KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer off James Shields in a three-run first that silenced the crowd at Kansas City's first World Series game in 29 years, and the San Francisco Giants led the Royals 3-0 after three innings in Tuesday night's opener.
Kansas City became the first team to start a postseason 8-0 and entered with 11 consecutive postseason wins, one shy of the record set by Yankees from 1927-32 and 1998-99. And the Royals swept the Giants during a three-game series from Aug. 8-10.
But whatever momentum Kansas City had quickly dissipated on a warm autumn evening, and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner extended his Series scoreless streak to 18 innings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Infielder Jayson Nix was added to the Kansas City Royals' active roster for the World Series against San Francisco in place of rookie Christian Colon.
"Christian's more of an offensive option and Nix is more of a defensive option. Breaking it down and looking at all of our scenarios, especially in the National League, we decided to go with the defensive option," Royals manager Ned Yost said before Tuesday's opener.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A six-pack won't be enough for Madison Bumgarner if the San Francisco Giants win the World Series.
The Giants ace chugged four beers after beating Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game, upped the count to five following the NL Division Series clincher against Washington and six when San Francisco won the NL Championship Series over St. Louis.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts.
The Royals will send out rookie Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing right-hander from the Dominican Republic who grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez and now talks to him just about every day. San Francisco will counter with veteran Jake Peavy, the hired gun from Mobile, Alabama, who helped Boston win the World Series last year.
MIAMI (AP) U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Tuesday arrested a South Florida man suspected of manufacturing and supplying banned performance-enhancing drugs to clinics that distributed them to Major League Baseball players and other athletes.
A DEA criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges Paulo Berejuk with conspiracy to distribute testosterone. An initial court hearing for Berejuk was delayed until Thursday, and his attorney and family members declined comment.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Williams was 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. He also pitched for Houston last year and was 6-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 37 games with all three teams. He made 11 starts overall.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have their own version of the Core Four that has fueled their recent October dominance.
While players with catchy nicknames like the Panda, the Freak and MadBum, and shiny trophies like former NL Rookie of the Year and MVP Buster Posey get most of the accolades, a quartet of relievers has played almost as big a role in putting the Giants in position to win a third World Series title in five years.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Betty Finnegan made the 5 1/2-hour drive from Fort Worth, Texas, with a friend Aug. 31 to watch the last two games of the season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Her 21-year-old son was finishing his first summer as a professional baseball player on the Double-A team after helping pitch TCU into the College World Series.
They had checked into a Holiday Inn and left for the ballpark when her cellphone rang, and she saw Brandon Finnegan's number flash.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) The die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team's playoff run created quite a scene at Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night before the World Series opener.
Fans clogged stadium concourses, snapping hundreds of photographs of Sung Woo Lee as he made his way to his seat before the first pitch. Lee posed for photos and waved to the adoring blue-clad Royals faithful.