Madison Bumgarner joked before his last World Series start that the pressure of pitching on baseball’s biggest stage felt similar to his high school championship. After all, he was only 21.
Two years later, the former Augusta GreenJacket has little room for laughs.
That tends to happened after two terrible postseason starts, getting passed over in the rotation and having his mechanics and fatigue questioned.
Bumgarner will get another chance at redemption when he starts opposite Detroit Tigers right-hander Doug Fister in Game 2 tonight.
STAYING PUT: Buster Posey can get comfortable in his squat behind home plate in the World Series.
Unlike in the last two series and several games down the stretch, Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to keep the All-Star catcher in his usual spot for every game – even though he has the option of a designated hitter in Detroit.
FIGURE REACHED: Major League Baseball and the players’ association have determined that qualifying offers for eligible free agents will be $13.3 million.
A team has until 5 p.m. Eastern time on the fifth day following the World Series to make a qualifying offer and a player has until 5 p.m. EST on the seventh day after the World Series to accept it.
DODGERS: Matt Kemp’s hopes for a simple surgery on his left shoulder were dashed when the Los Angeles slugger awoke to learn things were worse than doctors had first thought.
Kemp was in Arizona on Wednesday to begin rehabbing from the Oct. 5 surgery that repaired a torn labrum and damage to the rotator cuff, injuries resulting from a crash into the center field wall at Coors Field on Aug. 27.
• Major League Baseball dismissed a report that the Dodgers could open the 2014 season in Australia.
“We are not currently exploring the possibility with the Dodgers or any team to play in Australia,” Pat Courtney, MLB’s senior vice president of public relations, said Wednesday.
Australian promoters told the Sydney Morning Herald they were working on a deal that could have the Dodgers open with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
ROYALS: Promoted minor league hitting coordinator Jack Maloof to major league hitting coach and Andre David to assistant hitting coach.
The two of them replace Kevin Seitzer, whose contract was not renewed.
Maloof was the hitting coach for the Florida Marlins from 1999-2001. He has also worked with San Diego and Atlanta before joining the Royals in 2008 as minor league hitting coordinator.
TWINS: Will decline their $6 million contract option on right-handed reliever Matt Capps, which will make him eligible for free agency.
Minnesota said Wednesday they told Capps they’ll pay him a $250,000 buyout instead of bringing him back.