Giants 11, Royals 4

Royals falter in Game 4 of World Series

Gregor Blanco slides across with another Giants run in the seventh inning of Game 4 on Saturday night. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports

Down in the third inning, 4-1, the Giants worked their way back into the game and eventually blew it open.

The grounds crew at AT&T Park waters the area near first base before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, apparently applying a time-honored baseball trick used to slow speedy teams. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

World Series notebook

Royals’ James Shields in need of big game

Game 4 starter Shields has a 7.11 earned run average and 1.79 WHIP in these playoffs.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

World Series isn’t what it used to be

I blame no one. It’s evolution. Baseball is too long and slow for modern attention spans.

John Hart (right), 66, is the Braves’ new president of baseball operations.

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes

Braves, Dodgers chiefs face challenges

John Hart and Andrew Friedman couldn’t be more different, yet in some ways they are alike.

Former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon (right) will have plenty of choices on which uniform to wear next. (File/Reinhold Matay/Associated Press)

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Red Sox happy with John Farrell, will pass on Joe Maddon

Maddon’s agent, Alan Nero, wrote in a text Saturday, “[Maddon] will consider all options. Willing to take a year off if necessary.”

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.

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.