Giants to go with Tim Hudson in NLCS Game 3, Ryan Vogelsong in Game 4

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ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that Giants manager Bruce Bochy has tabbed Tim Hudson for a start in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, and Ryan Vogelsong will toe the slab in Game 4. Bochy said, “We’re going to keep things in order” unless “things go a little crazy”.

Hudson twirled a gem in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals, limiting them to one run on seven hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Vogelsong’s Game 4 start could potentially be a clincher if the Giants win their next two games against the Cardinals. Vogelsong held the Nationals to one run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in Game 4 of the NLDS.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.