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Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after Friday's loss to the Royals that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 on Saturday.

Madison Bumgarner made a push to talk his manager into letting him pitch Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy opted to stick with the veteran right-hander while saving Bumgarner for Game 5. He'll oppose Jason Vargas as the Giants look to even up the series at two games apiece.
Oct 24 - 11:48 PM

Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, sparking the Royals offense in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

Escobar jumped on the very first pitch of the night from Tim Hudson, lining a leadoff double into the left field corner. He advanced to third on a ground ball and came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals an early advantage. The speedy shortstop then delivered a one-out single in the sixth inning which started a two-run uprising that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Oct 24 - 11:37 PM

Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 and drove home the eventual game-winning run on Friday as the Royals topped the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.

Hosmer’s two-out RBI single came off tough opposing southpaw Javier Lopez after an 11-pitch battle in the sixth inning, increasing the Royals advantage to 3-0 at the time. That run would prove to stand tall though after the Giants pushed across a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hosmer has had a tremendous postseason, slashing .359/.479/.564 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.
Oct 24 - 11:36 PM

Alex Gordon came through with an RBI double in the sixth inning on Friday, helping the Royals to dispatch of the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.

His one-out double plated Alcides Escobar who had reached on single. It was Gordon’s first hit of the series, as his 1-for-4 effort brings him to 1-for-11 (.091) in the Fall Classic.
Oct 24 - 11:35 PM

Greg Holland sent down the heart of the Giants order in succession on Friday, preserving a one-run advantage in Game 3 of the World Series.

Holland got Buster Posey to fly out to left field, then induced weak ground balls off the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence to end the proceedings. The Royals bullpen has been a driving factor behind their run through the postseason, and they certainly delivered again on Friday hurling four scoreless innings without allowing a base hit. For his efforts, Holland netted his seventh save of the postseason.
Oct 24 - 11:35 PM

Jeremy Guthrie pitched well as the Royals defeated the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in his five-plus innings of work.

The 35-year-old right-hander cruised through the first five frames with relative ease, leading Royals skipper Ned Yost to leave him on the hill to begin the sixth inning. He was quickly yanked though after consecutive hits to start the inning, both of which would come around to score after he departed. Guthrie didn’t walk a batter or tally a strikeout in his first career postseason victory. The Royals will now give the ball to Jason Vargas on Saturday as they look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Oct 24 - 11:34 PM

Buster Posey went 0-for-4 with an RBI as the Giants dropped Game 3 of the World Series to the Royals in San Francisco on Friday.

Posey came to the plate in a huge situation in the sixth inning, with the potential tying runs in scoring position and just one out. While Posey was able to deliver an RBI with a ground out that pulled the Giants to within a run at 3-2, their scoring threat fizzled. The All-Star backstop is now hitting .268/.311/.268 with no homers and six RBI in the postseason.
Oct 24 - 11:31 PM

Michael Morse came through in a big way for the Giants in Friday’s loss to the Royals, smashing an RBI double as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

Morse came on to hit for Tim Hudson in the sixth inning after Brandon Crawford had singled, and swatted a massive foul drive down the left field line that narrowly missed being a two-run home run. The Giants could certainly use his bat in the lineup against southpaw Jason Vargas on Saturday, but it’s unclear if he feels well enough to man left field defensively.
Oct 24 - 11:28 PM

Tim Hudson made was defeated in his long-awaited World Series debut on Friday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Royals.

The 39-year-old right-hander became the second oldest hurler to make his debut on the grandest stage. He gave up a leadoff double to Alcides Escobar to begin the ballgame, who advanced to third and then scored on consecutive ground balls. He settled in nicely afterwards, retiring 12 in a row at one point, until the Royals strung three hits together to scratch out a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Now facing a 2-1 deficit, the Giants are scheduled to turn to Ryan Vogelsong in an attempt to even the series back up.
Oct 24 - 11:27 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday that Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this season.

The top prospect hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but the doctors do not want him to play. He has been doing baseball-related drills at the Twins extended spring training complex and is getting healthier by the day, but the Twins still want to take things cautiously with their prized young slugger.
Oct 24 - 8:47 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins plan to contact Joe Maddon regarding their managerial vacancy.

The Twins narrowed down their list of finalists to three earlier in the week, but with Maddon opting out of his deal with the Rays on Friday it would be foolish to not do their due diligence and at least speak to him. Paul Molitor is still believed to be the favorite for the position.
Oct 24 - 8:20 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Kevin Towers is expected to join the Reds front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty.

Towers, who had served as the general manager of the Diamondbacks for the past five seasons before being removed from his position after the 2014 campaign. He's a long-time friend of Jocketty and widely respected around the game, and would make for a terrific addition for the Reds.
Oct 24 - 8:14 PM

James Shields said Friday that he made some mechanical adjustments during Friday's bullpen session and is confident that he will be much better in Game 5 of the World Series.

Shields was bounced from Game 1 against the Giants before he recorded an out in the fourth inning and had looked extremely hittable this entire postseason as he sports an 8.05 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over his four starts spanning 17 innings.
Oct 24 - 8:01 PM

Michael Taylor has elected free agency.

Taylor refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Charlotte and will become a minor league free agent. He shouldn't have any difficulty securing a minor league contract and spring training invitation elsewhere.
Oct 24 - 7:56 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that the club has yet to offer it's manager job to any candidates just yet.

Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo are the three finalists for the position as successor to Ron Gardenhire, with Molitor the believed favorite. Look for this situation to before the winter meetings begin in December.
Oct 24 - 7:53 PM



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