Two defenders in LaMarr Woodley and Usama Young are out for the year. The Raiders will look internally to supplement their production.
Royals starter Jason Vargas will take the mound in Game 4 at AT&T Park, but he's been to a World Series game there before in a different capacity.
There's been too many mistakes by a Sharks group already this season, which has led to dramatic momentum shifts, costing San Jose games.
The lengthy Shaun Livingston enters the 2014-15 season with significant responsibility as the Warriors' backcourt reserve and premier defender.
Royals manager Ned Yost shook things up with his starting lineup with hopes his fleet-footed trio can navigate AT&T park's outfield.