League --…
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On Baseball: Madison Bumgarner, Durable and Dominant, Awaits the Royals
Preview: Royals and Giants Make It a Wild-Card World Series
A great follow right now: @WrigleyRenovate. Big changes for a baseball cathedral.
On Baseball: Royals Envisioned Success, Then Saw it Through
Seems like some folks killing Matheny for using Adam Wainwright with the season on the line. He's Adam Wainwright. Easy to trust in 6th/7th.
I highly recommend this @TylerKepner piece on Jeff Banister, the Rangers new manager. Great story:
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Especially happy for the venerable scout Art Stewart, who said last night that this was even better than '85.
My favorite story of the year, from September: a look at the Royals folks who lived through the lean years:…
The dominant storyline in baseball right now: Will the Kansas City Royals -- THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS -- ever lose again? Think about that.
Bouncer that hits the 2B bag, HBP, sac bunt, two runs score on a grounder to first. The Royals will never lose again.
As @Joelsherman1 points out, a throwing error also ended Game 2, 1996 ALDS, Texas at Yankees (Dean Palmer)
Keep seeing note that yesterday's NLCS game was first in postseason to end on throwing error since '69 WS. What about Gm 2, 09 ALCS (Aybar)?
Fantastic story here by @ScottMillerBbl on Ken Caminiti, 10 years after his death.…
Don't know about any Jeremy Guthrie T-shirt, but this is the only Chris Brown I care about:…