Billy Hamilton: still an absolute terror on the basepaths. He scored the first run of today’s game against the Cubs by walking, stealing second, and then making it all the way home on a passed ball. John Lackey and David Ross really needed to be paying more attention to him!
The Royals had seven different players steal a base on Tuesday night. That's a playoff record, and an incredible figure considering that most teams would have become gun-shy after a disastrous failed double-steal in the first and a four run deficit after six innings. The Royals are not most teams.
Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach has played eight major league seasons for three teams, never once even attempting to steal base. That's zero attempts in 338 times he's stood on first base, by our count. That changed today when Shoppach took off for second on a delayed attempt in the sixth inning of Boston's home…