When Pablo Sandoval doubled to lead off the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s 7-2 loss to the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series, he extended his postseason streak of reaching base safely to 25 games, which ties him with Boog Powell for the third longest in history. But even though he is proud of the streak, it is meaningless to him because of the end result.
With RBI singles in the first and sixth innings in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Billy Butler became the first Royals player with tying and go-ahead RBIs in the same postseason game since George Brett in the 1985 American League Championship Series.
Welcome to Kauffman Stadium and MLB.com’s live hub for Game 2 of the World Series, which will be updated throughout the night with news and in-game highlights. Be sure to refresh often as the Royals try to tie up this Series, while the Giants look to take a commanding 2-0 lead heading back to San Francisco.
Major League Baseball recognized this season’s top relief pitchers Wednesday, announcing Kansas City’s Greg Holland and Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel as the recipients of the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award and the Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year Award, respectively.
With Game 2 of the 110th World Series between the Giants and Royals, Major League Baseball is using its greatest stage to keep the momentum going to help find a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known for generations as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The Twins have sold left-handed starter Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. At least six clubs from Japan’s top league showed interest in Johnson, but the Carp submitted the highest bid, according to Wolfson. The move appears to work out for both the Twins and Johnson, as Wolfson reports in a followup tweet that the Twins will receive a six-figure sum for selling Johnson’s rights, while Johnson himself will have a seven-figure salary in Japan. (Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press tweets the Twins will receive something in the “mid six figures.”) Johnson, 30, was acquired from Pittsburgh as one of two players that went to Minnesota in the 2013 Justin Morneau trade. (The other, Alex Presley, was claimed off waivers by the Astros earlier this year.) Johnson made three spot starts for the Twins this season, surrendering seven runs in 13 1/3 innings of work with a 12-to-9 K/BB ratio. Though he has very little big league experience, Johnson has six seasons of experience at the Triple-A level and posted a 3.48 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in 132 innings at that level in 2014. Johnson offered the following take on his situation to Wolfson via text message: “I’m very excited about playing for Hiroshima and appreciate the Twins making it happen. I talked to different players about how great the fans and team treat foreign players
Max Kepler tripled and doubled, helping Salt River defeat Surprise, 9-2. With the victory, the Rafters improved to 10-3-1, becoming the first team to reach 10 wins this fall.
Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum missed Tuesday’s pregame introductions because he was sick to his stomach, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.
The Angels announced (Twitter link) that they have claimed catcher Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies. As MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez explains (also on Twitter), the Angels’ 40-man roster is full, but Williams will head directly to the 60-day disabled list, as he’s coming off knee surgery, so he therefore does not require a 40-man roster spot at this time. The 28-year-old Williams made his big league debut with the Rox this season, appearing in seven games and collecting 16 plate appearances. He picked up three hits in 14 official at-bats, including his first Major League homer. Williams was selected 43rd overall by the Giants in the 2007 draft but left that organization as a minor league free agent last offseason and signed a minor league pact with Colorado. In five seasons at the Triple-A level, the University of Oklahoma product has a .235/.307/.361 batting line. Angels director of communications points out that Williams was Garrett Richards’ catcher in college (Twitter link). Williams twice ranked among the Giants’ top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America, placing 18th and 16th, respectively, following the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. BA listed him as the best defensive catcher in San Francisco’s system on three separate occasions, most recently before the 2011 season.
The Twins have declined their $3.6MM club option on right-hander Jared Burton, director of communications Dustin Morse announced (on Twitter). Burton will receive a $200K buyout and hit the open market this winter.