You want to experience March madness? We've got Yordanomania right here, as the Royals travel over byways and backroads to take on the Giants and Tim Lincecum in Scottsdale, AZ. All of the action is available via Gameday audio on MLB.com, so turn the sound down on CBS/TBS/TNT/tru or whatever and fire up the Internet.
Not only is today's game a preview of some year's World Series matchup, it's also rematch of the starters of the memorable contest of March 7 in Surprise, when Tim Lincecum, in his new mustachioed, strikeout-free, walk-free aspect, but not also with the bad hat pictured here, blanked the Royals for 3 innings,
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while Ventura, giving up single runs in the 2nd the 3rd, took the loss.
The Giants lineup that day featured 3 players formerly on the Royals' 40-man roster and one ex T-Bone, one of whom, Tony Abreu, was placed on release waivers by the Giants just this morning. Watch this space for today's starting lineups and other insider info cadged from Twitter.
National league rules today. And Bochy has cut his lineup down to just 2 ex-Royals.
Royals: Aoki RF, Escobar SS, Hosmer 1B, Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Donald 2B, Peguero LF, Cain CF, Ventura P
Giants: Pagan CF, Belt 1B, Sandoval 3B, Posey C, Pence RF, Blanco LF, Arias 2B, Crawford SS, Lincecum P
Big question: What happens when two teams with catchers batting cleanup face each other?
Smaller questions: Can Ventura hit? Will they let him?