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Giants down Royals in dramatic Game 7

Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performances for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to throw five scoreless ...

Mariners keep Iwakuma for 2015

The Seattle Mariners will have right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma under contract for the 2015 season. The Mariners announced Thursday that Iwakuma’s ...

Nakajima, Fujikawa not retained

The Oakland Athletics have declined to exercise their $5.5 million contract option for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima and instead owe him ...

Oct 31, 2014

Red Sox give Uehara two-year deal

The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter ...

Oct 31, 2014

Hodges, Tiant, Wills on Hall ballot

Gil Hodges, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills are among 10 candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for its Golden Era committee. Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva and Billy Pierce also are on the ballot. The only non-player is ...

Gritty Royals force Game 7

Oct 29, 2014

Gritty Royals force Game 7

A couple hundred fans stood behind the Royals dugout for more than a half-hour after the final out, screaming and waving white rally towels. Bring on Game 7! Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. ...

Oct 29, 2014

Canseco accidentally shoots hand

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home. Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon said officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Reddon said the former Oakland ...

Giants look to close out Royals in Game 6 back in K.C.

Oct 28, 2014

Giants look to close out Royals in Game 6 back in K.C.

Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. No way, Buster. Because in this postseason full of ...

Oct 28, 2014

Taveras to be buried in hometown

Funeral services are being planned for Oscar Taveras in his hometown in the Dominican Republic following his death in a weekend car crash The young St. Louis Cardinals prospect was to be buried Tuesday in Sosua. Among those expected were Cardinals manager Mike Matheny ...

Giants move to brink of glory

Oct 27, 2014

Giants move to brink of glory

With every pitch, Madison Bumgarner etched his place among the World Series greats. The long, tall lefty kept slinging away and put the San Francisco Giants just one win from yet another championship, throwing a four-hitter to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Sunday ...

Giants blast past Royals

Oct 26, 2014

Giants blast past Royals

Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 on Saturday night to tie the World Series at two games apiece. Down by three runs in ...

Oct 26, 2014

Stow fires up World Series crowd

Bryan Stow hollered “Play ball!” and the sellout crowd roared. Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season, did his part to get Game 4 of the World Series started Saturday at AT&T Park. ...

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 ...