Bumgarner has an earned run average of 1.42 in four postseason starts, and he averages two innings more per start than other pitchers.
The roster of national anthem singers announced Monday for Games 1 through 4 of the World Series did not include DiDonato, one of the world’s most celebrated mezzo-sopranos.
When Bonds tossed out the first pitch for a Giants game last week, it was an overdue return for a man treated more harshly than many others part of an era of hypocrisy.
The World Series will feature two wild-card teams, San Francisco and Kansas City, for the first time since 2002, when the Giants were also involved. But the similarities end there.
In a reflection of the changing climate surrounding domestic violence in professional sports, the N.H.L. barred defenseman Slava Voynov only hours after he was arrested.