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Weekend Digest: the World Series begins; Nats, Marlins get new skippers

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MLB news from the past week.

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2015 World Series: Mets win Game 3, down 2-1 to Royals

In Game 1, we were treated to a 14-inning thriller that saw the Royals pull out a victory. Alcides Escobar kicked off the excitement by leading off the game with an inside-the-park homer, the first in a World Series since 1929. The Mets led 4-3 in the ninth when Alex Gordon homered off Jeurys Familia to force extra innings.

Game 2 had Johnny Cueto hurl a complete-game two-hitter at the Mets in a 7-1 win to go up 2-0 in the series. Escobar and Eric Hosmer each had a pair of RBI for the Royals; Lucas Duda had both hits for the Mets.

When the series moved to New York for Game 3, the Mets knocked out Yordano Ventura early and denied the Royals a 3-0 lead in the series. Curtis Granderson and David Wright homered for the Mets, who put the game away with a four-run sixth inning in support of Noah Syndergaard. Wright had four RBI in the 9-3 victory.

Torii Hunter announces retirement

40-year-old Torii Hunter announced his retirement Monday, ending a 19-year career that saw him play in 2,372 games, mostly with the Twins but also with the Angels and Tigers, and hit 353 home runs. He's a five-time All-Star with nine Gold Gloves, and robbed Barry Bonds of a home run in the 2002 All-Star Game.

Nationals expected to hire Bud Black as manager

Reports surfaced on Wednesday that the Nationals plan to hire Bud Black as the next manager after the World Series. Black served as Padres manager since 2007, and was removed from his post after 65 games in 2015. He'd be the sixth different manager in the 11-year history of the Nationals franchise.

Marlins to hire Don Mattingly as manager

Just a week after the Dodgers parted with Don Mattingly, he already has another job offer waiting for him. According to an anonymous source, the Marlins have signed Mattingly to a four-year contract. However, it should be noted that since Jeffrey Loria purchased the team before the 2003 season, only one manager has lasted three full seasons (Guess who!).

Mattingly is still under contract with the Dodgers for 2016.