Royals grab commanding lead and benches clear in sixth inning of World Series Game 2

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The host Royals have the visiting Giants right where they want them in Game 2 of the World Series.

Giants starter Jake Peavy cruised through the third, fourth, and fifth innings on just 26 total pitches, but he gave up a leadoff single to Lorenzo Cain at the top of the sixth and was lifted from the game after issuing a walk to the next batter, Eric Hosmer. Royals designated hitter Billy Butler then laced a Jean Machi fastball into left field, scoring Cain.

Giants lefty Javier Lopez came into the game and took care of Alex Gordon, but Salvador Perez pounced on the next reliever, righty Hunter Strickland, for a two-run double to the left-center field gap. Omar Infante followed with a two-run blast out to the bullpen in left and Strickland began jawing at Perez, who was waiting for Infante to cross home plate. The benches cleared, but nothing came of it and Strickland was quickly removed by Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Kansas City leads 7-2 as Game 2 moves to the seventh inning.

The Royals will be firing up dominant relievers Wade Davis and Greg Holland to close this thing out.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.