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Jim Caple: Giants 1, Royals 0

The Giants take a 1-0 lead by playing Royals ball. Gregor Blanco led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third. After Joe Panik popped out, Buster Posey worked a walk despite being behind 0-2 in the count. Then Hunter Pence beat out a double-play ball to third to score Blanco.

Jim Caple: The Duel is on

The first inning of the epic Ryan Vogelsong vs. Jason Vargas pitchers' duel has begun. Vogelsong struck out two in the top half of the first while Vargas walked the first batter in the the bottom. Already, the Twitter-verse is probably ripping Ned Yost for starting Vargas.

Giants strike first in the first. Hunter Pence hit an RBI-groundout that scores Gregor Blanco.

Giants' Game 4 lineup

G. Blanco CF
J. Panik 2B
B. Posey CF
H. Pence RF
P. Sandoval 3B
B. Belt 1B
J. Perez LF
B. Crawford SS
R. Vogelsong P

Game 4 Is brought to you by the letter V

For the first time in World Series history, the two pitchers who face off have last names that start with the letter V.

Royals' Game 4 lineup

A. Escobar SS
A. Gordon LF
L. Cain RF
E. Hosmer 1B
M. Moustakas 3B
O. Infante 2B
S. Perez C
J. Dyson CF
J. Vargas P

Just add water?

Did the Giants try to put the brakes on the Royals' running game last night by using a little more water than usual on the infield dirt?

"I thought it was a little extra wet around first," Royals manager Ned Yost said before Game 4. "... I thought that it was a little damper than normal, yeah."

Bumgarner: Game 4 is Vogey's

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner said he never lobbied to start Game 4 over Ryan Vogelsong.

"I didn't tell anybody that," Bumgarner said. "Nobody. I didn't say anything even remotely close to that. ...

"I've been here with [Vogelsong] since 2011, and obviously we've seen what he can do. There's nobody I'd rather have out there more than him."

David Kull

"I feel it's one of the most important innings of the game for us. It's been like that for awhile. We feel like we have 7, 8 and 9 covered. Sometimes we've got to mix and match the sixth ... it's an extremely pivotal inning."

Ned Yost on the importance of the sixth inning.

Keep your social calendar clear for Game 4 tonight -- you can expect another close, tense game. 15 of the 28 games this postseason have been decided by one run -- by far the highest rate of the wild-card era (53.6%).

Ryan Vogelsong, who starts for the Giants in Game 4 tonight, has allowed 18 homers in total this year but just two of them came at AT&T Park.

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World Series Game 4 Starters

The Royals are using Jason Vargas, who hadn't made a postseason start before this season. The Giants counter with Ryan Vogelsong, who has a 2.16 ERA in his postseason career.

"Maybe the groundskeeper just was looking at all the Royals fans up in the corner there and just forgot."

In Game 3 of the World Series, Ned Yost and the Royals found the infield dirt damper than usual, which could have been an attempt to slow down the speedy AL champs. Giants manager Bruce Bochy claimed not have noticed anything unusual.

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Mone Davis is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 4 of the World Series tonight.

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