ROYALS 3, GIANTS 2

Royals take Game 3 of World Series

Eric Hosmer delivers an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to give the Royals a 3-0 lead in Game 3 of the World Series. EPA/MONICA DAVEY

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Kansas City leads the series, two games to one, and can put the Giants away the next two nights.

Fans wear panda heads for Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval — the Kung Fu Panda — during Giants’ home games. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Pablo Sandoval fits Red Sox’ needs

The Red Sox have a hole at third base, and the popular, switch-hitting Sandoval is a pending free agent.

The Royals’ Jason Vargas, who will start on Saturday night, has pitched well in his two appearances this postseason. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WORLD SERIES NOTEBOOK

Notes: Royals’ Jason Vargas a good hitter for a pitcher

Vargas, the Game 4 starter, is a career .262 hitter, which could help fill Kansas City’s DH void in the NL ballpark.

Jackie Bradley Jr. led baseball in ultimate zone rating in 2014.

Peter Abraham

Intrigue surrounds Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Gold Glove candidacy

It defies logic, but the outfielder’s poor performance at the plate could work against him for a fielding honor.

Joe Maddon leaves after nine years with Tampa Bay, and will be headed for a big raise somewhere. AP Photo/Reinhold Matay

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NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

Joe Maddon opts out — so where is he headed?

The Dodgers would seem to be a perfect fit, but the Cubs are an intriguing possibility, too.

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

Red Sox bullpen just needs one key piece

The Red Sox have a solid foundation for their bullpen in 2015, and can make it great with one crucial move.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Ripken%20and%20Williams-211824.jpg Longtime Fenway Park worker Al Forester dies at 91

Forester worked on the grounds crew and also drove the bullpen cart to bring relievers to the mound.

Red Sox notebook

Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis hits right chord with John Farrell

After three years with the A’s, the Sox’ new hitting coach signs a three-year contract.

Past Red Sox games

Chris Young scored in the seventh inning on a double by Jose Pirela.

Yankees 9, Red Sox 5

Red Sox end season on a losing note

The Red Sox won the ceremony, as they so often do. But then as they so often did during this sidetracked season, the Sox then lost the game.