Bay Area Buzz 10/22: Giants Win Game 1, Raiders’ Stadium, Raffi Torres

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Giants Win Game 1

The Giants cared enough to send their very best.

What other way to describe Madison Bumgarner in the World Series?

With their left-handed ace mixing a crackling fastball, a snapping cutter, a sweeping curve and even a surprising, 68-mph yakker, the Giants dealt the Kansas City Royals their first loss of the postseason and took a 7-1 victory in Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday.

The world’s largest greeting card company is headquartered here. With Hunter Pence’s home run in a three-run first inning, and Bumgarner pitching himself deeper into World Series lore, the Giants sent the Royals something between condolences and regrets. The home team and powder-blue crowd, which waited nearly three decades for the World Series to return to Kauffman Stadium, can only hope to get well soon in Game 2.

The Royals had gone 8-0 in this postseason. But they’re playing a team that has dispatched all nine playoff opponents they’ve faced in the Bruce Bochy era.

Andrew Baggarly, CSN Bay Area

Raiders’ Stadium

As the Raiders continue to struggle on the field, there may now be more optimism that the team stays in Oakland than optimism that the team returns to the playoffs as the city has revised and revamped their stadium plan to allow developers to get a deal in place to keep the team in the Bay Area. In addition to that, a national developer is rumored to be signing onto the project within the next two months according to SF Gate.

While a concrete deal is still not close, there once again appears to be optimism that investors along with a willing city council will be able to keep the team in Oakland which owner Mark Davis considers as his first option before pursuing relocation options.

Chase Ruttig, Just Blog Baby

Raffi Torres

The plan has changed regarding injured Sharks forward Raffi Torres.

The 33-year-old, who has yet to play this season, will not need additional right knee surgery as was expected. It was revealed over the summer that Torres developed a pair of infections in his surgically repaired knee and would require another ACL repair, but that’s not the case.

Despite the lack of an official timeline, the hope now is that Torres will now return to the Sharks sooner than originally anticipated, provided his rehab continues to progress. He has been in the Toronto area, but is expected back in San Jose in early November.

Kevin Kurz, CSN Bay Area