Bruce Bochy sticking with Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson for World Series Games 6 and 7

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Madison Bumgarner will not be starting on short rest during the World Series. As Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller reports, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Jake Peavy will start Game 6 and Tim Hudson will start Game 7 if they can force the series that far.

There was some thought that Bumgarner would start tonight’s Game 4 on short rest, but Bochy confirmed after the Giant’s Game 3 loss that Ryan Vogelsong will take the hill opposite Jason Vargas.

Neither Peavy nor Hudson had great results in their first World Series starts, both losses for the Giants. In Game 2, Peavy allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in five innings. In Game 3, Hudson allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?