James Shields will take the ball opposite Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. It lined up that way because Shields was skipped on normal rest for Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, partly because, as The Kansas City Star reported, the 32-year-old right-hander passed a kidney stone.
Six days after celebrating an American League pennant in front of their own fans by dispatching the Orioles, the Royals will host the Giants in the first World Series matchup between the clubs. First pitch in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for tonight at 8:07 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage on FOX begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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.
Bud Selig's 22-year run as Major League Baseball's Commissioner is coming to an end, which has plenty of people reflecting on his career. It happened once more on Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria, where Selig received a lifetime achievement award at the 24th annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards.
Outside of Kansas City, how many of us really know the Royals? To that end, we took advantage of a 50-minute media session on Monday at Kauffman Stadium, where players were stationed inside one room at the Royals' Hall of Fame and fielded questions from dozens of media types.
The trade that brought Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar to Kansas City almost didn't happen, but happen it did, and Ned Yost calls the deal "the start to all of our success."
Nine managers have won at least three World Series championships, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. So if the Giants can get past these Cinderellas wearing Kansas City Royals baseball suits, their beloved skipper can count on baseball's highest honor.
Twenty-nine years later, as the Royals prepare to finally play in a World Series again and Kauffman Stadium gets ready for a rocking Game 1, the unavoidable name of Don Denkinger is being brought back down from the shelves of the sport's lore. The old umpire says that's OK. He's used to it.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Gregor Blanco of the Giants will realize his fondest baseball dream Tuesday night: Leading off and playing center field in the World Series.
When Madison Bumgarner starts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday (4:30 p.m. PT on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch), he will showcase one of the game's most unconventional deliveries, which he spent the past decade crafting into one of baseball's best.
Here's a breakdown of the pitchers for Game 1 of the World Series: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and the Royals' James Shields.
Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has gone from the sublime to the anonymous in his baseball career. Thus far, Lincecum has not pitched during the 2014 playoffs, but he insists he is not obsessing about pitching in the World Series against the Royals. If Lincecum's not used, he figures he'll deal with all that when the postseason is over.
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.
Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.
Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.
Sitting in his criminal justice classes four months ago at Texas Christian University, Brandon Finnegan could not wait to be done with college so he could go play professional baseball.
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.