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World Series Live blog: Giants-Rangers Game 5


UPDATE: It’s all over! Brian Wilson strikes out Nelson Cruz swinging and the Giants have won it! The Giants have won their first World Series title since 1954!

Stay tuned for the postgame from Craig and all sorts of fallout. Thanks for reading HBT all season long.

10:28 PM: Make that two away. Vlad swings at the first pitch (of course) and grounds out to shortstop. It’s down to Nelson Cruz.

10:27 PM: One away, as Josh Hamilton goes down with the bat on his shoulder. 2-for-20 in the series.

10:24 PM: It’s going to be Brian Wilson in the bottom of the ninth.

10:23 PM: Feliz shuts down the Giants in the top of the ninth, including a strike out of Pat Burrell. The Rangers have three outs left. Will Bruce Bochy let Lincecum finish what he started? Let’s see…

10:16 PM: It’s almost like the Rangers just want to go home. Lincecum needed only nine pitches to get out of the bottom of the eighth inning. He has 10 strikeouts on the night. Look for Brian Wilson to come on in the bottom of the ninth.

10:09 PM: Feliz gave up a two-out infield single to Buster Posey, but was able to escape the eighth without any further damage. It’s 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.

10:07 PM: McCarver pushing the angle that the Rangers should have intentionally walked Renteria to get to Aaron Rowand. We’ll hear a lot about that one if the Rangers lose this game, though I’m not sure that’s fair, really.

10:03 PM: Here’s something interesting. Neftali Feliz is in to start the top of the eighth inning. Cliff Lee is done for the night after throwing 95 pitches.

10:01 PM: Ian Kinsler followed the Cruz homer with a walk, but Lincecum was able to strike out David Murphy and Bengie Molina to end the inning, leaving him stranded at first base. We’re headed to the eighth.

9:53 PM: Don’t give up just yet, Rangers fans. Nelson Cruz just hit a solo homer with out out in the bottom of the seventh. It’s 3-1 Giants.

And by the way, Neftali Feliz is up in the Rangers’ bullpen. Maybe Ron Washington finally realized that these games, you know, matter?

9:45 PM: My goodness. Edgar Renteria just hit a three-run homer that eeked over the left field wall. That ball just kept carrying and carrying and carrying…


9:43 PM: Burrell, of course, struck out. It’s up to Edgar Renteria with two away. I’m not a fan of either team and I’m on the edge of my seat here. Just really compelling stuff.

9:38 PM: Aubrey Huff just sacrificed Ross and Uribe over to second and third respectively. It took a great play from Cliff Lee to even get the out at first base. That was Huff’s first career sacrifice bunt. Excellent timing, I’d say. The bad news for Giants fans? Here comes Pat Burrell.

9:37 PM: Well, we finally have a runner in scoring position. Cody Ross and Juan Uribe have started the top of the seventh with back-to-back singles.

9:32 PM: Just a comparison. Through six innings, Lincecum has thrown 68 pitches and Lee has thrown 75. Insane.

9:28 PM: Tim McCarver was expecting the bunt with Elvis Andrus there, but Ron Washington went with the hit-and-run instead. I’m inclined to agree with the latter, although one run really might be enough here. We still haven’t seen anyone reach second base in this one.

9:24 PM: Oh wow. Nelson Cruz failed to make a diving catch on a ball hit by Freddy Sanchez with two outs, but he just robbed Buster Posey of extra bases with a leaping catch on the warning track in right. Redemption. This one is still scoreless going into the bottom of the sixth.

9:15 PM: Another 1-2-3 inning for Lincecum. This is truly a joy to watch. I’d love to see the comparison of commercials to actual inning-time. Seriously, I think the commercials are winning.

9:13 PM: Mitch Moreland’s drop was rendered irrelevant thanks to another scoreless inning by Cliff Lee. We already headed to the bottom of the fifth in Arlington!

9:07 PM: You guys probably aren’t going to believe this, but Pat Burrell just struck out. Film at 11.

9:02 PM: Young’s leadoff single goes for naught, as Lincecum struck out Josh Hamilton, got Vladimir Guerrero on a fielder’s choice and then fanned Nelson Cruz to end the inning. By the way, the Rangers are scoreless over their last 16 innings.

8:55 PM: And the Rangers have their first hit of the night. Michael Young just singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

8:53 PM: Lee sits them down 1-2-3. He’s at 51 pitches through four innings, though, really, his pitch count will probably be pretty darn close to irrelevant tonight.

8:48 PM: Cliff Lee just needed 11 pitches to put Buster Posey away there. The Rangers could learn a lesson from this rookie.

