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Royals Edge Giants To Take 2-1 Series Lead

The winning formula of fundamental baseball has put the Royals ahead in the World Series.

Jeremy Guthrie out-pitched fellow World Series newcomer Tim Hudson, and four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings, and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night for a 2-1 series lead.

Via ESPN.com

Royals Move Cain To Right For Game 3

Lorenzo Cain will be moved from center field to right for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions.

Usual right fielder Nori Aoki is not in the starting lineup for the Kansas City Royals, while Jarrod Dyson is starting in center field and batting eighth.

"We've made a couple adjustments," Yost said. "We didn't scramble it up. I mean, we did, but it was out of necessity. With this vast outfield, we knew that we had to put our best defense out there."

Via Associated Press

Miguel Cabrera Has Ankle Surgery

Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture, according to the Detroit Tigers.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cabrera will be re-evaluated in three months.

Via Associated Press

Joe Maddon Steps Down As Manager Of Rays

Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the Tampa Bay Rays immediately.

Maddon will become free to work on a deal with any club.

Andrew Friedman left the Rays to join the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason and Maddon could conceivably join him there.

Friedman previously has said that Mattingly would definitely return as manager of the Dodgers.

Via Buster Olney/ESPN

Perez Praised For Being Best-Smelling Catcher

Salvador Perez is considered by many to be the best-smelling catcher in baseball.

Earlier this season Perez admitted to wearing perfume to get on the good side of umpires.

Ned Yost was asked Thursday about Perez and infielder Alcides Escobar wearing perfume during games.

"I think Esky started it first, and then Salvy did," Yost said. "I know they're sweet smelling on the bench, that's for sure."

The manager admitted that this is one of the more usual World Series storylines.

"Yeah, that's one of the more unusual ones," Yost said. "But it's been effective, so it works for them."

Via Mike Bertha/MLB

Blue Jays Getting Calls About Adam Lind

After a very productive season, the Toronto Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.

Lind had the highest batting average among left-handed hitters in the Major Leagues this year.

"I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams. I've heard three or four clubs," one executive said.

Lind also has a team-friendly contract. He earned $7 million this season and the Blue Jays are expected to pick up his option of $7.5 million for 2015.

Via Bob Elliott/Toronto Sun

Giants Will Extend Qualifying Offer To Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants will extend a qualifying offer to Pablo Sandoval this offseason, according to sources.

The club hasn't had contract talks with Sandoval since spring training and that won't change until after the World Series ends.

Several teams are expected to show interest in the third baseman if he hits free agency.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Brewers Hire Coles As Hitting Coach

The Milwaukee Brewers have hired Darnell Coles as their hitting coach.

Coles returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the assistant hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers.

Coles previously worked in the Brewers organization as the team's Double-A manager from 2012-13.

Via Associated Press

Lincecum's Back Feeling Better; MRI Negative

Tim Lincecum says his back was feeling better Thursday than it did when he was forced to leave Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

"Sitting on the plane was a little iffy but I just did my best to stay stretched out and keep loose," Lincecum said. "And now I'm just going to get it treated and see how it feels."

Lincecum underwent an MRI and the results showed no structural damage.

The right-hander is expected to be available for the remainder of the series.

Via Jim Caple/ESPN

Blue Jays Open Talks With Melky Cabrera

The Toronto Blue Jays have begun contract talks with Melky Cabrera in hopes of re-signing him.

They are believed to be willing to offer him a three-year deal after an impressive 2014 season.

If no quick deal is reached, Toronto is expected to extend the outfielder a qualifying offer.

The Blue Jays signed Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal prior to the 2013 season.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports