The Latest: Perez sets mark for innings caught over 2 years

NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):


4:48 p.m.

The Mets honored Team USA's 18-under championship club before Game 4 Saturday night, a team coached by the dad of New York minor leaguer Gavin Cecchini and former major league infield Davis Eckstein.

''It's great that they're honoring the boys today, but it's another bonus to get to see the Mets, where my son plays, getting a chance to compete to win a World Series,'' Glenn Cecchini said. ''He didn't have to tell me to root for the Mets, but I am. Whatever team my sons are playing on, that's the team I'm rooting for.''

Gavin Cecchini batted .317 with Double-A Binghamton, with seven homers and 41 RBIs. His older brother, Garin, is a prospect in the Red Sox organization.

Team USA went 8-1 in tournament play, giving the United States three consecutive 18U world championships. Many on the 20-man roster are expected to be selected in the 2016 MLB draft.

While the team was on the field, Mets stars David Wright and Matt Harvey took some time out of their pregame routine to meet with the players.

''Matt Harvey just came over, David Wright came over, so the kids are starstruck,'' Eckstein said. ''This is what they want to be, this is who they want to become, they want to be a big leaguer and have the opportunity to play for a world championship.''

-- By AP freelancer Charles O'Brien


4:25 p.m.

Kansas City's Salvador Perez has set a major league record for most innings caught over a two-year span since 1914, according to STATS.

Perez's total innings behind the plate during the regular season and postseason has climbed to 2,713 through Game 4 of the World Series. The highest previous total had been the 2,704 for the Chicago Cubs' Randy Hundley in 1967-68.

In addition, Perez has caught 38 spring training innings over the past two years plus 36 innings during the major league All-Stars 2014 postseason tour of Japan.

''He's a horse,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday. ''Put up the offensive numbers, when you're catching 150 a year, that's impressive. I mean, I know he's a big, strong guy, but that big body gets beat up. He's had some foul tips already in the first part of this Series that you wonder if he's coming back out and yet he does. He's a horse.''