Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals fields a ball hit by Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning for the final out during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals underhands the ball for the final out in the ninth inning during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals' Greg Holland throws to first for the final out on San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won the game 3-2 to lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer celebrates after San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence grounded out to end Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Eric Hosmer #35 and Greg Holland #56 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate the Royals 3-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence walks back to the dugout after grounding out in the ninth inning to the end Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals defeated the Giants 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer (35) celebrate after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas celebrates after the Royals' 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Kansas City Royals celebrate after their 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon (4) celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. The Royals won 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey hits a sacrifice grounder to score Michael Morse during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants Brandon Crawford, right, is congratulated by his teammates after scoring on Michael Morse's RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford heads for home on an RBI double by Giants' Michael Morse during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera pitches during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera raises his cap after walking San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants Michael Morse reacts after hitting an RBI double to score Brandon Crawford during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost talks to pitcher Jeremy Guthrie after taking him out of the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie is congratulated in the dugout as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon heads for home plate after an RBI single by Eric Hosmer, left, during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single to score Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds watches as Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon scores on the an RBI single by Eric Hosmer during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson steps in the team's dugout after being relieved in the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is congratulated by teammate Mike Moustakas after scoring during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) hits an RBI single off San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez (49) during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI single during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez throws during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Javier Lopez throws during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, left, walks off the mound after being relieved during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar runs to score on an RBI double by Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar scores at home past San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey on a double by Royals' Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants' Tim Hudson acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar is congratulated by a teammate after scoring on an RBI double by Alex Gordon during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie pitches to the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Fans hold up signs in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer event during baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence catches a ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Buck, Pool)
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain catches a fly ball to right field by San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa to end the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is out at first by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence is tagged out attempting to steal second base by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa catches a fly ball by Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Spectators cheer during Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Singer Huey Lewis cheers before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, left, shakes hands with Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost before Game 3 of baseball's World Series Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy, left, speaks to former San Francisco Giants' Hall of Famer Willie Mays waits to be introduced before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Former San Francisco Giants' Hall of Famer Willie Mays waits to be introduced before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Confetti flies during the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him.

Four years ago, while home for the offseason in Arizona, Vargas and his wife decided to fly to San Francisco to watch Game 1 of the World Series between the Giants and Texas Rangers.

The Giants won 11-7 on the way to their first World Series title in San Francisco. They followed with another championship in 2012 and are back in for a third time in five years against the Royals this season.

"It was just an electric atmosphere," Vargas recalled before the Royals beat the Giants 3-2 on Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead. "They were ready to go. The fans are here and they want to see their team win, and we're hoping to stop that."

Vargas will have a big part in that goal when he starts Saturday night against Ryan Vogelsong.

Vogelsong has experience on this big stage, getting the win in Game 3 against Detroit two years ago when he pitched 5 2-3 innings in a 2-0 victory that helped send San Francisco to a sweep.

Vogelsong is the only pitcher to yield no more than one run in his first five postseason starts. That run ended in the NL Championship Series when Vogelsong allowed four runs in three innings of a no-decision against St. Louis.

But Vogelsong has proven he has no problems dealing with the heightened intensity in October.

"The biggest thing is just the experience of curbing the emotions," he said. "It's definitely a situation where you have to be locked into the game and your thoughts need to be on the game, but you have to take a quick second to look around and take it all in."

Vogelsong's postseason success is partly attributable to an increase in velocity in those games, with his fastball going from the low 90 mph range to about 95 mph.

"It's definitely a different adrenaline when you're in this stadium in a postseason game," he said. "It's different than an everyday regular-season game."

Vargas has pitched well in his first two postseason starts, allowing two runs in six innings of a no-decision in the division series opener against the Angels and getting the win when he allowed one run of 5 1-3 innings in the ALCS finale against Baltimore.

Vargas had seven days off before his first postseason start, 12 before the second and nine before the Game 4 of the Series. He has used the time wisely, with the extra bullpen and side sessions helping to smooth out some mechanical issues that contributed to him going 1-5 with a 5.89 ERA in his final seven starts of the regular season.

"He's had two great starts," manager Ned Yost said. "He was a guy that was consistent for us all year. Struggled a little bit his last three or four starts in September, but, again, a lot of that was mechanical, and he's made the adjustment. Had a great start against Anaheim. Had a great start against Baltimore, and we look for him to do the same tomorrow."

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