– After two games with the designated hitter in the American League ballpark, pitchers will have to hit for Games 3-5 at the Mets' Citi Field. For Kansas City, that means Kendrys Morales, who had 106 RBI this year, will take a seat.

"It's definitely a different game, but I think our team is built well for the National League," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We've got a lot of weapons on the bench that we can go to, and just having a bat like Morales on the bench, at any point in time if the situation is right you can just call on his number whenever pretty much."

Royals Game 3 starter Yordano Ventura is 1-for-10 as a batter with eight strikeouts. But Game 4 starter Chris Young went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a game at Milwaukee this season. Both Young and Game 5 starter Edinson Volquez spent much of their career pitching in the NL, although last year with Pittsburgh, Volquez hit .038 (2-for-53) with 27 strikeouts.

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• Mets manager Terry Collins and Game 3 starter Noah Syndergaard both wore caps with "NYPD" on them Thursday to honor slain New York Police Officer Randolph Holder, who was killed Oct. 20 in East Harlem.

• New York's Citi Field will become the 56th stadium to host a Fall Classic, STATS said. Opened in 2009 for $800 million, the stadium played host to mostly miserable seasons for the Mets before this year.

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