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Magowan toasts River Cats move

Peter Magowan, who has retained an ownership interest since resigning as Giants managing general partner in 2008, attends most games and stays busy overseeing his 20-acre vineyard in St. Helena.

Magowan sells grapes to a number of Northern California wineries, primarily Honig.

“We’ve been a supplier to Duck Horn Vineyards in the past,” the former executive said before Game 3. “Mostly Sauvignon Blanc. The weather’s good for it, and our soil is good for it.”

Besides offering other insights about wines – he recommonded southern Oregon grapes for Pinot Noir – Magowan endorsed the Giants’ new Triple-A affiliate, the River Cats, and the move from Fresno to Sacramento. He mentioned the usual suspects: The weather, quality of Raley Field, large fan base and proximity to AT&T Park.

“It’s the perfect scenario, I would think,” he said. “It is so much easier for us to go see them (prospects) and for them to get here. Let’s say we’re (Giants) in Pittsburgh. As opposed to trying to hop on a plane out of Fresno, it will be much easier now.”

Guthrie speaks for all Royals

The practice isn’t totally uncommon, but besides being the senior member of the Royals’ starting rotation, Jeremy Guthrie, 35, serves as the translator for the team’s Spanish-speaking players. The veteran right-hander learned a second language while serving a Mormon mission in Spain after his freshman season at Brigham Young. Upon returning to the United States, the Ashland, Ore., native transferred to Stanford and enjoyed two excellent seasons with the Cardinal (2001-02), reaching the College World Series both years.

Friday’s Game 3 marked the first World Series and second postseason start of Guthrie’s career.

“Results don’t drive what I do,” said Guthrie, who was drafted by Cleveland and whose MLB career includes stops in Baltimore and Colorado. “I don’t think they should drive anybody, but it’s the effort you put in and the experience that helps you become who you are.”

Bean bag toss is hit

While the urban surroundings at AT&T Park don’t lend themselves to the type of tailgating that occurs before Royals and Chiefs games – the teams share the vast Truman Sports Complex outside Kansas City – creative Bay Area minds never stop trying. At the intersection of Terry Francois and 3rd, just south of the Lefty O’Doul Bridge, fans were invited onto a platform to participate in a bean bag toss. Sponsored by Chevrolet, the object is to throw the sacks into a large hole in the middle of the platform. Lines began forming several hours before the first pitch.

Padres’ great Gwynn honored

MLB honored the late San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn during pregame festivities. The Hall of Fame outfielder, who played his entire career in San Diego, died of complications from mouth and throat cancer on June 16. He was 54.

A teammate of Giants manager Bruce Bochy and third-base coach Tim Flannery on the first Padres team (1984) to reach the World Series, Gwynn later played for Bochy on the 1998 squad that reached the World Series, but was swept by the Yankees.

The rich eat richer

From the “let them eat soup” category: While MLB provides members of the media with free box lunches, the culinary choices for suite-holders are far more tempting. The beautiful and abundant servings for the fans who paid big dollars included platters of fresh sushi. In Kansas City, the preferred food of choice for higher end customer appeared to be both regional and obvious: anything barbecued.

Fans show love to Lincecum

No surprise here. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum received the loudest ovations during pregame introductions. Lincecum, who made his first postseason relief appearance in Game 2 in Kansas City, only to leave because of tightness in his back, moved pretty well as he ran out to join his teammates on the third-base line.

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