Giants take early lead in Game 1 of World Series

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The Giants exploded for three runs in the top of the first inning on singles by Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey, a double by Pablo Sandoval, and a Hunter Pence two-run homer to center field. They’ll take a 3-0 World Series Game 1 lead into the bottom of the second inning. That’s a daunting hill to climb for the Royals given that Madison Bumgarner has been the most dominant starting pitcher in this postseason.

The home run for Pence was his first in over a month, and just his second since September 2 — a span of 103 plate appearances. But it traveled fast and far off Royals starter James Shields.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.