Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar had run-scoring hits off Jake Peavy, and the Kansas City Royals took a 2-1 lead over San Francisco after three innings Wednesday night as they tried to even the World Series at a game apiece. Gregor Blanco started the game with a home run for the Giants off hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura, but the Royals came back with runs in the first and second innings to take their first lead of the Series. After the ceremonial first pitch from retired Royals star George Brett, Blanco drove Ventura’s eighth pitch, a 98 mph fastball, into the Kansas City bullpen for his first home run since Sept. 22.

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The San Francisco Giants already possess a notable home-field advantage because of the unique layout at AT&T Park. For Game 3 of the World Series, it appeared the grounds crew was looking to give them an even greater advantage by watering down the infield to an almost excessive level in an attempt to slow down the Kansas City Royals’ enormous speed advantage on the bases. In the end, it would become more of an afterthought than an advantage after the Royals won the game 3-2 and grabbed a 2-1 series lead, but the overly saturated infield dirt was easily noticed and its effects were often discussed during the early innings. Giants grounds crew spent entire October water allotment on the infield; I just saw a sea lion surface to Panik’s right — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) October 25, 2014 Pretty cool that McCovey Cove was relocated in about 400 feet for this game — Bryan Kilpatrick ⚾ (@purplerowBK) October 25, 2014 Giants grounds crew trying to turn the dirt into mud to slow the Royals. Cain and Dyson still flying home to first in under 4.0 seconds. — Ben Badler (@BenBadler) October 25, 2014 The grounds crew here cleaning up the over-watered infield between innings. Sloppy track surely aimed at KC base-stealers. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 25, 2014 The gamesmanship involved is clear, but this is far from an original tactic. In one instance back in 2011, New York Mets manager Terry Collins accused the Atlanta Braves of watering down the infield to slow down Jose Reyes. After Reyes slipped three times on the bases, Collins filed a complaint with the league because he considered the conditions a safety issue, in addition to an advantage for the Braves.  The league didn’t act then, and there’s nothing in the rules now that prohibits San Francisco from creating such an advantage. It’s akin to teams growing or cutting the infield grass to capitalize on a team strength or an opponent’s weakness. It’s a tactical move, and as long as it doesn’t create an obvious hazard for the players, it’s all fair.  Though the Royals didn’t attempt a stolen base for the second game in the series, the muddy track proved to be no advantage to San Francisco. Alcides Escobar scored easily from first base on Alex Gordon’s sixth-inning double in their biggest test on the bases. That would prove to be a key moment in Kansas City’s one-run victory.  In another key moment, San Francisco’s Hunter Pence was cut down stealing in the second inning. So maybe it even backfired to some extent. Regardless of the infield conditions, there was nothing San Francisco could do to offset Lorenzo Cain’s continued stellar play in the outfield, or Kansas City’s dominant bullpen once the late innings rolled around. Though Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post does have one suggestion for the former.  The Giants’ grounds crew should consider covering the outfield grass with rubber cement. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 25, 2014 Anything to eliminate those fantastic jumps Cain gets on seemingly every fly ball. Also, for whatever it’s worth, the tarp is now covering the infield with rain in the forecast for early Saturday. They want it muddy, sure, but apparently they don’t want Saturday off.  Tarp on infield at AT&T Park. #SFGiants #KCRoyals #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/LBXVcIimFN — Steve Kroner (@SteveKronerSF) October 25, 2014 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece. A night after the Giants opened with a 7-1 victory for their seventh straight Series win, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run against hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura. Brandon Belt tied the score 2-all with an RBI double in the fourth.

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In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team. The message was as simple as Hudson’s approach on the mound: ”World Series, baby!” After 16 years, 214 regular-season wins and seven failed trips to the postseason, Hudson has finally made it to baseball’s biggest stage at age 39. Hudson is set to take the mound Friday night for the Giants when they return home to face Jeremy Guthrie and the Royals in Game 3 of the World Series after a two-game split in Kansas City. Hudson’s brilliant career began on the other side of San Francisco Bay as he helped Oakland make four straight trips to the postseason that ended with Game 5 losses in the division series.