8:40 PM: Anyway, back to the game at hand. Lincecum issued a two-out walk to Mitch Moreland, but managed to strike out the side in the bottom of the third. Maybe this is the classic pitchers’ duel everyone expected to see back in Game 1? I sure hope so.

8:38 PM: And there’s the black bowtie on Lincecum!

8:32 PM: Cliff Lee just made a pretty nifty snag of a liner off the bat of Freddy Sanchez to end the top of the third inning. He’s a pretty cool customer.

8:25 PM: Lincecum just made easy work of the Rangers in the bottom of the second. Or, rather, the Rangers made it easy for Lincecum. He needed just six pitches there.

8:23 PM: Ken Rosenthal sporting the blue bowtie this evening. Nice. There were rumors that Lincecum wore a bowtie to the ballpark today. Anybody have photographic proof of this?

8:19 PM: After that flyout, Pat Burrell is 0-for-10 during the World Series. But hey, at least he made pretty solid contact this time. Tiny victories. We’re scoreless going into the bottom of the second.

8:12 PM: Tim Lincecum threw 13 pitches in a 1-2-3 bottom of the first inning. You know, this whole Freaky Freaks thing has me thinking about the David Bowie episode of “Flight of the Conchords.” Resist. Temptation. To. YouTube.

8:04 PM: Buster Posey mustered a two-out single, but newly-installed cleanup man Cody Ross popped out to Elvis Andrus to end of the top of the first. Cliff Lee needed just 10 pitches to get out of the inning. Yeah, this guy might still be pretty good.

7:59 PM: And we’re off and running. Cliff Lee strikes out Andres Torres swinging.

7:45 PM: Ah, baseball in November. Just the way the baseball gods intended.

Thanks to eight innings of shutout ball from 21-year-old left-hander Madison Bumgarner last night, the Giants are just one win away from their first World Series title since 1954 and their first since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Cliff Lee’s mission tonight is clear: get the series back to San Francisco for Game 6.

I’ll be dropping some of my random thoughts and observations here throughout the ballgame. Feel free to join the conversation in our comments section.

Looking for lineups? Aaron has you covered right here.

NLDS, Game 1: Cubs vs. Cardinals lineups

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Here are the Cubs and Cardinals lineups for Game 1 of the NLDS in St. Louis:

CF Dexter Fowler
RF Kyle Schwarber
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Starlin Castro
LF Chris Coghlan
SS Addison Russell
C David Ross
SP Jon Lester

Jon Lester’s personal catcher David Ross takes the place of Miguel Montero behind the plate. Kris Bryant shifts back to third base after playing left field in Game 1, with Chris Coghlan coming off the bench to get a start in the outfield against a right-hander. Addison Russell bats seventh, which he did just 10 times during the regular season.

3B Matt Carpenter
1B Stephen Piscotty
LF Matt Holliday
CF Jason Heyward
SS Jhonny Peralta
RF Randal Grichuk
C Yadier Molina
2B Kolten Wong
SP John Lackey

Mike Matheny’s lineup for Game 1 is an interesting one. Jason Heyward is batting cleanup and playing center field, where he started just eight games all season. Stephen Piscotty plays first base, where he started just nine games. Yadier Molina is behind the plate, toughing his way through a significant thumb injury that’s sidelined him since September 20 and leaves him at much less than 100 percent now. Brandon Moss, Mark Reynolds, and Jon Jay are all on the bench.

Steven Matz is on the Mets’ playoff roster, set for Game 4 start

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) works during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Rookie left-hander Steven Matz hasn’t pitched since September 24 because of a back injury, but he’s on the Mets’ playoff roster for the NLDS and looks likely to start Game 4 against the Dodgers.

Matz prepped for a potential start by throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game Thursday and apparently experienced no issues. Even setting aside the health question mark Matz has started just six games in the majors, but he’s 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio in 35.2 innings.

Matz is one of 11 pitchers on the NLDS roster, along with 14 position players. No big surprises.

ALDS, Game 2: Astros vs. Royals lineups

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Here are the Astros and Royals lineups for Game 2 of the ALDS in Kansas City:

2B Jose Altuve
RF George Springer
SS Carlos Correa
LF Colby Rasmus
DH Evan Gattis
3B Luis Valbuena
1B Chris Carter
C Jason Castro
CF Jake Marisnick

SP Scott Kazmir

Carlos Gomez remains out of the lineup with an intercostal injury, so Marisnick makes another start in center field after going 2-for-4 with standout defense in Game 1.

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios

SP Johnny Cueto

Royals manager Ned Yost sticks with the same lineup as Game 1, which isn’t surprising given that he trotted out the same lineup for basically the entire postseason run last year. Cueto gets the ball after Yost chose Yordano Ventura for Game 1 duties.