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Playing under American League rules with few reliable options on the bench this season, no manager had as little use for pinch hitters as Kansas City’s Ned Yost. Now with the World Series shifting to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday night, when the pitcher will bat instead of the designated hitter in the NL park, Yost might need to make some extra moves. Fortunately for the Royals, Billy Butler provides a potent bat to call upon – even if the slugger will get just one chance in the batter’s box instead of his usual four. A lot of times in the National League you empty out your bench, obviously, more than you do in the American League.” Butler already has three hits in the Series.

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By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The irresistible talents of the Kansas City Royals’ outfielders may be tested by the inscrutable elements of San Francisco’s quirky right field when the World Series resumes on Friday. Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki all had a cram course on Thursday’s off-day in gauging caroms off the AT&T Park wall ahead of a Game Three that will snap a 1-1 tie in the best-of-seven championship. “Rusty Kuntz, our outfield coach, was hitting balls off the wall for us today and I mean the ball was going all over the place.” The 24-foot-high brick wall begins 309 feet (94.18 metres)from home plate at the foul pole but angles out steeply in two stages to 421 feet as it nears center field, with padding alternating with chain link across the bottom. “But the way the brick is built and the chain-link fence, it’s possible the ball can go any which way.” Speedy outfielder Dyson, who frequently comes into a game as a late-inning defensive replacement, said the angle often shoots a ball away from the right-field line.

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Ned Yost has guided the Royals to the World Series with an impulsive managerial style that seems to fit the chaos of October.

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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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By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – The owner of a defunct anti-aging clinic at the heart of a steroid scandal that led to the suspension of Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Thursday to supplying performance-enhancing drugs. Anthony Bosch, 51, will be sentenced on Dec. 18 in Miami on a charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone, his attorney Guy Lewis said. Authorities said professional athletes paid Bosch as much as $12,000 per month for testosterone-filled syringes and creams. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. …

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Two years ago at this time, outfielder Wil Myers was considered the top prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization. Now, as the Royals celebrate their first American League championship since 1985 and prepare to host World Series Game 1 on Tuesday, he’s among those offering his congratulations to the franchise that drafted and groomed him to be a major part of this moment.  Congrats to the #Royals ! Happy for everyone in that organization. — Wil Myers (@wilmyers) October 16, 2014 History was significantly altered for both Myers and the Royals on Dec, 9, 2012. On that date, Myers was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a seven-player deal that brought James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. Of course, both Shields and Davis now have starring roles in the Royals’ magical run. Though his postseason has been up and down, Shields is the team’s unquestioned ace in the starting rotation, while Davis is one-third of the most dominant bullpen trio in the game today. Along with the Zack Greinke trade to the Milwaukee Brewers, which brought back ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain and starting shortstop Alcides Escobar, the Myers deal is considered a key moment in the Royals rebuild and eventual resurgence. Those were big deals for the organization and particularly general manager Dayton Moore, but in many ways it has to be awkward for those who were traded away. Particularly in Myers’ case, because he was once pegged as an instrumental piece in the Royals future.  Perhaps Wednesday’s tweet was an attempt to alleviate some of the awkwardness or even resentment he might be feeling. Or maybe it was just Myers showing his appreciation to the organization that drafted and developed him, and the friends he likely made there along the way. Either way, it comes across as a classy gesture on his part, and not surprisingly it has been very well received by Royals fans. And hey, it’s not like he things haven’t been all bad for Myers since moving to the Rays. He took home Rookie of the Year honors and made a playoff appearance himself, albeit a relatively quick one, in 2013. Though injuries derailed him in his sophomore season, the soon-to-be 24-year-old Myers still has a very bright future in baseball, and many years with which he can create his own postseason moment. 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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Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is blossoming before our eyes after what many have considered a disappointing beginning to his major-league career. Since becoming a full-time major leaguer with Kansas City in 2012, Cain has shown a knack for making dazzling plays in the outfield, so that part of his game hasn’t changed a lot. But he’s definitely making those plays with more frequency, which can only be aided by experience, and now they’re coming on a larger stage.  At the plate, Cain hit a career-best .301, topping his career average coming in by 45 points. He hit five home runs to go along with 53 RBIs, 55 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.  It’s a breakout season, yet it still feels like the 28-year-old has another gear we haven’t quite seen yet. Still, it’s fun to watch a player grow up and begin playing near his potential on the field. It’s also cool to watch them grow up and become men off the field. In that vein, Cain and wife Jenny recently welcomed a baby boy, Cameron Cain, to the world. That’s Cameron Loe Cain if you want the specifics, and if you’re a baseball fan that name may have a familiar ring to it. It also holds some significance to Cain. When Cain made his Major League debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, his first at-bat came in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter for 6-foot-8 inch reliever Kameron Loe.

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  ST. LOUIS — Travis Ishikawa started the season playing for another team at first base. That didn’t work out. Six months later, he found himself playing left field for the San Francisco Giants after having no major league experience there, and very little in the outfield at all, in 1,200-some major- and minor-league appearances. And he’s doing OK for himself. Ishikawa made a diving catch on a sinking liner by Yadier Molina in the fourth inning Saturday night that could have been a disaster, but wasn’t, in a 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.  Ishikawa also had two of the Giants eight hits — one line drive, and one of the bloopiest bloops ever blooped, which happened to knock in a run. Though his offensive stats don’t make anyone go “whoa,” he’s in the lineup for his bat, along with his ability to handle left field well-enough without many reps out there.   “It’s a fun challenge, though, getting to play a new position,” Ishikawa said. “Things are new. Obviously, I would have liked to gotten a little more time out there before our postseason series.” Ishikawa came into the playoffs with a total of 29 innings played in left, most of them during the final weekend of the regular season. He could be a big weak spot on defense, but he hasn’t been yet.  Teammate Brandon Belt, who plays first base now but dabbled in left for 231 innings as a rookie in 2010 when the Giants weren’t sure what to do with him yet, has been impressed.

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