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Pence, Sandoval Lead Giants Past Royals To Even Series

The Giants surged past the Royals 11-4 on Satruday night to tie the World Series at two games apiece.

Down by three runs in the early going and in danger of dropping into a huge hole, the Giants and their fans rallied.

The fired-up Hunter Pence got three hits, drove in three runs, scored twice and made a terrific catch in the ninth inning.

Via ESPN.com


Stanton Wins Hank Aaron Award, Expects Normal Offseason

Marlins star slugger Giancarlo Stanton expects to have a normal offseason of conditioning as he recovers from his facial injuries.

He attended Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday in San Francisco to accept the Hank Aaron Award, given by Major League Baseball to the top offensive performer in each league. He did not appear to have any signs of black eyes.

Via ESPN.com


Royals Find Giants' Infield Dirt 'Extra Wet'

When it comes to the Kansas City running game, Royals manager Ned Yost thinks the Giants' grounds crew 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.

"Maybe the groundskeeper just was looking at all the Royals fans up in the corner there and just forgot," Yost said Saturday. "I thought it was a little extra wet around first. 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 not to notice any unusual dampening.

Via ESPN.com



Royals Claim Moises Sierra Off Waivers From White Sox

The Royals announced that they have claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off Outright Waivers from the White Sox.  In a corresponding roster move, the Royals have designated right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks for assignment.

Sierra, 26, split the 2014 season between the White Sox and Blue Jays, batting .230 with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers and 22 runs scored in 96 games combined.  It marked his third Major League season as he made his debut with Toronto in 2012, playing in 49 games.  He was a member of the Dominican Republic Team which won the World Baseball Classic in 2013, highlighted by a catch he made going into the stands here in San Francisco.

Hendriks, 25, came to the Royals along with catcher Erik Kratz in the July 29 trade that sent third baseman Danny Valencia to Toronto.

Via Press Release


Giants To Stick With Vogelsong As Game 4 Starter

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy has declined to alter his rotation for Game 4 of the World Series, even though the Giants trail Kansas City two games to one and a sense of urgency is at hand.

Bochy is sticking with Ryan Vogelsong because of his faith in the veteran righty and his hesitancy to push staff ace Madison Bumgarner to pitch once and possibly twice more on short rest.

Via ESPN.com


Pirates Acquire Justin Sellers From Indians For Cash

The Pirates have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Indians in a deal for cash considerations.

The Pirates have also reinstated RHP Charlie Morton from the 60 day disabled list and have designated RHP John Axford and RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.
  

Via Press Release


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