Video: Murphy’s costly error, the catalyst to Royals’ Game 4 comeback

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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was the goat of Game 4 of the World Series, a 5-3 loss to the Royals. The Mets entered the eighth inning ahead 3-2, but reliever Tyler Clippard issued back-to-back one-out walks to force manager Terry Collins to bring in closer Jeurys Familia for a five-out save.

Familia induced a weak grounder from Eric Hosmer, but second baseman Daniel Murphy couldn’t corral the easy hopper, allowing the Royals to tie the game and setting them up to take the lead soon thereafter.

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Murphy wowed the world when he hit seven home runs between the NLDS and the NLCS, including homers in six consecutive games to help bring the Mets to the World Series. The Royals, however, have handled him well, limiting him to three hits (all singles) in 20 plate appearances.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.