Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was moved from center field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defense in one of AT&T Park’s trickiest positions. Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday night with the best-of-seven matchup 1-all. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson was starting in center field and batting eighth. With this vast outfield, we knew that we had to put our best defense out there.” Alex Gordon, who batted sixth in Games 1 and 2 this week at Kauffman Stadium, moved up into the No. 2 hole as the Royals lost their designated hitter – Billy Butler – in the NL ballpark.

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Well after the rest of his teammates put on their uniforms, Matt Cain wandered into the San Francisco clubhouse and changed clothes for a recent World Series practice. Especially after Cain helped the Giants win championships in 2010 and 2012.

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Playing under American League rules with few reliable options on the bench this season, no manager had as little use for pinch hitters as Kansas City’s Ned Yost. Now with the World Series shifting to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday night, when the pitcher will bat instead of the designated hitter in the NL park, Yost might need to make some extra moves. Fortunately for the Royals, Billy Butler provides a potent bat to call upon – even if the slugger will get just one chance in the batter’s box instead of his usual four. A lot of times in the National League you empty out your bench, obviously, more than you do in the American League.” Butler already has three hits in the Series.

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San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was sent for an MRI of his tight back to determine whether he can remain on the active roster when the World Series resumes Friday night. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was walked off the field by athletic trainer Dave Groeschner during the eighth inning of San Francisco’s 7-2 loss at Kansas City in Game 2 when his left lower back tightened. Lincecum retired five straight before exiting during Salvador Perez’s at-bat. ”Timmy feels pretty good today,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday.

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John Schuerholz completed what he called ”the best negotiation of my entire career” by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations. With Hart taking the newly created title on Thursday, the Braves aren’t looking for a general manager. Hart, Schuerholz and former Braves manager Bobby Cox formed the GM search committee. … I think all along I did feel and know that John clearly wanted me to take this job.” Hart, the former GM for the Rangers and Indians, joined the Braves last year as a senior adviser.

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Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art – the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakamatsu takes manager Ned Yost’s lineup and writes out the starters for both teams, the reserves and available relievers. ”I don’t see them as beautiful,” Wakamatsu said, humbly, before the Royals beat San Francisco 7-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Series at 1-all.

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In one inning, the Royals pushed Hunter Strickland and the Giants to frustration and gave the World Series a dose of intrigue.

