Tim Lincecum missed the Game 1 introductions because he was throwing up

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Last night Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was not on the field when both teams lined up on the baselines for player introductions before Game 1 of the World Series and now we know why: He was in the clubhouse throwing up.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that today, but when asked last night after the game what happened Lincecum originally said:

I just didn’t make it down in time. I didn’t want to run out there in the middle of everybody else getting introduced. That was just … it. I was doing some stuff in the training room.

That’s one way to put it, I guess.

Lincecum was apparently available to pitch, if needed, but the Giants didn’t use him out of the bullpen. He’s yet to pitch this postseason and last saw game action on September 28.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.