Guthrie on a mission to make statement in Game 3

Royals starter, who took circuitous route to Majors, gets ball in San Francisco

Guthrie on a mission to make statement in Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- He took off without even packing a glove, that absence of equipment a tangible indication of the baseball career Jeremy Guthrie was content to leave behind. His calling, as it is for many young men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was to serve a two-year mission away from home (he chose Spain), and Guthrie invited that opportunity knowing it would come at baseball's expense.

He wasn't sure there was a future in sport anyway, not after laboring to go 5-4 with a 6.54 ERA in 16 appearances as a freshman at Brigham Young University. He was burned out by the demands, dissatisfied with the results and prepared to pursue other interests when he returned from overseas.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lineup breakdown: Royals vs. Giants, Game 3

Lineup breakdown: Royals vs. Giants, Game 3

With Game 3 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 Friday night's game (8 p.m. ET on FOX):

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Salvy providing spark for hard-charging Royals

All-Star catcher delivers clutch two-run double in Game 2 after homer in Game 1 loss

Salvy providing spark for hard-charging Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Yilda Diaz flew into Kansas City on Monday to see her son, catcher Salvador Perez, play in his first World Series game on Tuesday. Although the Royals would lose Game 1 to the Giants, it was Perez who gave the crowd at Kauffman Stadium one of team's few highlights in a 7-1 loss, homering off Madison Bumgarner.

Before Game 1 ended, Perez gathered a few of his teammates in the dugout, exhorting them to relax, shake off a rough start to the Fall Classic and look ahead to Wednesday night's Game 2.

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David Venn is lead editor of MLB.com's Spanish site, LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Batter up: Royals pitchers ready to take hacks

Batter up: Royals pitchers ready to take hacks

SAN FRANCISCO -- After 11 seasons in baseball, Jeremy Guthrie is in his first World Series. Not only that, but he will be used as a starter, working Game 3 for the Royals. And that's not all.

With the designated hitter out of play in the National League champs' home park, Guthrie should get a chance to dig his spikes into the batter's box and take his hacks against Giants starter Tim Hudson on Friday at AT&T Park (6:30 p.m. CT on FOX; 7:07 first pitch).

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Butler will serve as pinch-hitter with series in NL park

Butler will serve as pinch-hitter with series in NL park

SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Ned Yost didn't reveal his revised lineup for World Series Game 3 against the Giants on Friday (6:30 p.m. CT air time on FOX, first pitch at 7:07 p.m.), but one thing is certain -- designated hitter Billy Butler won't be in it.

Yost has had the same batting order for all 10 of Kansas City's postseason games -- of which they've won nine -- but the change to a National League city and NL rules means that the pitchers will bat for the next three games.

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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams

Path to World Series ultimate test of best teams

SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a mid-game moment in Game 2 of this World Series when two competitors, two guys representing teams trying to crush each other's dreams, had to turn to each other and smile. It was in the midst of a pitching change when Eric Hosmer took a moment to soak it all in and congratulate Hunter Pence on reaching this point of the postseason.

"Man," Hosmer said to Pence, "it's unbelievable to be here right now."

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals could revive running game facing Hudson

Giants right-hander has allowed 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts last two years

Royals could revive running game facing Hudson

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's been forgotten amid a surprising power surge, swept aside because it hasn't necessarily altered outcomes. But the Royals -- Major League leaders in stolen bases by a wide margin and armed with two track stars off their bench -- haven't been running. They've stolen one base in their last six postseason games, five of them wins, after swiping seven in the American League Wild Card Game and five in a Division Series sweep of the Angels.

Game 3 of the World Series, a matchup against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson at AT&T Park, could be their chance to run again.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Four Royals nominated for Gold Glove Awards

Joined by Escobar, Hosmer and Perez, Gordon seeks fourth straight nod

Four Royals nominated for Gold Glove Awards

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Royals have been lauded as the best defensive team in baseball this season, and that excellence was recognized once again on Thursday, when four members of the team -- left fielder Alex Gordon, shortstop Alcides Escobar, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez -- were named finalists for American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

Gordon could win his fourth straight Gold Glove in left field. His first came in 2011, his first full season in that position. Hosmer and Perez are going after their second straight awards. For Escobar, it's his first nomination.

