Game 1 impressions from around nation

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phillies_091028.jpgIn the wake of an impressive showing by the Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series, let’s take a stroll around the nation and see what’s going on …

In New York, they were actually eating cheesesteaks. And no, that’s not some kind of euphemism for what Cliff Lee did to the Yankees.

Speaking of Lee, they’re worshipping him in Philadelphia with a video tribute, and rightly so.

How impressive was he? He did something that hadn’t been done since the FIRST World Series game.

In Cleveland, they tried not to pay attention. And they’re still mad about LeBron wearing that Yankee hat.

On the radio, Suzyn Waldman made some history as the first woman to broadcast a World Series game.

In Milwaukee, they were handing out awards to guys like Manny Parra (A for occasional effort).

In Atlanta, they’re jacked up about the idea of keeping Tim Hudson out of free agency.

In Los Angeles, they’re amassing lawyers (and body guards) along the border, preparing for war. And probably trying to decide if they’re happy about another year of Manny.

And finally, in Boston, they’re gloating, and wondering if Pedro Martinez can make it 2-0.

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Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.