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 Friday.
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.
Like Kauffman Stadium, San Francisco’s AT&T Park is spacious. The left center gap is 382 feet. Straight away center measures 399 but juts out to 421 in right center before dramatically cutting to 365 as the fence moves toward the right-field pole.
The Royals are set to start Jeremy Guthrie in game three and Jason Vargas in game four. Both are fly-ball pitchers.
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“We’re looking at all of our options, and that’s the reason for it,” Yost said. “Guthrie and Vargy are both fly-ball pitchers in a big yard with some weird angles, so we’re looking at all of our options.”
Usually, Dyson enters the game in the late innings as either a pinch runner or defensive replacement for Aoki.
Lincecum has MRI
Giants reliever Tim Lincecum had a MRI exam Thursday after leaving game two of the World Series on Wednesday because of back tightness.
Lincecum retired his first five batters in the Giants’ 7-2 loss that evened the series at 1-1. There were two outs in the eighth when he departed in the middle of Royals catcher Salvador Perez’s at-bat.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was encouraged that Lincecum felt “pretty good” Thursday.
“I’m more encouraged because he feels well, but still we have to cover ourselves and get this MRI,” Bochy said during an offday workout at AT&T Park before Friday’s game three.
“But my hope is he’s fine, and if he is, then I think he’ll be good to go tomorrow.”
Scout from KC area dies
Paul Provas, a 1969 Shawnee Mission North graduate from Overland Park who became a major-league scout for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, died Thursday in Dallas. He was 63.
Provas was a third baseman at SM North and also played in the Ban Johnson League and at Johnson County Community College. He started his scouting career with the Cubs in 1983 and had been working for the White Sox since 1993.
He was elected to the Texas Baseball Scouts Association and the Midwest Baseball Scouts Association halls of fame in 2011.
The ultimate prize
The winner of the World Series will receive the Commissioner’s Trophy, a 20-pound, 24-inch-high sterling silver piece that is handcrafted at the Tiffany & Co. workshop in Rhode Island. And if either the Royals or Giants win games three and four, it could be in AT&T Park on Sunday.
One full-sized trophy has been made each year since 1967, when the Cardinals won the Series in seven games over the Red Sox. The trophy features 30 pennants, one for each American and National league club, that circle a base that resembles a globe and a baseball, with 24-karat gold stitches.