The Royals’ remarkable postseason run came to a grinding halt against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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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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The Royals’ remarkable postseason run came to a grinding halt against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

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Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from their own. The World Series suddenly had some life. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth, and the Royals’ cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check for a 7-2 victory that evened the Series and spiced things up as it shifts to San Francisco for three games.

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The Kansas City Royals 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in World Series Game 2 didn’t necessarily set up perfectly, but it did allow manager Ned Yost to unleash his trio of dominant late-inning relievers with the game hanging in the balance. The main thing that didn’t fit Yost’s preferred script was having to call on his usual seventh-inning reliever, Kelvin Herrera, to record an additional two outs in the sixth inning. Herrera has done this before during the postseason, recording five outs in the AL wild-game card and six outs in their ALCS Game 1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. It’s something he’s proven he can handle, and with a full week off in between outings, he was obviously well rested. Make that extremely well rested. Herrera came right out of the bullpen firing nothing but heat. Eight 100-mph plus fastballs later, the Giants threat was over and many were left in amazement at Herrera’s overpowering stuff. That includes ESPN’s Jayson Stark, who was moved to tweet the following. Eight fastballs for Herrera in that inning. Your MPH readings: 101, 100, 101, 101, 101, 100, 101, 100. Call the cops. #worldseries — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 23, 2014 The cops you say? Never fear. They’re always a poice offer or detective on duty somewhere, and some are equipped with an instant quip for such baseball tweets. @jaysonst I’m sorry but there is nothing we can do. He’s just throwing a baseball. — Joseph Murray (@PPDJoeMurray) October 23, 2014 Well played, detective Murray. There are no speed limits in baseball, and no team knows that better than the Royals. Herrera’s fastball isn’t pleasant to face. To some it may even be unfair, but in baseball terms it’s far from criminal. In fact, it’s actually quite beautiful. And given how Herrera throws his fastball, it’s also rare. Kelvin Herrera was asked if he knows of any other pitcher in baseball with a 100-mph two-seamer. He smiled. “No,” he answered. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 23, 2014 Needless to say, he’s not a comfortable at-bat.  Herrera was forced to sit around a long time in Game 2 while the Royals scored five runs and San Francisco made four pitching changes in the sixth inning. His command was off and his velocity was slightly down early in the seventh, but he worked around back-to-back walks to keep Kansas City’s five-run lead intact. Wade Davis and Greg Holland followed with scoreless innings of their own, as the Royals evened the series at 1-1. BLS H/N: SB Nation More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn’t what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise’s championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals’ story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1.  Though it wasn’t quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time:  In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It’s not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October.  • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco’s rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate. 

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Ned Yost has guided the Royals to the World Series with an impulsive managerial style that seems to fit the chaos of October.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain is learning that he doesn’t get a reprieve from diaper duty just to play in some silly baseball games. He’s also learning that changing diapers is harder than it looks.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air.

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