Gamesmanship on! Giants water down infield in effort to slow down Royals (Big League Stew)

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 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 team strengths 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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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 25, 2014 at 12:19 am



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From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

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List of World Series winners (Reuters)

(Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 - San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 - New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 - Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 - Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 - Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. ...

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Diamondbacks hire A’s bench coach Hale as manager (The Associated Press)

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Arizona third base coach Chip Hale was hired Monday to replace Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks manager.

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Hits and errors: A daily look at MLB postseason (The Associated Press)

Put a bat in someone's hands during the postseason and he can become dangerous. That goes for players who make their money on the mound rather than at the plate, too.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 11, 2014 at 2:49 am



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The Transfer Market – Is it Just One Giant Gamble?

Even though the transfer window is well and truly closed, there are rumours abound of who is wanting who when the transfer window reopens in January.

All of this gossip and rumour gives fans and football lovers across the world hope of the next big signing for their club. Just this week the rumours are that Man United ae set to bid for both Arturo Videl a midfielder and his Juventus teammate, Angelo Ogbonna 26 a defender. This transfer double bagger wouldn’t be cheap, coming in at an expected £51m. And not to forget, there’s the rumour that Christiano Ronaldo is wanting a return to Man United, but not for 2 years.

Throughout the Premiership season, there’s a constant flow of gossip and rumour and this adds to the excitement of the season and adds to the fans and punters betting their wages on their favourite team to win win win, M88 an international sportsbook betting company says that a new player signed to a team can increase the wagers on that team by 3 fold. But, for the teams, is the transfer market just one giant gamble, with teams buying players based on hype and short term form?

Let’s have a look at two transfer flops of previous seasons.

Andriy Shevchenko – AC Milan to Chelsea (£30.8m)

Chelsea have had some calamitous purchases over the year but not so much as Shevchenko – who without doubt with a goal scoring record of £3.5m per goal. But Andriy isn’t Chelsea’s only falter on the transfer market. Let’s not forget…

Adrian Mutu – Parma to Chelsea (£15.8m)

He was bought in the Summer of 2003 from Parma, but in Spetmeebr 2004, he failed a drugs test for Cocaine, so that put him on plane back to Serie A and Juventus almost straight away.

We can’t leave out Man United from this list…

Juan Sebastian Veron Lazio to Man United (£28.1 million)

Had a two year stint at Old Trafford and was meant to provide competition for the likes of David Beckham and Paul Scholes, but he did no such thing.He couldn’t cope with the speed of the Premiership and was sold to Chelsea??..Interesting.

These days players are well analysed before the purchases are made, but the flops still happen and it can be a very expensive gamble if it all goes wrong!

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This post was written by JoeMcDonald on October 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm



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After 16 years in, Tim Hudson advances in playoffs (The Associated Press)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Even in his late 30s and a year removed from a devastating ankle injury that cut short his 2013 season in Atlanta, Tim Hudson pictured himself pitching at a high level again.

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Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

(The Sports Xchange) - The Baltimore Orioles decided to start right-hander Bud Norris for Game Three of the American League Divisional Series on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers instead of righty Miguel Gonzalez. Baltimore planned to start Gonzalez, but announced Saturday that it will instead go with Norris. It is not clear why the club made the change. Norris, 29, was 15-8 with a 3.65 earned run average in 165 1/3 innings this regular season. He had a 2.08 ERA in five September starts. Sunday will mark Norris' first career postseason start. Gonzalez, 30, was 10-9 with a 3. ...

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D-Backs to interview A’s bench coach Chip Hale (The Associated Press)

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks say they have received permission to interview Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale for the team's vacant manager position.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm



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