Two wild-card teams roaring through a postseason that, at least for a while, few observers thought they’d reach, let alone dominate?
That’s the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals, for parts of their respective seasons National and American league afterthoughts. Both had hot streaks and runs of bad luck, and neither features a lineup overstocked with dominating hitters. Both teams finished with fewer than 90 regular-season wins, generally a benchmark for outfits harboring championship hopes.
Yet, when they open the 2014 World Series Tuesday evening in Kansas City just after 5 o’clock, they do so with significant pelts on the wall and legitimate claims to being the best their leagues have to offer. How so? The Giants have eight wins and two losses in this postseason; the Royals shine even brighter with an 8-0 playoff mark. They pitch well, make few mistakes and play team-first baseball.
So let commentators from cities not represented in the Fall Classic grumble about low interest in this matchup. Plenty of fans want to see how this thing plays out.
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Here are ways to follow the game, which is scheduled for a 5:07 p.m. PDT first pitch:
The series will be broadcast by Fox, in the Sacramento region on Fox40. The Fox pregame is scheduled from 4:30-5 p.m.
Other baseball pregame coverage will be 3-5 p.m. on the MLB network; and 4-5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Coverage from the Giants’ team of broadcasters will be on KNBR, 680 AM, featuring Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller and David Fleming.
National radio coverage will be provided locally on ESPN radio 1320 AM. Play-by-play will be done by Dan Shulman, with analysis coming from Aaron Boone. Pregame will be hosted by Marc Kestecher.
The game can be followed on a live blog at sacbee.com beginning at 4 p.m. Coverage will come from live Tweets sent by The Bee’s coverage team, as well as reporters from The Kansas City Star and other sources.
Other updates will be in The Bee’s World Series package from The Sports Network. In addition to scores and statistics, it features photos and other updated information.
Stories, photos, galleries, videos and comment will be provided throughout the series on the Major Legaue Baseball page at sacbee.com.
Here are photo galleries from action leading up to the World Series:
Video: Intriguing matchups