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Video: Wade Davis gets the final out, sending the Royals back to the World Series

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Friday wasn’t an easy night for Royals closer Wade Davis. He had to clean up a mess left by Ryan Madson in the eighth inning, as Madson served up a game-tying two-run home run to Jose Bautista then walked Edwin Encarnacion before exiting. Davis got Chris Colabello to pop up, then struck out Troy Tulowitzki to escape the inning.

The rain began to fall at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, sending the game into a rain delay lasting approximately 45 minutes. Manager Ned Yost sent his closer back out after the Royals took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Davis allowed a leadoff single to Russell Martin. Pinch-runner Dalton Pompey then stole second and third base ahead of a Kevin Pillar walk. Davis struck out pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro, though Pillar stole second in the process. He fanned Ben Revere, then induced a game-ending ground out to third base from American League MVP Award candidate Josh Donaldson to send the Royals back to the World Series.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?