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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Baseball to Stand Up To Cancer during Game 3

In-game moment to take place before start of sixth inning

Baseball to Stand Up To Cancer during Game 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Major League Baseball will dedicate Game 3 of the 110th World Series on Friday (8 p.m ET on FOX) to advancing the fight against cancer and specifically to help Stand Up To Cancer -- empowering a population of fans and Fall Classic participants who all share a goal of eradicating this disease in our lifetimes.

There will be a special in-game moment at AT&T Park leading into the top of the sixth inning when fans, Royals and Giants players, umpires and all on-field personnel will hold up placards with the names of loved ones affected by cancer. This has become an annual World Series tradition, started five years ago in Philadelphia during the Phillies-Yankees Series.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alcides thriving since receiving ignition keys

Alcides thriving since receiving ignition keys

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alcides Escobar always has seen himself as a leadoff man or No. 2 hitter. He hit mostly first or second in the Brewers' Minor League system before doing so for significant parts of his Major League career in Milwaukee and Kansas City.

But the Royals shortstop has not always produced in those roles. In 2012, his numbers were much better at the bottom of the lineup than the top, while in 2013 -- a down offensive year for him in general -- he posted his best average as the No. 9 hitter.

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David Venn is lead editor of MLB.com's Spanish site, LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Guthrie, Royals look to take Series lead without DH

Guthrie, Royals look to take Series lead without DH

SAN FRANCISCO -- They followed decidedly different itineraries to get here to AT&T Park, these Royals and Giants. The Royals headed straight to the airport after their Game 2 victory at Kauffman Stadium, checking into their Union Square hotel in the early-morning hours. The Giants, on the other hand, spent an extra evening near Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, an uninterrupted slumbering schedule that had them rested and ready for a flight straight to Thursday's workout.

This contrast in travel methodology speaks to the intense strategizing taking place in this World Series, which resumes Friday night at AT&T Park (7:30 p.m. ET air time/8:07 p.m. ET first pitch on FOX). And that intensity will only pick up now that the Series has shifted to a National League park and now that the starting-pitching matchup --Tim Hudson vs. Jeremy Guthrie -- points toward increased importance for mid-game matchups.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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1985 Royals found motivation in being written off

After dropping first two World Series games at home, KC was counted out vs. St. Louis

1985 Royals found motivation in being written off

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Royals have endured comparison after comparison to the 1985 World Series champions, but in at least one respect, the current club may have a leg up on the team from 29 years ago.

The full script still is yet to be written for the current club, and we know how things turned out for the '85 team. But this year's Royals team had the luxury of departing Kansas City with a split of the two World Series games played at Kauffman Stadium. The '85 team, on the other hand, headed out of town with an 0-2 deficit and were written off by plenty of folks in both Kansas City and St. Louis.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O'Neil's legacy carrying on through Royals

O'Neil's legacy carrying on through Royals

SAN FRANCISCO -- Throughout the Royals' frenetic playoff run, one that was void of a loss until Game 1 of the World Series, one comment kept coming up in conversation among those familiar with Kansas City baseball.

Buck woulda loved this.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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With five-run sixth, Royals knot World Series at 1

Butler, Perez, Infante deliver big hits, then KC's 'pen slams the door

With five-run sixth, Royals knot World Series at 1

KANSAS CITY -- Now the upstart, unbridled, uninhibited Royals are back in business. They've surged back into the nation's consciousness, evening the World Series at one game each as the stage moves to San Francisco.

The Kansas City club landed a sixth-inning haymaker on the Giants and surged to a 7-2 victory in Game 2 of the 110th Fall Classic on Wednesday night with a blue-hued crowd of 40,446 roaring at Kauffman Stadium.

