By Larry Fine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals followed their formula for success to perfection turning a tight game over to their "monstrous" bullpen to beat the San Francisco Giants on Friday and seize the upper hand in the World Series. After each team claimed a lopsided win in the first two games of the best-of-seven, Game Three was a 3-2 nailbiter that gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the series. The pivotal victory was preserved by four hitless innings thrown by Royals relievers. ...
The Kansas City Royals edged the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday to grab the upper hand in the 110th World Series. The Royals won their second straight game to take a 2-1 lead in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final, and will try to take a stranglehold on the series in game four on Saturday. Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer all delivered run-scoring hits for the Royals.
American Russell Henley vaulted into the lead at the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic after carding a seven-under 63 on Friday at the Seaside Course. Henley moved one shot in front of the field as he finished two rounds at nine-under-par 131. I got one or two nice breaks and felt good with the putter so it was a nice round," Henley said. Brian Harman, who shared the first-round lead with Erik Compton, Will Mackenzie and Michael Thompson, posted a three-under 67 in round two.
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.