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Omar Infante battles through pain and emerges on offense for Royals

Omar Infante’s World Series homer Wednesday night offered a glint of hope for a Royals club always in need of offense. After months of shoulder discomfort and ineffective at-bats, Infante hopes he can again resemble the player the Royals thought they acquired in free agency last winter. “I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills,” Infante said.

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San Francisco’s scenic AT&T Park can be tough on outfielders

The Royals will learn all about the magic of AT&T Park when game three of the World Series convenes Friday in San Francisco. “The balls go all over the place,” Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain said Thursday, standing in the visitor’s clubhouse following an afternoon workout inside the stadium. “You definitely have to be on your toes.”

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A perfumed Salvador Perez makes good scents for Royals

Salvador Perez is a player who doesn’t want to make a stink. The catcher for the Kansas City Royals wore Victoria’s Secret perfume late in the 2013 season – teammate Alcides Escobar sprayed some on him, and Perez had a four-hit game. He stuck with the smell of success and switched this year to 212 Men by Carolina Herrera cologne.

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Royals could start Jarrod Dyson in center for game three in San Francisco

The Royals have rolled out the same batting order for all 10 postseason games. But manager Ned Yost dropped a hint Thursday that the outfield alignment could change for game three. Don’t be stunned if Jarrod Dyson starts. He covers more ground than Nori Aoki, and if there’s a switch, Dyson would start in center and Lorenzo Cain would move to right.

How base runners disrupted Jake Peavy’s rhythm

Before Game One on Tuesday, Giants pitcher Jake Peavy talked about how disruptive fast base runners can be. Pitchers want to pitch in rhythm, but a fast runner on first base prevents that; the pitcher has to vary how long he holds the ball in the set position or the base runner will time the pitcher’s delivery to home plate, get a great jump and steal second base. In Game Two Peavy proved prophetic; when the Giants starting pitcher had a runner on base he was holding the ball in the set position and using a quicker delivery home—and he wasn’t as effective.

How base runners disrupted Jake Peavy’s rhythm

Before Game One on Tuesday, Giants pitcher Jake Peavy talked about how disruptive fast base runners can be. Pitchers want to pitch in rhythm, but a fast runner on first base prevents that; the pitcher has to vary how long he holds the ball in the set position or the base runner will time the pitcher’s delivery to home plate, get a great jump and steal second base. In Game Two Peavy proved prophetic; when the Giants starting pitcher had a runner on base he was holding the ball in the set position and using a quicker delivery home—and he wasn’t as effective.

Maddon leaving Rays after 9 seasons

Joe Maddon ended his tenure as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays after nine seasons by exercising an opt-out clause in his contract, the team said Friday.

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