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David Wright homers but Royals retake lead in Game 3 of the World Series

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Update (8:45 PM EDT): The Royals didn’t take that lying down. They led off the top of the second with three consecutive hits against Syndergaard. Salvador Perez blooped a single to left field, Alex Gordon ripped a liner to right field, and Alex Rios doubled to left. Gordon was called out on a tag play at third base following a replay review. Pitcher Yordano Ventura laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rios to third base. During the next at-bat against Alcides Escobar, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was unable to block a Syndergaard pitch in the dirt, allowing Rios to score from third.

Can’t keep the Royals down for long.

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The Mets found themselves in a familiar hole after the top of the first inning on Friday night, shortly after Game 3 of the World Series had gone underway. The Royals used a double, an infield single, and a fielder’s choice ground out to push across a run against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard. Already down two games to none in a best-of-seven series, falling into an early deficit in Game 3 could have been a morale destroyer.

In the bottom half of the first inning, however, the Mets wasted no time putting pressure on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Outfielder Curtis Granderson led off with an infield single, and third baseman David Wright promptly hammered a two-run home run to left field. Ventura was able to retire Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda to escape the inning, but not before the damage was done.

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Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.