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Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Butler hopes to wear crown, stay in Kansas City

Longtime Royal trying to delay thoughts of potential free agency

Butler hopes to wear crown, stay in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler doesn't want to go anywhere. He loves being a Royal and would be one forever if it were up to him.

Unfortunately, it's not up to him.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Five things we learned from pivotal sixth inning

Five things we learned from pivotal sixth inning

KANSAS CITY -- By the time the sixth inning was over, Kelvin Herrera had thrown a 101-mph sinker, Billy Butler had given a curtain call after a single, the benches had cleared, Omar Infante had gone deep and four Giants relievers had been summoned, all pretty much in vain.

So yeah, the sixth inning was a bit wild Wednesday night. And oh yeah, it was the inning that decided Game 2 of this World Series in favor of the Royals, who went on to a 7-2 win in front of a raucous Kauffman Stadium crowd to salvage a home split.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding

Giants, Royals don't expect any carryover as World Series heads to San Francisco

Strickland-Perez spat chalked up to misunderstanding

KANSAS CITY -- Omar Infante hit a home run, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily emptied, bracing for a skirmish that never occurred.

After Wednesday night's game -- a 7-2 win by the Royals that evened the World Series at a game apiece -- everyone was still confused.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Royals reintroduce themselves to rabid crowd

Playoff-hungry fans delighted by KC winning brand of baseball, rebounding from quiet Game 1

Royals reintroduce themselves to rabid crowd

KANSAS CITY -- At the end, they roared with every single pitch. They stood, too, screaming and pleading and cheering. You could feel how badly they wanted it. Some of these fans had waited 29 years for a moment like this one. So they held nothing back as the Royals won Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, beating the Giants, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

There aren't that many times when a city is completely invested in a professional sports team. When it happens, players and fans alike remember it forever, how they counted down the hours to game time, how for a brief time the games themselves seemed to be the most important thing on Earth. That's what's happening around Kansas City these days. In the coffee shops and bars and restaurants, they're talking Royals. They're nervous and they're excited, and they're having the time of their lives.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Infante makes presence known for Royals

Second baseman hits game-breaking home run in sixth inning

Infante makes presence known for Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Almost the entirety of this postseason has passed with Omar Infante stuck in the shadows, his ailing right shoulder a nuisance and his been-here-played-on-this-stage story not exactly as magnetizing as those basking in the World Series spotlight for the first time.

It's understandable that he would be overlooked on a club built around its homegrown talent, enough of which bloomed in unison for the bunch to end a city's 29-year drought. But on a night when one of those drafted-and-developed players outpitched a seasoned veteran and another broke open the game with a two-run double and yet two more dazzled in relief, Infante scored an early go-ahead run before delivering the go-home punch in Kansas City's 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2.

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Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Herrera nails down KC's first Series win since '85

Electric reliever gets five key outs in Game 2 as Royals even Fall Classic

Herrera nails down KC's first Series win since '85

KANSAS CITY -- Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera pours through video of his appearances after every game, looking for any flaws in his mechanics, trying to pick out tendencies from his opponents and hardly ever glancing at the radar gun. He did it again late Wednesday night, after the 7-2 win that evened this World Series at a game apiece, only this time he couldn't help but notice that radar gun was flashing triple-digits even more frequently than usual.

Afterward, he was told that 14 of his 32 pitches hit 100 mph, a single-game career-high for the electric right-hander, and Herrera couldn't believe it.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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New WS gear player tested, fan approved

Wear the same on-field hoodies, T-shirts and caps as the Royals

New WS gear player tested, fan approved

KANSAS CITY -- Welcome to the 110th World Series. Fitting for a first-of-its-kind Fall Classic matchup, there is a fresh and must-have look being modeled by the Royals themselves on the field for Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium, and now it can be yours.

