NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):
After watching the Mets get just two hits and one run against Johnny Cueto in Game 2, New York manager Terry Collins made just a slight change to his starting lineup: Yoenis Cespedes moves from left to center in place of Juan Lagares, and Michael Conforto shifts to left in the National League ballpark from designated hitter.
Cespedes, who had a painkiller injection in a shoulder last week, was 1 for 10 with no RBIs in the opening two games. Daniel Murphy is 2 for 9 with no RBIs after entering the Series with home runs in six straight games.
''They get hot, and you hope it lasts forever, and you know it's not,'' Collins said. ''That's the game. The game is going to humble you sometimes. They're making good pitches on him. They're not giving him much to hit. They've got good scouts, too. So when you execute the game plan against certain guys, it's tough to get hits against good pitching.''
Collins doesn't mind if the Royals pitch around Murphy to face Cespedes.
''I like that. Get him up there with guys on.'' Collins said. ''With one swing of the bat he can change the game, and I hope tonight is the night.''
Kansas City's only change was the loss of its designated hitter, No. 5 batter Kendrys Morales.
New York left-hander Steven Matz will be sleeping in his childhood bed before making a Game 4 start Saturday. The 24-year-old Matz grew up about 50 miles from Citi Field - and Shea Stadium - on Long Island. The lifelong Mets fan says the trip takes about an hour and he's been doing it much of his rookie season in the big leagues.
''We're on off hours, so there's not much traffic. It's not too terrible,'' Matz said. ''It's been pretty awesome to be able to do that.''
Living so close comes at a price, though. Matz is going to have a sizable cheering section at Citi Field.
''It's the World Series, so tickets are pretty tight here,'' Matz said. ''But there's definitely going to be a huge amount of family members attending.''
Kansas will move a preseason exhibition basketball game if it appears the matchup could conflict with a World Series Game 7.
The Jayhawks are scheduled to play Pittsburg State on Wednesday at 8 p.m., a few minutes before a seventh game between the Royals and New York Mets would start. To minimize confusion, the basketball game would be shifted to the following night if the Series is extended to six games, ensuring a return to Kansas City.
''We love the roll the Royals are on, and we know that interest in this Series is sky-high in this area,'' Jayhawks coach Bill Self said Friday. ''Many of our Jayhawk fans will want to attend or watch Game 7 next Wednesday, if it goes that far, and we don't want them to have to make a choice.''