We’ll be breaking down and previewing the game in depth throughout the day, but for now, here are the basics:
The Game: World Series Game 1. San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Madison Bumgarner vs. James Shields
The Upshot: It’s about darn time. If rust is an issue it should be an equal opportunity impediment. The position players have had four days off for the Giants, five for the Royals and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is on regular rest. Shields, however, has had extended rest — he last pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS, 11 days ago. Maybe it helps him maybe it hurts his command. We won’t know until pitches start flying. One thing we do know is that Shields had his best game of the year back in August against these Giants, pitching his lone shutout of the season and tossing a four-hitter.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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