Morning Marquee: Hunter Pence stays hot, Giants roll to win


Heading into the fifth inning tied 4-4, things quickly spiraled out of control for the Kansas City Royals, who were looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, as the San Francisco Giants ran off 10 unanswered runs to close out the game in an 11-4 win on Saturday night at AT&T Park.

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Hunter Pence continued his torrid hitting in the World Series this year, going 3-for-5 with a trio of RBIs. The lanky Giants outfielder is now batting .467 in the series. Pablo Sandoval, who could leave San Francisco via free agency at the conclusion of the postseason, continued his career-long pattern of hot postseason hitting, adding a pair of hits and driving in a pair in the win.

In other news, recently-available former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has drawn interest from at least 10 teams in a variety of roles, ranging from manager to front office executive. While many teams have voiced public support for their respective managers since Maddon left the Rays two days ago, the Chicago Cubs have remained silent, prompting widespread reports that they are, indeed, the front-runner to land the 60-year-old skipper.

The Houston Astros have rounded out their coaching staff for next season, with the exception of assistant hitting coach, there are reports the Rays could be relocated to Montreal in the future and the Washington Nationals will reportedly try to sign some combination of Doug Fister, Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmerman this offseason.

Here’s more headlines from around the league:

“Giants even Series with win over Royals” –

“Ten teams call on Maddon; Cubs seen as favorites” – CBS Sports

“Alan Nero says Cubs are ‘on the radar'” – Cubbies Crib

“Nats must re-sign Desmond, Fister or Zimmerman” – Washington Post

“Selig’s nightmare is Cubs’ dream as Maddon leaves Rays” – NY Daily News