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Giants surge past Royals 11-4 to tie Series 2-all (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco celebrate after Game 4 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants won 11-4 to tie the series at 2-2. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants. A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one. Pablo Sandoval’s single set up Hunter Pence to score the tying run in the fifth inning and the 2012 Series MVP followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth that sent the Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday night at pulsating AT&T Park. The Series is tied at two games apiece, ensuring the title will be decided at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium next week.


Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 6:13 am

Royals lose 1st replay challenge in World Series (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants' Joaquin Arias is safe at second by umpire Jeff Nelson on a throw by Kansas City Royals' catcher Salvador Perez to Alcides Escobar, center, during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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.


Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 5:44 am

Petit’s clutch relief carries Giants bullpen again (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit throws during the fourth inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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.


Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 5:44 am

Stow shouts ‘Play ball!’ before Game 4 of Series (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow talks to Tim Flannery before Game 4 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. Stow was disabled after an attack by Los Angeles Dodgers fans following a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Dodgers in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bryan Stow hollered ”Play ball!” and the sellout crowd roared. Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season, did his part to get Game 4 of the World Series started Saturday at AT&T Park. From a wheelchair near San Francisco’s dugout – and with Giants third base coach Tim Flannery and reliever Jeremy Affeldt by his side – Stow hollered, ”Welcome to the Kansas City Royals and your San Francisco Giants! Whoo! … Play ball!” Flannery kissed Stow on the head. He feels like he is part of the team.” Stow also attended Game 2 of the 2012 World Series at AT&T Park.


Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 1:30 am

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

The grounds crew water down the area near first base before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. When it comes to the speedy Royals' running game, Kansas City manager Ned Yost thinks the San Francisco Giants are being sticks in the mud. The area around first base appeared to be a bit mucky for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night. The Royals appeared to conclude the dirt was hosed down with extra vigor. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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.


Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 12:45 am

Marlins’ Stanton expects to have normal offseason (Yahoo Sports)

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, left, poses with Hank Aaron and the winner of the 2014 Hank Aaron Award Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins before Game 4 of baseball's World Series Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton expects to have a normal offseason of conditioning as he recovers from his facial injuries. Stanton was struck under the left eye by a fastball from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers on Sept. 11, ending his season. The outfielder attended Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday to accept the Hank Aaron Award, given by Major League Baseball to the top offensive performer in each league. ”It was a long process of just kind of laying around the house, and not being able to leave too much,” Stanton said.


Posted on 26 October 2014 @ 12:36 am

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

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.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 9:57 pm



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