Voynov Domestic Violence


Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been released from a California jail on a $50,000 bond after being arrested Monday morning on domestic violence charges, according to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register.

Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, pending an investigation into the matter, and is scheduled to reappear in court Wednesday.

Shields starts World Series Game 1


As expected, the Kansas City Royals will send James Shields to the mound for Game 1 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday with right-hander Yordano Ventura to follow in Game 2, reports Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Though he's known affectionately by his moniker "Big Game James," Shields hasn't exactly dominated through the first three rounds of the postseason. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 5.63 ERA over three starts thus far and has not pitched beyond the sixth inning in any of his last seven postseason outings, a stretch that dates back to October of 2008.

Giants set World Series rotation


A long layoff after winning the NL pennant allowed manager Bruce Bochy to set the San Francisco Giants' rotation the way he wanted. 

Ace Madison Bumgarner will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.  

Bumgarner has followed up his stellar regular season with a dominant playoff run, helping propel the Giants to their third World Series appearance in the last five years. 

The NL Championship Series MVP is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in four postseason starts. He has worked at least seven innings in each outing, while holding opponents to a .170 batting average. 

Giants advance to World Series


Travis Ishikawa delivered a walk-off, three-run homer as the San Francisco Giants prevailed 6-3 over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series.

Ishikawa took a Michael Wacha offering deep to right field with two men on and one out to send the Giants to their third World Series in the last five years.

Wacha, who hasn't taken the mound since Sept. 26, was brought on in the bottom of the ninth inning and immediately surrendered a base hit to Pablo Sandoval, got Hunter Pence to fly out, and then issued a walk to Brandon Belt to set the stage for Ishikawa's heroics.

Royals advance to World Series


The Kansas City Royals are returning to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

Royals starter Jason Vargas allowed one run off two hits in 5 1/3 innings, while closer Greg Holland shut the door in the ninth, as Kansas City swept the Baltimore Orioles with a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.

Holland was uncharacteristically shaky facing the heart of the Orioles order in the ninth, but retired J.J. Hardy with the tying run on first base to preserve the win.

The Royals, who became the first team in postseason history to win eight straight games, opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning without hitting a ball out of the infield.

Gonzalez to pitch Game 4 ALCS


Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will remain the Baltimore Orioles starter for Game 4 of the ALCS despite manager Buck Showalter having contemplated using Chris Tillman, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. 

With Game 3 being moved from Monday to Tuesday following a rainout, Tillman, who started Game 1, would be available on regular rest.