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Sunday News and Notes: Royals on brink of championship

Thanks to a Daniel Murphy error, the Royals are one win away from winning the World Series

Daniel Murphy played long enough to become the villain.
Daniel Murphy played long enough to become the villain.
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Last night's game

Royals rally vs. Mets to Game 4 win |

When the top of the eighth inning started, the Mets were six outs from tying the series. But after two walks, an error and two hits, the Royals now have this series in complete control. Daniel Murphy, who to this point in the postseason has been the team's best player, let a weak Eric Hosmer grounder go under his glove and let the tying run score. Had Murphy made the play, it would have only been the second out of the inning, and two Royals would have been in scoring position, but closer Jeurys Familia was on the mound and would have been one out from getting out of the jam. Instead, two more singles later, (one of which went just past Murphy's glove) the Royals had taken a two-run lead, and with Wade Davis on the mound, that might as well have been 5 runs.

The Mets on paper came into the series with a decided edge in the first six innings and Royals had a decided edge in the final three innings. In Game 1 and Game 4, that's how it is played out, though it has been New York's best reliever (Familia) that has been the unexpected culprit, not Addison Reed.

Indians News

Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' about Mark Shapiro and Sandy Alomar -- Terry Pluto (photos) |

Pluto reviews the two big pieces of news regarding the Indians this week: Sandy Alomar staying with the team, and Mark Shapiro suddenly needing to hire a GM.

Alomar, who interviewed to become the White Sox's bench coach (with a quicker route to becoming manager), will return to the Indians in 2016, with the understanding that he'd be allowed to leave if a manager's job opened. Alomar has now coached at the major-league level for six seasons and has been on the short list for a manager's job at least 3 times. Should Terry Francona leave the role in the next couple of years, I don't think there's much doubt that Alomar would be the one to replace him. Assuming that he hadn't gotten a manager's job elsewhere already.

As for the situation in Toronto, it seems that Alex Anthopoulos viewed (LGFT) Mark Shapiro's arrival as a demotion, and because his contract had expired, was able to walk away in the hopes of getting complete control elsewhere in a year or two. Title inflation in baseball's front offices has made it difficult to determine who exactly has the final say in baseball decisions, but in the case of the Shapiro/Antonetti arrangement, it was Antonetti who made the final call even though Shapiro outranked him. And I don't think Shapiro went to Toronto in order to become a GM again. So now the Blue Jays need a GM, and although Antonetti and Chernoff won't be in play, I would expect at least one person in the Cleveland front office (Ross Atkins?) to interview for the job.

MLB News

World Series 2015: Pete Rose no longer part of Fox Sports' coverage team

I'm totally shocked.

Edinson Volquez to start Game 5 of Series |

Volquez, who left the team to mourn the passing of his father after Game1, will take the mound tonight in hopes of helping his team win the World Series.