Friday, December 15, 2017
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Royals' Volquez appears on track for Game 5 of World Series

NEW YORK — Royals RHP Edinson Volquez remains on schedule to pitch Game 5.

Volquez, has been in the Dominican Republic since Wednesday attending the funeral of his father, Daniel, who died Tuesday.

"He's still slated to pitch Game 5," manager Ned Yost said Friday. "We should see Eddie (today). He'll be ready to go."

Yost said Volquez sent a text message to pitching coach Dave Eiland and "that everybody was good," Yost said.

Volquez left Kansas City the day after pitching Game 1 on Tuesday. He threw six innings.

After Volquez left the game, he met with his wife and made plans to leave the team. The Associated Press covered the memorial service and Volquez's comments left some doubt about his emotional readiness to pitch Sunday.

"I don't know if I'll be ready for that appearance," he said.

But Royals officials said Friday that they expect Volquez to take the mound, and he won't be impacted by not having thrown a side session in between starts.

"It's not unusual to not throw, to only play catch between starts this time of year," GM Dayton Moore said.

NEVER HEARD THAT ONE: When Royals Hall of Famer George Brett came through the security checkpoint before Game 3, a security guard playfully poked Brett, now a team executive. "He's got pine tar in his bag!" the guard said. Brett had no reaction, he didn't seem to hear the remark. Or maybe he has heard it plenty.

PREGAME REPORT: Former Mets C Mike Piazza threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The star of the 2000 Subway Series team, Piazza threw his pitch to backup C Kevin Plawecki from the Citi Field mound, standing in front of the rubber. And was it a fastball, curve, slider? "Doo-doo. Scar tissue," Piazza said laughing. … New Yorker Billy Joel sang the national anthem. It marked the third time he has sung the anthem before a World Series game in New York. His song Piano Man has been played during the eighth inning of every Mets game at Citi Field this year. The Mets lost the other two times Joel sang at the Series, but they snapped that streak Friday with a 9-3 victory.

SCHOOLED: Former Mets GM Steve Phillips, now a broadcaster for SiriusXM, remembers that the Mets have LHP Mike Hampton to thank for David Wright. New York selected Wright with the 38th overall pick of the 2001 amateur draft, which the Mets were given as compensation when Hampton, a former Crystal River High star, became a free agent after the 2000 Series and signed with Colorado. Hampton cited the Denver area educational system as a factor in his decision. "And the school system is still, I guess, great in Colorado, from what I understand," Phillips said.

A GOOD SPORT: Andrew McCutchen was selected the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, the second Pirate to earn baseball's honor for sportsmanship and community involvement. The first Pittsburgh winner was Willie Stargell in 1974.

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