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Random thoughts before Game 4
Like Games 2 and 3, this one could be all about the sixth inning. Neither Jason Vargas nor Ryan Vogelsong should be expected to pitch deep into the game, and assuming they survive through five frames, the sixth has become the vital inning of this series.

Matchup: Vargas versus Vogelsong
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As Jerry Crasnick writes, there had been some speculation that Madison Bumgarner would start Game 4, but that was ended after Game 3 when Bruce Bochy said Ryan Vogelsong was still the Game 4 starter and Bumgarner denied that he asked to start the game.

Royals' bullpen to the rescue once again
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The Royals' vaunted bullpen showed its might again as K.C. grabbed a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

Random thoughts before Game 3
Some bullet points as we get ready for the all-important Game 3. When the World Series is tied 1-1, the Game 3 winner goes on to win 71 percent of the time.

Matchup: Guthrie versus Hudson
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Game 3's starting pitchers is a battle of two veteran right-handers, Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals and Tim Hudson of the Giants. Jerry Crasnick writes on Hudson, who will be making his first World Series start of his long and distinguished career: He had gone 15 consecutive seasons without a losing record before going 9-13 this year, the second-longest streak in major league history.

Royals ready for quirky outfield dimensions
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The Royals play stellar defense in the outfield, but that could soon be put to the test due to the unusual dimensions at the Giants' AT@T Park.

World Series: What they're saying
The consensus after Game 2 of the World Series: Bruce Bochy messed up the sixth inning, whether it was leaving in Jake Peavy too long or using the wrong relievers.

Time for Royals to start Jarrod Dyson
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Without the DH, Royals manager Ned Yost needs to start Jarrod Dyson in San Francisco.

Royals make big statement with big inning
The Royals got the better of the Giants in the pivotal sixth inning to even the Word Series at a game apiece.

Remembering the 1985 Royals
Fun read today from Steve Wulf listing 29 reasons the 2014 Royals are similar to the 1985 Royals.Here's an amazing fact about that team that shows how much the game has changed in 29 years: The Royals used six pitchers in the entire seven-game World Series.

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