Guthrie allowed three runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the performance. Manager Ned Yost had a quick hook with the season on the line, leading to Guthrie getting pulled despite a low pitch count. After putting two men on base to start the fourth, Guthrie was replaced by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera would allow a run-scoring single to Michael Morse. That run would be charged to Guthrie, ultimately sticking him with the loss.Analysis:
The Royals pulled the series even at 3-3 behind a seven-run second inning on offense and the effective wildness of the rookie Ventura (1-0), who walked the bases loaded with one out in the third inning but induced a ground-ball double play to escape unscathed. The Royals have won all five playoff games in which Ventura has pitched, though this is his first decision recorded. The two teams head to Wednesday for a decisive Game 7 in Kansas City.Analysis:
Zimmer underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday after feeling tightness in his shoulder during Arizona Fall League play.Analysis:
Peacock is not expected to be ready for spring training, which makes it possible he has to open the season on the disabled list. He went 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA and 119:70 K:BB ratio in 131 2/3 innings.Analysis:
Vargas surrendered a run on a fielder's choice in the opening frame, followed by a run-scoring single to Buster Posey in the third and a run-scoring single to Hunter Pence in the fifth. The southpaw permitted three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over four innings of an 11-4 defeat. He has allowed six earned runs over 15 1/3 postseason innings.Analysis:
The club received "mid six figures" in the deal. Johnson received just 13 1/3 innings last season, posting a 4.73 ERA.Analysis:
Shields has yielded 11 earned runs on 23 hits in 14 postseason innings. He bottomed out Tuesday in the World Series opener against San Francisco, getting knocked out after three innings having surrendered five earned runs.Analysis:
"It's definitely a huge relief," Sabathia said. "I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason."
Sabathia, who underwent season-ending knee surgery in July, starting throwing off flat ground in late September and plans to report to spring training early.Analysis:
"Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings, but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time," general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "He will continue with his offseason program and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February."
Walker posted a 2.00 ERA in his two AFL starts, striking out 11 and walking two in nine innings of work.Analysis: