KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ned Yost grabbed a few headlines Saturday night by saying he "secretly'' hoped the World Series would go the full seven games.
On Monday, the Royals manager all but guaranteed it would.
"I think we're going to win,'' said Yost, whose team trails the Giants three games to two. "I mean, that's the way I feel.''
Yost will send rookie righthander Yordano Ventura to the mound Tuesday night against Giants righthander Jake Peavy, a rematch of Game 2, a 7-2 Royals victory. Ventura, whose fastball regularly exceeds 100 mph, allowed two runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings.
"I've got that much confidence in our team, I've got that much confidence in Ventura,'' Yost said. "I just think we're going to go to Game 7.''
Yost has reason to be confident, starting with returning to Kauffman Stadium. Before their loss to the Giants in Game 1, the Royals were 4-0 this postseason in their stadium, which had waited 29 years since its most recent postseason game. It has brought the expected noise that comes with such a drought.
"It's huge,'' outfielder Lorenzo Cain said. "To be able to play in front of our home crowd is going to be amazing.''
As for Yost's "We're going to go to Game 7'' comment, Cain didn't distance himself from it.
"We have confidence in each other, he has confidence in us and we do in ourselves as well,'' Cain said. "You have to be confident. You can't hang your heads on a loss. We have to find a way to bounce back.''
"We're not facing Bumgarner tomorrow,'' he said, "so that definitely helps as well.''
That would be postseason star of stars Madison Bumgarner, who four-hit the Royals in Sunday's 5-0 Giants victory in Game 5, lowering his 2014 postseason ERA to 1.13 and his career World Series ERA to 0.29. The 25-year-old lefthander isn't likely to be used in Game 6, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he could be a factor out of the bullpen if there's a Game 7.
The Royals and Yost have the utmost confidence that Ventura will get them there. The 23-year-old sounded motivated.
"You never know what's going to happen [Tuesday night], but everybody is going to give everything they have, go out there and fight, knowing that we're a good team with confidence,'' Ventura said through his translator, teammate Jeremy Guthrie.
"The biggest goal is to not leave anything behind, to give everything you have, knowing that that could be the last game. We have all the confidence that we can go out there and win.''
Taveras remembered. The death of Oscar Taveras, the 22-year-old Cardinals prospect killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic Sunday night, continued to be a topic Monday.
"This hurts, this hurts everybody,'' Yost said. "A kid this young, for something like this to happen. I think we were all shocked when we heard about it, and we're still shocked.
"Then you look back on your club, and what if this happened to one of your young players on your club? You just know what the Cardinals are going through. It put a damper on everything, even the joy of the World Series last night.''
Peavy opened his news conference Monday by offering his condolences to the Taveras family and the Cardinals.
"Didn't know him, but obviously we're a fraternity,'' he said. "It's beyond heartbreaking.''