Buster Posey casts an assertive presence as a hitter, but he could loom even larger in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals when he settles into his catcher’s crouch.
After playing a critical role as a pinch-hitter in the National League Championship Series, Michael Morse’s job description is about to expand. Morse will serve as the Giants’ designated hitter in World Series Games 1 and 2, giving manager Bruce Bochy’s club some extra thump that it did not have in previous rounds.
Jeff Kellogg will serve as the crew chief for the 2014 World Series, Major League Baseball announced on Monday. Kellogg is one of three regular season crew chiefs who will have a role working the 110th Fall Classic.
With the use of the designated hitter in the American League city, the Giants are going to have a shortened bench for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.
Jon Jay will have his left wrist scoped on Wednesday in order to address an injury that occurred about three months ago. As for other injuries, the Cards expect Yadier Molina (left oblique strain, right thumb injury) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow discomfort) to return in spring at full strength.
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Lorenzo Cain has shined on both sides of the ball this postseason, stroking hits with regularity and chasing down drives in the outfield gaps. Those feats would be impressive even without the knowledge that he didn’t play baseball at any level until his sophomore year of high school.
During those years the sports teams wandered aimlessly in the desert of mediocrity, the rest of the city was busy building a better Kansas City. And Kansas Citians know how to wait for the good times to come back around.
Santiago Casilla keeps his emotions mainly to himself, unlike a large percentage of his counterparts, who favor gesticulations, primal screams or both when they’re on the mound. “I am emotional, but I try to keep that inside,” Casilla said. “It depends on how I feel. I’m not going to show it just so people can see it, but I really am amped up.”
By the time James Shields delivers the first pitch of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday night (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, 7:07 p.m. first pitch), his Kansas City Royals will have had five full days of rest since Greg Holland delivered the final pitch of the American League Championship Series.