Royals have designated pitcher Liam Hendriks for assignment.
Just a little 40-man roster clean-up while they're competing in the World Series. Hendriks has a career 5.92 ERA in the majors and doesn't really look like he's going to improve on that too much. He'll probably opt for free agency rather than accept the assignment. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Kelvin Herrera had his first major league at-bat in Game 3 of the World Series.
It is hard to believe the Royals are leading the World Series after giving a relief pitcher his first big league at-bat in a one-run game. Herrera struck out on three pitches. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored during the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
Escobar provided most of the offense Friday night as the Royals scored all three of their runs against Giants starter Tim Hudson. Escobar is batting .313/.327/.458 in the playoffs with seven runs scored. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Greg Holland earned his first save in the World Series after he threw a perfect inning to close out the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3.
Holland now has seven saves and a 0.90 ERA in the postseason. Holland and three other relievers combined to shut down the Giants after Jeremy Guthrie left in the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Jeremy Guthrie earned the win after he allowed two runs on four hits with no walks or strikeouts over five innings as the Royals beat the Giants 3-2 in Game 3 of the World Series.
Guthrie held the Giants scoreless through five innings, including a stretch of 10 consecutive batters retired at one point. He allowed both runs in the sixth, though the bullpen was able to preserve Kansas City's one-run lead. Guthrie was the first starting pitcher to go five innings in the World Series without a walk or strikeout since Greg Maddux in 1996. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
James Shields said he has been flying open in his delivery and rushing to the plate, causing his pitches to flatten out.
Shields has been dreadful this postseason, giving up 15 runs over just 19 innings (7.11 ERA). Hopefully the change in mechanics will give his pitches some life, leading to less hard contact. The Royals will count on Shields later in the World Series, so this mechanics fix could have a huge impact on the course of the series. Analyst: Ben Diamond View Profile
Moises Sierra was claimed on waivers by the Royals.
Sierra was waived by the White Sox, after hitting .276 with three stolen bases and two home runs over 127 at bats. He also spent time in triple-A, but actually performed worse in the minors. He's got decent pop and speed, so hopefully he can use those tools to his advantage, but doesn't have much more upside than as a utility player in the majors. Analyst: Ben Diamond View Profile
Norichika Aoki is not in the Royals Game 3 lineup on Friday.
Aoki will take a seat on the bench with Lorenzo Cain moving over to right field and Jarrod Dyson taking over in center. Given the dimensions at AT&T Park and how tricky right field plays and how Aoki has struggled defensively through the first two games, Cain and Dyson seem to be a much more reliable tandem. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile