Storylines: Giants close to within one win of another title
- The San Francisco Giants are now within a game of claiming their third World Series title in five years. If this occurs, the man that will most likely get the MVP is Madison Bumgarner. Since the postseason began, he has been the best pitcher throughout as in five starts he is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 33K’s. Sunday night was no different for Bumgarner as he dropped his career World Series ERA from 1.29 to 0.26 and also added 8 strikeouts. The run support also played a big part for the Giants asBrandon Crawford racked up RBI's in the second and fourth inning. The onslaught came in the eighth inning as San Francisco scored three runs to put the game away. James Shields was better as he allowed two runs and gave up eight hits, but still came up the loser. The Giants will travel back to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday for Game 6 to try and close out the Royals and win their eighth title in franchise history.
- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident Sunday evening in Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic. He was 22 years old and one of the best young prospects in the game.
Other News and Notes
- According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Alex Rodriguez plans on playing for the New York Yankees next season.
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Toronto Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle will be made available for trades once the offseason begins. However his $19 million contract could be a deterrent for teams unless the Blue Jays agree to pay part of it.
- According to the Japan Times, former Houston Astros first basemen Jesus Guzman has signed with the Hiroshima Carp of the NPB.
- Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Tampa Bay Rays ownership has discussed possibly relocating the franchise to Montreal.
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the San Francisco Giants will likely resign Pablo Sandoval rather than let him test free agency. They currently do not have a viable replacement at third base.
- According to Bill Chastain of MLB.com, former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon stated the reason he left Tampa Bay was because both sides could not reach an agreement on a contract. It was said to be above $3 million. He also states he is open to “any” and “all” offers.
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