Orders for the new line of Royal oKCtober apparel are underway exclusively at the MLB.com Shop and at the Royals Majestic Team Store.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tale of the tape: Royals-Giants, Game 3

Tale of the tape: Royals-Giants, Game 3

Jeremy Guthrie, Royals
Against the Giants
2014: Did not face San Francisco this season.
Career: 3 GS, 0-1, 6.14 ERA
Loves to face: Hunter Pence, 1-for-7, 3 K
Hates to face: Brandon Crawford, 4-for-4, HR, RBI

Game breakdown
Why he'll win: Because the crafty veteran has pitched his best baseball of late, as he has cut down on the home runs allowed. The Giants' offense isn't the most powerful, and AT&T Park isn't exactly a hitter's paradise.

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Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Royals' Davis, Holland put tight seal on Game 2

Dominant relievers make quick work of Giants with five-run lead

Royals' Davis, Holland put tight seal on Game 2

KANSAS CITY -- The service Royals manager Ned Yost required of Wade Davis and Greg Holland in Game 2 of the World Series differed a bit from what he usually asks of baseball's best eighth-ninth inning combination.

Instead of inserting the duo into a tight ballgame, like usual, Yost called upon his fearsome setup man and closer with Kansas City holding a five-run lead. Holland and Davis closed the game out in predictable fashion, making a mockery of the final two frames and easing Kansas City to a comfortable, 7-2 victory over the Giants at Kauffman Stadium.

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Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ventura sturdy bridge to Royals' lethal bullpen

Rookie right-hander delivers solid start to help thwart Giants in Game 2

Ventura sturdy bridge to Royals' lethal bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals do not need their starting pitchers to dominate, they just have to keep them in the game long enough for the offense to eke out a lead and let their dominant bullpen take over. Such was the case on Wednesday night, where the Royals' 7-2 victory in Game 2 evened the World Series at one game apiece.

James Shields' performance in Game 1 -- surrendering three quick runs in the first and five overall in three-plus innings -- gave the Royals little chance at victory. But rookie Yordano Ventura did his part on Wednesday, delivering 5 1/3 innings while limiting the Giants to two runs on eight hits.

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Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Strickland upset after Infante's homer, benches clear

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Strickland upset after Infante's homer, benches clear

Look, we've all had bad days at work, days that make us want to scream into our pillows. But you know what mama always said? Yes, she did say there'll be days like this, but she also said, if you don't want to get shown up, don't give up homers. You know, like in an idiomatic way.

Maybe that was just my mom. Anyway, Hunter Strickland didn't seem particularly aware of that phrase when he gave up a two-run homer to Omar Infante on Wednesday night. 

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Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?

Giants-Royals, World Series Game 2: Did you know?

The Royals bounced back from their Game 1 loss to even the World Series at one game apiece with a 7-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 2 at Kauffman Stadium.

In a postseason filled with one-run games and extra-inning contests, each of the first two games in the World Series has been decided by at least five runs. That hadn't happened in nearly 80 years.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Oct. 22 Billy Butler postgame interview

Oct. 22 Billy Butler postgame interview

Q. There was a lot said about you and Peavy sort of had a history; I think of, you hit him well. I think you had maybe some emotional confrontations with him, I guess. Coming up in that situation in such a big spot early in the game, what is sort of going through your head there? And how much did your previous experience with him maybe help you out there a little bit?

BILLY BUTLER: You know, this is the postseason, so the other experiences really don't come into play. I know what he's featuring. I know he's got good off‑speed breaking stuff and he's got a good sinker. I know in that situation right there that in the past that I've hit his fastball well at times, that he's going to try to stay down and away from me and try to make me hit his pitch.

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Here's how K.C. evened the World Series at 1-1

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Here's how K.C. evened the World Series at 1-1

With their championship pursuit at a critical juncture -- trailing the Giants, 1-0, entering Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium -- the Royals put their hopes on a 23-year-old rookie Wednesday night. Right-hander Yordano Ventura, whose fastball reaches triple digits, became the first rookie pitcher to start a World Series game for Kansas City.

Getting the ball for San Francisco was a righty who can only dream of that velocity. Jake Peavy made his second career Fall Classic appearance four days shy of the anniversary of his first one, a two-run, four-inning effort against the Cardinals on Oct. 26, 2013.

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