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John Schuerholz completed what he called ”the best negotiation of my entire career” by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations. With Hart taking the newly created title on Thursday, the Braves aren’t looking for a general manager. Hart, Schuerholz and former Braves manager Bobby Cox formed the GM search committee. … I think all along I did feel and know that John clearly wanted me to take this job.” Hart, the former GM for the Rangers and Indians, joined the Braves last year as a senior adviser.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following their 7-2 World Series Game 2 win over the San Francisco Giants, a smoke machine pumped fake smoke through the air of the Kansas City Royals’ clubhouse. Or it could have been the residual heat from the Royals’ bullpen master trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. On Wednesday, the three shut out the Giants’ offense to get the final 11 outs of the game. The flamethrowing group has been integral to the Royals’ success during the regular season and, even moreso, in the postseason. Through the Royals’ 10 postseason games, the three have pitched 29 1/3 of the team’s 95 innings played. Each has given up a solitary run and HDH, as they’ve come to be known via shorthand, have combined for 36 strikeouts while producing a WHIP of 0.89. In Game 2, Herrera, the hardest-throwing member of the three, was up first once again as the Royals tied the World Series at 1-1. Throughout the regular season, Royals manager Ned Yost used Herrera almost exclusively for the seventh inning. But after starting pitcher Yordano Ventura gave up two singles sandwiched around an out to start the sixth inning with the score tied 2-2, Yost went to Herrera to get out of the jam. “I came in trying to get a double play or a fly ball or something like that because I don’t want the run to score there because maybe we can lose,” Herrera said. [ World Series: Detective's funny tweet about Kelvin Herrera's fastball ] His first pitch to Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was clocked at 101 mph. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Herrera got his fly out to left, one that prevented the runners from advancing to second and third. The next hitter, designated hitter Mike Morse, grounded into a force out. Herrera had preserved the tie with nine pitches. Eight of them were either 100 or 101 mph. Herrera’s drama, and the only tension the three relievers would provide, came in the seventh. In the bottom of the sixth, a half-inning that featured four pitching changes, the Royals scored five runs. All the while Herrera was admittedly in the dugout for longer than he’s used to. When he came out for the seventh, he immediately struck out Travis Ishikawa. But after the strikeout, Herrera walked both Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco, necessitating a visit from Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland. What did Eiland tell Herrera? “Just raise my elbow up because I was trying to be too fine to throw strikes,” Herrera said. “And I think that helped me a lot because I started throwing strikes again.” After going down 2-0 in the count to second baseman Joe Panik, Herrera came through. Panik flew out to center for the second out of the seventh. Then, catcher Buster Posey went quickly down 0-2 before grounding to second base. A potential threat to the Royals’ now-commanding lead was averted, all while Herrera threw 14 of his 32 pitches in 1 2/3 innings at or over 100 mph in his fourth multi-inning stint of the playoffs. [ World Series: Hunter Strickland's meltdown has Giants looking for help ] From there, Davis and Holland made it look easy. Davis worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning on strikeouts of third baseman Pablo Sandoval and right fielder Hunter Pence and a grounder to first by Belt. Eleven of Davis’ 14 pitches were strikes. His fastest pitch was 98 mph. In the ninth, Holland struck out three, mixing up his slider and a fastball that touched 96 mph. The only blemish was a single by Crawford. While it wasn’t a save situation, the final inning was an opportunity for Holland to cap an evening that started with receiving the Mariano Rivera award after being chosen the American League’s best reliever. In April, baseball announced the reliever of the year awards in each league would be named for Rivera and Trevor Hoffman in the National League. “That was a great experience for me,” Holland said. “I’m really humbled to get that award, especially when I’ve got a plaque with Mariano Rivera’s name on it and mine on it, too. So that’s incredible. But I thought it was bad timing to be honest with you. Six o’clock, Game 2 of the World Series – I told [National League winner and Atlanta Braves pitcher Craig Kimbrel], this would be a bad time to blow one, you know?” Losing a lead late has happened once this season for the Royals. Counting postseason games, the Royals are 76-1 when leading after seven innings in 2014. That’s almost exclusively in part to the most dominant three reliever combination in baseball. Though perhaps for psychological reasons, they don’t view wins as a sure thing while pitching with the lead. “I don’t think we view it as if the game’s ‘over’ when we come in,” Davis said. “That’s what’s made us good this year; we haven’t viewed it like that. We’ve viewed it like a situation where we needed to push harder. We need to be smarter, and do things a little different each time in order to keep the hitters off balance. That’s a credit to all of the guys down there and our preparation.” More MLB coverage: – - – - – - – Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

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By Larry Fine Oct 20 (Reuters) – After nine seasons as a Major League Baseball manager Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost decided to put games in the hands of his young players, who repaid the trust by reaching the World Series. Yost said on the eve of Tuesday’s World Series opener against the San Francisco Giants that he quit trying to fashion his players into an ideal about two seasons ago and encouraged them to be themselves. …

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By Larry Fine (Reuters) – After nine seasons as a Major League Baseball manager Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost decided to put games in the hands of his young players, who repaid the trust by reaching the World Series. Yost said on the eve of Tuesday’s World Series opener against the San Francisco Giants that he quit trying to fashion his players into an ideal about two seasons ago and encouraged them to be themselves. “My mindset was always try to mould my players into what I thought they should be,” Yost, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six years before joining the Royals in 2010. …

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A die-hard, long-time Kansas City Royals fan from Seoul who became an international celebrity after he was superstitiously credited with sparking the team’s playoff run left Tuesday for Missouri to watch the Royals appear in their first World Series since 1985.

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