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Royals edge Giants for 2-1 lead

Oct 25, 2014

Royals edge Giants for 2-1 lead

All season long and deep into October, the Kansas City Royals have relied on their winning formula of fundamental baseball: sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. It won them a wild card and the American League pennant. And now, it ...

Maddon to opt out, leave Tampa Bay

Oct 25, 2014

Maddon to opt out, leave Tampa Bay

Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too ...

Royals hit back to even Series

Oct 23, 2014

Royals hit back to even Series

Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series 1-1. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and ...

Giants cruise to Game 1 win

Oct 22, 2014

Giants cruise to Game 1 win

By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead. It might as well have been 100 with the way “MadBum” and this orange-and-black bunch play in the World Series. Bumgarner carried ...

Lincecum remains ready to contribute

Oct 20, 2014

Lincecum remains ready to contribute

Tim Lincecum walked silently through the bustling clubhouse before Saturday’s workout and stuck his left arm straight out as he passed Jean Machi’s locker, offering a friendly fist bump to the reliever. No words necessary. Lincecum, so far an unused reliever this postseason, is ...

Denkinger reflects on call

Oct 20, 2014

Denkinger reflects on call

Of course Don Denkinger plans to watch the World Series. He always does. He’ll tune in to root for the umpires, check out familiar faces on the Giants and Royals, and see how Kansas City is looking these days. Chances are he’ll see himself, ...

Oct 20, 2014

Pujols pulls out of MLB's Japan tour

The Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols pulled out of Major League Baseball’s eight-game tour in Japan next month citing family reasons, organizers said Monday. Three-time MVP Pujols hit .272 with 28 home runs and 105 RBIs in 159 games this season for the Angels, ...

Giants going with Bumgarner in Game 1 of World Series

Oct 19, 2014

Giants going with Bumgarner in Game 1 of World Series

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will pitch the World Series opener for the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City on Tuesday night. Manager Bruce Bochy made the expected announcement Saturday as his team worked out under sunny skies, one day before traveling. Bumgarner, an 18-game winner, ...

Giants, Royals eye MLB crown

Oct 18, 2014

Giants, Royals eye MLB crown

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants. So how come this bunch that’s rapidly become a fan favorite all across the country isn’t the ...

Oct 18, 2014

Hillman named coach for Astros

Ex-Kansas City Royals and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman will be the bench coach for new Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch. The Astros announced the coach staff Friday. Former Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis will fill the same role with ...

Cardinals come up short in October again

Oct 18, 2014

Cardinals come up short in October again

Mike Matheny has led the Cardinals deep into October all three seasons since replacing Tony La Russa as manager. When St. Louis falls short each year, he bears the weight of expectations. An injury to Yadier Molina, shaky starting pitching by Adam Wainwright, John ...

Giants win NL pennant on Ishikawa's 3-run HR

Oct 17, 2014

Giants win NL pennant on Ishikawa's 3-run HR

It was the Shot That Shook the Bay. Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run drive that sent San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. These every-other-year ...