Joe Maddon, who led Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth in 2008, has stepped down after almost a decade at the helm, the Major League Baseball club said. The long-time manager’s exit came after Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The 60-year-old presided over the Rays during their most successful period in the franchise’s 17-year history. It followed the departure of longtime executive Andrew Friedman, who was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach.

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The Giants haven’t clinched a World Series at home since 1922. They’ll need to win all three games at AT&T Park to end that streak.

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – It will be the veteran against the youngster in Game Two of the World Series when San Francisco’s Jake Peavy takes the mound against fireballing Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Peavy, 33, said he hopes the Giants can take advantage of the emotions Kansas City’s 23-year-old Dominican starter may feel. “He’ll be excited, I’m sure,” Peavy told reporters on Tuesday. “Everybody playing in this game, there is a lot of excitement. …

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The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn’t what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise’s championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals’ story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1.  Though it wasn’t quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time:  In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It’s not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October.  • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco’s rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate. 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Buster Posey seemed almost embarrassed.

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BOSTON (AP) — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t made any hasty decisions regarding their catcher and cornerstone Yadier Molina, who left Sunday night’s Game 2 of the National League Championship Series with a strained left oblique .  Manager Mike Matheny said Monday that Molina is “day-to-day” and will remain on the team’s postseason roster. Matheny said he believes Molina can still help the team in the series, possibly as a short-inning defensive replacement. During St. Louis’ workout Monday, Molina played catch, an encouraging sign. “I was very surprised with how well he was able to throw the ball and didn’t think he was able to at all and he actually threw quite well” Matheny said. “I didn’t think there was any possibility. Having that injury myself [before], knowing how hard it was just to throw. But he was throwing the ball with some velocity and it was encouraging to see.” Matheny didn’t name his starting catcher for Tuesday’s Game 3 — both Tony Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski are available on the roster — but it sounded like there was little chance Molina would be in that role. Molina hasn’t yet tried to swing a bat, Matheny said, which is where an oblique injury would most inhibit a player. The Cardinals have two options: Keep Molina on the roster and play a man down the rest of the series, or replace him on the roster and leave Molina ineligible to play in the World Series, should they make it. Molina left Game 2 in the sixth inning , when he grounded into a double play and couldn’t even run to first base after making contact. With Molina out of the game, Cruz proved just how valuable Yadi is to the Cards. Cruz couldn’t block a crucial wild pitch that allowed the Giants to  tie the game in the ninth inning  off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal. After Game 2, the Cardinals weren’t ready to commit one way or another about Molina’s status for the rest of the series. Matheny said it “didn’t look good,” however. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cardinals held their charter plane to S.F. on Sunday night to get Molina on it.

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