World Series Reset: The Royals look to pick themselves up off the mat



The Game: World Series Game 2. San Francisco Giants lead Kansas City Royals 1-0
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Jake Peavy vs. Yordano Ventura
The Upshot: Well, that was certainly ugly for the Royals last night. For the Giants, it was shades of 2012, when they jumped all over Justin Verlander en route to their sweep of the Tigers. To avoid that fate the Royals need a big game from Yordano Ventura. They also need to buck recent history: In the past 17 World Series, 15 Game 1 winners have gone on to win the thing. Only the 2002 Angels and 2009 Yankees overcame a Game 1 loss in that time to come back and win.  Overall it’s not quite as dire — in the previous 108 World Series, 63 percent of Game 1 winners went on to win the title — but it’s certainly not the start the Royals wanted.

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O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.