A few hours before World Series Game 3, Michael Morse was sick — a flu bug, he thinks — leaving the Giants potentially without their best bench bat in a critical game. Yet by the time manager Bruce Bochy approached him in the middle innings to ask what he could contribute, Morse was feeling well enough to hit.
Before some fans at AT&T Park had even finished taking their seat, Alcides Escobar hammered the first pitch of the game from Tim Hudson for a double. He scored later in the inning on a groundout to give the Royals a lead they’d never surrender in their 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
Ned Yost adapted to National League rules with a drastic lineup change, and after his Royals pulled out the 3-2 win that gave them a 2-1 advantage in this Fall Classic, only one word could accurately depict him: Genius.
If the Kansas City Royals go on to win this World Series, we can look back at a moment in Game 3 on Friday night that might just tell the whole story. First, though, let’s push the pause button and rewind to 2011 to understand how far these Royals have come. That was around the time they proudly wore the label of “baseball’s best farm system.”
Major League Baseball used its biggest stage for the sixth year in a row to hold a live Stand Up To Cancer moment for a capacity crowd and a global FOX viewing audience.
Speaking before the Giants opposed Kansas City in Game 3 of the World Series, manager Bruce Bochy said he’ll consider using long relievers Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Lincecum in middle-inning situations and asking Jeremy Affeldt, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla to work more than one inning if necessary.
After a rough start to the Arizona Fall League, Archie Bradley’s dominant arsenal of pitches finally came to life. The right-hander turned in his best performance of the AFL as the Salt River Rafters won their fifth straight game and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs 8-1 on Friday afternoon.
Joe Maddon is curious about what else is out there. In the end, it’s that simple. Don’t pencil him in anywhere. You’d just be guessing. Let’s face it, he’d upgrade the managerial position in almost any organization.
Alex Rios‘ up-and-down career trend continued in 2014, with an ill-timed replacement-level performance. The Rangers declined the outfielder’s club option, putting the 11-year veteran on the free agent market for the first time in his career. Strengths/Pros Rios has had a productive career. A first-round pick of the Blue Jays out of Puerto Rico in 1999, Rios finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in ’04. A few seasons later he nabbed back-to-back All-Star appearances, and went on to post seasons worth three or more wins above replacement in 2010, ’12, and ’13. When he’s at his best, Rios has shown 20 home run power as a right-handed hitter and the ability to hit .280 or better. There were positives in his 2014 season. Rios hit .304/.335/.430 through July, which was a little better than his successful 2013 campaign
With Game 3 of the World Series shifting to the Bay Area, the Royals and Giants are both looking to get a leg up in the series that’s even at a game apiece. Here is a breakdown of the starting lineups for tonight’s game.