Giants rolling with Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy in first two games of World Series


The Royals announced that they’re going with James Shields and Yordano Ventura in Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, respectively. Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are countering with Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy.

It’s certainly no surprise. Both pitchers have been excellent in Giants uniforms this season, including in the playoffs. In four post-season starts spanning 31 2/3 innings, Bumgarner has a 1.42 ERA with a 28/5 K/BB ratio. The lefty started Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals in which his club punched their ticket to the World Series, but did not factor into the decision. Peavy, in two October starts, has allowed two runs with a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.

The World Series begins on Tuesday night and will be broadcast on FOX. The first two games will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Pavlovic added that manager Bruce Bochy announced starters Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong for Games 3 and 4 of the World Series, respectively. Tim Lincecum is on the roster and can contribute out of the bullpen, as will Yusmeiro Petit.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.