Update (10:20 PM EST): It’s over. That quick. Herrera led off the eighth inning by walking Alex Avila, then served up a single to Nick Castellanos. Jose Iglesias then beat out an infield single to load the bases with no outs.
The Royals are working on a no-hitter against the Tigers in Friday night’s game. Chris Young started for the Royals — his first start of the season — limiting the Tigers to three walks without any hits while striking out nine on 81 pitches. Ryan Madson relieved Young in the sixth and kept the Tigers hitless for two innings. Kelvim Herrera will take over in the eighth inning.
On the offensive side of things, the Royals got an early 3-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run double from Kendrys Morales and an RBI single from Salvador Perez. They tacked on another run in the second when Morales knocked home his third run with a single.
We’ll keep you posted as the Royals attempt to finish off the no-hitter.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.