Madison Bumgarner, who shows virtually no emotion on the mound, got the Giants off to a terrific start in Game 1. Given an early cushion by Hunter Pence’s home run, the man called MadBum by his teammates carried a shutout into the seventh inning and beat the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night.
The Kansas City Monarchs, the Negro National League champions, faced Philadelphia’s Hilldale Baseball Club, the champions of the competing Eastern Colored League. It marked the first time two Negro League champions from different leagues agreed to play in a championship series of note.
Palm Beach County has long appeared to be the favored spot for the teams, but they still haven’t agreed on a suitable site for the project. Nonetheless, Tuesday’s vote should help the process along.
Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, both teams will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust?
Lincecum is doing everything he can to stay involved in the San Francisco Giants’ latest World Series run after he was such an important part of the previous two.
Kelvin Herrera, who usually handles the seventh inning, had a 1.41 ERA in 70 games. Wade Davis, the eighth-inning guy, had a 1.00 ERA in 71 appearances. And Greg Holland had a 1.44 ERA while saving 46 games, one shy of his franchise record set just last season.
Bochy is keeping his rotation the same as the first two rounds of the postseason. Right-hander Jake Peavy will pitch Game 2 on Wednesday, followed by 39-year-old right-hander Tim Hudson in his World Series debut Thursday at AT&T Park and then righty Ryan Vogelsong.
Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Reigning NL Championship Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, former World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and Giants manager Bruce Bochy are aiming for their third ring in five seasons.
Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Banister got the nod over two other finalists, interim manager Tim Bogar and Cleveland Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash.
Both franchises made the playoffs, and while both may have disappointed their fans at the end, the truth is the next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing.
After reaching the playoffs in 2012 and winning 85 games last year, the Orioles went 96-66 and easily won the AL East before defeating three straight Cy Young Award winners in a three-game sweep of Detroit in the AL Division Series.