World Series pregame ceremonies typically involve famous people, celebrity anthem singers and great players from the team’s past. The Giants had all of that prior to Game 3 of the World Series on Friday, but they also included a neat twist — honoring an unassuming fan for simply being selfless and decent.
Facing three straight games at AT&T Park, the Royals may find the Giants’ home has a familiar feel that bodes well for their chances in San Francisco.
Sad news today out of Chicago, as longtime White Sox scout Paul Provas passed away from brain cancer at age 63. As Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports, Provas had been scouting for the South Siders since 1993 after doing the same for the cross-town rival Cubs dating back to 1983. MLBTR extends its condolences to his family and friends. Here are the day’s news and rumors out of the American League: Left-hander Joe Beimel would love to return to the Mariners, and the team has expressed interest in re-signing him as a lefty specialist, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com in his latest Mariners Inbox.
Ned Yost didn’t reveal his revised lineup for World Series Game 3 against the Giants on Friday, but one thing is certain — designated hitter Billy Butler won’t be in it.
Some 16 years after quitting baseball to move to Europe, Jeremy Guthrie will take the game’s grandest stage for the biggest start of his career Friday. Tapped as the Royals’ Game 3 starter, Guthrie inherits the swing game in a 1-1 World Series against the Giants.
The Giants are the classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Put them up, man-for-man against some other teams, and maybe the other guys seem more impressive. But put the Giants together and they’re in the World Series for the third time in five years.
The Padres hired Sam Geaney on Thursday to be their director of player development, a role in which he will oversee the organization’s Minor League system.
After converting from pitcher to infielder, Rays prospect Patrick Leonard could prove to be a major part of the James Shield trade from 2012 if he continues to develop his power.
The Red Sox formally announced Chili Davis as their new hitting coach on Thursday.
Another year has brought another promotion for a rising star in baseball’s coaching ranks. The Brewers on Thursday hired Darnell Coles to be their hitting coach, continuing the former utility man’s swift rise up the instructional ladder.