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Hunter Pence HR.He was 0 for 11 in his career vs James Shields prior to that AB, his worst 0-for vs any pitcher
Sandoval Comes Through ... Again
Last time Pablo Sandoval played in a World Series Game 1, he hit three home runs. He delivered an RBI double in his first at-bat tonight.
Big Panda comes through again. He hits a one-hopper to the right field fence to score a run. Buster Posey was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw.
Pablo Sandoval is a beast in Game 1 of playoff series, going 11-for-27 (.407), with three HR (all three came in Game 1 of 2012 World Series against the Tigers). And Big Panda is not at-bat with runners on first and third.
Jim Caple @jimcaple
Game time temp of 66. When was the last time a WS was played in weather that warm?
Kansas City Royals @Royals
First pitch by Staff Sergeant Pedro Sotelo, deployed to Iraq in 2003 as part of a special operations unit now volunteers to help other vets.
Giants' Game 1 lineup
G. Blanco CF
J. Panik 2B
B. Posey C
P. Sandoval 3B
H. Pence RF
B. Belt 1B
M. Morse DH
T. Ishikawa LF
B. Crawford SS
Pitching: M. Bumgarner
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Kansas City and the Royals' organization putting on a great World Series here today& Deserve the highest praise.
Andrew Baggarly @CSNBaggs
Tim Lincecum was not part of pregame introductions and is not standing on the baseline.
The fountains are on and the stadium is packed. Time to start Game 1 of the 2014 World Series.
Stopping the running Royals
The Royals love to run, but Madison Bumgarner is one of the best in controlling the bases. This season, he had an MLB-leading nine pickoffs and runners only stole 7-of-17 bases.
OLNEY: KEYS TO THE WORLD SERIES
Madison Bumgarner is 6-foot-5, with the wing span of a condor. Due to those long arms, the time required to remove the ball from his glove, draw his arm back and then sling it forward is relatively slow. Will the Royals steal on him?
The Giants and Royals are set to get the 2014 World Series started in KC. Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone have the call on ESPN Radio. Listen live