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After his lineout in the first inning, Royals RF Nori Aoki is now 0-for-14 versus Madison Bumgarner, his worst 0-for against any pitcher. He's at the plate now.


Panda On Base Again

After his first-inning double, Pablo Sandoval has reached base safely in his past 24 postseason games. Only three players in postseason history have a longer streak of reaching base: Miguel Cabrera (31, 2011-13), Chase Utley (27, 2007-09) and Boog Powell (25, 1966-71).


Bumgarner Is Dealing

After working around a Billy Butler single, Madison Bumgarner has still not allowed a run in the first two innings of any of his five starts this postseason.


Madison Bumgarner gets Salvador Perez to ground into an inning-ending double play to get out of the second inning.

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A much quicker inning for James Shields in the second: three up, three down -- a ground out to first, line out to right and fly out to center.


The Power Of Pence

The way-too-early favorite for World Series MVP? Hunter Pence, who put a charge into a James Shields pitch in the first inning for his first Fall Classic home run.

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James Shields had a rough first inning: 5 H, 3 ER, 1 HR (Hunter Pence), 32 pitches (18 strikes)

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Blanco Closes out first

Oh so close. Eric Hosmer puts a charge into one, but Gregor Blanco runs it down in right-center field, grabbing the ball with an extended glove. Giants up 3-0 after one.


If the Royals want to get to Madison Bumgarner tonight, their best chance may be right off the bat.Bumgarner posted an ERA of almost six in the first inning during the regular season, allowing an opponent batting average of .320, while serving up eight of his 21 home runs.


S.F. Jumps All Over Shields

Gregor Blanco led off Game 1 with a single, paving the way for a three-run first inning for the Giants, who pounded out five hits against Royals starter James Shields

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Royals' Game 1 lineup

A. Escobar SS
N. Aoki RF
L. Cain CF
E. Hosmer 1B
B. Butler DH
A. Gordon LF
S. Perez C
O. Infante 2B
M. Moustakas 3B

Pitching: J. Shields