James Shields driven from Game 1 in the fourth inning


Royals manager Ned Yost has gone to the bullpen early in Game 1 of the World Series, removing starter James Shields after he surrendered an RBI single to Giants designated hitter Michael Morse in the top of the fourth inning. It was the fourth run of the game for the visiting Giants, who then plated their fifth run of the night when Gregor Blanco drew a bases-loaded walk off Kansas City reliever Danny Duffy.

San Francisco will carry a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning at a stunned Kauffman Stadium.

All five of the Giants’ runs were charged to “Big Game James,” who now has a 5.74 ERA in 53 1/3 career postseason innings and a 7.11 ERA through 19 innings in this year’s tournament. That’s not a great look for the impending free agent right-hander.

Wade Miley exits spring start with groin strain

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Attempting to make a play on a bunt during Wednesday’s split-squad game against the Athletics, Brewers starter Wade Miley suffered a strained left groin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Miley will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. On the afternoon, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings.

Miley, 31, signed a minor league contract with the Brewers last month. He had been having a solid spring until last Friday, when he served up seven runs in three innings against the Reds. The lefty had been battling for a spot in the Brewers’ rotation but this injury may take him out of the running.

Last season with the Orioles, Miley made 32 starts spanning 157 1/3 innings, posting a 5.61 ERA with a 142/93 K/BB ratio.

With the Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb signings recently, many wondered why the Brewers didn’t make a move. They may regret not having done more.

In related news, reliever Boone Logan also left with an injury on Wednesday, per Haudricourt. The Brewers should have more on both players’ statuses later.