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Hunter Pence hit a homer , Madison Bumgarner had another dominant outing and the San Francisco Giants took Game 1 of the World Series, but TV viewers weren’t all that impressed. According to overnight ratings, Game 1 of the 2014 World Series struck a new low. Neither the Cinderella story of the Kansas City Royals or the dynasty-in-the-making Giants seemed to captivate the nation, as the game finished with an 8.0 rating. That’s worse than Game 1 of the 2012 World Series , when Game 1 got an 8.8 million overnight rating, the worst in history until now. Given the Giants’ blowout win , ratings slipped ever further as the night went on. Here’s John Ourand of Sports Business Journal : World Series Game 1 pulled an 8.0 overnight, down nearly 15% from last year’s World Series Game 1 (Red Sox-Cardinals). — John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) October 22, 2014 World Series overnight rating mainly was hurt by a non-competitive game. The end-of-game numbers are dismal: 6.3 rating from 11:30-11:45p. — John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) October 22, 2014 What else were people watching? Well, Nielsen pegs the Game 1 audience at 10.68 million viewers. That wasn’t as much as “CSI” (16.88 million), “The Voice” (11.50 million) or “CSI: New Orleans” (15.87 million). Luckily, ABC’s “Selfie” only managed 3.81 million viewers. Baseball people will tell you to take ratings with a grain of salt. People have far more viewing options these days, so ratings don’t tell the whole story. It’s kind of like how every year album sales hit a new low. They’re never going to be what they used to be. And, on the flip side, MLB continues to enjoy record revenues . A couple worthwhile points from the Twittersphere:  Here’s what you have to look at with the WS ratings: it was a bad game between a team with little nat’l brand vs. one everyone’s tired of. — Steve Lepore (@stevelepore) October 22, 2014 Here come WS TV ratings nos. Down 15% from 2013. Remember: if MLB cared about ratings, it wouldn’t cut deals for big $ w cable networks — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) October 22, 2014 The more the postseason moves off the networks & ESPN, the fewer fans will watch, at least in short term. MLB chose the big $. — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) October 22, 2014 Much like the Royals, we’ll wait and see if things go better in Game 2 . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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The Giants cared enough to send their very best. What other way to describe Madison Bumgarner in the World Series? With their left-handed ace mixing a crackling fastball, a snapping cutter, a sweeping curve and even a surprising, 68-mph yakker, the Giants dealt the Kansas City Royals their first loss of the postseason and took a 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday. The world’s largest greeting card company is headquartered here. With Hunter Pence’s home run in a three-run first inning, and Bumgarner pitching himself deeper into World Series lore, the Giants sent the Royals something between condolences and regrets. The home team and powder-blue crowd, which waited nearly three decades for the World Series to return to Kauffman Stadium, can only hope to get well soon in Game 2. The Royals had gone 8-0 in this postseason. But they’re playing a team that has dispatched all nine playoff opponents they’ve faced in the Bruce Bochy era. Back on that Halloween Night in 2010, when Madison Bumgarner was barely 21 and shut out the Texas Rangers in Arlington, he said he couldn’t be sure if he’d ever reach the World Series again in his career. Well, he has. Twice more. And he has been nothing short of historically good. It took the 104 th pitch of his third World Series start, going 21 2/3 innings deep, before Bumgarner allowed a run in the Fall Classic. Salvador Perez dropped a fence-scraping home run into the Royals bullpen in the seventh inning. The homer snapped the second longest World Series scoreless streak by a pitcher to begin his career in major league history. (Christy Mathewson tossed 28 zeroes in a row back when you needed a dirigible to get your feet off the ground.) The homer also ended Bumgarner’s streak at 32 2/3 scoreless postseason innings on the road, a major league record. Until then, Bumgarner threw the same cold water on the Royals that he did to disarm the powerful Rangers in 2010 and Tigers in 2012. He worked eye levels with his fastball the first time through, offered them a completely different look the next time around, and when it was time to clock out, he’d held them to three hits in seven innings with a walk and five strikeouts. Bumgarner has allowed just the lone run and eight hits in 22 innings over his World Series career, with five walks and 19 strikeouts. The Royals’ only real shot to scratch him, aside from a bit of hard contact in the first inning, came in the third when shortstop Brandon Crawford fumbled a grounder from Omar Infante after Bumgarner nearly knocked the bat out of his hands. Bumgarner wasn’t afraid to throw a 3-1 slider to Mike Moustakas, who waved through it. But when he came back with an inside fastball, the Royals’ hot No. 9 hitter roped it into the right field corner for a double. The Giants had a 3-0 lead at the time, but the Royals had no outs and two runners in scoring position. It was a potential turning point. Instead, Bumgarner engineered a reverse takedown. He went to an 0-2 count on each of the next three batters, first going neck-high to blow away Alcides Escobar with a 92 mph fastball. Then after Norichika Aoki was late on two fastballs, Bumgarner came back with a curve and the little No. 2 hitter couldn’t check his swing. Bumgarner lost Lorenzo Cain to a six-pitch walk after getting ahead 0-2, but he followed with a first-pitch slider and cleanup man Eric Hosmer rolled it over to second base to strand the bases loaded. It was the Royals’ last breath. Bumgarner retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, with Perez’s homer in the seventh the lone exception. The Royals were 0 for 8 with five strikeouts and a walk the second time through the order against Bumgarner, and much of that had to do with a slow curve that he began to bust out in June. He threw one at 67 mph to Perez in the fourth, then used another to strike out Moustakas in the fifth. By the end of the night, it was clear which team had a true Game 1 ace. — Andrew Baggarly, CSNBayArea.com

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